NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY: 7 THINGS TO ASK YOUR NEW VINA

Happy National Make a Friend Day! Hope everyone is feeling social, as today is the day to make a new friend! I have five questions to help you vinas break the ice. Talking to new people can be riveting yet equally terrifying, for it is hard to figure out what to say. Here are some suggestions to make things a little easier.

1. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

This one is easy to say, and easy to put into a conversation effortlessly. It will also show you what you and your new bestie have in common. Asking about their hobbies is a great way to ease into a conversation, as it allows the other person to share their personal passions with you. It will make you closer to this person, too! 

2. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE TYPE OF FOOD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I suggest asking this one because I find everyone loves food, and many different types! Not only will you and your friend know what foods you like, but it is an easy way to then go get food together. It is a good question to ask to start hanging out more often.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF BOOKS OR TV SHOWS?

You can tell a lot about a person from what they read. You can tell if they like fiction, poetry, non-fiction and more. Maybe if you have read the same book, you can then talk about it. If you don’t read, then ask about their favorite movie or TV show. It’s a great way to learn about a person.

4. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL ONE DAY?

This question is harder to ask unless you are true future friends. You really must be having a great conversation! Nevertheless, asking it helps you learn about a person’s hopes and dreams, which is a great way to become best friends.

5. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO STUDY YOUR MAJOR/GO INTO YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

Finally, this is a simple question and easy to start a conversation with. We all decide to study a particular subject for a reason, and there’s no better way to delve into a person than through what they do on a daily basis. Not only, but it’s a great segue into a multitude of other subjects that can arise out of asking this question!

6. WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST AMAZING ADVENTURE TO GO ON?

Adventure buddies are the best buddies, and finding out what they deem to be one is important! Whether that be running around the city capturing photographs of the daily grind, going hiking, or stalking your fave celeb who coincidentally is in town as per their Instagram posts, having a vina that shares these thrills is a major plus. There’s nothing better than having a partner-in-crime on these outings—plus, it’s fun to see how’ll they’ll answer this one!

7. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD DO AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES?

This one could potentially reveal two things: the values your vina finds most important in life, as well as their personality. Skydiving? The sense of freedom and thrill, and that they’re badass babes. Walking the pilgrimage Camino de Santiago in Spain? Nature-loving and perhaps trying to find their zen in life. The possibilities are endless, and this question is just vying for an answer that contains a great story!

Overall, I suggest asking these questions in any order you feel comfortable. Be fearless in the making a new vina friend. Be social and be happy. Ask as many questions as you need; just follow the conversation naturally and have fun!

Happy National Make a Friend Day — head over to Hey! Vina to start finding your gal gang!

6 WOMEN FILMMAKERS TO WATCH

When you think of filmmakers, who comes to mind? Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola (I’m a Godfather so…)? True, they are all amazingly talented directors, but where are the ladies at?! There are so many female directors that fly under the radar, creating beautifully made, originally scripted, insightful, approachable work that many have never heard of. That ends now! Get your popcorn ready and check out this list for who you should be keeping an eye on:

AVA DUVERNAY

With production credits such as “Queen Sugar” and “Selma” under her belt, Duvernay is on the road to becoming one of the most prolific female director/producers of our time. She is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She was also named one of “The 100 Most Influential People” by TIME Magazine in 2017 and became a member of the “Official Competition” jury at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in 2018.

DEBRA MARTIN CHASE

This two-time Emmy nominee recently signed a multi-year first-look deal with Universal Television in 2017. As producer of “The Princess Diaries” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Chase will be developing original content for network, cable and streaming services, along with pilots and historical projects. She has multiple productions already in progress with ABC and Bravo, and she is focused on bringing new voices to the table.

ELIZABETH KARLSEN

As a featured filmmaker at the BFO London Film Festive, Karlsen has no qualms about her right as a filmmaker. Known mostly for her 2015 film “Carol” and 1992 film “Crying Game,” she works to bring marginalized groups to the forefront by illustrating the need for girls/women to have role models in the industry. Her most recent project, “Colette,” is based on a French woman of the same name who was not given the ability to claim her own work, because she was a woman in the late 19th and early 20th century.

DEDE GARDNER

As the first female producer to win two Oscars for Best Picture – “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “Moonlight” (2016) – Gardner has already made her mark. However, she continues to search for “inclusive stories” to tell and continuously improving on telling the stories that need to be told. Garner currently serves as executive producer for an FX anthology series, as well as President of Plan B Entertainment, a production company founded by Brad Pitt in 2001.

WANURI KAHIU

Having premiered her work in 2009, presented a short film at the Sundance film festival in 2010, and garnered Best Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival and five awards at the African Movie Academy Awards, Kahiu is blazing her own trail. She has created her own genre of filmmaking, Afrobubblegum, that is unapologetically vibrant and hopeful. Her latest offering, “Rafiki,” tells the story of forbidden love between two women on opposing sides of society.

TINGE KRISHNAN

Named “One to Watch” by Moviescope Magazine in 2008, Krishnan is steadfast in making sure diversity on set is balanced and appreciated. She has steadily impressed with her films – “Groove on a Stanley Knife” (1997), “Shadowscan” (2001) and “Junkhearts” (2011) – and continues to hone her independent point of view. Paying close attention to themes of love and joy, her recent film “Been So Long” brings almost a child-like view to the streets of London.

Interested in discussing other women filmmakers with empowered vinas? Download Hey! VINA to get a movie club gang going!

IF I COULD BE VINAS WITH ANY CELEB I WOULD CHOOSE – ANNA FARIS

When I thought about this question, the first person that came to mind was Beyonce. I must admit I felt intimidated just thinking of being Yonce’s BFF. I realized that what I value most in a friendship is reciprocation, first of all. I don’t wanna feel like I’m friends with a ghost. And secondly, availability. Let’s be honest, Yonce is a busy girl. And we both have small kids. It sounds practical but if it’s not gonna be work, it’s gonna be performing at Blue’s school. I’d spend more time with her as her assistant.

I thought about it and thought about it some more, and I was watching Overboard one Sunday afternoon and I thought, this girl is the ILLEST. Anna Faris is absolutely my favourite celeb in the world right now. She’s funny, quirky, and doesn’t try too hard. Plus her baby daddy is Chris Pratt, and who doesn’t want to hang out with Star-Lord every once in a while?

WHY WE WOULD WORK AS BFF’S:

We both have steady working hours, so we both kind of have an idea of when we would be working and when we will have time off. We would never be each other’s second choice.

She is absolutely hilarious.  She enjoys making people laugh, I enjoy laughing. Vina match made in heaven!

We share the same philosophy on life which is “Surround yourself with people that are loving and people that you love”. Out with negativity, in with love. That’s a thumbs up from me, Ms. Faris.

We’re both very chill. Her twitter feed (if you don’t follow her on twitter yet, make sure you do- @AnnaKFaris) is essentially a photo-mentary of her life. We definitely have the same idea about

She has a podcast called “Unqualified”!! It won the Shorty Award for best Podcast in 2017. She interviews celebrities and cultural figures and gives listeners relationship and other advice. I don’t have anything to say about how we’re the same here, I just wanted to give her some free publicity because I love her.

We are both moms so doing the mom run for each other would not be a problem – provided that we lived close to each other.

And to convince everyone that we are each other’s spirit animals, we both love cooking, we’re both short and we both have mom crushes on Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell!

 

Looking for fellow Anna Faris fans? Download the Hey! VINA app today and start swiping! 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO THIS AUTUMN

Vinas! It’s time to tackle that fall bucket list before the winter chills catch us all off guard. If you don’t have one yet – don’t fret. We’ve got you covered! Here are 10 seasonal activities that you can enjoy alone or plan with your vines! 🍂

VISIT AN ART GALLERY

On a cold and windy day, an art gallery is the perfect hideout from the harsh weather. It’s a great indoor activity if you wanna switch things up a little. Check out the newest exhibit at your local gallery and gain a new perspective on with world with your vinas!

HIT A PUMPKIN PATCH

It wouldn’t be an autumn to do list if this one wasn’t on it! It’s a universal truth that going to pumpkin patch is so much more fun than just buying a pumpkin at your local grocery store. There’s more of a variety and you get to create some wholesome memories! You can use your hand picked pumpkin to make pie or whip out that artist in you to carve whatever your heart desires! 🎃

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WATCH THE SUNSET

Sunsets are ALWAYS better in the fall. The oranges are more saturated and the yellows are more vibrant. Watching the sun go down is a MUST during this season. It’s so alluring, you may just shed a tear from all its beauty! Make sure to catch it before those dark winter days are thrust upon us!

GO THRIFTING

This is a fun activity for you and your vinas! The best part about thrifting is the gems you find along the way. This can mean secondhand clothes, accessories, or home decor to spice things up this autumn. You never know what you might find, and even if nothing catches your eye, thrifting is always a great way to gain inspiration!

TRY A NEW FALL RECIPE

Instead of picking up a pumpkin-spice-something-or-other at Starbucks, try making one yourself! Pinterest has hundreds of fall recipes to choose from. You can bake a pie, make a pot of soup or keep things simple and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate! The options are endless!

GO HIKING

Going for a hike in the fall is perfect. It’s not hot enough for you to feel like you’re going to faint, but it’s not so cold that you run back inside the second you set foot on the soil. Get out there in the crisp autumn air for a refreshing and rewarding experience!

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HOST A MOVIE NIGHT

Throw on your jammies and get cozy on the couch! Classics that will put you in the autumn mood are films like “October Sky,” “The Night Before Christmas,” or my personal favorite rom-com: “You’ve Got Mail.” When Joe asks “Don’t you just love New York in the fall?” Ugh, yes! Yes we do, Joe!

WATCH “OVER THE GARDEN WALL”

This one needs its own spot on the list. Over the Garden Wall exudes all the elements of autumn. This Cartoon Network mini series is a dark fantasy adventure of two brothers traveling through a spooky forest to find their way home. From encountering a town of pumpkin people to rummaging through autumn leaves, fall is just the right time to watch this adorable, hilarious show. 

HIT THE ROAD

Flying is overrated. Grab your vinas and go on an impromptu road trip! It’s an opportunity to bond, and get some more of that fresh autumn air! Be spontaneous, soak up the changing leaves and dirt roads along the way!

GO TO A CAT CAFE

Cats and coffee…do you need more convincing?

In need of a fall friend to check off your bucket list with? Download the Hey! VINA app now to meet some girls who just wanna have fall fun!

 

THE ULTIMATE VINA-APPROVED HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT LIST

Happy (almost) Halloween, spooky vinas! October is upon us and the spooky season has officially begun. While it’s sometimes acceptable shovel candy corn into your mouth while watching scary movies, it’s more acceptable than ever in October. Halloween is on a weeknight this year, so fill up your plastic pumpkin with candy, settle in, and binge these movies on Halloween night.

HOCUS POCUS

It might be basic, but Hocus Pocus SLAYS. This movie should be watched every Halloween for the rest of your life. After a night out, I bought this on DVD so I could watch it over and over again in October. I highly recommend doing that exact thing, or DVRing it during one of the million times it airs on Freeform/ABC Family this year to watch it at your leisure.

HALLOWEENTOWN

Get back to your roots girl. Halloweentown is the perfect Disney Channel Original movie to bring back this Halloween. Embrace the nostalgia and start out your evening with this PG classic. As the cocktails keep flowing, gradually move on to spookier movies.

HALLOWEEN

I mean, come on. You have to watch Halloween ON Halloween! There’s even a new Halloween movie this year to get you in the mood to revisit this 1978 classic! So snuggle up and spend the night with Michael Myers, you know you want to!

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IT (OLD OR NEW)

Instead of going out and seeing a bunch of creeps dressed up like clowns in-person, stay in and spend some time with Pennywise the clown. Both versions of this Stephen King masterpiece are heckin creepy so you really can’t go wrong with either.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

Maybe I am biased because this is my favorite movie of all time, but Edward Scissorhands is a perfect movie for Halloween. It’s not as on-the-nose as the other movies on this list, but anything that Tim Burton, the creepy king himself has touched should really earn a spot on this list. 

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

Interview with a Vampire is another option for Halloween that isn’t as directly related to the holiday. Vampires are typically scary, but who could say no to Brad Pitt as a vampire? Not me at least. Also seeing Kirsten Dunst as a murderous child vampire is an experience on its own.

These movies would be excellent additions to your Halloween movie list, so I hope you enjoy them. Wishing you all have an excellent Halloween, whether you’re staying in to watch movies or going out with your fellow vinas!

If you’re in need of Halloween plans, download the Hey! VINA app today to find some new vinas to have a spooky movie marathon with! 👻🎃

 

YOU ALREADY KNOW IT, BUT AUBREY PLAZA IS THE COOLEST

Hey vina babes, are you a huge fan of deadpan-style comedy and Aubrey Plaza like myself? You’ve probably already seen her best work as April Ludgate, a college intern who regularly sleeps at her desk and hardly seems interested in doing her job, on Parks and Recreations. 

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Or maybe you’ve recently seen her in the The Little Hours trailer, where she plays a sex-crazed nun with GLOW actress Alison Brie and many other comedic names. Or there may be a few of you who don’t watch any television (including Netflix), or go to the movies so you’ve never heard of her… Whatever the case, her filmography resume is growing and she’s here to STAY AND SLAY! Here are a few reasons why it’s not too late to make her your lady crush.

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SHE’S SARCASTIC AS F**K

Do you ever meet new people who don’t laugh at your meta layered jokes? Or you were faced with yet another weird confrontation in which you were faced with the “explain your joke” aftermath, causing you to rethink just when you persist with the constant deadpan-ness and irony, and when you should start simmering down a bit.

“Sarcasm is weird. Even not in acting, in life. I feel like ‘sarcastic’ is a word that people use to describe me sometimes so when I meet someone, it’s almost like they feel like they have to also be sarcastic, but it can sometimes just come off as mean if it’s not used in the right way,” said Plaza.

What makes her the ultimate eye candy for sarcastic vinas is that she’s the best at being herself (even if it confuses people). Her emotionless expressions are effortlessly charming.

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SHE’S 420 FRIENDLY

In real life, she’s super laid back. Like super laid-back-cool. Like 420 friendly fun stuff with nuns cooool.

Need I say more?

 

*BONUS* Last year in July, she threw the first pitch at the Dodgers game! Athletic AND dresses up with face paint; what’s more to love than a fun, cute vina with a huge smile?!

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Aubrey Plaza and her dope off-screen personality make her one of my favorite comedy goddesses (next to Gillian Jacobs and Anna Faris). Plaza carries herself naturally in interviews as if the equipment crew isn’t even there. As a deadpan vina myself, I look up to her, a strong actress in a male dominated industry. She will probably always peak my interest; saying little but maintaining that special effortless charm. She embodies one of those good kind of vinas that you definitely need in your life!

Are you an Plaza-lover? WHO DO YA LOVE?? Share your comments below. 

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VINA BOOK CLUB: GREY GARDENS

For the latest installment of the VINA book club, we’re actually watching a movie! HBO’s rendition of the lives of the infamous mother/daughter duo, the Edith Bouvier Beales. In addition to sharing a name, they practically shared their entire lives. Referred to as Big Edie and Little Edie, they were the aunt and cousin of the beloved Bouvier, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and were definitely the most eccentric women in the Hamptons.

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The two lived together at the great family estate, Grey Gardens. Little Edie did not want to get married because she didn’t want a man to make her give up her singing career like her father did her mother (and then he left her). However, Little Edie’s mother kept her away from the spotlight anyways. Big Edie was mentally-unstable and an emotional manipulator; therefore, Little Edie was forever by her mother’s side. They grew old together, in isolation, both continuing to dream of their future lives and alternate realities, as their current ones were going to waste. When the Maysles asked to film a movie about the Beale women, Little Edie loved the idea of the chance to “relaunch her career.” The filming of that documentary could have easily been the most exciting experience of their collective lives.

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Their interesting lives makes for a great biopic because they had so much to offer. Their deep mother/daughter connection was sometimes endearing, but mostly strange. Their story is one of those sad ones that we romanticize because of its tragic beauty, as the reality is that the Grey Gardens estate was brimming with garbage, newspapers older than you and me, and a pet raccoon. The Edies were the ultimate shut-ins, hoarders, and unintentional misanthropes. Somehow, life passed them by without their consent.

In 1975, the Maysles brothers made the trek out to Grey Gardens in order to film a documentary about the Bouvier Beales. Grey Gardens became the first of many Edie-themed creative endeavors of artists of all media. This documentary is in part what prompted writer Lois Wright to share her time at the gardens in her book, My Life at Grey Gardens. In 2006, yet another documentary was released: The Beales of Grey Gardens. And finally, in 2009, HBO made their own movie, which was focused around the making of the original Maysles brothers’ documentary.

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The fashion in HBO’s film is to die for. Costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas did an excellent job of representing everything from the Edie’s 40s style to the old-lady aesthetic they acquired over the years. Little Edie looks fabulous adorned with luxurious scarves covering her bald head (due to alopecia totalis), and takes great pride in the versatility of her wardrobe.

The first time I saw the HBO version, starring Jessica Lange (before we all became obsessed with her on American Horror Story) and Drew Barrymore, my imagination ran wild. I had this overwhelming vision of my mother and sister becoming the next Beales. This image is not too far out-there, for not only were my mother and sister conjoined at the hip, my mother was totally obsessed with the beautiful, sad mess that was the Grey Gardens estate. I could see in her eyes, she was imagining the same future (only she wasn’t afraid of it). I doubt this will really happen, but only time will tell.

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Watch the movie(s), or read the book, or do it all! Post about it using the #VINAbookclub. Download the Hey! VINA app and tell all your new friends to join our book/movie club.

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START GEARING UP FOR GALENTINE’S DAY WITH THESE UNEXPECTED GIRL POWER MOVIES!

Galentine’s Day is less than a month away, which means that women around the world are pulling out the popcorn and rosé. But even though we love Clueless and Mean Girls, we decided that boy-crazy teenagers weren’t going to cut it for this year’s annual movie extravaganza. To switch things up this Galantine’s Day season, we pooled some atypical girl movies that slay the empowerment game.

1. JULIE AND JULIA

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Who doesn’t love movies about cooking? This film is comically relatable, and it features two badass women who take their lives into their own hands when life throws them into uncertain futures. So kick back with some gourmet cheese and crackers and relax as you watch these two Julias follow their dreams.

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This picture borders on chick flick, but focuses on a young divorcé as she ventures into drool-worthy Tuscany and discovers that all she needs is some perspective and some vinas to support her in leading her most authentic life. Virtual vacation? Self discovery? We’ll take it! 

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Most people think of this movie as being targeted at a younger audience, but girl power is ageless! Follow eleven-year-old Akeelah as she breaks down racial and economic barriers in this heartwarming tale of perseverance and passion.

4. FREEDOM WRITERS

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Although this one is a little rougher around the edges, the protagonist of this film sacrifices comfort to support her less fortunate students in changing their own lives. A major tear-jerker, this flick will have you and your vina plotting to quit your day jobs and bring about some grassroots change, for a few hours at least.

5. THE HUNGER GAMES

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Ah, the typical badass girl flick, we know. But c’mon, Katniss everdeen has got to be the most iconic heroine since Catwoman! Who doesn’t love cuddling up on the couch and watching some serious girl power take place in a deadly arena?
Galantine’s can be a real movie crunch, but now you have more than enough flicks to last you up until the big day! So get swipin’, grab a vina and indulge in this celebratory movie marathon.

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GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY BINGE WATCHING THESE MOVIES WITH YOUR VINAS

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One of my favorite things about this time of year: not only are my favorite holiday drinks back, but so are the holiday movies! *insert happy dance* Channels on T.V.like Hallmark and Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” and even streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix break out the holiday-themed movies and shows. However, there will always be certain movies that are a must-watch every, single, time.

So, grab your vinas, make some popcorn or holiday treats, sit back, and relax with a few of these must-watch holiday movies.

“ARTHUR CHRISTMAS”

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Arthur Claus is the odd one out in the family. His older brother, Steve, is the favorite and is expected to take over as the Santa Claus when his father retires. However, his father decides to hold off on retirement for another year. When Santa and Arthur are too busy thinking about themselves, they find out they missed delivering a gift to a single child – but neither Santa Claus or Steve want to deliver the present. Therefore, Arthur takes it into his own hands to ensure the child wakes up on Christmas morning with her gift from Santa.

This movie shows that the holidays are more than just presents and what you want for yourself. They are about family, togetherness, and not leaving anyone behind.

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS”

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Luther and Nora Krank decide to forgo celebrating Christmas in exchange for a Caribbean cruise due to the absence of their daughter, Blair, but the local stores who depend on their purchases and the neighbors who hold the celebration of Christmas to high esteem do not approve of them simply “skipping out” on Christmas.

They all try to reason with the Kranks and ask for them to at least put out decorations, but Luther refuses, causing the neighbors and kids to protest outside their home. In the very last minute, they receive a call from Blair saying that she would be able to make it home for Christmas after all. This puts Nora in a frenzy; she now has to quickly throw their annual Christmas Eve party with help from their fellow neighbors.

“ELF”

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Buddy the Elf, played by infamous comedian, Will Ferrell, crawls into Santa’s red bag of toys and gets brought back to the North Pole. They take him in as one of their own and educate him as one of their elves. When he reaches adulthood, and isn’t efficient in the elf-ish work, he knows something was different about him.

His “adoptive father” tells him the truth about who he really is and where his biological father is, leading to Buddy’s journey to New York. In the movie run-time, he goes through trying to adjust to human life, falls in love, and brings the city of New York the joy of Christmas.

Zooey Deschanel’s melodic singing voice and contrasting personality to Ferrell’s character makes this a Christmas movie worth watching. Plus, seeing Buddy decorate the toy store and down a plate of spaghetti and sugar should not be missed.

“HOME ALONE: 1 AND 2”

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KEEEVVVIINNNN!!!

The list would not be complete without the first two “Home Alone” movies. The third installment, although not bad, doesn’t compare to the originals with Kevin McAllister and the Wet Bandits.

In the first installment, we see Kevin as the least favorite of the McAllister clan. He gets punished by spending the night in the attic, and the family forgets he’s up there as they’re running late and rushing to leave the house to make their flight on time, thus, leaving Kevin home alone. At first, he enjoys his time in the big house alone as he can do wahtever he wants. Surprisingly, he even knew how to go to the nearest supermarket and buy himself food, laundry detergent, and other necessities. But soon, the Wet Bandits stake out Kevin’s neighborhood, knowing which houses are empty and which house is safe for them to break into to steal their belongings. Unfortunately for them, Kevin outsmarts the two as they try to break into his home and he lets them fall into his innovative booby traps.

The second installment is pretty much the same concept, except instead of being home alone, he is alone in a whole different city from his family. He got separated at the airport– he followed another man wearing similar clothing to his father onto a different airline. In New York, we find that the Wet Bandits have escaped from prison and are in hiding while plotting to rob a children’s toy store. Kevin finds out their plan and is able to ruin it. The Wet Bandits try to get revenge on him, but in turn, they once again fall into his infamous traps.

Both of these movies will bring on some great laughs and will make you appreciate your loved ones and how lucky you are to have those who love and cherish you in your life.

It’s A Wonderful Life

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George Bailey has hit a rough patch in his life and in the opening scene, we are shown he is considering suicide. He is sent a guardian angel and from his point of view do we see George’s life from his past to his present. We see how fortunate he has been until the one incident that leads to a warrant for his arrest. His guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes, rescuing George and shows him how life of those around him would look like if he never existed. Seeing how fortunate his life and the fortunes lives of those around him, he wishes for his life back. He is given a second chance and the end shows how truly wonderful his life is.

This movie shows that even though there will be times that are tough or obstacles along the way, we must not let that get us down. We must overcome them to not only better ourselves, but also better those around us. We only have one life and we shouldn’t waste it or take it for granted.

“THE SANTA CLAUSE 1 AND 2”

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The first two The Santa Clause movies will always be my favorite. In the first movie, we’re introduced to Scott Calvin, a divorced father working in the advertising industry who gets to spend Christmas Eve with his son, Charlie. On the night of Christmas Eve, they both hear noises up on the roof, leading them to check it out. Scott sees a man on his roof and startles him, causing him to fall. However, the man somehow vanishes, leaving behind his red suit, sleigh, and reindeers. As a joke, Scott puts on the red suit, inadvertently locking himself up to a contractual clause to replace and takeover the responsibilities as Santa Claus.

In the second movie, Charlie is all grown up, and Scott has adjusted to life as being Santa Claus. Charlie gets into trouble at school as he starts misbehaving: spray painting school property and even breaking into the school. Scott returns to check in on Charlie, but is also dealing with his own problems back in the North Pole due to a second clause that he was unaware of: to find a wife.

Both of these movies make me wish there was truly a Santa Claus out there. Additionally, Comet and Lucy in the second movie are too adorable to ignore.

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5 FILMS THAT ARE PURE #FRIENDSHIPGOALS

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You know you’ve got a true friend when she defends you against bullies, supports you in your dreams and endeavors, and is always honest with you. She’ll be there for you when you’re having a tough time and feel like giving up. She’ll bingewatch shows with you, stand in long lines, bring you food, and sing and dance with you like no one is watching. She’s your go-to and the first person you want to talk to when something happens.

Through the good times and bad,the friendships in these movies have us saying #FriendshipGoals. Grab a vina and have a movie marathon!

“BLADES OF GLORY”

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Two ice skating rivals have to join forces in order to once again compete in the Olympics. They are the first male/male pair to compete and have to defeat the reigning champions. The two men are forced to live together, to get along, and to learn how to skate with one another. Eventually their hatred turned into an everlasting friendship and true bromance.

“HARRY POTTER”

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The Golden Trio is the epitome of #FriendshipGoals  (by the way, if you haven’t seen “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” you are definitely missing out!). In all eight of the films, we see Harry, Hermione, and Ron go through various obstacles, befriending others along the way. They were always there for one another, but each individual friendship has its ups and downs at one point or another (*cough* like the brief stint when Ron left them out of anger and jealousy due to the horcrux *cough*).

The fact that Ron came back to help them shows how true his friendship and loyalty lies. The epilogue is even more #FriendshipGoals.

“LEGALLY BLONDE”

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Elle Woods wanted to win back the “love of her life” and thus through her hard work and support from her friends, she was able to pass the LSAT’s and get into Harvard Law School. There, she blossomed from trying to win back her loser of an ex-boyfriend Warner, to proving to herself and to others that she has what it takes to be a great lawyer. Through her journey she also befriends Paulette, a manicurist, Emmett, a junior partner, and eventually Vivian, a fellow law student who is also Warner’s fiancé. With their help and support, she’s able to prove that she is more than just “a dumb blonde with big boobs.” She wins the trial, ends up being the valedictorian of her graduating class, and gains a best friend.

“THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS”

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Four best friends are spending their summers separately for the first time. Before Lena, Bridgette, and Carmen go away for their summer vacations, leaving Tibby behind, they find a pair of jeans that miraculously fits each of them perfectly. They believe the jeans bring them magic and luck, and so they make a pact to share the pants throughout the summer. Each girl supports one another in times of need, grief, and happiness. In the end, they all reunite, claiming the jeans really do have magical powers.

“WHITE CHICKS”

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The final #FriendshipGoals: One of my all time favorite comedies that also teaches us a lesson about family and friendship. I cannot hear Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” without thinking of this movie or picturing the two scenes associated with this song.

Two FBI agents, Kevin and Marcus, who are also brothers, try to prove to their chief that they are worthy of being the top agents for important cases. When they almost ruin their chances and come close to getting fired with their latest assignment, they both work together to save their job and solve the case. They impersonate the two heiresses they were supposed to escort to the hotel, and befriend the two women’s actual friends. In the end, the group of girls appreciate Kevin and Marcus a lot more than their original friends because of how they defend and support each of the girls.

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