8 Uncommon Festive Films
Cast Away (2001)
Chart the beard growth of Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland (a fedEx executive) whose plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean. With only a washed-up volleyball for island entertainment, it makes for some interesting viewing
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Even if it’s just to see Jeff Bridges as “the Dude”. Never before has cardigan-wearing been taken so seriously.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Robert Downey Jr. moves to Los Angeles and hooks up with gay detective Val Kilmer for a crash test in how to become a successful private eye. With a film-noir style narration, it’s one to watch after a sherry (or two).
Catch Me if You Can (2002)
A veritable roll call of Hollywood royalty star in Spielberg’s stylish, confident comedy about a teenage fraudster.
Forrest Gump (1994)
“Life is like a box of chocolates”, said Forrest. Add this to your viewing list, and then run off the Christmas indulgences in a pair of chinos, just like Tom Hanks did in this sentimental blockbuster.
Die Hard (1988)
A gun-toting Bruce Willis in a vest? What’s not to love?
An impressive science fiction hit that stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts on a mission to the wormholes of Saturn, in a nail-biting bid to find a new planet for humankind to inhabit.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
A briefcase toting Ben Stiller directs and stars in this American adventure story of a man on the hunt to find his own destiny.