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12 Movies of Christmas: Edward Scissorhands

By: Caelrona

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Hiya all! The week has gone and passed already, and what a week it was! We survived the Mayan ‘apocalypse’ of 12/21/12, and Christmas has come and gone just yesterday! I know I’ve been plenty busy as I’m sure you have been too. Lots of family, friends, gifts, cooking and baking but I managed to squeeze a little bit of time for you guys and my blog post. So now it is time for the final film of my 4 favorite Christmas movies. I’ve already written about numbers 1 – 3; Rent, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. So today I will be wrapping it up with my last, but not least, Christmas film – Edward Scissorhands.

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Edward Scissorhands was produced and directed by Tim Burton in 1990, and released by 20th Century Fox. It is an American romantic comedy film, and an original production by Tim Burton. The genesis for the film was a drawing done by a teenage Tim Burton. During the production of Beatlejuice, he hired young author Caroline Thompson to adapt his idea into a screenplay. It has a fairly average runtime of 105 minutes.

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Edward Scissorhands is an old woman’s tale of her first love. A blossoming and innocent love between her and an unusual, but very gentle, young man who is not quite a man. Edward is actually the creation of a brilliant scientist who tragically died before finishing, leaving Edward very nearly human but with large metal scissors for hands. When discovered by the local Avon lady, she takes him home.Things go well, and he is at first welcomed for his creativity and gentleness. However during the season of giving and good will towards men, things take a decidedly sour turn, because not everyone is accepting and suburbia is rarely kind to the unique.

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This movie is fantastic for watching at Christmas time. It has a lot of really touching moments, especially the ice sculpting scene, with all the snow and ice shavings flying through the air. The acting was also really well done; Johnny Depp was superb in this and I don’t think it would have been quite the same if another actor had been used, although several worthy candidates auditions including Michael Jackson and Robert Downy Jr. Vincent Price is also awesome, even though his part is relatively tiny it is excellent. Edward Scissorhands was his last feature film, and I think he went out with a bang.

Well, there you have it! My final Christmas film choice! I really love this film, I saw it when I was just a little girl and it definitely is a must watch during the Christmas season, although it is great any time of the year! Anyway, I hate to leave you with such a short little post, but the Christmas season is busy for all of us! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to tell you about some holiday anime, because I’ve been dying to watch it.

Until next time, Happy Holidays;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

12 Movies of Chirstmas: The Muppet Christmas Carol

By Geeky Gem

I guess I should start this blog off by saying Merry Christmas from all of us here at All Geek To Me, I hope you all have wonderful day. By this I mean eat too much, drink too much watch crappy TV and generally enjoy yourself.

My movie of choice today is a bit more Chrismassy than the last three, I have gone for The Muppet Christmas Carol, I love this movie. The story of the Christmas Carol has always fascinated me, as I once played Scrooge in a school play. However this is not the reason I like it this is a take on a classic story told in only a way the Muppet’s can.

If you hae neer heard of the Christmas Carol then it is the tale of Mr Scrooge (Michael Cain) a man who doesn’t hold Christmas in his heart at all, on Christmas eve he is visited by his dead business partner and told if he doesn’t change his ways then the same fate with befall him.

They also tell him that through the night he will have visit’s from three ghosts in order to try to help him change his life. The Ghost’s of Christmas Past, Present and Future. As each ghost comes to visit Scrooge they show him images of his past, present and future. Each with a lesson for Scrooge to learn, he she a past love, a present with the Cratchit family and a his future should he not change.

As with the Nightmare Before Christmas I love the songs in this move and will post one of my favourite’s below its called It Feels Like Christmas. At the helm of this movie was Brian Henson, with the orignal novel by Charles Dickens and the screenplay by Jerry Juhl. If you like the Muppets and the story of the Christmas Carol then this is the movie for you.

Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas.

12 Movies of Christmas: The Chronicles of Narnia

By: Caelrona

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Hiya all! Another week is done and gone, so here I am back in action to bring to you number 3 on the list of my 4 Favorite Christmas Movies. Previous blogs have brought you numbers 1 and 2, Rent and How The Grinch Stole Christmas respectively. Number 3 brings us to a really amazing movie; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This movie is visually stunning and is really great for watching during winter (especially if you don’t get snow, like me!) Right then, lets be off shall we?

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The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (from now on simply; Narnia, that is far too much to keep typing!) was created in 2005 by Walden Media in conjunction with Walt Disney Pictures and was released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is an epic adventure fantasy film based on the 1950 children’s novel of the same name written by C.S. Lewis. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was the first published and second chronological novel in C.S. Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It has a respectable runtime of 143 minutes.12-19-12ww2

 

I have loved this movie since it came out. I’m a big fan of the entire series, but the first one is the best in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I read the book when I was a child or maybe because I love pretty much anything fantastical, or perhaps a fair bit of combination of them both but this film really grabbed me and sort of ran away. I can’t even begin to count to number of times I’ve seen this movie, but it never gets old for me. The cinematics in this are spectacular. I’d say some of the cinematography even rivals parts of the Lord of the Rings series. The computer generated graphics aren’t half bad either. Aslan is incredibly well rendered, and I love the phoenix when they appear near the end.

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The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe follows the tale of the Penseive children and their first trip to the magical world of Narnia, where they must over throw an evil, tyrannical witch and restore summer to a land that has seen an everlasting winter. One of the first signs that summer is coming is Christmas, which hasn’t happened in Narnia for many years. In fact one of the very first notable quotes in the movie is Mister Tumnus the fawn muttering, ‘Always winter, never Christmas.’ When he appears, Father Christmas brings the Penseive children gifts to help them in their quest. He also gives them hope, ‘Winter is almost over.’ While not a big part, the theme is strong and I think it is a very touching moment. It does tie the rest of the story together, since Saint Nick is where they get the weapons they use later to fight the White Witch.

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Well, that is all for today, my third installment of Christmas films! Next week I’ll be bringing you the final film on my list, Edward Scissorhands. After that possibly some Christmas anime, even though it’ll be too late for the season (it wouldn’t be, if people would seed the torrents *hinthint* so I could finish downloading.)

Until next time, Happy Holidays;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

12 Movies of Christmas: The Nightmare Before Christmas

By Geeky Gem

Well I hope you are enjoying the 12 movies of Christmas, I know I am. Both Hmsbeefnuts and Caelrona have picked movies I like and some I have never seen. So I will try to watch them too. However we are moving on to movie 3 of m choices and it should come as no surprise to many of friends that it is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I can remember the first time I saw the trailer for this movie, I had been taken to see The Lion King by my parents and this trailer came on I turned to my Dad and said “I have to see that, it looks great” my parents being my parents were forced to watch it in the cinema with me. I loved it and I still do, the story is funny and the songs are fantastic.  I even went to see a few years ago when it was released in 3D Kirkie Chick and I loved it.

The story is set around this gut above Mr Jack Skellington, who lives in Halloween Town. Naturally they make the holiday of Halloween come to life, however Jack is getting bored with Halloween and yearns for something more. It is then that discovers the holiday town of Christmas and to the surprise of the good people of Halloween town decides they can have Christmas too.

This leads Jack on a path to bring Christmas to the world however his friend Sally has her doubts and is hiding her love for Jack from him and she finds it hard to tell him its a bad idea to attempt Christmas.

Now this movie did come from the mind of Tim Burton however he did not direct it, he left it in the very capable hands of Henry Selick. Tim Burton came up with story and the story was then adopted for screen by Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson. Danny Elfman was the voice of Jack in this movie and I think he does a brilliant job, he also did some of the songs and that what makes this movie below is the video of my favourite song – Jack’s Lement.

If you haven’t seen this movie and want to watch something light and funny then this is the movie for you.

12 Movies of Christmas: Elf

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By @hmsbeefnuts

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12 Movies of Christmas rolls on here at All Geek To Me, and I have chosen a rather obvious Christmas film, but you know what? If this isn’t one of your favourite Christmas movies, you are without doubt, a cottenheaded ninny muggins. I am of course talking about Elf, and it is without doubt, a must see at this time of year.

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I know some people can not stomach Will Ferrel, and if that is the case, you are wrong. He is a genius and this is one of his best roles. As Buddy the Elf, Ferrel brings a wonderful sense of childlike excitement and glee to his human in Elf’s clothing. It is one of the most Christmassy films I have ever seen, as well as being very funny too.

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If that’s not enough to convince you, then how about the fact that Tyrion Lannister himself is featured in the film, Peter Dinkledge is hilarious as a short tempered author for hire. Want more? Then how about the adorable Zoey Deschannel as the love interest?

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Basically if you don’t like Elf, you are dead inside. I will just leave you with this thought, and something that all Elf fans know for sure, the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…

12 Movies of Christmas: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

By: Caelrona

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Hiya all! Another week gone by, and here I am again. Today I thought I would pick up with Number 2 of my 4 Favorite Christmas Movies. You may have noticed that HMS, Gems and I are sort of doing a running thing with this. What can I say, we all love this time of year (Ba Humbug to you Scrooges out there =P ) and especially the awesome movies that feature it, and what better way to share our Christmas spirit that with movies? Anyway, my second pick is Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – the Jim Carrey version, not the cartoon one; although it is fairly entertaining as well. =)

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, promotionally (and more commonly) known simply as The Grinch, was produced in 2000 by Imagine Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures. It is a holiday fantasy-comedy film based on the 1953 book of the same name and the 1966 television cartoon special of the same name, written by the famous Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss book the be adapted into a full-length feature film (to be followed by The Cat In The Hat from 2003, Horton Hears a Who from 2008 and The Lorax from 2012) Since the movie is based on a children’s picture book, many additions were made to the storyline to bring it up the feature length, including quite a bit of the back story about the Grinch. Most of the rhymes from the book were used in the film, though some were changed a tad bit, plus some new rhymes penned especially for the movie. This movie has a runtime of a mere 104 minutes.

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This movie manages to be both hilarious and heartwarming all at once. Jim Carrey is a comedic genius, and that amazing skill translates well even through a giant green furred creature. Certainly it seems as though the role of the Grinch was hand tailored to suit him by the amazing Dr. Seuss himself. This movie is hilarious. It has me in stitches every single time I watch it. The rhymes are just fantastic, and the pace of the movie flows really well. I’m not usually a comedy sort of girl, but this movie definitely makes the list.

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The Grinch follows a cantankerous, grumpy green creature known as the Grinch. The Grinch lives atop a perilous mountain near the festive city of Whoville, where it happens to be Christmastime. All the Whos of Whoville love Christmas, while the Grinch despises it. Down in Whoville an 8 year old girl named Cindy Lou Who has begun to think that people have lost sight of what is important on Christmas. After learning about the existence of the Grinch, she begins to take an interest in his lonely state of affairs and learns his sad history. Determined to show the Grinch the true meaning of Christmas, she invites him to participate in the city celebration known as the Whobilation. When it goes awry, the Grinch goes on a rampage. While satisfied with his path of destruction at first, he quickly realizes he has not crushed the spirit of the holiday and goes back to his mountain in a pique. In a mad attempt to cease the celebration of the detested holiday he hatches a sinister plan: to steal Christmas from all of Whoville!

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There we go; my second favorite Christmas movie. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea I certainly love this movie. It has entertained me since I was a child, and continues to entertain me to this day. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Now I am going to be off to enjoy watching it.

Until next time, Happy Holidays;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

 

12 Movies of Christmas: Rent

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By: Caelrona

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!

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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.

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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.

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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! ❤

12 Movies of Christmas: Die Hard

By Geeky Gem

As it is the lovely month od December we here at All Geek to Me have decided that we would share with you our 12 movies of Christmas. Here is how it worked, Hmsbeefnuts came up with title and together we came up with rules, rules for movies I here you say. Well yes there was only one rule, the movie had to either happen around Christmas or at Christmas. This is how I get my way as I am not a huge fan of typical Christmas movies. I like the ones that are based at Christmas, so mine my have a slightly different twist. I know what Hmsbeefnuts and Caelrona have picked so this is going to be fun let’s kick off with my first movie of choice, Die Hard.

Oh Die Hard how I love thee, this movie came out in 1988 so I was way to young to see it in a cinema but I have watched t countless times on DVD over the years. It’s a movie I keep coming back to time after time. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman are just fantastic in this movie. Now in order to get this on my list of Christmas movies it had to be set near Christmas and lo and behold it is, Yay me.

If you have neer seen this movie then the story is a simple one New York City Cop John McClane (Willis) has come to Los Angeles in order to visit hs estranged wife, Holly and their children. However when he gets to the building, Nakatomi Plaza in which she works it is over run with terrorist ‘s who leader Hans Gruber (Rickman) is after some thing in the buildings vault, hmm I wonder what that could. McClane decides he can’t let this happen and sets about trying to stop them.

This has to be only of favourite movies ever its fast paced, has a lot of really good action sequences and not to mention it has Willis and Rickman. I think director John McTiernan got it right with this movie but he wouldn’t have been able to do that without some really good source material. The movie was based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp and adapted for the scene by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza I have never read the book but would like to just to see how this movie out to be the way it is.

The fact that this movie has had another 3 movies made for it with number 5 on the way sometime next year just goes to show that John McClane can still kick ass and put bums on cinema seats. I for one will be going to see A Good Die to Die Hard, if we here in the UK don’t decided to change its name to Die Hard 5 because apparently we wouldn’t have understood that Live Free and Die Hard was a Die Hard movie so made it the simpler title of Die Hard 4.0. Any way as always if you haven’t seen this movie then please do especially if you like to see stuff blow up.

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