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Hello, everyone, and Happy New Year.

The MovieDruid was somewhat surprised to find that New Year’s Day has no national releases scheduled.  So, after much brain wracking for an idea, I offer you this modest list of movies with memorable New Year’s Eve scenes or themes.

Enjoy.

“Holiday Inn”

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Synopsis: Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover have been vaudeville partners for many years but when Ted announces that he and Jim’s girlfriend, dancer Lila Dixon, are going to set off on their own, Jim decides the time has come to retire. He buys himself a farmhouse in New England and settles into the country life but soon realizes that he has an opportunity to do something special. He decides to open his inn to the public, but only on major holidays. Things are going well for him until his old partner Ted shows up and sets his sights on Jim’s new friend, Linda Mason. The film introduced the song White Christmas.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Though much better known for the “White Christmas” scene, “Holiday Inn” does offer not one but two, count ’em two, New Year’s Eve scenes book-ending a year of holidays.  For any fan of the classics of the ’40’s this is a special movie.  I mean, after all, how can you go wrong with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby during the holidays.

“The Poseidon Adventure”

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Synopsis: The Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queens Elizabeth and Mary combined, is charting its course on New Year’s Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning — the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones — including Mike Rogo , Linda Rogo, Acres, Belle Rosen, and Manny Rosen — led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott, desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship to the bottom.

MovieDruid’s Comments: This film, of course, opens with a New Year’s Even party and everything goes to hell in a handbasket from there.  The original version from 1972 is eminently superior to the very flawed 2006 remake starring Kurt Russell.  Truly one of the greatest disaster movies of all time.

“When Harry Met Sally”

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Synopsis: Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?”

MovieDruid’s Comments: Truly the best romantic comedy ever made, bar none.  Somehow this film manages to stretch itself beyond its genre to make a film that even guys I know who abhor the “chick flick” have enjoyed it.  Stunning direction by Rob Reiner and writing by Nora Ephron, but the career defining performances by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are what truly make this film work.

“2010” – MovieDruid “I Know It Doesn’t Fit, But What The Hell” Award”

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Synopsis: In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter’s orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery’s sentient computer.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Released a full 16 years after it’s predecessor, “2010” was not nearly as strong a film as it’s predecessor.  However, it is an interesting movie and, at times, a bit of a head trip.  It is definitely worth a look if for no other reason than Dave trying to save himself from the demented computer as H.A.L. serenely asks “What are you doing, Dave?”  Classic cinematic moment.

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