5 Alternative Movie Recommendations For The Christmas Holidays 0

Having worked at a pretty big cinema chain for 3 years (that had an awesome perk of unlimited free passes), I like to consider myself a bit of a hotshot movie critic.  And if there’s any time of year that should be dedicated to putting your feet up, eating your own weight in Quality Street and staring at the box it’s Christmas. For this list I thought I’d include my top 5 alternative movies you should have a look at while you enjoy a well-earned break from lectures and assignments. They all vary in genre and probably wouldn’t be considered your typical Christmas movies, but each one of them are amazing in their own right and will provide some excellent entertainment for those looking for something a little bit different!

The Other Guys

One of Will Ferrell’s lesser-known films pairs him with Mark Wahlberg as two detectives trying to claim the top spot in the City after the untimely and hilarious death of Hero-Cops Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson & Samuel L. Jackson).  It pans out as a side splitting action comedy with some of the best one-liners I can recall. It’s also co-written by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and features a great support cast of Steve Coogan and Eva Mendes.

Old Boy

This South Korean thriller is certainly not for the faint hearted, it follows the Character Oh Dae-Su as he seeks vengeance for unspeakable acts committed against him, which become clearer as the plot unfolds. Just a warning though, it contains a lot of dark themes and extreme violence, so maybe keep that in mind if you’re thinking of throwing it on with the whole family or just after the Christmas Turkey. Despite this, it remains one of my favourite movies of all time and one that I would consider a definite must-see.  For those not too keen on subtitles there is a 2013 US remake, but as the old cliché goes, you can’t beat the original.

Into The Wild

I have no shame in saying that this one had a huge emotional impact on me, almost making me shed a tear (I said almost. The only movie to make me shed real man tears is reserved for ‘Up’, such an emotional rollercoaster).  It’s a non-fiction movie based on the real life travels of Christopher McCandless across North America in the 1990’s.  Without giving too much away, the story is a touching and thought provoking tale that has the potential to change your outlook on life. Tissues at the ready.


The first Documentary on the list and quite possibly the most important, Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, an orca whale who was responsible for the killing of three trainers across a number of years. The film mainly concentrates on Seaworld and their harsh mistreatment of these intelligent animals, providing an emotional insight into their behaviour and making a strong case for why it is so wrong to keep these creatures in captivity

Bowling For Columbine

Last but most certainly not least is Michael Moore’s powerful documentary on gun crime in North America.  It focuses on the incident in Columbine High School Massacre in 1999 where 2 male students shot and killed a number of students and a teacher before ending their own lives. Again, this has some heavy content but a film that everybody should see at least once. The whole thing is free to view on Youtube also.

Happy Holiday viewing!