24 Days of Christmas Films: Day 3- Sleepless In Seattle

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Day three and whether you’re one of the people that still haven’t quite got round to putting up your decorations and are still easing yourselves into the festivities, or whether you’ve had them up from day one and maybe even before, I think you’ll enjoy today’s film.

From the opening of the film you are thrown into Christmas as we meet Tom Hanks as a recent widower as he struggles with the holiday season with his young son and Meg Ryan and her fiance as they tackle their first Christmas as an engaged couple. As Meg Ryan drives home she tunes into the radio and hears Tom Hanks’s young son plea for a new mum and a partner for his dad. She’s so taken with their story and becomes so enamored with this man and his son that she sets about tracking them down.

It’s the Christmas framing of the film that stays with you throughout especially with the cumulative scene taking place on the Empire State Building in New York, which to me is a city that exemplifies Christmas. The heartfelt story of this little boy’s search for a new mum combined with the undeniable chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan makes it a rom-com for the ages. It’s the perfect film to snuggle up with during the cold Winter evenings and again it has a beautiful soundtrack which is perfect to leave you feeling festive.

Why I Will Forever Be A Gilmore Girl

gilmoreOn October 5th 2000 the world was introduced to the fast talking world of the Gilmore Girls and their little New England town of Stars Hollow. They were welcomed with critical acclaim as the world fell in love with these two extraordinary women, and the colourful characters who inhabited their lives. The show was a pop culture  junkie’s dream (with 454 Film and TV references alone), but as the show developed it was the depth and heart of the characters that was responsible for its mass appeal, and over the course of seven seasons audiences watched enraptured as the Gilmore Girls dealt with issues of class, family, money, love, education and friendship.

The series was cancelled in 2007 after a troubled final season, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I stumbled across it when my mother by off chance started recording the series after she seen the advert on E4, and thought it might be something that would appeal to the both of us. Now most 15 year old girls and their mothers have troubled relationships at the best of times and we were no exception, so the irony is still not lost after all these years that it would be Gilmore Girls that would be the show that would help remedy our relationship.

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Everyday I’d come home from school and we’d watch it together, and soon enough as we moved through the seasons it felt as though as the show began to bookmark some of the most important moments in my life as well. The parallels of attending a highly competitive all girls school whilst struggling with exams and boys was impossible to ignore, and the show became my guiding light proving that it was fine to make mistakes whilst reassuring me that it would all be alright in the end. While Rory struggled with Dean and Jess I had my first serious relationship, and while none of my blow outs with my mother were quite as bad as that in Season 5, it emphasised to me that no matter what, family is there regardless and even the worst fights can be resolved. Gossip Girl was the other show that vied for my affection at this time, but while that show portrayed the unattainable high life of luxury, fashion and wealth, Gilmore Girls assured me that some of the best times could be spent home at the weekend with movies and pizza and crucially for a teenage girl, that you didn’t need to be invited to all the coolest parties.

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The heart-felt nature of the show is something that stayed with me as I went to university, and although the show had long since ended it continued to act as a comfort blanket for me through stressful times. I would watch it every year during my exams, and being able to watch Rory navigate her way through college and beyond cemented its place in my heart and provided with the guidance to aid me in my final stages of transition to adulthood. Still to this day I am able to identify new ways in which the show has affected me, and even the timing of the revival being announced as I was (and still am) at somewhat of a crossroads in life, to watch the trailer and see the characters I’ve grown up with feel the same way makes me feel that maybe there’s a little more guidance to be given.

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I think ultimately that’s largely the reason behind the show’s continued success and the reason why the following has continuously increased in the run up to the release of the new Netflix miniseries, everyone has their own connection to the show and can see something of themselves in the citizens of Stars Hollow. The show allows us to see the best in ourselves as well as allowing us to relish in our mistakes, but ultimately emphasising that it’s our family that is most important in whatever form that takes.

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One thing’s for sure, no matter what happens this Friday when the miniseries is released I know I’ll be sat right next to the woman who started it all for me and although everything and nothing has changed I know I still and will forever be a Gilmore Girl.

Love, Rosie

love-rosieOn Monday night I was lucky enough to receive some free tickets thanks to Heat Magazine for one of my most anticipated rom-coms of the year Love Rosie. Based on the Cecilia Adhern book of the same name (since retitled Where Rainbows End for the UK) it revolves around best friends Rosie and Alex best friends who have shared everything and could possibly be more, if life didn’t keep getting in the way.  With Lily Collins and Sam Claflin being two of my absolute up and coming actors I had had this on my must see list since it was first announced last year, and of course I jumped at the chance to go see it early.

Whilst the book spans their lives from 5 to 50, it’s written in the form of letters, emails, invitations and pretty much every form of language other than straight forward dialogue. Although you’d expect this to distance you from the characters, it in fact does the opposite of making them as close to you as your real life friends. The casual language makes them so much more real, and as a result the events that happen to them so much more heartbreaking and relatable. It’s no wonder that it’s sold so well and caused thousands of people, myself included to fall in love with it.

So needless to say I went into the cinema with some pretty substantial high hopes and I am glad to say they were most certainly met. Although there are slight alterations to the plot in that a few characters and a few years are cut out, (much to my joy as my one criticism of the book is that I thought it went on slightly too long), it stays pretty faithful to the original. Collins is the perfect casting for Rosie providing the ideal mix of the pretty girl next door and best friend material that makes her completely relatable, while Claflin proves again he is perfect leading man material as the gorgeous, hopeless Alex. I laugh and cried the whole way through and I highly recommend it as it’s the perfect feel good film to to see on those cold wintery nights.