12/24/10

Have You Ever Seen: Home Alone

There truly is only one Christmas movie I can watch over and over again. No. It is not A Christmas Story (iTunes). That is a classic movie and anyone who says otherwise, is probably without a soul. I am not talking about a lost man and an angel named Clarence. That life is just sort of wonderful. Not even the crap on 34th street can perform a miracle to surpass the movie I have cherished since it first graced the screen 20 years ago. Twenty years was a long time ago. But this movie still holds up. It still holds a special place in my heart. The movie I am talking about is, Home Alone (iTunes).  I had the book too. I must have read the book so many times. It was basically the movie. There were no differences. It was scene by scene. Word for word. I may still have the book. I do save everything. Let’s pray that I do. This little gem starred Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, and John Candy. It was written and directed by the late John Hughes. The movie centers around a large family going on a trip to France. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is an eight year old boy who hates his family and just wants them to disappear.

Kevin gets in an argument the night before with his family over, “Who ate all the cheese pizza? Kevin is punished and sent to the third floor of the house. While standing at the steps, he screams at his mother that he wishes his family would disappear. A storm knocks out the power and the clocks are all reset, making the family oversleep. The family leaves the next morning in quite a hurry. A nosy kid is fumbling around one of the airport shuttle vans. One of the older kids is counting heads and counts him, mistaking him for Kevin. Kevin wakes up the next morning, searching for his family. When no one answers, he gets the idea that his wish for his family to disappear had come true. With no family around, Kevin does what any other eight year old would do. He pigs out on junk food, jumps on furniture, and watches movies he shouldn’t.

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The family is on the plane and is bothered that she forgot something. A lightbulb goes off and she remembers she forgot her son. “Kevin!” The mother is determined to get home to her son. With a failed attempted at getting a flight, she hitches a ride with a polka group led by Gus Polinski (John Candy). He’s a member of the Kenosha Kickers. The family stays behind at the airport and she leaps in the back of the budget rental van to be subjected to their greatest hits. While the family is busy getting home, Kevin protects his house from two bumbling robbers, (Pesci and Stern). Kevin doesn’t hide under the bed. He needs to be the man of the house and protect it. He sets up booby traps and arms himself with Buzz’s BB gun. He is armed and ready for whatever the Wet Bandits have to throw at him. The house becomes a war zone. Kevin attacks them with ice, blow torches, irons, and many more household objects. The wet bandits didn’t give up. They were thirsty for more. In the end, Kevin protects his house and saves the day, with a little help from Old Man Marley.

Maybe it was my age at the time of its’ release, I don’t know. But it is my all time favorite Christmas movie. Even the movies theme (Somewhere in my Memory) pulls at a few chords. I wasn’t a fan of Buzz then and I’m still not a fan of that goon. He was the big brother Kevin adored. The spider and the skin magazines he had. Any eight year old would love to gaze their eyes on a centerfold. Maybe not the french babes. Cause we all know, french babes don’t shave their pits. There are so many parts in this movie that were great then and still great now. Not a big fan of Christmas music but when they play “Carol of the Bells” at the church, I get goosebumps.

The movie spawned three sequels. The second one was meh. Instead of an old man, we get a crazy woman who likes birds. The family is heading to Florida. Kevin mistakenly boards a flight to New York. While there, the Wet Bandits are loose on the streets, after breaking out of prison. The third was a utter piece of trash. Never saw the fourth one. I cannot comment on that. But it has French Stewart in it. That is all you need to know.

I am sure many of you have seen this. I just feel it’s important to add this to the list since it is X-mas. I could have gone with, “Santa’s Slay” but that movie can wait. Trust me. That’s also a movie you just need to see for the pure awesomeness of it. But ‘Home Alone” is a classic. It was a huge hit then and twenty years later, it still holds up today. I have seen this movie enough times that I know all the lines. I quote “the cheese pizza” dialogue whenever I order cheese pizza. I’ll quote Uncle Frank when someone screws up at work. So many great lines. Grab a Pepsi. Turn on your talkboy, and settle down for a night of Home Alone.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK2Btk6Ybm0

11/28/10

Project Kevin Bacon

With the year coming to end and my project as well, I feel I need to do something different for the new year. I love watching movies and watch them just about every day now. Most of the movies I watch now aren’t big budget flicks and don’t have well known actors in them. A few days ago I thought of a great idea to not only entertain me but also give you the readers something to look forward to every month. The title of this post says it all. It’s about movies and it’s loosely about Kevin Bacon.

I am going to play a year long game of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon“. If you do not know what the game is, it’s quite simple. A person gives you a name of an actor or actress. It is up to you to get to Kevin Bacon in the shortest number of links possible. In my version, I am going to pick two actors. For instance,

There will be a few rules I have to follow when playing the game.

1) I have till the end of the month to connect them.

2) I have to watch movies and pick out an actor in that movie to move on with the link.

3) I pick an actor and the first movie that comes to mind, I have to watch it.

4) There is no back tracking. If I goof up, I must move on with the actors at my disposal in the movie I selected.

5) No checking out IMDB (internet movie database).

6) I cannot already plan the movies I watch.

7) I cannot use the same actor twice.

8) I cannot watch the same movie twice.

After I solve the connection, I will post the movies I watched and explain how I made the connections. Let’s say I had to solve Vincent Price & Matthew McConaughey. I already connected these both today but…

Vincent Price was in “Edward Scissorhands” with

Winona Ryder who was in “BettleJuice” with

Catherine O’Hara who was in “Nightmare Before Christmas” with

Paul Reubens who was in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with

Donald Sutherland who was in “A Time To Kill” with Matthew McConaughey

That may not be the shortest link possible but that is okay. If I was to pick another actor, say, Jeffery Jones (Bettlejuice) instead of Catherine O’Hara, I would have an entirely different set of movies I would be watching.

Vincent Price was in “Edward Scissorhands” with

Winona Ryder who was in “BettleJuice” with

Jeffery Jones who was in “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” with

Alan Ruck who was in “Speed” with

Sandra Bullock who was in “A Time To Kill” with Matthew McConaughey

The actor I connected to, will be the actor I begin the next month with. When I come to December, I will have to connect that actor back to the actor I started the year with. Sounds easy, right? I will discuss the project more toward the end of next month. As of now, it is an idea. Let’s hope I can accomplish this.

10/17/10

Wanna See Something Really Scary?

Being close to Halloween, I feel it’s time to make a post about what scared me when I was little. I started up a section of the blog devoted to “top ten movies” of certain genres. I sort of pulled an epic fail on that. Maybe one day I’ll get back to writing them. The first one that started it was “top ten horror movies“. It isn’t a list I pulled from high-profile sites but a list of movies that I loved more than anything. Who doesn’t love a good scary movie? Below is a short list of movies that kept me up at night, clutching my pillow and fearing what might be underneath my bed. In no particular order…

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09/6/10

Have You Ever Seen: ThanksKilling

I am a huge fan of Netflix. It’s my go to device for movies. If I haven’t seen a movie, I go there. If I want to watch some old sitcoms, I go there. If I need to relax and watch a cheesy horror movie, I go there. Today was a “cheesy horror movie” night. Before I watched this movie, my sister lent me a movie to watch. It was called, “For Sale By Owner”. Tom Skeritt was in it. I know him from Picket Fences but I really remember him from Poltergeist III. FSBO wasn’t very good. It was a slow movie. The ending was the director and/or writer telling the viewers,

“Eff you. Everything you just watched meant nothing. I’m bringing in Phantom Indians and Cannibal Pilgrims. How about them apples?”

I understand the ending to some extent but there are some questions that still linger about what really went on. It was a cheap ending that makes the viewers feel dumb. Don’t bother paying any attention to what is going on. At the end, you’re spoon fed everything. 

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