This week, I had the pleasure of not having to work. It was the added bonus of having Christmas just this past Thursday for those who celebrate it. Unfortunately for me on both fronts, I was miserably sick. Even now, I'm still getting over this disgusting cold. I hate being sick. Especially when I have a week off to be completely creative. It's... well, I'm just going to say it, it's utter bullshit!
Anyway, I did have a chance to watch and re-watch some holiday films.
The first one I watched was 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' It's one of my all time favorite films to watch. Easily my favorite Tim Burton film. 'Edward Scissorhands' comes in at a close second. This film never loses it's flare for the magical. Jack Skellington is amazing, Sally is the only sane one there is, and the Oogey Boogey man still gives me shivers. "my bugs, my bugs!" ha ha!
Watching this as a kid, you don't think about the detail that went into making this film. One thing I kind of relish about this film is not really knowing who the voices belong to. I mean, now, I know who Danny Elfman and Catherine O'Hara are, but at the time, there were no credits with the actors' names. You just appreciated the work. And the fact that Patrick Stewart was the voice of the epilogue on the soundtrack, but sadly, they didn't use him for the film. Patrick Stewart is awesome!
I'll admit, the movie watched me for the most part as it was one of my sickest days, but it did lend to some interesting dreams and it made me feel better.
Another film I watched was 'Iron Man 3'. Now, the first time I watched this film, I wasn't as happy with it as I was with the first two. When they'd said The Mandarin was going to be in this one, I was super excited, but the twist as to who The Mandarin was had met let down a bit. But, when I watched it this time, and paid attention, I thought about the first Iron Man and how they'd said that their goal was to update the film so that it had a modern take. Modern in this 3rd film was homeland terrorism used as a cover for people with greedy ambition. Very much like the very world we live in today. It wasn't far fetched at all to think someone would make up a terrorist from the East considering the ease of wide spread panic here in the United States.
Also, I love Robert Downey Jr. He's a fantastic actor and one I look up to considering he's amazing even when he's not doing well.
The last movie I watched wasn't actually a Christmas movie, but it's just so damn amazing that it's hard not to watch it. That movie was 'The Royal Tenenbaums.'
Seriously, how can you watch this movie and not love it? Even Gwyneth Paltrow, whom I despise in so many ways as an actress and a person who runs a shitty blog. I can't imagine anyone else in these roles! I only recently found out how unbearable it was to work with Gene Hackman. No one on the set enjoyed working with him. In fact, Wes Anderson kept Bill Murray on set even on his off days to keep Gene from getting out of control. I would've never guessed he was such an asshole. But, it only served the film as his character was the pariah. But, it also proves that Bill Murray is a total bad ass, and if he'd ever like to come and crash a party, or knock on my door for a beer and a burger, by all means!
And, on a note that needs to stand alone by itself, Luke Wilson was so hot at the end of the movie. Although, even with the long hair, I still would have, because knowing what was hiding under all of that would always be my reward.
Other than that, I did get some wicked gifts, but I was more excited to give. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and look forward to the new year as I am!
Reviewing movies. I tried to go to once a week, but I think it's best if I post whenever. Right?