If you're not rockin' it with Dick Clark on New Year's Eve...
From chick flicks to bad adventure, and comedy to action, these DVDs will help you usher in 2012 with a smile, a tear, or amazement that they were even made:
An Affair to Remember (1957) In this tearjerker, handsome playboy Cary Grant and night club singer Deborah Kerr have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. An unfortunate accident keeps Kerr from the reunion and Grant fears that she does not love him anymore. Will he discover the truth behind her absence?
The Apartment (1960) This Billy Wilder classic stars Jack Lemmon as an entry level employee trying to move up the corporate ladder. He's got an angle, he lets the executives borrow his apartment for their romantic trysts. His plan works, but he often ends up cleaning up what's left behind. When it's a heart-broken Shirley MacLaine, his life is changed forever.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the truth. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of eccentric friends, her parents, a lecherous boss and Colin Firth, a family acquaintance who always seems to catch her at her worst.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) In this Coen brothers film, the head of a hugely successful company commits suicide. The board of directors, headed by Paul Newman, comes up with a brilliant plan to make lots of money. They will appoint a moron to run the company, let the stock prices fall and then make their fortune by buying the company and regaining control. The moron played by Tim Robbins, a newly minted business school graduate, is not such a moron after all and the game is on.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) At midnight on New Year's Eve the aged S. S. Poseidon is struck by a 90' tidal wave and is capsized. A preacher questioning his faith leads the nine survivors from the grand ballroom through steam, fire and rising water in the upside down ship to reach the bottom propeller shaft which is now on top. The image of Shelley Winters playing a former competitive- swimming grandmother, in a billowing chiffon dress who ultimately saves the day is enough to keep you off cruise ships forever. A newer version, Poseidon (2006) is also available.
Trading Places (1983) The Dukes are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager now and then. For their latest bet they believe they can take a common criminal, Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy), and make him a successful businessman in the company. He is to given the job and home of Louis (Dan Ackroyd) who in turn is set up for crimes he did not commit. Heredity or environment?
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they graduate from college. The film follows them as they search for love but fail, bumping into each other time after time. Finally a close friendship blossoms between them and they both enjoy having a friend of the opposite sex. "Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in the way?" is the age old question raised by Harry. A predictable, but touching conclusion on New Year's Eve always melts my heart.
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