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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! ❤

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

So over the last few weeks, the other members of All Geek to Me have picked their favourite festive movies and now it is my turn with my all time favourite christmas movie.

In the song, “This is Halloween,” the lyrics “… tender lumplings everywhere…” refers to “Tender Lumplings,” a song done by composer Danny Elfman when he was with Oingo Boingo.

Patrick Stewart did the original introduction for the movie, which can be heard on the film’s soundtrack.

Tim Burton has said the original poem was inspired after seeing Halloween merchandise display in a store being taken down and replaced by a Christmas display. The juxtaposition of ghouls and goblins with Santa and his reindeer sparked his imagination.

Tim Burton had hoped to direct, but placed Henry Selick in the director’s chair instead as Burton was busy working on Batman Returns and had Ed Wood in pre-production. Selick estimates that Burton was present 8 to 10 days total during production.

In the original poem written by Tim Burton, the only characters that existed were Jack, Zero and Santa. All the other characters were made up for the movies, although he describes some of the presents which were given out, including in some cases the names of the children.

Danny Elfman did the singing voice for Jack because Chris Sarandon said he did not have a good singing voice.

It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made.

In the scenes with the street band, especially inside the town hall, there is a small man inside the bass that is based on Danny Elfman.

There are only two shots in the entire film that were filmed at normal speed (24fps), one is the opening overhead shot of the trees in the forest and the other is the bugs falling into the molten pit in Oogie Boogie’s lair.

It is stated in “The Making of…” book that the most difficult shot to film in the entire movie is the shot in which Jack is reaching for the doorknob to Christmasland. Viewers can see the perfect surround reflection of the forest around Jack in the background.

There we have it folks the trivia for my favouite Christmas movie, what will next week bring.

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.

My Top 10 Movies: Part 1

By Caelrona

Hiya all! Caelrona here. This time I am going to be talking to you about films. I know GeekyGems and HMSBeefnuts have been listing their favorite movies for you to have a look at. I read them over and was rather (un)surprised to find that we share a lot of similar favorites. I thought I ought to jump on the bandwagon and throw my two cents out there. Now I know that HMS did a Top 20, and Gems did a whopping Top 30, however I think I’d go mad trying to come up with that many of my favorite movies! Hence I decided to only do 10 movies. Also, since I didn’t want you to get bored by a super long TL/DR post, I’ve split my list in two. As a warning; some of my movies are the same as a few of GeekyGems and HMSBeefnuts, but that is only because these movies are just that awesome! Anyway, are you ready? Off we go then!

 

Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas, often billed as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was made in 1993 by Skellington Productions and released by Touchstone Pictures (a Disney company), then later re-released under the proper Disney logo. It is a stop-motion film with a runtime of 75 minutes. The story follows our hero Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King and leader of Halloween Town. He has grown apathetic towards his life and is searching for something he cannot name. He finds that something when he wanders through a mysterious door to Christmas Town and decides to take over Christmas. The ensuing antics are as hilarious as they are grim. The day is saved by our Heroine Sally, the Rag Doll Girl, who falls in love with Jack. This is a great film, and it works perfectly as both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie. I’ve loved this movie since I was a toddler and I watch it every year at both Halloween and Christmas. Even though it has those dark undertones and the slightly spooky aspects, it is really a great family friendly movie. Children of all ages can love this film.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth, often billed as Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth was made in 1986 by Henson Associates in conjunction with Lucasfilms and released by Tristar Pictures. It is a unique mixture of a Live Action and Puppeteering film with a runtime of 101 minutes. The story follows a young girl, Sarah, as she makes her way through the Goblin King’s great Labyrinth to save her younger brother, whom she had previously wished would be taken away. This has always been only of my favorite movies, if not my all out favorite. I have always loved David Bowie in this film; he makes a great evil Goblin King with just the perfect touch of glam added. I think I first watched this movie when I was around 5 or 6, so it is fairly family friendly, and kids can enjoy it along with the adults.  Also if you just can’t get enough of The Labyrinth, a 4-part Manga sequel was released in 2006 titled Return to the Labyrinth.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride was made in 1987 and based on a screenplay of the same name written by William Goldman. It was produced by Act III Communications and released by 20th Century Fox as well as MGM. It really defies genres by being a Fantasy Adventure Comedy Romance, and it has a runtime of 98 minutes. The story takes place in land of Fire Swamps, Rodents of Unusual Size, Shrieking Eels, and political intrigue. In this land our heroine, the most beautiful woman in the world, is named… Buttercup? Well, it’s a bent fairy tale. It follows the various twists and turns of a very rocky love…square? between our beautiful damsel Buttercup, her True Love Westley, the evil Dread Pirate Roberts and the odious Prince Humperdinck. Hilarious antics, epic sword fights and a chocolate-coated miracle pill later we have a happy ending. This is another one of those films I saw when I was a child and fell in love with. It’s a really great movie for kids, although it has a few adult humor quips here and there. All in all it is a really family friendly movie and a great watch.

 

The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element was made in 1997 by Studio Gaumont and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a Comedic Sci-Fi with hints of Romance and has a runtime of 126 minutes. This film takes place in the distant future (with the exception of a little historical background right at the beginning) and chronicles a battle between good and evil. The Fifth Element, a supreme being named Leeloo, must gather the other four elements and save the Earth from an ominous evil. Since she is a newly created clone of the original Fifth Element, she needs a little help along the way in the form the good Father Vito Cornelius, his assistant David, the Diva Plavalaguna, and the badass Korben Dallas, who becomes her love interest. They (barely) manage to save the day after quite a bit of antics, explosions and mayhem ending with Korben and Leeloo recuperating in a healing tank while the president waits impatiently for them after being told that they ‘need… 5 more minutes.’ All in all it is a great movie. It is a really wild, crazy fun ride to watch and definitely will fulfill any need you may have for random explosions. This one teeters the line of family friendly, squeaking by with a PG-13 rating, but I enjoyed it as a kid and have continued to love it as an adult.

The Aristocats

The Aristocats was made in 1970 by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Pictures, which now commonly known as Walt Disney Studios. It is an animated movie with a runtime of 78 minutes, and was the last movie to be approved by Walt Disney after his death as well as the first animated feature to be completed after his death. This movie follows the adventurous lives of a family of Parisian cats after they are set as the beneficiaries of their beloved Mistresses vast fortunes. After being kidnapped by the unscrupulous buffoon of a butler, they must make their way back to their loving Madame. This proves to be quite the adventure, but with the help of the suave alley cat Thomas O’Malley they managed to make it back to a loving home. Along the way we meet a cast of colorful characters, including a brave mouse, two chatty geese sisters, a couple of hilarious hound dogs and a whole band of jazz-loving cats. This movie is full of color and sound and is sure to delight children as well as adults. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl, and if you give it a watch I’m sure you will too! It is a great view for the whole family.

Well there you have it, part one of my Top 10 Movies. Now please note that these movies are in no particular order at all. I’ve mixed them about because I honestly can’t choose between some of them, although if you want to know my favorite I’ll admit it has to be… Uh.. well, lets see… Uhm…Nope! Sorry, I just can’t choose. They are all really fantastic movies, and if you haven’t seen some/any/all of them then I suggest you do! Anyway, next time I’ll finish up my list of top movies with Part 2, and maybe some honorable mentions? Also, don’t be shy! Feel free to comment about YOUR favorite movies –I’d love to hear from you and take suggestions. Who knows, maybe with you help I can find some new favorites!

Until next time;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

As you all know I love nothing more than a good action movie. When watching these types of films I look for the actor and hope that it’ll be good. Other types of movies I like are comic book ones, and this actor has been in so many different types of movies, he has crossed my screen in two of my favorite genres. Ladies and gentleman I bring you, Nic Cage,

He is half Italian, half German; his grandmother emigrated from Cochem/Mosel, Germany.

He is the nephew of Francis Ford Copploa and Talia Shire.

He also got Johnny Deep his first acting job.

He took his stage name from comic book character Luke Cage.

He loves to improvise, occasionally to the annoyance of other cast members.

He also collects comic books and sees them as being today’s equivalent of mythology.

He suffers from vertigo.

Tim Burton cast Cage in his doomed Superman project. Cage even did fittings of the costume.

Ate a real cockroach in the film Vampire’s Kiss (1988), it reportedly took three takes. He once said about the experience, “Every muscle in my body didn’t want to do it, but I did it anyway.”

Has a son called Kal-El.

There we have it folks, just a few bits of trivia about one of the coolest men on the planet. Join me next week for more geeky trivia.

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