RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE MOVIES

DON”T DROP THE BALL

 

Who ever heard of a New Year’s Eve movie? You did; you just didn’t know it.

 

While Christmas and Halloween may seem to have a monopoly on cinematic tie-ins, plenty of modern and classic films feature New Year’s festivities in full swing, making them the perfect accompaniment to your posh party or relaxed New Year’s night in. Here are some of the highlights:

 

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

 

 

Harry may have technically first met Sally during their ill-advised cross-country carpool, but a chance meeting at a New Year’s Eve party is where the sparks really started to fly.

 

A lot romantic, a little corny, and endlessly quotable, this is the New Year’s film for the hopeless romantic in all of us.

 

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY

 

 

Besides being a classic comedy with charm to spare, Bridget Jones’s Diary is the rare double-rainbow of New Year’s movies: it both starts and ends on New Year’s Eve!

 

That’s a full year of life-altering lunacy for Bridget Jones and double the occasion-specific laughs for your New Year’s Eve.

 

SNOWPIERCER

 

 

Looking for something a little more unconventional? Snowpiercer may be a wild, weird, post-apocalyptic trip (also on a train!), but it also centers on a group of people celebrating the birth of a new year.

 

What happens next may not be exactly traditional, but you’ll want to watch all the way through until the end (of the movie and the year).

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

 

Ok, ok; this one’s a little obvious.

 

But with a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jon Bon Jovi (?), this madcap, mixed-up romcom is the perfect injection of fun-filled holiday cheer to help you shake off any residual bad vibes and saunter merrily into the new year.

 

 

ARE THESE MOVIES CHRISTMAS MOVIES?

MERRY MAYBES

 

We all know the holly jolly classics of yuletide movie canon: Rudolph, the Grinch, and even more recent additions like Elf.

 

But in recent years some less obviously contenders have been gunning for the title of “Christmas movie,” and the debate over what does and does not qualify has been getting as heated as a yule log. Time to examine some of the most controversial would-be Winter classics.

 

DIE HARD

 

 

The king of the Christmas conundrums and the one has inspired the most passionate debate, John McClane’s shoeless showdown, while not exactly festive, does technically take place on Christmas Eve.

 

The running, gunning, and general grit may drive away Christmas purists, but each December the Die Hard diehards say “Yippee Ki Yay, Kris Kringle!”

 

Still not convinced? Maybe the re-cut Christmas-themed Die Hard trailer will have you singing a different carol. Check it out by clicking “Trailer” here.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

 

Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins galore don’t exactly scream December 25th, but how can a movie with Santa, elves, reindeer, and a sleigh NOT be a Christmas movie?

 

Torn between two seemingly opposite holidays, Jack Skellington and company prove that you don’t have to pick just one; blending our favorite festivities can produce a magical movie greater than the sum of its parts.

 

LOVE ACTUALLY

 

 

An ensemble romcom that just so happens to take place around the holidays? The all-time most romantic (at least by the numbers) Christmas movie?

 

Love Actually actually defies classification, perfect to get you in the post-Thanksgiving holiday spirit or as a sickly-sweet treat year-round. The cult classic’s best (and worst) storylines is a whole different debate…

 

KRAMPUS

 

 

Hang a left at Bad Santa, drive on past A Nightmare Before Christmas, and if you hit Krampus you may have gone too far (at least for some Christmas movie fans).

 

The terrifying tale of the kruel and kreepy Kristmas demon may not be traditional holiday fare, but for horror fans and those seeking something different it’s the perfect spice in the cider of feel-good family films.

 

BATMAN RETURNS

 

 

The caped crusader may not be the mysterious do-gooder we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year, but in between battling The Penguin and Catwoman, Batman does manage to squeeze some festive fisticuffs into this comic book classic.

 

It may not end with a turkey dinner or a rousing round of carols, but Batman Returns is just Christmas-y enough to get even the most Scrooge-like fan in the spirit.

 

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAMILY’S VIEWING EXPERIENCE WITH CLEARPLAY

YOUR MOVIES YOUR WAY

 

 

Now you can make your movies more family-friendly with ClearPlay. ClearPlay is a simple, third-party Chrome browser extension that lets you filter content by category and down to a scene level – letting you customize how you watch your movie.

 

Maybe your kids want to watch the latest movie, but you feel some of the content may not be appropriate for their young eyes and ears. Or maybe you’re excited for your own movie night but aren’t a fan of excessive cursing or gratuitousness. Whatever your reason, when you want more control over your movie night, ClearPlay is the solution.

 

 

With easy to use controls, you can select exactly want you want filtered from your viewing session (e.g. violence, nudity, language, etc.) and watch the movies you love without the parts you don’t. ClearPlay isn’t an edited version, its filters allow you to seamlessly and simply skip over the content that you (or your family) aren’t interested in seeing without making any permanent changes to your movie.

 

You can turn it on or off and adjust your settings with a click at any time, letting you customize your experience based on who’s watching. ClearPlay is there when you want it, how you want it.

 

 

ClearPlay is currently available on 20+ popular titles. If you’re ready to take control of your family’s movies, check out the free ClearPlay extension here and click to add it to your Google Chrome browser.

 

 

2018 VUDU HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

DECK THE HAULS

 

Tis the season for secret Santas, white elephants, and all manner of giving occasions, and trying to find the perfect thing for everyone on your list can leave you saying “Bah humbug!”

 

No need to fear the cheer, we’ve assembled our first ever Vudu holiday gift guide to help you find the right stuff for stuffing those stockings. Everyone loves a good movie, and we’ve got the greatest gadgets, goodies, and gear to make everyone’s movie night merry and bright.

 

TECH

 

 

 

Wi-fi coming up a little short? A mesh network extends the router’s reach to cover the whole home, so everyone can browse, game, or stream in style.

 

 

 

The best TV is nothing without awesome sound, and a wireless soundbar is a sleek and simple way to amp up movies with the sound they deserve.

 

 

 

Any TV can be smart with a little help. Roku devices let you stream all of your favorite video apps (*cough* Vudu *cough*) onto the big screen, with options for newer and older models.

 

COMFORT

 

 

Is it a blanket? Is it a hoodie? All we know about Huggles is they’re the comfiest purchase you’ll ever make, and available in multiple colors!

 

 

 

Up your snack game with an air fryer: the quicker, healthier, oil-free way to cook and crispify all your favorite movie eats.

 

 

Nobody likes a warm drink (hot cocoa no included). A Yeti drink holster keeps your favorite movie drink cold from opening titles to end credits.

 

SWAG

 

 

For the movie fan ready to immortalize their absolute fav; these awesome metal movie posters are a grown-up upgrade to classic dorm room decor.

 

 

 

The perfect (and affordable) addition to every movie buff’s stocking, Funko’s cute collectibles are a great way to let your fan flag fly.

 

 

 

For those who want to rep their favorite franchises all day and/or night long, these fun and comfy movie-themed shirts are a steal at just $6.

 

MOVIES

 

 

Can’t have a movie night without movies. Gifting a Vudu digital copy of the latest releases is as easy as picking up a digital movie card at your local Walmart.

 

 

Why not double (or triple) dip? Vudu Disc + Digital gets you a physical copy to give away, a digital copy for you, and some bundles even come with exclusive movie-themed collectibles.

 

 

Movie tastes are personal, so why not let your giftees choose for themselves? With a Vudu eGift card they can purchase or rent movies and TV from our huge collection of new and classic titles, then watch them on any device.

 

 

TAKE OUR QUIZ TO FIND YOUR PERFECT HOLIDAY MOVIE

NAUGHTY OR NICE?

 

 

With a whole sleigh-full of classic holiday movies available on Vudu and new yuletide tales coming out every year, it can be hard to find the perfect festive film to fit your sensibilities. Are you more of an Elf or Die Hard? A Home Alone 2 or an Eight Crazy Nights?

 

We’ve teamed up with Roku and BuzzFeed to bring you a surefire shortcut to movie night merriment: our first-ever holiday movie quiz!

 

Just answer a few holly-jolly questions by indicating your holiday traditions, tastes, and turnoffs, and let our movie-magic-powered algorithm do the rest. You’ll be celebrating in style with your perfect movie match in no time.

 

There’s snow time like the present. Gather your movie crew and take the quiz here.