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Netflix Picks: Bush Christmas

Bush ChristmasFor my last Christmas movie review, I chose Bush Christmas. Even though it’s after Christmas, you can watch this movie any time because it’s not really about Christmas anyway. It just happens to be set at Christmas time.

I found Bush Christmas on Netflix while searching for Christmas movies a few weeks ago. It’s set in Australia, so of course I wanted to see it (having lived there for a few years). But the movie poster picture on Netflix is in color, so I was surprised to watch a black and white movie. Then I looked at the date: 1947. Ahh.

The movie is about some kids who chase down horse thieves to retrieve their father’s stolen mare and foal. It reminded me of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, but with younger kids. A few times, the movie reminded me of The Apple Dumpling Gang from Disney. It was fun to see the kids outwitting the bad guys in a believable kid-like way.

The only thing that threw me out of the story a couple times was the way the characters in the movie talked about the Aboriginal characters. It only happened a few times, and I reminded myself of the time period in which the film was made. Interestingly, the film was remade in 1983, with teenage Nicole Kidman playing the part of the older sister in the adventurous group. I wonder how good that version is, or whether Aussies prefer the original.

I found Bush Christmas to be a fun, almost Disney-like old movie. You might want to give it a try.

3 stars, (Liked It, per the Netflix ratings system)

Netflix Picks: Christmas Movies by Andrea Nasfell

Christmas with Cap CThere are lots of Christmas movies out there, but it can be difficult to find ones you like. It just so happens I have an inside track on Christmas movies this year! My friend Andrea Nasfell has two out – on Netflix and in Redbox, as well.

The first one I watched is from last year, Christmas with a Capital C. I liked the whole thing – all the actors, the story, the whole movie. But I particularly loved the interaction between the two brothers. They were so funny and interesting and believable that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear they are really brothers! LOL!

Now just to warn you, if you couldn’t tell by the title, this is a movie about Christ and Christmas. Very cool. Not over the top. Just showing a group of people with different opinions trying to figure out how to enjoy the holidays together.

I liked it so much, I think I’ll watch it again next Christmas!

My rating is 5 stars (Loved It, per Netflix ratings system)

Christmas AngelChristmas Angel is the movie Andrea wrote that came out this year around Thanksgiving. I love several of the actors in this one, too. Della Reese is one of my all-time favorites, and she even sang in this movie! Ah, happy Kitty. 🙂

I really liked the story a lot – Christmas wishes and angels and miracles and love – awesome! But there were some bits where I thought the acting wasn’t great and that kicked me out of the story a bit.

Overall, it was worth the time and made me feel like Christmas is in the air.

My rating is 4 stars (Really Liked It)

Andrea, if you’re reading this, thanks for making my Christmas that much more fun! 🙂

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Netflix Picks: Christmas Movies

It’s about that time of year when I can’t get enough Christmas movies and Christmas-themed books. Here are some fun picks from Netflix.

Fireplace for Your Home
John found this and turned it on one night to surprise me. It was sweet to cuddle in front of the fire and talk while listening to the digital popping of logs on the fire. And no cleanup!

Definitely 5 stars (Loved It, per the Netflix ratings system)

The Lamp
I wasn’t so sure about this one at first. It’s got a sad, slow start. But as I tried to keep working while I watched it, I kept getting more and more involved. Before long, I was completely engrossed in the story. By the end, I’d soaked a tissue. But it was great because it had a happy ending. It’s not really a Christmas movie, but it’s perfect for the season.

4 stars (Really Liked It)

Desperately Seeking Santa
I turned this one on because I hoped I could enjoy a little Christmas fun and work on my laptop at the same time. There were times when I was rolling my eyes at the heroine of the story, who wasn’t very likable for a while. But Christmas can be about finding your better self, and she did, so that redeemed her. 🙂 The hero was cute, if not predictable, but his wider circle of friends and family made him more interesting, too. In the end, I wasn’t disappointed. A little bit of Christmas fun.

3 stars (Liked It)