London Calling

londonThe place I want to visit the most in this planet is London. That city have a magical allure to me. One of my 2013 resolutions is to visit United Kingdom, so I’m starting to warm up with a list of movies set in London. Also I’m really thankful to England because according to the statistics of my blog this country is the second place in visits.

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Pop the Question: best proposals in films

A few moths ago I was ask to write a couple of post about weddings, so I decide to post the last of this today. Valentine’s day is the day of the year with more wedding proposals and weddings. So I tough it will be a great inspiration for those getting ready to pop the question tonight. Without further ado,  here is my list for the 10 best wedding proposals on films.

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X-mas’ movies.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

with the kids jingle belling

And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer””

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

it’s the hap-happiest season of all.

I really love Christmas, for me this holidays has always been a happy time.  A time where I always has been surrounded for people I love and people who love me.  One of the things always present in our Christmas celebration are movies, we have the habit of watch Christmas movies all day long as we eat left over. So in order to honor this holiday I decide to create a list with  my favorites.

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12. Home Alone & Home Alone 2

DIRECTED BY CHRIS COLUMBUS

WRITTEN BY JOHN HUGHES

STARRING BY: MACAULAY CULKIN, JOE PESCI, DANIEL STERN, CATHERINE O’HARA & JOHN HEARD

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 1990 & NOVEMBER 20, 1992

AGE RECOMMENDED:  7 & UP


Both of this movies are a 90’s classic, specially during Christmas time.  I saw this
movies (again) with 3 boys, last Christmas, they spend the whole movie laughing. They as I do think that the second is better, but if you read the critic they thing the first one is better. Is really a family movie, written for one of the genius of film of the 80’s, John Hughes.  And you can see that the movies has his trademark: the characters are and live in Chicago.

The 411: one of the most classic scenes is when Kevin uses the film Angel with Filthy
souls, in the first movie to scare the pizza deliver in the first movie and the film Angels with filthier souls in the second one to scare Tim Curry were created exclusively for the movie both movies are reference of Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). The most famous of the film  is when Kevin shout after play with his father aftershave is inspire by Edward Munch’s paint, the Scream.

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17. How the Grinch Stole the Christmas

DIRECTED BY CHUCK JONES & BEN WASHAM

WRITTEN BY CHRISTINE KENNE

STARRING: BORIS KARLOFF, JUNE FORAY AND THURL RAVENSCROFT

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 18TH 1966

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL

I’m a fan of Dr. Seuss, and this is for me his finest work. I usually watch this movie in the weeks prior Christmas, most of the time on my birthday so it is full of memories. How the Grinch stole the Christmas is the best film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ work; is cleaver and memorable. One of the best things is the song by Albert Hague and the lyrics by Dr. Seuss himself.  The movie was a TV special that keep repeating every year during Christmas and is still and was on CBS but after the rights for transition were bought by Turner Television.

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22. Gremlins

DIRECTED BY JOE DANTE

WRITTEN  BY CHRIS COLOMBUS

STARRING: ZACH GALLIGAN, PHOEBE CATES, HOWEY MANDELL & COREY FELDMAN

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 8, 1984

AGE RECOMMENDED: 9 & UP

All of us had one movie we saw too early on life maybe early before we were ready for, mine was Gremlins I remember I saw it when in February after my grandmother’s birthday, I was 4 or 5 years old and my older cousin took my brother and me too see it.  I love  gitzmo. Also I remember see it with my brother growing up scare of the evil gremlins, and my father throw at us socks send us in a screaming to the roof.

Gremlins is the perfect first dark comedy and mild horror movie, beside that the movie deliver and endless entertaining gags. The movie is ideal First Halloween party for the preteen. Gremlins was scary in the 80’s but now most of the kids will laugh of the creatures.

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75. Miracle on 34th St.

DIRECTED BY GEORGE SEATON (1947) AND  LES MAYFIELD (1994)

WRITTEN BY GEORGE SEATON BUT THE 1994 VERSION HAD SOME HELP FROM JOHN HUGHES

STARRING: – 1947-  MAUREEN O’HARA, NATALIE WOODS, JOHN PAYNE, EDMUND GWENN

-1994- ELIZABETH PERKINGS, MARA WILSON, DYLAN MCDERMOTT, RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH

RELEASE DATE: MAY2, 1947 AND NOVEMBER 18, 1994

In my house we have this little tradition of watch every single Christmas on TV as soon December starts, so we always watch some classic like It’s a wonderful life, Miracle on 34th st, Home Alone 1 and 2 and new classics like Love Actually. But Miracle on 34th St is a truly Christmas Classic. What makes Miracle a genuine miracle of holiday filmmaking is the pitch-perfect balance of social cynicism and human generosity.

Here we have a little problem, we have to versions. Some may said that the remake is not as good but I like it, and may be a little more contemporary for kids. The original version, in on hand had a little Natalie Wood, while the remake had Dylan McDermott.

The movie  re-make was  produced by John Hughes and directed by Les Mayfield, who follow the original fairly closely, but with a quieter, more elegiac tone. As in the earlier version, this “Miracle” begins with a charming old gentleman who is hired on sight and pressed into service after the department store’s Santa gets drunk at the start of the annual New York Thanksgiving parade. The old man says his name is Kriss Kringle. Played in 1947 by Edmund Gwenn, Santa’s  portrayed this time by Richard Attenborough.

In the Original movie the store was Macy’s (which yes is in 34st in NY), but the store did not want to be part of the remake, so in the 1994 version the store name is Cole’s. For a remake, 1994′s Miracle on 34th Street is surprisingly old fashioned, which is good because all it needed was some kid teaching Santa Claus to breakdance and the whole thing would’ve been down the tubes. Its greatest suspense is that it teeters on the brink of failure throughout but still manages to stay in the viewers good graces. Another good thing about the remake is the color of the movie which was created to resemble a black and white movie that was colored.

So you decide which one you want to watch a black and white classic or a cute colorful remake.

PLOT (1994)

When the department store’s Santa gets drunk before taking part in the Thanksgiving parade. Cole’s director of special events, fires him and must find a replacement immediately. She spots an old man ( berating the drunk Santa, and begs him to take over. He claims his name is Kris Kringle. Kris does so well during the parade that he is immediately hired to be Cole’s main Santa for the holiday period. All the children in New York begin to believe that he is the real Santa, with the exception of six-year-old Susan, Dorey’s daughter.

Brian Bedford, Dorey and Susan’s neighbor does his best to convince Susan to believe. While being babysat one night by Kris, Susan shares with him her Christmas wish, she would like a dad, a house (used every year for the Cole’s catalogue photoshoot) and a baby brother. Kris asks if she would begin to believe in Santa if she got all those things. Susan agrees that she would.

Kris is credited with bringing in many more sales to Cole’s than previous years, until one night, when he is arrested, then sanctioned for supposedly assaulting a man on the street. Later, the truth emerges, that the man he assaulted was the original drunk Santa, who set up Kris to be arrested, with the help of members of staff from a rival of Cole’s.

With the help of Brian, Dorey takes Kris’ case to court, and drums up support from him from the public. It soon becomes clear that to get Kris acquitted and freed, Brian must prove that not only does Santa exist, but that Kris is the real one. It is a seemingly impossible task until Brian comes up with a plan that requires some help from Susan.

Just as the judge is about to make his decision — and it seems he was going to rule against Kris — Susan walks up to the judge with a Christmas card containing a $1 bill. On the back, the words “In God We Trust” are circled. The judge realizes that, since the U.S. Department of Treasury can believe in God with no hard evidence, then the people of New York can believe in Santa Claus in the same way. This leaves the elated judge no other choice but to declare that Santa is real, thus freeing Kris.

Following the court case, Dorey and Brian are maneuvered by Kris into realizing their true feelings for each other, and are married in a very small ceremony right after the Christmas Eve midnight mass. On Christmas morning, Susan wakes to the news of the marriage and is elated to see that she has part one of her Christmas wish, a dad. Together, Susan, Dorey and Brian drive out to the catalogue house and upon arrival, find that Kris has arranged for them to purchase the house. Susan, now having got two out of three of her wishes, excitedly runs upstairs in the house to look at her bedroom. Dorey and Brian ask her what the last part of her Christmas wish was, and she triumphantly announces that it was a baby brother. Dorey and Brian both look at each other, shocked, before glancing down at Dorey’s stomach. The film ends with the belief that Susan has now gotten all she asked for.

We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

84. The Nightmare Before Christmas

DIRECTED BY HENRY SELICK

WRITTEN BY TIM BURTON  & CAROLINE THOMPSON

RELEASE DATE OCTOBER 29, 1993

AGE RECOMMENDED: 4 AND UP

Some may consider this movie dark and a little twisted for kids, but in my experience is quite the opposite. Kids love this movie, they like Jack but I had found the smaller children love Oogie Boogie.  You gave to granted to the movie, it have memorable character, a great story that take place in two of the best holidays, and catchy music. The movie is inspire in Tim Burton’s  poem with the same name.  The movie was made in stop motion, and few years later adapt to #D which is a waste because do not improve the visual quality of the movie .

The art of this movie is so impressive that was on display on the Moma, next to the rest of Tim Burton’s movies. I realy believe this movie is a master piece of children, even when they get older they keep asking for this movie.

PLOT

In d Halloween Town, all celebrate the holiday. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, is tired of this holiday. He goes for a walk through the forest with his ghost dog Zero, there  finds doorways to other holidays.

Intrigued opens one door and falls  into Christmas Town. Amazed, Jack becomes fascinated with Christmas. He returns to Halloween Townand decide to created Christmas and give “Sandy Claws” the day off.   As Christmas approaches and both Halloween Town and Christmas Town prepare for Christmas. Jack puts Lock, Shock and Barrel in charge of kidnapping Santa Claus.

On Christmas Eve, Sally attempts to stop Jack by creating a thick fog, but Jack uses Zero’s glowing nose to light the way and directs the dog to the head of the sleigh. Jack takes off around the world and begins to deliver his terrifying presents with disastrous results. Santa Claus is captured by Oogie Boogie. The people of Halloween Town assume  Jack is dead, when the humans attack him. Jack wakes in a graveyard and realizes his plans have ruined his Christmas, but is newly inspired about Halloween. Jack tears off his Santa suit and declares himself the pumpkin king again, then hurries back to Halloween Town to release Santa.

Jack enters Oogie Boogie’s lair just as he’s about to kill Santa and Sally. He is able to pull open a stitch in Oogie Boogie’s clothing and all the bugs that are inside Boogie’s body start to fall out, rendering him helpless. Jack apologizes to Santa, who then races off to fix Christmas. Santa Claus flies around the world, giving out real presents and removing the evil toys Jack had given out. Jack returns to his town as Santa flies overhead. Santa and Jack wish each other “Happy Halloween” and “Merry Christmas” as Santa brings snow to the town.

‘Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story you’re about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven’t I’d say it’s time you begun.