WINTER — I could make some joke about how winter is coming, but I'd be a total poser considering I've never seen one episode of "Game of Thrones," so I won't.
What I will tell you is that it's getting colder outside, and despite the lack of snow, there is a chill in the air. This is where this month's movie club comes into play.
We thought about favorite Christmas movies, but we've been there and done that— how many lists do you need to see this month anyway with "It's a Wonderful Life," "Elf" and "Christmas Vacation" on them?
Instead, we've gone with movies that makes us feel cold. So bundle up and get your hot cocoa because things are about to get chilly.
We’ll be chatting about each pick in more detail on the KSL Popcorn Report podcast throughout the month of December. We'd love for you to rewatch the movies (or watch them for the first time) and give us your feedback on each, either in the comments or by tweeting us, @KSLPopReport.
Travis' pick: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is a classic tale of boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy must defeat girl’s eleven evil ex-boyfriends to keep girl.
Or wait — is it seven evil exes? Come to think of it, that’s not so bad.
Set against the constant snowfall of a Canadian winter, this film is a visually glorious, cult classic that needs to be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates the value of a 1-Up.
While retro-projects like “Sing Street” and “Stranger Things” celebrate a time of Wham! and Venkman, Scott Pilgrim reaches out to audiences who remember a world before spawn points. “Scott Pilgrim" speaks to moviegoers who get blue hair and characters named Knives Chau — she’s Chinese, by the way. But best of all, this film understands people enjoy a story with Easter eggs as opposed to a story that exists because of Easter eggs.
When you ask yourself, “Is tonight is a game night or a movie night?” the answer may just be “Scott Pilgrim vs the World.”
Dave's pick: "Winter's Bone"
This month for the KSL Movie Club, I deliberated at great length between the two films that made me feel the coldest while I watched them. The first film that came to mind was "Fargo," because it just looks miserably cold the entire time, and you can't help but get sympathy chills as you watch.
The second film that came to mind was "Winter's Bone." Though this film takes place in not a terribly cold climate, it does have a much colder emotional feeling to it, which if you know me, I tend to like.
Ultimately I went with "Winter's Bone," because I really wanted a reason to see it again, and it has an amazing performance by a young Jennifer Lawrence. But mostly the name just makes me giggle.
"Winter's Bone" is rated R for some drug material, language and violent content.
John's pick: "The Grey"
I've brought this up before and here we go again, but my pick is "The Grey." I picked it because it can be 100-plus degrees outside while I watch it, and I still need a blanket. The movie is one big cold marathon as Liam Neeson battles wolves the only way Liam Neeson knows how: like a boss.
At its basest level, "The Grey" seems to be a film about a man trying to survive in the wilderness as wolves chase him. That would be fun enough, but this movie is so much more. So much. The movie is deep, poignant and really impressive, but not many people understand the deeper and philosophical meaning behind this film. I would love to sit down with director and writer Joe Carnahan and find out if I'm just insane or if I hit the nail on the head. I think it's the latter.
I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen "The Grey" and would like to, but if you want to hear my take, feel free to shoot me an email.
"The Grey" is rated R for violence and disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.
Faith's pick: "Everest"
Let me preface this by saying that I really hate being cold. And like many women I know, I am always cold, no matter how many layers I wear. So suffice it to say, I did not love “Everest.” The whole movie takes place in one of the world’s harshest environments and people literally freeze to death in the film. It is pretty brutal and for some reason, this movie really affected me the first time I saw it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I was stressed out by it for days afterwards. And it also makes me cold just thinking about it.
“Everest” is based on the true story of the 1996 expedition, still one of the deadliest expeditions to the summit in history. In all, 12 people died during the trek, causing questions to be raised about the commercialization of hiking Everest. (And despite knowing that a lot of people die, I haven’t ruined the movie with spoilers because you still have to watch it to see who dies.)
If you are one of the crazy people on this planet interested in summiting Everest, I would definitely recommend watching this movie first.
Curt's pick: "Alive"
I hate being cold. Just ask my family and friends about how much I whine about being cold. Even though I first saw “Alive” in the summertime, it made me want to grab a parka and never fly again.
"Alive" is about a Uruguayan rugby team that was deserted in the freezing cold mountains of the Andes in 1972. They are forced to take drastic measures to survive. It is a great story about the human will to stay alive. Many people on the flight died from the crash itself, injuries and an avalanche. But the biggest threat to survivors was the cold, (other than the lack of food, which, if you have seen the film, you would know they resorted to desperate measures to fight.)
So pull out some hot chocolate and a warm blanket and enjoy this true story about survival.
"Alive" is rated R for crash scenes too intense for unaccompanied children.
Contributing: Travis Poppleton, Dave Clyde, Faith Heaton Jolley and Curtis Linnell
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