I’ve always said it’s silly that in December, before winter has really begun, we sing “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland” and then, once Christmas is over, we suddenly stop loving the snow. Without tinsel and twinkle lights, we apparently can’t stand the stuff. It gets old, I guess, but it’s like we’ve programmed ourselves to stop having fun come January 1st. We have a holiday marking the new year and, for many of us, marking the many ways we’d like to change. We vow to lose the holiday weight. We join gyms and then feel guilty for never going. Then comes Valentine’s Day, which is a joy to some but a complete nightmare for others, and honestly, even those of us who’ve found the loves of our lives aren’t counting the days till we get a box of Russell Stover’s and a Hallmark card. Once trash pick-up resumes on January 3rd, many of us toss out our high spirits along with a dehydrated tree.
Some people spend the winter fantasizing about warmer weather and tropical climes. As far as movies go, you’ve got a lot to choose from in that category, so you probably don’t need my help. But I think that winter is actually a great (and under-utilized) setting for storytelling. Some of my favorite movies take place in the winter, and I thought I’d share them with you: Continue reading “Five Movies for the Long, Dark Winter”