12 Movies of Christmas: Rent
Hiya all! It’s December now, and you all know what that means – Christmas! We’ve got the Christmas spirit here at All Geek To Me, and to get all of you in the spirit we thought we’d share some of our favorite Christmas time films with you all. For today I thought I’d kick things off by telling you about one of my favorite films to watch at this time of year; Rent. Right then, off we go!
Rent was produced in 2005 by Revolution Studios in conjunction with 1492 Pictures and TriBeCa Productions, and was released by Colombia Pictures. It is a musical drama film, and an adaptation of the Broadway musical from 1996 of the same name, which in turn was based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème from 1896. It follows the lives of several Bohemians and their daily struggles with drugs, paying their rent, their sexuality, cross-dressing and living life under the shadow of AIDS. It takes place in the East Village, otherwise known as Alphabet City, of NewYork City from Christmas Eve 1989 to Christmas Eve 1990. Six of the original Broadway cast members reprised their roles for this film, which has a runtime of 135 minutes.
While most people prefer the Broadway production, this movie is actually pretty good. I mean, it’s incredibly cheesy some moments during the musical numbers, and at other times the drama gets laid on pretty thick, but if you can take that in stride (it is a dramatic musical, after all) then it’s a really good movie. The songs in this are awesome; I’ve got almost all of them on my ipod, so if for no other reason than that you really ought to watch this movie. It isn’t a Christmas movie by any means, but most of the movie happens around Christmas, and Christmas is featured in the film quite a bit in the background.
I tried and tried to write a good summary for this movie, I really did. Somehow, they just kept coming up short, or sounding like nothing more than a copy/paste from my initial into and so four different deleted paragraphs here we are. Since I can’t write a good one, but I feel that you deserve something better than my intro I stole the following from IMDB: “Based on Puccini’s ‘La Boheme‘, ‘Rent‘ tells the story of one year in the life of friends living the Bohemian life in modern day East Village, New York City, 1989-1990. Among the group are our narrator, nerdy love-struck filmmaker Mark Cohen; the object of Mark’s affection, his former girlfriend, Maureen Johnson; Maureen’s Harvard-educated public interest lawyer and lesbian lover Joanne Jefferson; Mark’s roommate, HIV-positive musician and former junkie, Roger Davis; Roger’s new girlfriend, the HIV-positive drug addicted S&M dancer, Mimi Marquez; their former roommate, HIV-positive computer genius Tom Collins; Collins’ HIV-positive drag queen street musician/lover Angel; and Benjamin Coffin III, a former member of the group who married for money and has since become their landlord and the opposite of everything they stand for. Shows how much changes or doesn’t change in the 525,600 minutes that make up a year.”
Well, there you have it! The first of my four favorite Christmas movies. I’ll be back next week to tell you about the second of my four favorite Christmas movies; Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Until next time, Happy Holidays;
Caelrona – signing off! ❤