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Thompson. S. Ekong: "Back Around" Inspired By Skepta

Thompson. S. Ekong, Visual Director for Baroque Age has curated a visual series called "Back Around."

Back Around is a visual series exploring the value of music, heritage and youthful culture.

The series is circled around Skepta performing at a music festival in his home country Nigeria.

The images curated in this series bring out emotions of a mind who's had to pursue his dream away from home due to lack of structures. While away from home, he becomes an icon in another's man land upon his return home the culture of new age Africa has grown, and limitations didn't allow him grow at home have been established for him to shine.

It's profound as new age Africa takes shape, it's a call to Africans all over, a pride raging across every African as we're a global voice.

 

Thompson had these words to explain the form behind the series.

 

"Being here put me in a different state.

The atmosphere was unique, it felt like sounds of people who were happy of all they've accomplished.

Capturing these images were perfect reflections of the strength in our consciousness.

Africans everywhere have fought years of mistakes, we've undergone so much yet we still kept on going, kept on believing.

Our skins never seemed to fade away from history.

To the skins close to our outside, they couldn't be more proud that home has begun to shine.

It's been long coming, some called it out homecoming.

A time where we need not leave our boarders to seek dreams or joy.

Grown, we've grown enough to own our presence in the world.

History taking notes of our ethos.

The culture is priceless, we are the profit.

These moments the kids of the future reunite with their heroes all happening in your environment, in your Africa, are prophecies to our New Age."

 

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Headies: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The Headies awards has come and gone but as always it has left us with a lot of talking points. After the drama at the last awards show early this year, expectations were high for this one. This year’s Headies was praised when the nomination list dropped, it felt like the first time they actually got it right apart from the uneven number of nominations in different categories. This post is just a minor recap of the major talking points and has been divided in 3 parts; the bad, the ugly, and the good.

 

The Bad

Organisation: It seems we get to complain about the same things at the Headies every single time, this is the 11th edition and they still can’t start on time, get quality pictures/videos, get good audio, at times we couldn’t hear what they were saying and you had to be with your remote all through to increase/decrease the volume as the situation requires. Headies organisers, please we are tired of complaining about the same thing every year.

 

Award winners: Can’t have an award show where there isn’t controversy about the awards being given out itself. This year’s major gaffe has to be Brymo not winning anything. For those that know, Brymo’s last two albums can stand toe to toe with any album released in its time frame, so not winning an award for 2 years in a row is nothing short of a travesty.

Then ill Bliss won the two rap category awards, including ‘Best rap Album’

Headies wyd, their fragile credibility takes a hit again with this award? This comes at a time when SA Hip-Hop scene is laying claim to being the best Hip-Hop scene in Africa and our best rap album is Ill Bliss’? No disrespect to ill Bliss but he doesn’t have the best rap album in the country. 

 

The Ugly

Artiste boycott?: It couldn’t have gone unnoticed that a lot of artistes didn’t attend this year’s awards, most of the awards won was picked up by people other than the artistes themselves, there was no major YBNL, Mavin, Choc city artiste (the three biggest labels in Nigeria) there, which begs the question of whether it was an intentional boycott which we hope it isn’t, because as AY Makun explained, it was due to the fact that it was an end of the year event and artistes have already been booked for shows and they couldn’t neglect their obligations they had been paid for just to come to the awards. We sure hope that is the reason.

I have to touch up on the fact that Phyno, who surprisingly was there got an award, came on stage to pick up his award, said he has no acceptance speech and walked away.

Mr Phyno, you might as well have stayed in your house seeing as you want to be childish, the least you can do when you don’t have a speech is to thank your fans who buy your music and those who voted for you. Do better, Phyno.

 

The Good

Throwbacks: Nobody can complain about the throwback theme in this year’s award show, we got a remedies comeback, a Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba monster performance, a Daddy Showkey performance, a Raskimono performance and so on, it was without doubt a great thing to see these legends on stage once again, definitely highlight of the night. This was some all-round good stuff. Kudos to the Headies for pulling it off.

 

Award Winners: There is always bound to be controversy when giving of awards is concerned but Headies got more things right than wrong at this year’s edition. The Kiss Daniel wins, Wizkid’s, Darey’s, Simi, Falz, to name a few are awards won that could hardly be contested. The contestable one was the next rated, but we all knew it was between Ycee and Mr Eazi, so there can be really not much complains. Mr Eazi just had a sold out concert in Lagos without having an album out, need I say more?

 

Overall, I would say this was a decent effort by the Headies, it thrilled and frustrated in equal measures, we had great performances from the likes of Flavour, Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba and Daddy Showkey. Tu Baba’s performance was of the level of what we have come to expect of him. The hosts did a decent job, Falz was is irrepressible self, Adesua didn’t do bad either, I mean we would all sit and watch Adesua do nothing for 12 hours if we could. With better organisation, the Headies could become a major award show in Africa that everyone would love to attend but then we said the said the same thing last year.

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‘The Wedding Party’ Is The Perfect Family Movie To Wrap Up A Good Year For Nigerian Cinema

Hype can be a major turn off or bait for movies. The Wedding Party happens to be one of the most talked about and hyped movies of the year and does it live up to expectations? Is it worth the time and money? These are questions Nigerian cinema-goers undoubtedly never ask themselves when comedy is involved – especially when it’s a romantic comedy with a stellar cast; from the producers of box-office wonder ‘Fifty’ to an impressively preachy P.R.. Well, the answer is evident.

Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi) is the bride-to- be. She is the only daughter of oil magnate Bamidele Coker (Alibaba) and extremely dramatic Yoruba mother Tinuade Coker stereotypically and exceptionally played by Sola Sobowale who is set to tie the knot with Lagos big-time playboy Dozie Onwuka (Banky W) and all hell seems to be let loose to disrupt the wedding party of the year. The entire movie happens in one day. It captures a very visually brilliant story about all that goes down in a typical Nigerian wedding.

The wedding Party which is Kemi Adetiba’s first feature length outing as a director could not have been directed better; as one of the key elements of the movie aside the stellar performances from all the cast was the directing. From the way each scene was shot, it was easy to tell this heavy-weight project was left in good hands. Adetiba combined a touch of music video shooting skills to film making skills to bring these beautiful takes to life.

 

The Editing was a major high point of the movie as the Editor (Andrew Webber) totally understood how attention spans of the audience are dwindling by the day – every scene was precise and straight to the point. The acting performances were top-notch and funny. From the Insecure virgin bride; to the playboy groom; to the over bearing Yoruba and Igbo mothers, to the edgy wedding planner (Zainab Balogun), the arrogant gate crashers, a vengeful ex (Beverly Naya); a goof-clown best man (Ikechukwu) and the groom’s brother Nonso (Eyinna Nwigwe) seeking approval from his father. The acting ensemble was nothing short of stellar.

The screenplay by Playwright Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba clearly had Romantic comedy tropes in mind and handled it with care, though the scene with the thief on the loose (Sambasa Nzeribe) and the ‘I graduated with first-class, but I couldn’t find a job- so-I-resorted to stealing’ line was one we’ve seen too many times and could have been anything else but that. What also led to the scene at the beach was question-arousing (not in a good way) almost implausible and could have been easily corrected with a line of dialogue from Dunni to her bridesmaid (Somkhele Idhalama) or just any other person. The plot structure and witty dialogue was enough to cover for the minor lapses.

The Wedding Party is a perfect family movie that will leave any Nigerian audience anywhere in the World with one of the things we love the most: laughter. The movie opened to a wide audience at the Toronto International Film Festival with rave reviews and has been much anticipated since then. It is an enjoyable piece of comedy that must best be enjoyed with friends and family over the holidays.

 

 

 

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How To Stay Afloat In This Humbling Economy

That we are in recession is no longer news. We all know how hard this economy is, you can’t actually not notice it, not with every sentence people make ending with ‘in this economy’. Economy is bad and yet the VIP section is Escape is always filled up (I was told). This piece is going to help you save enough money to be able to go to Escape and chill stay afloat in this economy.

 

  • There is rice at home: This really is the golden rule, if this mantra served you well in the university, why can’t it serve you now? Do you know how much you can save just by cutting down on the amount you spend on food when you go out? It is incredible. I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat at that really expensive restaurant, you worked for your money and you should be able to enjoy it, I’m just saying you don’t have to eat there every day in this economy.

 

  • Be faithful to your partner: Do you know how much people spend on cheating? From the recharge card, to internet subscription, to cab fees, to random gifts? All that money which could have been saved if you were actually faithful to your partner. The worst part is when you cheat on your partner, you start to feel guilty and you decide to buy an expensive gift to ease your conscience, you do know that is money you could have saved or put to good use if you never cheated in the first place. Come on, you shouldn’t be cheating in this economy.

  • Do you really need it: Before you purchase an item, you really need to take your time and ask yourself if you absolutely need it? I mean, you have that top in Navy blue and sky blue, do you really need it in Turquoise blue? You have the home and away jersey of your favourite sport club, do you really need the third kit? Or the training kit? Luxury isn’t something you should be indulging in this economy.

  • Double your hustle: Yeah, I’m talking about that Orezi song, it is pure flames. This might actually be a very hard one, seeing as it is easier said than done. So, you have that 8-5 job, you wake up before 6AM and get home at 9PM, how on earth are you supposed to double your hustle? To be very honest, I don’t know, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, find what works for you, it might be weekends, just find that extra source of income no matter how small it may seem, it might just go a long way in this economy.

          Alaye double your hustle, no time for ingbatiingbati – SenseiOrezi

 

  • Buy the naira to grow the naira: This is a very important point, because if the government can’t help us, the least we can do is help ourselves. You know that person who makes shoes on your TL or Instagram, why don’t you buy from them? What of the guy making agbada that is actually not a hooligan, why not patronise him? How about the person making cakes? Beads? Artwork? Buy from them. We really have to buy the naira to grow the naira in this economy.
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The Light Painting Series By Ayo Busari

The light shines bright
It illuminates what it touches
People are so used to it
They forget to appreciate the beauty of light
I illuminate
I turn the light to paintings
I do so without paint brushes and a pallet
I will awaken your mind to new world wonders.

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The Moments That Made 2016

The moments, memes, tweets, and pictures.

2016 has admittedly been a tough year for everyone, from the terrible recession, to the disappointing turn of the US elections, and from the MMM freeze, to the emergence of Bobriskyy. Even Wes from HTGWAM suffered the 2016 blues, when he was killed of the ABC show….*tear*. And we wonder with just a few days to the end of 2016 what does the rest of the year have to offer? Hopefully only good things?

Here are the moments that made 2016 well…2016

 

Pop Culture

People who rose to fame

Bread Seller to Model

Jumoke Orisaguna’s name was all over Nigeria and the rest of the world after a photo-bomb of a shoot by TY Bello got her a modeling contract and in an instant her life was changed.

 

Bobriskky

Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju popularly dubbed Bobriskyy rose to fame through his extravagant sense of style, his ridiculous snapchat videos and let’s not forget his popular unknown ‘bae’.  You can’t talk about 2016 without mentioning Bobriskyy, from ‘oshey’ to ‘bardest’, the snapchat celebrity has obviously stolen Denrele Edun’s place in the flamboyant and controversial!

 

Mr Eazi

2016 will definitely go down in history as the ‘Year of Mr Eazi’. ‘Every song was a hit back to back! Singles like ‘Dance for me’ , ‘Anointing’, ‘Sample You’, rocked the musical charts so much so that Mr Eazi was nominated for the Headies’ ‘next rated artiste’ award.

 

Celebrity Feuds

Olamide - Donjazzy

The feud between the music label owners happened because Reekado Banks won the Next Rated award – and the car that comes with it -- over Lil Kesh.  Olamide showed exactly how he felt about it when he went on a rant telling them to “F**k that shit.” “The streets ti take over. Every f**king single was a hit back to back. From lyrically, to Shoki to Efejoku. Ko ni dafun Iya anybody.” After Olamide ‘expressed’ himself, Don Jazzy replied saying “Egbon Olamide, if you want the car come and collect it. God bless you”.  This made Olamide even more angry, leading to a series of angry tweets where he told the Mavin boss that he can’t come to the mainland again. People thought the fight would go on forever but eventually the label owners settled the matter-- but that wasn’t before their fans had a little fun with it.

 

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Wizkid - Linda Ikeji

Memes, subtle jabs, threats, and the Po-Po. Who can forget 2016’s Starboy vs. Linda Ikeji feud? The squabble started when the model turned blogger published a report about how the Ojuelegba crooner was not in-fact the owner of his home but only a tenant and had been served a quit notice. Wizkid, fueling in anger threatened to send his cousin to beat her up which caused Linda to report the case to the police. According to Linda, reporting the issue to the police had Wizkid and his lawyers begging her and apologizing. Eventually, both stars were asked to come to the police station where Wizkid reportedly had to put it in writing his apology and statement saying the threat was only a joke. Though the two have now settled the issue, we still can’t forget these pictures of Linda, Wizkid posted on his snapchat.

 

Big Music Moments

Albums on Albums on Albums

Lemonade.  Life of Pablo. Anti. Views. This is Acting. Coloring Book. Life is Eazi. These are just a few of the albums that our ears will be eternally grateful for. 2016 was the year of the comeback. Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Solange and Bruno Mars came back from their hiatus’ stronger than ever, dropping chart topping albums.

 

Starboy???

2016 was the annum The Weeknd shocked us all with his haircut, but what was even more shocking especially to the Nigerian music community, was when he named his new album ‘Starboy’. Of course Africans and Wizkid fans all around the world went ballistic, jumping to the defense of their ‘original Starboy’. Words were traded and arguments were held but Wizkid seemed to keep a cool head about all this. When asked by a fan what he thought of the Weeknd naming his album Starboy, Wizkid replied saying “Everybody is a star!”. Quite interestingly enough, it was discovered that neither of the two famous singers, had a legitimate claim to name ‘Starboy’ as it was revealed that the name was originally used by Mavado.

 

International Collaborations

When Wizkid was not busy touring the world he was collaborating with artistes abroad and creating even more fire music. The ‘pakurumo’ crooner made music with the likes of Drake, Tine tempah, Justine Skye, and Trey Songz just to name a few. Wiz Baba was even nominated for a Grammy for his work on One Dance making Nigerians all over the world proud. Davido too, wouldn’t be left out of the international collabos of 2016. He and Tinashe joined their voices for their song ‘How Long’ which currently has over 1 million views on Youtube.

 

OMG Moments

Donald Trump

It’s impossible to say anyone had a bigger year than the US President-Elect, Donald J Trump. The billionaire businessman turned politician, rose above all critics and nay-sayers, when he won the US Presidential elections against his opponent Hilary Clinton. The news of his victory shocked the entire world – well everyone except the unreasonable people that voted for him that is. All the negative tweets, memes, even songs proved they couldn’t stop him at the end of the day.

 

Brexit

Brexit, a shorthand way of referring to the exit of Britain from the European Union became official in June.  A vote was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.  The leave won by 52% to 48%. The turnout of people was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. After the voting results were released the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron resigned from office as he was not in support of Brexit. Britain now currently has a new Prime Minister, Theresa May.

 

Black Lives Matter

2016 was the year when many African Americans lost their lives to brutal police killings. As if the killing of several innocent lives wasn’t sad enough, there was actually video evidence for almost all of the killings. Social media went crazy and Countless people around the world, gathered so that their voices could be heard. The videos that were posted is clear evidence that racism is more than still prevailing in the United States and now to top it off they’ve voted a man who is clearly a racist against any race, except white, as their president, let’s just hope the President-Elect remembers #AllLivesMatter

 

Shirley Ceaser

If you’re familiar with gospel music, Shirley Ceaser is a name you must have been hearing quite often. A little while before thanksgiving, the gospel singer was recorded innocently talking about food we assume would be served on the thanksgiving table. Little did she know that she would become an internet sensation. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook…YOU NAAAME IT!!! Wasted no time in creating memes, making videos, gifs…literally – you name it!

 

Kardashian Drama

As if the famous family couldn’t be controversial enough, Rob Kardashian, Kim Kardashian’s little brother, started dating Tyga’s Baby Mama – Blac Chyna. This seems to be quite a mess because Tyga is dating Rob’s little sister Kylie Jenner. Everyone thought Blac Chyna and Rob’s relationship was just a publicity stunt till the announced they were engaged. And even more dramatic? She was pregnant! Throughout this year the couple has had their ups constantly making headlines with their merry-go-round relationship. Blac Chyna gave birth to their daughter Dream Renee Kardashian on November 10, 2016.

 

Brangelina split

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were an example of true love in Hollywood. Somewhere deep within us, we all thought that their love would last forever and their divorce proves that if they can split, anyone can. Between the two Oscar winners, they have 6 children; 3 adopted children and 3 biological children. Brad and Angelina are reportedly divorcing of an incident between Pitt and their adopted son Maddox. Pit and his son allegedly had an argument on a plane which is when Angelina claims that Brad hit their son. The Hollywood megastars are currently in court fighting for custody of their 6 children however, investigations into Brad Pitt for child abuse has been closed.  

 

Tiwa Savage's husband scandal

Earlier this year Tiwa Savage’s former manager and husband took to Instagram to express himself in a rant about his wife. In the rant Teebillz insinuated that Tiwa had slept with Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid and Tuface and accused the Mavin first lady of many other wrong doings. Things escalated pretty quickly when Teebilz almost took his life attempting to jump off Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge, reportedly Peter and Paul Okoye were there to save the star from himself. Tiwa could no longer maintain her silence on the matter and invited Pulse TV to her home for an interview. Tiwa gave her side of the story explaining that Tunji (TeeBillz) was millions in debt, using cocaine and was also cheating on her.

 

MMM

Do the words Ponzi Scheme mean anything to you? If you are well educated, you probably heard them once or twice and didn’t pay them any mind. But then again, if you participated in MMM, you’re probably well-educated on the matter. Millions of Nigerians fell victim of what Wikipedia calls ‘The world’s largest Ponzi scheme of all time’. The Russian-made company closed off operations ‘for a month’ in Nigeria, leaving several individuals without a penny to their names. Ironically Nigerians are notoriously known for their scamming, now it seems that the scammers have been scammed… if that makes any sense?

 

2016 was the ultimate rollercoaster but if you’re reading this then you obviously came out a victor! Here’s to better days in 2017!

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2017 Movie Sequels We Would Rather Not Have

If we are being honest, 2016 wasn’t a great year for movies, we are hoping 2017 is going to be better, but going by some of the movie sequels coming out in 2017, it might as well be 2016 all over again. This is a non-conclusive list of movies we would rather not have in 2017 and when we do get them, we hope it is the final one.

 

 

Ascendant

If you don’t know what movie this is, I don’t really blame you, it is the final instalment of the Divergent series. Let’s do a quick recap, this is a book adapted into a movie, the book is a trilogy, but this is the 4th movie. How? The people at Lionsgate decided to take a page out of the Twilight and Harry Potter franchise by dividing the last instalment of the book into two parts and it backfired. The last movie, Allegiant while being the least grossing movie of the entire series also had a rating of 13% on rotten tomatoes, so the expectations on this one is already pretty low… If you’re going to make a part 4, just call it Allegiant Part. 2 for Christ’s sake.

 

Pitch perfect 3

Following up to the original Pitch perfect was always going to be a tall order, but we got pitch perfect 2 and it was very decent, so the directors had a great idea, ‘why don’t we do a pitch perfect 3?’ Come on, with each movie release after the original release, it taints the legacy of the first one. That being said, I’m definitely watching it.

 

Fifty shades Darker

Yes, it is a sequel to the Fifty shades of grey movie and there is another one coming out after it. When you have a movie that is better than the book it was adapted from you know you have a problem. The fifty shades of grey movie was so bad, it is actually scandalous that they are going ahead with the sequel. The only thing good about the first movie was the soundtrack, and now we have to sit through another punishment they call sequel. Just check out how many Golden Raspberry nominations and awards it won. God help us.

 

Fast and Furious 8

The fate of the furious is what it is being called, and that’s exactly what I am, furious. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fast and furious franchise, when it was all about the car races that got your adrenaline pumping, then they switched to making heist movies and I still managed to enjoy it and they switched again to making the intelligence community inspired type of movies, nigga please. If there was ever a time to bow out gracefully, it was after Fast 7, with Paul Walker dead and grossing over a billion, but no, they decided to punish us with more of the same overstretched story-line. Please let this be the last one.

 

Transformers: The last knight

There is no point arguing that, the last transformers is the worst one in the series so far. Yes, it grossed over $1 billion but it doesn’t take away the fact that it sucked balls. We all love the decepticons and the autobots in all their machine voice glory but if this new instalment is anything like the last one, then we are in trouble. This is the last one Michael Bay is expected to direct, so we hope a new director comes with fresh ideas and gives a new spin to the Transformers franchise.

 

John Wick: Chapter 2

A man goes on a rampage and kills at least 76 men because his dog was killed. Of course, this deserves a sequel. I’m not angry that there is a sequel though, I’m just putting it out there. As a matter of fact I would love to watch it, Keanu Reeves seems to have finally found a movie that showcases his considerable talents in all his glory. This one comes out February 2017, so we get to know early what we are getting.

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

You may never see a better terrible secret service movie that the first instalment of this movie. The action sequences were almost out of this world. But take that out and what do you have? Spy Kids for Adults.

This movie is the Paralympics version of the James Bond franchise and quite frankly would be a lot better if they exchanged all the plots for fight scenes.

 

There are other movie sequels coming out in 2017, but I just felt like I needed to point these ones out. Not all of the movies coming in 2017 is all doom and gloom though, there are some movies to certainly look forward to, like Star wars: Episode VIII, Thor 3, Wolverine 3 (aka Logan), Creed 2, The Equalizer 2, Frozen 2, GOTG Vol.2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to name a few.

 

Do you think I left a movie out, or I added one unfairly? Let me know in the comment section.

 

 

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10 Christmas Movies Everyone Should See Every Year

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. It is the one time you can expect kindness and love from your neighbour even when they know your parents wouldn’t allow you eat the food they give you. There’s something really special about Christmas. Asides the birth of Jesus, there’s a feeling it brings which goes beyond the street decorations and Christmas carols we attend; It is the feeling that for once, we Lagosians and Nigerians in general can take life slow and enjoy life and what it’s worth with family and people we hold dear.

For some reason, over the years, it hasn’t been as it used to be. Every December feels less Christmas-sy than the previous so much so if you ask me what time of the year it was, my guess will be somewhere between May and August.

Usually, when this feeling comes around, I attend carols but those aren’t until next week so I tried to invoke the spirit of Christmas passed – Which worked for me btw, so I’m sharing with you the same recipe of classic Christmas movies that will definitely bring back some of the spark you’ve lost.

 

A Christmas Story (1983)

Follow young and witty Ralphie Parker on his amazing Christmas quest dodging his neighbourhood bully and daydreaming about his ideal Christmas present a "Red Ryder air rifle". Always at odds with his cranky Dad and loving Mum, Ralphie tries to secure his ideal Christmas present in a freezing December full of love and hope.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Classic Christmastime play for peanuts fans. Charlie Brown just like most Nigerians is suffering from the Yuletide blues so he takes Lucy’s advice and decides to direct the school Christmas play. Needing a Christmas tree, Charlie sets out to find his ideal tree and on getting back, everyone laughed at the short, spindly “thing” he brought until the true meaning of Christmas found its way into the hearts of the little children.

Elf (2003)

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally taken to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Feeling out of place amongst elves, Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform to find his real father (Walter) whom he finds. After a DNA test proves this, Walter tries to start a relationship with his long-lost son who hasn’t done much growing in the North pole.

 

 

Holiday Inn (1942)

The Holy Grail of Christmas musicals staring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. Overshadowed by its overrated and needless remake, the 1942 original musical which is responsible for the popular term “White Christmas” holds a special place in my heart.

Home Alone 1 (1999)

I don’t need to give a narrative, yes? We all watched this and we all should… EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey, a small-town resident of Bedford Falls lives a life so tragic he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrificed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes; showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.

Love Actually (2003)

How complex is love? This movie tells nine intertwined stories which show how a single act of love can cause a ripple of effects.

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

The remake of the 1947 Christmas Classic which follows the life of Dorey Walker and her daughter Susan neither of whom believes in the spirit of Christmas until Dorey who is charged with hiring the mall Santa as Macy’s found old man named Kriss Kringle. He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. Authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense. 

Tangerine (2015)

Not your conventional Christmas movie but spell-binding nonetheless, Tangerine follows the life of a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp have been cheating on her. The movie was shot with three iPhone 5s smartphones.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas, also known as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop-motion animated dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.

 

Did I miss anything? Let me know about your favorite Christmas movies so I can watch them.

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