Thursday Movie Picks: Snowy Winter Movies

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is snowy winter movies. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I think it's beautiful, when it's falling softly at night, it's so pretty and there are many scenes in films where it's snowing that I love. But fuck ice, and -50 degree weather, seriously.

Here are some of my favorite winter movies.

1) 30 Days of Night

This ended up as a bonus pick during the graphic novel week, so I'm glad I get a chance to use it here. The snowy setting makes this scenario even more dire.

2) Let the Right One In

Yeah, two winter vampire movies. I know, but I love Let The Right One In and winter plays an important part in one of my favorite scenes, Eli and Oskar meeting outside and Eli isn't dressed for winter.

3) Misery

Worst person to get caught in a snow storm with ever. 

Bonus: The Ice Storm - not a whole lot of snow in this movie, but the ice they get at the end of it is memorable.

12 comments:

  1. Haven't seen The Ice Storm, but I really did want to pick all three of the others. Thing is, I used them all for other things. Needless to say, I think they're all great.

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    1. I had to go through my old post to makes sure I didn't use LTROI. I used it in 2014. The Ice Storm is a really interesting piece. You should check it out some time.

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  2. Good picks though I'm not much for vampire films so I haven't seen the first two. Misery is a distressingly unsettling experience but Kathy Bates is just great.

    I thought The Ice Storm would turn up somewhere this week. I've rarely walked into a theatre with higher expectations than I did with that film. I'm a fan of everyone in the cast and Ang Lee is one of my favorite contemporary directors so I was really surprised by how much I completely hated the film. I couldn't get out of that theatre fast enough. Worst of all it was my turn to pick the film between my buddy and I and he hated the film just as much as I did and to this day I've never heard the end of it!! Oh well ya can't win em all.

    Mine all have some sort of sport connection although my last has only the most tangential.

    Mystery, Alaska (1999)-Mystery, Alaska is a small, quiet town where hockey is the most important thing in the lives of the townsfolk. The mayor oversees special "Saturday Games" selecting locals to play against each other for the enjoyment of the other townspeople. When an article about the town and their hockey playing is published in Sports Illustrated a native son, who has left and made a name for himself in sports, convinces the NHL to have the N.Y. Rangers play a televised exhibition game in the town for publicity. This causes no end of upheaval. This was Russell Crowe's last film just before moving on to superstardom in Gladiator.

    Iron Will (1994)-Having recently lost his father and in peril of losing the family farm a young man, Will Stoneman, enters a grueling dog sled race across the frozen north just before the outbreak of WWI. As he endures many hardships the newspapers latch onto his story and he becomes an inspiration for the country famed as "Iron Will".

    Ski Party (1965)-Silly comedy, basically a beach party movie moved to the slopes. Two college boys pretend to be women on a ski weekend to meet other women. Taking into consideration the name of the movie your expectations should be low to start with but this is still a pretty dumb time waster. The major redeeming feature would be the appearances of James Brown and even more so Lesley Gore. Notice how whenever someone sings the movie switches to stereophonic sound! Also the scene of night skiing with color flares over which the opening credits are projected is very striking but otherwise...well read the description.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Aw, that's a shame you hated The Ice Storm. I love it, but it didn't have enough snow to make it anything other than a bonus.

      I liked Mystery, Alaska though it's been a long time since I've seen it. Absolutely hated Iron Will. I remember having to watch that in school and crying. I can't handle dog movies. lol

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  3. I have not seen the first film. The 2nd one-I think I saw but it was Swedish..I think:) I am relying on my memory banks which is failing. My niece loved this film about a very young vampire who befriends this boy and it takes place in winter-I remember being charming in its dark ways. The Ice Storm-I saw the film but I was not really enamoured with it. I was expecting something great but was bored by it. I remember this ice storm vividly since it happened in Quebec and I had wished I could have done something for the people there.

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    1. Yep! Let The Right One In is a Swedish film.

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  4. Almost went with Misery myself. Such a classic! The Ice Storm is one of my all-times. Great picks!

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    1. Thank you! I'm in the mood to rewatch The Ice Storm now.

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  5. I could totally pick 30 Days of Night and Let the Right One In too...then my list would be wintry horror like yours.

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  6. Love your bonus pick! And who can argue with Let the Right One In?

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    1. I've been meaning to watch The Ice Storm again after doing this.

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