Getting into the holiday spirit
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8. "Love Actually" (Richard Curtis, 2003)
It’s the hopeless romantic in me, but I have to pull this one off the shelf annually and delight in the gooey center of Richard Curtis’s love letter to love. Part of it is the ensemble, a clever mingling of a talented cast around a simple, yet paradoxically complex theme. Another part has to be the music, used in such a way as to chip the ice away from the coldest of hearts. But mostly, it’s for the Liam Neeson storyline and a pathetically adorable kid stumbling upon “the total agony of being in love.” It makes me hide that Grinch inside for just a few short hours and hey, the fiancée likes it too, so what can you do?