Harlequin Presents Extra and Riva author Aimee Carson looks forward to her favourite holiday and offers a giveway book.
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner, but today I want to talk about how I like to spend my favorite holiday, New Year’s Eve.
Some people prefer to welcome the incoming year with fireworks. For those who don’t mind crowds, watching a ball drop in Times Square is a popular option, though a friend once described her experience as a very cold eight hours standing in one spot without a bathroom. And although I love a good party and a falling ball as much as the next person, I prefer to ring in the New Year with a low-key evening on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a good movie, and a restroom close by.
The key to the evening, of course, is selecting the right film. For those of you who choose to spend the holiday at home, here is a list of my suggestions for New Year’s Eve themed movies:
When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, this is the ultimate friends-to-lovers movie, culminating on New Year’s Eve. Perhaps best remembered for “that” scene in the diner, When Harry Met Sally has many memorable moments and a fascinating evolution of hairstyles.
An Affair to Remember (1957) – Each engaged to another, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on a cruise ship and fight the fact that they are falling in love. On their final night on board, they dance together during a New Year’s Eve celebration. At the risk of being pelted with rotten vegetables, I’ll admit I lost interest during the last half of the movie. It feels as if the plot unwinds and then tries to redeem itself with a lovely, tear-jerker of an ending. It’s the first half that really shines, because the flirtatious and fabulously witty banter between Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr is absolutely sublime.
About a Boy (2002) – Arguably Hugh Grant’s best film, the movie is about a self-centered, superficial guy who learns how to be a grownup via his new, twelve-year-old misfit of a BFF. One of my favorite moments occurs when Hugh meets Rachel Weisz, which he describes like this: “On New Year’s Eve, I met Rachel. She was interesting, smart, and attractive, and for about five minutes I had her convinced that I was too.” The transformation of Hugh Grant’s character is masterfully done.
Bridget Jones Diary (2001) – After a New Year’s Eve spent alone, Renee Zellweger makes a resolution to keep a diary and improve herself. Charming and funny, I (mostly) didn’t mind the many cringe-inducing moments.
Trading Places (1983) – Particularly prescient given the current Occupy Wall Street movement, the plot involves a snobby investor (Dan Aykyrod) and a cunning street hustler (Eddie Murphy) who unwillingly trade lives after a one dollar bet between two callous commodities brokers. The climax involves a commodities scam, a New Year’s Eve party on a train, and a gorilla. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are fabulous together, and watching their developing bromance is a delight!
And finally, no New Year’s Eve movie list would be complete without the Poseidon Adventure(1972) and its 2006 remake, Poseidon. A band of New Year’s Eve revelers on a cruise have their party rudely interrupted by a massive rogue wave. They spend the early morning hours of the New Year trying to escape a sinking ship. My favorite of the two is the remake, mostly because it stars Josh Lucas. J
Aimee Carson writes fun, flirty and steamy romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon. You can find her at www.aimeecarson.com and on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aimee-Carson/200905749960461 Follow her on twitter as @aimeecarsonmb.