Sitting down to watch a movie is probably not most people’s idea of a great New Year’s Eve. But if you’re looking for a primer to get in the mood before the party starts – or you just want to have a quiet night in – here are some NYE’s viewing tips.
New Year’s Eve (2011)
We’ll start with the obvious one. The second of Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy/dramas set on iconic days of the year, this portmanteau piece boasts a typically starry cast (Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biehl, Ashton Kutcher, etc) – and offers some cute – albeit sentimental – tales of love, hope and redemption all set on the final evening of the year.
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
John Carpenter’s 1976 original remains a cult classic, but French director Jean-François Richet came up with some winning new spins for this reboot, including a New Year’s Eve setting. Ethan Hawke is the sergeant on duty at the soon-to-be-closed police station of the title which comes under assault from Gabriel Bryne’s posse of corrupt cops who are out to silence one of their former associates (Lawrence Fishburne).
We’ve always had a soft spot for the 1972 original, but the effects are probably a little dated by now, so this big budget disaster movie remake is a safer bet. Kurt Russell, Josh Black, Richard Dreyfuss and our own Jacinda Barrett are among the passengers fighting for survival on a luxury cruise ship that is tipped upside down by a rogue wave on New Year’s Eve.
Terror Train (1980)
New Year’s Eve has inspired a number of horror flicks over the years but this is our favourite. Jamie Lee Curtis was at the height of her scream queen fame when she made this daft slasher flick in which an obnoxious group of med students hire a train for a NYE party only to find themselves picked off one by one by a deranged killer, seemingly out for revenge for a nasty prank they pulled at a previous party.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
“It all began on New Year’s Day on my 32nd year of being single.” OK, technically it’s not a New Year’s Eve movie but the holiday plays an important part in the story and with the third Bridget Jones’ movie having just been released, what better excuse could there be to get reacquainted with the first and best in the popular rom-com franchise?
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The first collaboration between the Creed team of Michael B Jordan and Ryan Coogler, this austere drama recounts the tragic story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed man killed by a subway train policeman while returning home from New Year’s Eve festivities in San Francisco in 2009. Grim stuff – but it might be useful in driving away party guests who have outstayed their welcome.