Countdown to NYE: The Ultimate Movie Marathon
svetlana | Dec 31, 2012 | 11:00AM |

Happy New Year Eve day! So, lets face it, no one’s doing anything today aside from finalizing their outfits for tomorrow and maybe shopping for good champagne (they can afford) to do some toasting with. Hence-a perfect opportunity to run down some New Year’s classic movie moments, just to get you in the mood (and no, last year’s “New Years Eve” isn’t one of them).

As always, feel free to share your favorites in the comments, we won’t mind (au contraire)

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Because: Of all the (truly) great moments in the Rob Reiner ULTIMATE romatic comedy, that final scene, where Harry and Sally, after years of New Years of friendship finally (wo)man up and admit each other their feelings, is the greatest and your (jaded, seen-it-all-before) heart does swell up a little.  “And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve,” Harry insists. “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”


Because: C.C. Baxter (played without missing an everyman beat by Jack Lemmon) finally stands up for his good guy self and gets both his self esteem the girl (Shirley MacLaine, all spunk and perfect eyelashes hiding a real soul underneath) and it happens on New Year’s Eve. Pass that tennis racket and…. deal.


Because: In the 2nd Billy Wilder movie on this list that, unlike “The Apartment”,  serves more as a warning than an inspiration,  the fading movie star Norma Desmond (played fearlessly by Gloria Swanson in one of the grandest heartbreaking performances in Hollywood, ever) throws a bash for Joe Gillis (a very handsome William Holden) and well, she hasn’t invited any other guests. She just wants to TANGO with him. Norma doesn’t want “to share this night with other people,” and, to his later undoing, she doesn’t want to share Joe with anyone either.


Because: if you are planning to get rich by selling stolen crop reports and start the year out right, a good lesson to remember is that you REALLY never wanna mess with Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and never underestimate a hooker named Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis). Before you know it, you’ll be assaulted while wearing a gorilla costume, put in a cage with a REAL gorilla AND shipped off to Africa. I mean, we’ve seen it all happen before. In this movie.


Because: if we were making our dream NYE Party invitation list it WOULD probably include: Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, a tolerable Courtney Love, Casey Affleck AND Dave Chappelle. And who knows-maybe Elvis Costello would decide to show up too. No wonder this movie is this week’s BEST WEEKEND BETS theme. WHY IS THIS MOVIE NOT ON NETFLIX? WHY?


Because: There’s no better way to ring in a New Millenium (God Bless the pre-apocalyptic vibe of 1999) likea new Guns N’ Roses song and someone named Jericho Kane (played by Arnold) launching a grenade at Satan (Gabriel Byrne in a stroke of genius casting) in order to prevent him from impregnating an innocent. YEAH.



Because: a pre-Hurt Locker (and post Point Break) Kathryn Bigelow imagines a cyberpunky 1999 (the film was shot in 1995) starring Juliette Lewis, Angela Bassett AND Ralph Fiennes with the new millennium anticipation reaching its climax as the assorted lowlifes (and lowestlifes) and crooked cops ring in the New Year with blood, sweat, tears, suicides — and, but of course, a New Year’s kiss.


Because: Leslie Nielsen is in charge of a fancy ship on a New Year’s eve. What’s the worst that can happen? Hmmm, maybe an undersea earthquake causeing a New Year’s capsizing. Puts things into perspective.


Because: The next time you’re stuck at a shitty, shitty New Year’s Eve party just remember: It could always be, well, shittier. You could, for example, have been a guest at the shindig thrown by Little Bill (William H. Macy), the Boogie Nights character who rings in 1980 by killing his wife and her boyfriend — and then turns the gun on himself. And things then actually get worse.


Because: this somehow STILL leads us to believe that if you TRY to stick to your resolutions you’ll end up with Colin Firth along the way. Sign us up.


Because: I mean, even if you were engaged like Deborah Kerr is in this classic three-hankie-tearjerker,  there is NO WAY you would not have seized the opportunity to kiss Cary Grant on New Year’s Eve (even if, yes, he is engaged too). What happens next? C’mon. Didn’t you see “Sleepless in Seattle”?