Winter Woes

January: the longest, darkest time of the year for those of us in the northern latitudes.  Luckily, you can cozy up to some of these winter gems and forget the sub-zero wind chill outside.

1. The Ice Storm

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Think your Thanksgiving was tense?  Think again.  Excellent film based on the novel of the same name by Rick Moody exploring the cultural and political turmoil of the 70s.

 2. The Edge

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Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins crash a plane in the Alaskan wilderness and are stalked by a monster grizzly in this story of human darkness and environmental peril.

3. Fargo

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“He’s kinda funny lookin…”

4. The Way Back

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True story of a group of gulag prisoners who escape and trek across the frozen Russian tundra, down into Middle Asia.  And you thought Homeward Bound had some determined characters…

5. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Narnia: the only (imaginary) nation where the magical winter is cold enough to be perpetual, but not cold enough to need more than a scarf.

6. How to Marry a Millionaire

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What’s a girl to do when she gets snowed in at a lodge in upstate New England with a dashing gentleman?  Marry him, of course.

7. The Shining

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The best place for crazy is outside in a snowy hedge maze.

8. Murder on the Orient Express

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Classic adaptation of Agatha Christies even more-classic mystery.  Deliciously cheesy and perfectly complex, it’s hits all the right whodunit notes.

9. Let the Right One In

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We all know vampires don’t get cold, so it’s a good thing this one lives in frosty Sweden.

10. King of Devil’s Island

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Grim film following the uprising of a boy’s orphanage in remote Norway after one abusive administrator takes things a step too far.

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