I want to start out by saying that for those of you who are lucky enough to be spending the holiday season with your family or friends, enjoy every moment of it. This is a year like no other and stands to reason it will be a holiday season like no other as well. Enjoy it, reflect on it, and spend a few moments (or days!) recharging.
For those who are not so lucky as to be able to see family and friends this year, I’m here with a list. Yup, a list, I know, it’s just what all of you asked for.
This list, straight from our company’s “Random” slack channel, is all of our favorite holiday movies… based on the technology used in them. That’s right – we’re pitting spaceships (Men in Black) against magical teenagers (Harry Potter) and classic cars (It’s a Wonderful Life). So… without further ado, here is our list of 10 movies for those of you who might be having a little extra time to yourself in the next couple of weeks to kick back on the couch and relax!
- Men in Black. This one came up a few times in the channel – something about talking pugs, spaceships, and the ability to memory-flash away 2020.
- Harry Potter, the Goblet of Fire. Yuletide Ball. Enough said about that.
- Howl’s Moving Castle. Between this and Harry Potter, magic is in the air.
- The Martian. We like this one because other than the crazy space tech, he really lays out everything you can find in your own house to survive out in the yard socially-distanced from your family.
- The Grinch. Holiday decorating would be much easier if we all had devices to speed up house decorating.
- Iron Man I, Iron Man II, Iron Man III… If this was a ranked list Tony Stark’s toys would be at the top.
- The Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s a stretch on technology and more kick-butt physical ability, but the holiday season really is the best time to find out you are a trained assassin, isn’t it?
- Die Hard. We won’t open this up for debate on whether you think it’s a Christmas movie or not… we would be here all night.
- The Polar Express. This one is being added to the list not for the technology in the actual movie, but for the enchanting, beautiful, and brilliantly imagined filming that constitutes a technological breakthrough.
- It’s a Wonderful Life. Ending with the 1946 classic, from the opening sound of the tolling bell to the very last fade-out (and every classic car in between), this should be on everyone’s watch list.