Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Wonderland...

It's white, it's pretty and it just hates all forms of transport. With snow on everyone's brain, and with (to be honest) a lot more time on my hands than usual, I started thinking about movies with snow. There are lots of them, but which are the snowiest of them all?

Here's my top 5 icy marvels:

Number One (this is a tribute to Phil) has to be Empire Strikes Back. The planet Hoth and its snowstorms, Han Solo's attempts to rescue Luke from the Wampa, I feel cold just looking at it. In a good way.

Number Two - Fargo. Probably the greatest crime-comedy ever set in freezing Minnesota, the Coens brought us breathtaking scenery, great villains and the triumph that is Marge Gunderson. She's pregnant and operating as a cop in bonechilling weather. Respect.

Number Three - The Shining is a serious contender for the top spot. Never has snow seemed so much like a character in itself. It permeates the hotel that Jack Torrance and his family find themselves stuck in and adds a real sense of menace to what's already a terrifying movie. The maze scene alone is a masterpiece of horror.

Number Four - Home Alone. Another film where the snow plays a part, this time for laughs. My mom practically rolls on the floor laughing whenever the bit with Joe Pesci trying to make it up a frozen set of steps comes on. And the pesky snow is one of the main obstacles to Kevin's mother making it back to rescue him. Tsk....

Number Five - On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Definitely the snowiest Bond movie by a mile, OHMSS is covered in the stuff, with Blofeld making a lair out of a ski lodge that's REALLY inconvenient to get to. Amazing skiing sequences and the final shootout in the snowbound mountains is really well staged.

Check 'em out - but make sure you're sitting near a fire! Anyone got a great snow film I've missed?

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