Time for a festive movie tag! I came up with this idea a few months ago and have been waiting so eagerly for December so I could share it with you :-)
#1 Use a different movie for each prompt
#2 Add photos and/or explanations of how your choices fit the prompts
#3 Tag a few friends to play along
(They're more like guidelines, actually. Just so you know.)
My reviews linked to titles where applicable :-)
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree -- movie that involves agriculture
Friendly Persuasion (1956). Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins play Quaker farmers grappling with how their beliefs clash with the world around them during the American Civil War. Which doesn't sound like a comedy, but I consider it one anyway.
2. Turtledoves -- movie about a long-lasting relationship
Giant (1956). Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor play a married couple whose life together we trace for more than twenty-five years. This is a movie I grew up with.
3. French Hens -- movie that takes place in France
Chocolat (2000). Juliette Binoche meets Johnny Depp in France, and there's a lot of chocolate involved. Totally delicious, and I need to review it one of these days.
4. Calling Birds -- movie where people talk on the phone
Bells are Ringing (1960). Judy Holliday works for a phone answering service (because answering machines and voicemail hadn't been invented yet), and she falls in love with one of her clients, Dean Martin, who thinks she's a matronly older woman. Musical comedy hijinks ensue.
5. Golden Rings -- movie with multiple romances
The Holiday (2006). Both recently heartbroken, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz are total strangers who switch houses with each other for a few weeks, one travelling to LA and one to Britain. They then find new romance while on vacation in each others' worlds. It all involves Jude Law at his yummiest, plus Jack Black, Rufus Sewell, and a darling Eli Wallach.
6. Geese A-laying -- movie with a birth or that features babies
Stagecoach (1939). While under threat of hostile Indians and other dangers, a woman (Louise Platt) gives birth to her first child with only strangers, her fellow stagecoach passengers, to help her. That's a small piece of the story, but an important one that affects everyone.
7. Swans A-swimming -- movie where someone goes swimming
Hamlet (2000) Julia Stiles, as Ophelia, literally goes swimming, imagines she's swimming, and eventually drowns herself. One of my absolute favorite Hamlet productions.
8. Maids A-milking -- movie with cows
Witness (1985). Harrison Ford plays a Philly cop who hides out with the Amish while protecting a murder witness. He learns to milk cows. And has to wake up really early to do so.
9. Ladies Dancing -- movie with a dance scene
Emma (1996). Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, and Jeremy Northam do quite a bit of dancing. Alan Cumming, however, is an old married man whose dancing days are sadly over. This is my favorite Jane Austen movie adaptation.
10. Lords A-leaping -- movie about athletes
Chariots of Fire (1981). True story about a bunch of Olympic runners who have powerful religious beliefs. And run a lot. On the beach, through the school, around race tracks, wherever they can.
11. Pipers Piping -- movie with someone playing a musical instrument
That Thing You Do! (1996). A band of young musicians almost makes it really big in the '60s music scene, guided by music producer Tom Hanks. I can't believe I've never reviewed this movie! I adore it for its cheerful, happy-go-lucky vibe.
12. Drummers Drumming -- movie with characters in the military
The Patriot (2000). Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, the American Revolution -- something for everyone here! One of the first movies I saw multiple times in the theater.
Now, I said that those rules were more like guidelines, actually. I'm going to break one of them by not tagging anyone with this because... I don't feel like it. If you want to do this on your own blog, then consider yourself tagged with it!