In the old days of Hollywood, movie props weren’t cherished or saved. Once a production was finished shooting, a lot of props were either thrown out, repurposed, or lost somewhere along the way. As time went on, people began to hold items from their favorite movies in high regard, and movie props became treasured artifacts. Today, movie props are some of the most expensive collector’s items out there, often selling for hundreds to thousands of dollars at auction.
That brings us to a new Disney+ documentary series called Prop Culture, which follows film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan as he tracks down movie props from some of Disney’s most iconic films over the years. Like a kid in a candy store, Lanigan travels around the United States, meeting filmmakers, actors, production crew members, and fellow collectors so he can either see a rare item from Disney’s film history, or show one off for a sentimental reunion and fascinating conversation about movies ranging from Mary Poppins to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read More »
Halloween is over, and since Thanksgiving decorations totally suck, it’s time for Christmas. In honor of the forthcoming holiday, Freeform is wasting no time getting their 25 Days of Christmas schedule out there for people to get excited about. Every year the channel is decked out with classic holiday movies, beloved Christmas specials, and even some original Yuletide stuff, and this year is no exception.
Along with the expected arrival of movies like The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, there’s also the addition of some of The Simpsons holiday episodes in what Freeform is calling The Simpsons Holiday-thon. The Springfield family joins other television specials like Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Plus, for all you hardcore Freeform fans, The Fosters is having a holiday reunion special. Get the full Freeform 25 Days of Christmas schedule below. Read More »
(Welcome to Queering the Scene, a series that explores LGBTQ themes and content in films of all kinds…especially where you least expect it.)
The Nightmare Before Christmas has been the source of great debate and contention for decades. In the 26 years since its release, it’s ruined friendships, torn families asunder, and stoked the flames of sibling rivalries across the globe over this one conundrum: is it a Christmas or Halloween film?
I know. I’m sure you remember the very first fight you had about this exact issue. Both sides battling one over the other. Eventually, the wars would subside, both sides lamentably agreeing that it could be both, I guess. And so, on this auspicious occasion, as we celebrate one of the two holidays this film is decidedly about, I thought I’d throw a wrench into the whole machine and postulate the following:
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect allegory for the struggle bisexual, pansexual, and queer people feel while straddling two worlds, or several, depending on how you interact with the gender pantheon.
Yup, that’s right folks. In this edition of Queering The Scene, Jack Skellington is queer AF, and his journey is more than just an experiment with different holidays – it’s an experiment in sexuality and expanding his consciousness beyond the exnominated factor of heteronormativity.
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Yes, we know it’s still summer. But since Christmas in July is apparently a thing, we figured it couldn’t hurt to round up some of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are debuting this year. Previously, we’ve covered new additions to the ever-growing line of decorations with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar Animation and more, but today we’re focusing on strictly Disney.
Right now, Hallmark has a bunch of new Disney ornaments in the new 2019 collection featuring characters from their classic hand-drawn animated movies like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid, their holiday favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even their new movies like Moana and Zootopia. Check out the new Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019 collection below. Read More »
Tim Burton’s best movie might actually be one he didn’t direct. As a filmmaker, Burton’s strength has always been in his visual storytelling, the eccentric look and phantasmagorical feel of his characters and story settings. Since 1990, a parade of peculiar, pale protagonists, led by the grand marshal of Edward Scissorhands, has formed up in his long string of collaborations with Johnny Depp. His early collaborations with Michael Keaton also gave us the iconic Beetlejuice and two rich, operatic, “dark deco” Batman movies that are a triumph of music, makeup, and costume design.
Before he became a big-time Hollywood director, however, Burton worked as a concept artist, storyboard artist, and animator. His sketches (some of them on bar napkins) have even toured the globe in the “World of Tim Burton” exhibition. Walking through that exhibition is a bit like stepping into Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is celebrating its 25th anniversary today; it originally hit theaters on October 29, 1993.
Directed by stop-motion whiz Henry Selick, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a movie that gives three-dimensional life to Burton’s sketches, distilling his unique visual sensibilities down into a 76-minute burst of animated joy. Freed from the restraints of live-action, the film goes all-in on the gothic fantasy, foregoing the sight of Burton’s usual stable of human actors and plunging us into a deeply imaginative world full of skeletal pumpkin kings and living burlap sacks. The creepy-crawlies in this movie aren’t just limited to what you see on screen. They also include Danny Elfman’s musical earworms, which have helped this movie stand the test of time as the Burton brand’s greatest feat of originality.
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(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the scariest animated movies.)
Too often, animated movies are written off as silly children’s fare, but the medium is more than capable of scaring even the most hardened adult. From Disney classics to anime horror fests, animated films have been responsible for plenty of nightmare fuel. So as we count down the days to Halloween, let’s count down the scariest animated movies (using that unlucky number 13, of course).
Here are the scariest animated films, which include some familiar childhood horrors, some harrowing horror movies targeted at adults, and a surprising amount of John Hurt.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Tom Holland pops up on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the new Spider-Man: Far From Home suit and puts Guillermo in his place. Plus, find out a bunch of stuff you may not have known about The Nightmare Before Christmas, and check out a trailer for the new Halloween cut in a retro style. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Break out the cranberry sauce: it’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Soon you’ll be forced to sit at a table with your family and have a conversation. How terrifying! My advice: skip all that and stream some movies. If your family complains, advise them to sit down and stream the movies along with you. It’s win-win! Also, bring beer.
You don’t have to force a conversation with movies; you just have to watch them. Isn’t that glorious? Of course, with the ever-growing list of streaming services out there, it can be hard to pick a specific film to watch for your own specific needs. But since I’m such a nice guy, and it is the season of giving, I went ahead and assembled a cornucopia of great films for you to stream in the next few days. There’s stuff(ing) here from David Lynch, Guillermo del Toro, Ryan Coogler, and more! We’ve got horror, family films, fantasy, romance, action – you name it! So get ready to binge on these films, but make sure you save room for leftovers. Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.
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What’s this? There are sequels everywhere, and now Tim Burton’s Gothic stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting one too.
Only it’s not a sequel meant for the cinemas. The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel is coming in the form of a comic book, nearly 25 years after the original first waltzed into theaters.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If you have a Netflix subscription (and of course you have a Netflix subscription), you’re in luck: a lot of good stuff is arriving on the streaming service in February. Here’s what you should find time to watch.
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