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New Year’s Eve Film Fest: Train Movies

December 31, 2018


This year’s New Year’s Eve film fest will consist of movies that take place on a train or which feature a train scene as a main plot-point. Since we’ve already done a few Hitchcock-heavy marathons, and since we’re not interested in tackling nuclear disasters, epidemics, or bloody westerns, our New Year’s fare will largely consist of drawing room mysteries re-located to the dining car, peppered with a few salient shorts and documentaries. Here’s the list of films the family came up with together:

The Lady Vanishes, 1938
Murder on the Orient Express, 1974
Superman: Billion Dollar Limited (cartoon), 1941
The Train, 1964
The Silent Passenger, (first Lord Peter Wimsey movie!) 1935
Night Mail (short/doc featuring W.H. Auden), 1936
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, 1974
The Ghost Train, 1941
Narrow Margin, 1952
Before Sunrise, (not my choice), 1995
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, (also not my choice), 2004
A Hard Day’s Night, 1964

To go with, we’ll be dining on some sous vide lobster tails, dry fried green beans, a “leftovers” cheese and charcuterie board, the last of the Christmas cookies, cocktails (my new fave is 1 oz Pimms, 1 oz Rye, 3/4 oz lemon, 3/4 oz simple syrup) and tons of apple cider for the kids. Sometime soon, I’ll get around to that baked Alaska, but not before midnight.

Wishing you a Healthy & Happy New Year!


December 31, 2018
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