Top 5 Winter Warmers

As vaguely promised, on the 1st of every month, there shall be a list of my top 5 films in a certain category. Following on from the festive theme of the past week and the bitter cold weather, this month shall be my top 5 winter films. Films that make you want to sit on the sofa with a slanket, and entire box of thorntons and a steaming hot chocolate, maybe even a mince pie or two.


5. Big Daddy – this, to be fair, is an all year round film. It’s funny, heart warming, etc. and what is better than a 5 year old child called Frankenstein proclaiming: “I wipe my own ass!”?

4. Edward Scissorhands – this, again, is a pretty much all year film, but it tends to come on around this time of year, and so this is when I tend to watch it. Who cares anyway, its a fantastic film!

3. Love Actually – because what is Christmas without Hugh Grant? This is one of his better films, aided by an array of other quite good actors and actresses.

2. Polar Express – for a kids film, this is surprisingly good. If you have children I do recommend watching this with them. The gasps of excitement from kids throughout this film are worth it.

1. Sleepless in Seattle – I grew up being made to watch films like this at Christmas time, and this one kind of stuck. Hey, it is RomCom season after all!


Next month will be my top 5 films series, because what with it being Winter, I expect most of my time will be spent watching these!


So I lied, no books, just TV

Well – a little bit about books.

When you’re off work sick what do you do? My general habits involve spending several hours feeling sorry for myself, and then indulging in warm drinks and watching Sherlock Holmes for hours on end. And when I say Sherlock Holmes, I mean the real thing – not that Hollywood Robert Downey Jr rubbish – I mean classical Jeremy Brett, horse and carriage, old school Sherlock Holmes.

However, I am also quite fond of the BBC show, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The best thing about this remake is that it doesn’t actually have the pretence of being a remake – it’s a whole new interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classics. It brings Sherlock to the present day without loosing the essence of the character – he is still that socially awkward, seemingly asexual detective that everyone loves.

In support of these two Sherlock Holmes franchises I bought them all on iTunes, then broke my laptop and have not bought myself a new one, so I am now stuck with bad quality internet streaming on the laptop borrowed from my other half. Oh the sacrifices one must make to get their necessary fix of comfort TV.

On a positive note, a third series of Sherlock is expected to start production in a few months time, so, hopefully, it wont be too long before the general population can indulge in this delight once again.

Also, a note about the books: They are fabulous – I’ve gotten through all of the short stories but have not yet got round to reading the novels. All in good time Arthur, I promise I shall read them soon.

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