This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s our Editor-in-Chief Adam Ray Palmer.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘Christmas’.
My ‘hire’ film was the most difficult decision in the end. There’s so many Christmas films I like to choose from but there’s only one I love. So, my ‘acquire’ film was simple. In the end, I chose The Grinch to be my ‘hire’ film simply because I can’t go a festive period without watching it. Jingle All The Way and Miracle on 34th Street (90s version) were a close second and third but it came down to how often I watch The Grinch. Plus, Jim Carrey is at his comic best as the hairy green loner. The Grinch is amusing, festive and a perfect Christmas eve jolly.
My ‘fire’ film was decided last year. Christmas with the Coopers is horrendous. It follows many films that have gone before it in regards to a massive ensemble cast, which is clearly to cover up the awful narrative. It stars John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried. Similarly to Love Actually, it tries to make a family with problematic personal stories entwine with a climatic resolve at the end. The only problem is, the issues involved are so minimal you can’t even be bothered to care. Just don’t waste your time.
Let’s be honest here folks, there is only one winner. The best Christmas film of all time is the beautiful ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. This film has everything. It has a perfect script; it stars the incredibly talented James Stewart and Donna Reed; and it has morals running throughout the film from start to finish. This movie is a real journey and it’s a joy to ride it. I first saw this film at university and I thank that lecturer for introducing it to me. Since that moment, I have never had a Christmas since without seeing it. It’s a Wonderful Life is a must-watch for everyone, it’s like a law. I cannot wait to watch it this year, and luckily, the Phoenix Leicester cinema are showing it next week. Get down there people… I know I will!