Not-So-Christmas Movies Selected For You Over The Long Holiday Weekends!

Something for everyone this Christmas

By Lifestyle Guide

April 27 2018

The long holiday weekend calls for a good time for us to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break from work and the hustle and bustle of life. For fellow introverts who aren’t making plans for big celebrations and instead prefer to spend the long weekends alone, here's a short list of movies for you to capture, probe and explore the world from the comfort of your own home!

One Day (2011) Directed by Lone Scherfig

An adaptation of the award winning book novel 'One Day' written by David Nicholls, the film tells the story of two friends, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew and how their friendship evolved over 20 years as they embark on adulthood. The film revisits their life moments every year on the date they met each other, showing how their lives and careers have changed the status of their platonic relationship as they keep in touch.

Who should watch?

Perfect for those who feel the struggle of maintaining a platonic relationship with someone else as life and adulthood hits hard. 

Love, Rosie (2014) Directed by Christian Ditter

Based on the 2004 award winning novel 'Where Rainbows End' by Cecelia Ahern, 'Love, Rosie' is a 2014 romantic movie which tells of two best friends, Alex Stewart and Rosie Dunne who grew up together, only to realise that each of them has romantic feelings for one another. However, a twist of events and unprecedented circumstances seem to keep them apart and discourages them from being more than just friends.

Who should watch?

To those who just want to see themselves falling head over heels for a long overdue relationship between two people.  

Eat Pray Love (2010) Directed by Ryan Murphy 

A film based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir - Eat, Pray, Love. It tells the life of successful modern women, Elizabeth Gilbert, who decides to travel across Italy, India and Indonesia in search of what life really means to her after going through a divorce.

Who should watch?

For those who are feeling lost in life, travel with Elizabeth to find what really matters to you and take a leap of faith to make your own change in the coming new year.

The Intern (2015) Directed by Nancy Meyers

Ben Whittaker, a retired widower, is bored with his current mundane mode of living. He chances upon a position from the successful e-commerce start-up company “About The Fit” looking for a senior intern and decides to apply. His fatherly figure immediately makes him a hit amongst his younger colleagues. Ben soon finds himself reporting to Jules Austin, founder of “About The Fit” who is facing a challenging time as she receives news that the company’s investors would like to bring in a new CEO despite its current success. Ben sets out to help the young entrepreneur find her confidence again as she deals with her fear and uncertainties that she has as a business woman, mother and wife.

Who should watch?

This film is perfect for those who'd just like reassurance that as bad as life can seem to be sometimes, everything will work out well eventually. 

Just Friends (2005) Directed by Roger Kumble

A light-hearted romantic comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart. After a humiliating love confession ten years ago to lifelong crush Jamie Palamino, Chris Brander returns to his hometown after a fire onboard his private jet results in an emergency landing in New Jersey, where he reunites with Jamie. Realizing that he has never forgotten about Jamie and that he still harbours romantic feelings for her, Chris decides to get himself out of the friend zone this time as he attempts to impress and seduce Jamie once again.

Who should watch? 

To the ones who just wants to cheer themselves up from being stuck in the friend zone. 

The Billionaire (2011) Directed by Songyos Sugmakanan 

A film loosely based on the true story of Itthipat Kulapongvanich, a successful young Thai entrepreneur who is well-known for his product “Tao Kae Noi” (Fried seaweed snack). The Billionaire embalms the true meaning of “you’re never too young to dream big” as it tells the story of Itthipat, who made his way from being an online game addict to becoming one of Thailand’s youngest billionaire.

Who should watch? 

Those who are in a state of trepidation for the New Year, get inspired by the courage of Itthipat who faces all odds to achieve his dreams. 

Harry Potter film series (2001-2011)

Revisit the magic of Hogwarts with the words of J.K. Rowling brought to life over the coming long weekend with this iconic film series. 'Harry Potter' has always been one of the favorite movie series to binge over Christmas as it encapsulates the Yuletide charm of love stories, family values and magical twist of fate!

Who should watch? 

This is perfect for those who wants to feel the magic of Christmas in the comfort of your own home.

The Lord of the Rings film series (2001-2003) 

The classic fantasy-adventure trilogy stormed the world in 2001 by winning a record breaking 17 academy awards over the three year release of the film. 'The Lord of the Rings' tells the story of a mild-mannered orphan hobbit Frodo who embarks on the quest to destroy the “One Ring” which has the potential to dominate civilisation.

Who should watch?

This film series that's a solid 9 hours 18 minutes long is the best for those who wants to distance themselves from the troubles of the real world. Transport yourself into the imaginary land of Middle Earth by embarking on the journey with Frodo as he attempts to save his world and the ones that matter most to him.