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November 16, 2012

Let’s Go To The Movies

You may or may not know that I really love going to the movies.

This is such an awesome time of the year for movies. On the first of December I’ll be pulling out all of our holiday/Christmas movies we like to watch here at home. Today I wanted to share some of the movies I’m excited to see at the theater in the coming months.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve seen Flight, Argo, and just yesterday had my first experience ever attending an all-day movie marathon at the theater watching all the Twilight movies from beginning to end including the new one. Crazy and so fun.

Here’s some of the other ones I’m planning to see when they hit the theaters – interestingly enough they are all based on famous books (some I have read and some I haven’t). Click on any of the links to watch the trailer:

Les Mis | Love this extended trailer that talks about how they sang the songs live on camera as they were filming vs. recording the soundtrack first and then lip-syncing during filming. I’ve never read Les Mis so I just picked up the book and am hoping to get through it before the movie comes out.

The Hobbit | I’ll be taking Simon to this one. Loved the Lord Of The Rings series and picked up the book for us to read together.

Life Of Pi | The preview for this one looks amazing. Another great book.

On The Road | Crazy iconic book. Probably crazy movie too (looks like it from the preview).

The Great Gatsby | My favorite book. I read this one junior year of high school with Mr. Ploof. He was an awesome english teacher – the best I had throughout high school and college.

Bring on the holiday movie season! Anything you are looking forward to seeing soon?

Grey star pattern paper shown above found here.


  • 1.
    audra said…

    What a great line up! I SO look forward to getting out our Christmas movies every season as well – there’s nothing better. Any suggestions of must haves for our collection? I have to see if there is anything NEW or NEW to us to add. I need to pick up Arthur’s Christmas from last year (we never got around to seeing it) I would love more suggestions!

    • ….
      Gerdieneke said…

      Hi Audra,

      I saw Arthur Christmas in the theater last year and I absolutely loved it! I plan on buying the dvd so we can watch it again. Last year we watched Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium on Christmas Day, and I would recommend this one too. It’s not a Christmas themed movie, but the story really fits this time of year.

    • ….
      Mary-Lou said…

      If you do not have the original Bishop’s Wife (black & white) I would suggest it as a must have and of course Scrooged with Bill Murray. Oh the list is long; The original black & white of Miracle on 34th Street; A Christmas Story (the story of the Red Rider BB gun – poor Ralphie); Holiday Inn; The Santa Claus; Bells of St Mary (oh Bing); National Lampoons Christmas Vacation; Its A Wonderful Life; the 1951 black & white A Christmas Carol; Black Adder’s Christmas; The Polar Express ………… OK now I am in such excitement for December’s movies to start.

    • ….
      Teresa said…

      If you want a discount on ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, pick up a free coupon at your nearby UPS Store. I think it will save you $3 off the blu ray price.

  • 2.
    Bev W. said…

    I love movies too! I really want to see Rise of the Guardians this year. But the ones you picked look amazing too!

    • ….
      Suzette said…

      Ali, The Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series might be a series that Simon would enjoy. My son and I enjoyed reading these back and forth when he was in 3rd grade. He’s in 8th grade now and I sorely miss those “reading with each other” years.

    • ….
      TaraMcK said…

      Suzette – didn’t know there was a book series! Thanks totally looking that one up

  • 3.
    Ruth said…

    You had a teacher called Mr Ploof? How fantastic! Just seen Skyfall this week and hoping to Argo next. Les Mis will be on my list ~ I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen the West End show in London.

    • ….
      Suzette said…

      Seeing the show live is a must! It is my very favorite live show-so incredibly moving!

    • ….
      Suzette said…

      OK, I just watched the trailer and now I’m bawling! It captured that feeling I felt in the theater. I cannot wait!

  • 4.
    Jeannie L said…

    I’m definitely looking forward to Les Miserables! Thanks for sharing the extended trailer. Makes me wanna watch even more.

  • 5.
    mickerr said…

    we watched “arthurs christmas” the other night….I am so in the mood for holiday movies. (all time fav’s: Elf….and national lampoons Cmas vacation!!!)

    tonight thought….breaking dawn!!!

  • 6.
    Kathleen said…

    I’m a movie junkie too! ARGO was my fav so far this season. Loved the retro-ness. My list includes LINCOLN as well. Daniel Day Lewis is an amazing actor and I can’t wait to see what he does with this epic role.

    • ….
      Suzette said…


  • 7.
    {vicki} said…

    I read the Great Gatsby in high school too!
    The Life of Pi looks interesting to me.
    I really want to see Skyfall. (I’ve always been a James Bond fan) and of course the final Twilight is on my list. Loved the books.

  • 8.
    Cele Schaffer said…

    Dont forget Anna Karenina!! Keira Knightly and Jude Law! Looking at all the December Daily’s is like watching an exciting movie to me LOL!

  • 9.
    Jenny said…

    We have a family tradition every Christmas afternoon after our feast, we go see a movie. This year it is the Hobbit. Our family is crazy about the Lord of the Ring Trilogy, Harry Potter series, and the National Treasure Series_. so we are super stoked this year.

  • 10.
    Vicky said…

    Wish there was something out this year suitable for a timid five year old! Can’t find anything …..

  • 11.
    Megan said…

    We always go see a movie on Christmas. Love your choices. I also want to see Abraham and Silver Linings Playbook.

  • 12.
    Pam Abbott said…

    I always download the list of holiday movies/shows on the ABC Family channel so that the kids can see what is on. We don’t watch every night, but we do make a point to make time for the really special ones. My kids love the Prep and Landing show and the shorts that have been relased. We bought the DVD last year and it has two additional shorts.

    I can’t wait for Les Mis and another I’m looking forward to is “This is Forty”. Probably because I’m months away and need a good laugh!

    Have a great holiday movie season Ali!

  • 13.
    Christine said…

    My older daughters had Mr. Ploof as well and they felt that he was their best teacher at BPS. He really prepared them well for college.
    My youngest daughter is now a freshman and I sure hope she ends up in one of his classes.

  • 14.
    Kristin Burge said…

    Hi Ali! Love Les Mis- have seen it as a musical a few times and cannot wait for the movie. Another great old Christmas classic is “Christmas in Connecticut” – starring Barbara Stanwyck. Love it! I may pull it out today!
    QUESTION: Maybe you are already planning to address this in a post – but am wondering – how do you decide what goes into your December Daily album vs. what goes into Project Life??? I do PL and am getting my DD organized – but that question has been going through my head as I prep my DD. Please help with some inspirations and ideas! THANK YOU!
    -Kristin B.

  • 15.
    slmnontec said…

    Get prepared for unbelievable depth and richness of language in the book Les Miserables. It is my all time favorite. The quotes are so tremendous! The first time I saw a production of it, I literally came out speechless. I was so touched, I couldn’t function!

    I renamed the book “Grace, in the form of kindness, changes lives”. Love, love, love, love this book. And I also LOVE the music (most of it).

    • ….
      Suzette said…

      Wow! Perfectly expressed!

  • 16.
    Jan B said…

    We have recently seen Argo and Flight as well. That last scene in Argo – wow! I share the same list of “must see’s” as you do, Ali, with these important additions: Lincoln, Anna Karenina and Hitchcock (not sure that’s the name, but it’s Hopkins starring as Hitchcock during the making of Psycho…not sure WHEN it’s coming out, actually, but I’ll be there!).

  • 17.
    Jasmine said…

    My kids & I love going to the movies! December here is the start of our long summer holidays and we go to the movies a lot – usually to escape the hot weather. I’ve been to one movie marathon, my mum took my siblings and me to a Star Wars marathon. i think it was when Return of the Jedi came out & they played all 3 originals back to back. I fell asleep sometime during Empire Strikes Back – my 9 yr old son was most disappointed in me when i told him – ha! My mum used to read lots of great books to us. The Hobbit is the most memorable one, so I can’t wait to see the movie. I read The Great Gatsby in high school too – I’ve been looking forward to the new film version since I saw the trailer a few months ago.

  • 18.
    MIchelle L said…

    DOn’t get too excited about Great Gatsby this month because they moved it to March! =(

    I am geeking out about The Hobbit though! One of my all time favorites stories. I can’t wait!

  • 19.
    Kendra said…

    I want to see Rise of The Gurdians with my family. Jack Frost, Santa, the Easter Bunny…..looks like fun!

    Saw the Breaking Dawn Part 2 last night. Was an aewsome movie!

  • 20.
    Kareen said…

    My son ( now 20yrs. ) and I have favorite Christmas movies that we watch every year. For the past 7 years or so we have loved The Grinch with Jim Carrey and Love Actually. The latter is not appropriate for young kids.

  • 21.
    Christina said…

    Thanks for postings the video on Les Mis! It was really neat to see how they filmed the singing. Anne Hathaway and that song have been in my head since I saw the preview a couple of weeks ago. I can’t wait to see the movie. And I wish I could sing that song like she does! It is packed with emotion that moves you.

  • 22.
    Raylene said…

    Ali, I LOVE MOVIES TOO! First the 2 favs for my kids: Muppets Christmas Carol and The Christmas Story (shoot your eye out!) Also a Twilight fan! Hubby & I used to see a movie each week, but he is so busy these days and I work nights most weekends, so it hasn’t worked out lately, but we are a Movie family for sure!

  • 23.
    rhonda nickol said…

    I am so looking forward to watching “White Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” and I will be going to the theaters to see”Lincoln”!

  • 24.
    Jan said…

    Wow…If I wrote the same post we would have the exact same list. Except I haven’t seen Flight yet and I’m also anxious to see Silver Linings Playbook. But it’s Les Mis that I’m most obsessed about seeing. Also, although it’s not new, my husband and I watch Love Actually on the last Saturday before Christmas every single year, and I really look forward to that.

  • 25.
    JenRay said…

    With littles, we don’t get out to the movies much, and with no cable TV (we mostly stream, if we watch at all) I usually don’t even have a clue what is out. But we are going to see Argo tonight! I also want to see The Hobbit and Lincoln, and a girlfriend and I have plans to see Les Mis (hubby is not interested, which makes the babysitter issue much easier to cope with!) I’ll have to check out the trailers for the others you mentioned.

  • 26.
    Kim said…

    An all day movie marathon at the theater? That sounds awesome! I like your movie line ups too.

  • 27.
    Stacy said…

    Yep! I’m also looking forward to many of those same flicks. We LOVE to watch the Hallmark channel during the Christmas season too. They have a Christmas theme which has already begun. Even my dh enjoys Hallmark movies…Wholesome and free! Can’t beat that! Enjoy your weekend :-)

  • 28.
    Debbie D said…

    Go see Pitch Perfect if it is still out1 Highly entertaining and just fun!

  • 29.
    Paula said…

    Here Comes The Boom is still out, and I really enjoyed it!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Hi Paula,
      We saw this too and LOVED it!! Henry Wrinkler was such a big crush for me in 2nd grade. My mom gave me a “Fonzie” bday party and I dressed up as him for Halloween that year. My son now watches wrestling shows and wants to be a boxer after seeing this movie. He goes around the house singing HERE COMES THE BOOM!!

  • 30.
    Debie Grace said…

    I’m excited to watch The Great Gatsby!! :)

  • 31.
    Mel said…

    Thanks for sharing that extended trailer. Seen the stage production and that music sends shivers down my spine can’t wait to see how the did with the film. Jealous that you did the whole day Twilight! I was sooo tempted but just went to see the new one last night.WOW. They had me so worried there.

    The Silver Linings Playbook is a fantasic book so will go and see that too.

  • 32.
    dawn said…

    WOW, all day movies, doesn’t your back get sore after that?? I bet you enjoyed it, how fun for you!!

    We are a family of 5 so we don’t get to see all the movies only the ones that come to the cheaper theater. My hubby and I haven’t been to a movie in over 10 years. Just the kid type movies is all we see now.

    Our favorite holiday ones to watch here at home though are..Home Alone, Snow Day, Cheaper By the Dozen, Elf and this year I will purchase the Arthur’s Christmas movie which we LOVED!

    Wishing there was a good kids movie coming out for us but we don’t see any we all like yet, will run your list over with the kids and see what they think. Thanks for sharing these with us, I had no idea this many were coming out soon.

    Have fun!!

  • 33.
    wendy blackman said…

    cannot wait to see Gatsby and am going to read Les Mis..have never read it. Some of our favorite movies here are the original Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, Home Alone (all), Rudolph, Frosty, and of course Charlie Brown. There is a pin on pinterest of ABCFamily’s Christmas movie line up starting Dec. 1.

  • 34.
    Traci Brookes said…

    I am with you…only you forgot to add Lincoln, Anna Karenina to the list of must sees this year. I am going to be living at the theatre. But I love you posted this…inspires me to write/photograph/scrap about this is Project Life.

  • 35.
    Noell said…

    I read Les Mis in high school – an abridged one with just the extended history sections taken out. It’s an amazing story. I hope you love it!!

    I’ve been hoping to re-read Gatsby before the movie comes out but I’m only half-way through my current book, which is very LONG — East of Eden by Steinbeck — so I don’t know if I’ll get to Gatsby before the movie hits. And I’ve GOT to see Gatsby as soon as it’s in the theater!!!

    How exciting that so many of the movies right now are based on classics.

    I’m waiting for someone to make a really good Wuthering Heights. That’s my favorite.

  • 36.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    I love holiday movies, white Christmas, Christmas Vacation, and Elf are 3 of my favorites. Just saw Les Mes in New Orleans with my daughters! Great production and looking forward to seeing the movie next.

  • 37.
    Jen said…

    I can’t wait to see Les Miserables!! The trailer just made the anticipation even more so! And also looking forward to seeing The Hobbit. Loved the Lotr books and movies, so I can’t wait to see how they did with this one!

  • 38.
    Deirdre said…

    Lincoln! Not sure I can wait until it comes to our small town. Love everyone involved in it, and sounds like a great script.

    Can’t wait to watch Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown Christmas with our boys!

  • 39.
    Mallory said…

    I love getting my Christmas movies on Netflix every year. Working on my queue now. Would love to see your list!

  • 40.
    Tinka said…

    I am so looking forward to seeing Les Mis…in fact, I’m thinking about going on Christmas Day when it opens! Almost bought the book last night but I already have about a dozen that are waiting to be read so will wait. Just saw the stage show a couple months ago…fabulous!

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