The End of an Era

13 years and 9 movies later, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split up. They were one of my favorite Hollywood couples because they’re so weird, and never fail to let their freak flag fly. I’m also fascinated with their basically 3 way marriage to Johnny Depp (I wonder how he’s feeling about this break up…)

Planet of the Apes, creepy, but iconic

Big Fish, heartbreaking and one of the weirdest endings I’ve ever seen

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, should have been continued to end the series

Corpse Bride, the first of many times acting with Johnny Deep

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a great and terrifying remake

Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street, one of my top 3 favorite musical movies

Alice in Wonderland, mad as a hatter, but I loved it

Dark Shadows, weird, but they can’t all be awesome

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016), yay, we get one more movie collaboration

If you haven’t seen any of these, go watch them (especially Sweeney Todd). Do it as a memorial to the partnership of this terrifyingly weird couple who will hopefully still make movies together for many, many years. Seriously though, They weird, twisted stories are too awesome to lose.

Really, as long as this doesn’t stop happening I’ll be so, so happy.

R.I.P. one of the greatest director/actress combos ever.

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Almost Famous

They finally put one of my favorite movies on Netflix!! I’ve loved Almost Famous since I watched it at my best friends house when we were 12. What do I love about it?

To start, everything.

If you haven’t seen this movie, stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now. It’s based off Cameron Crowe’s early life as a music critic/writer for magazines like Rolling Stone, and when he handed the script to Steven Spielberg, Spielberg handed it back and said “Direct every word.” So he did and it was great. It’s also Kate Hudson’s first major movie and she is the spirit of the whole movie. The scene of her dancing alone in the music arena is one of my favorite. So is the one below.

 I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong generation. Yes, I use my cell phone and love my laptop, but they’re necessities to survive in this decade. I want a time where they weren’t. Everything nowadays is flooded and fleeting and there’s not as much meaning in stuff anymore. My mom always told me about how she and a friend would spend hours calling a radio station using different fake voices just so they would play their favorite song. No one does that anymore. Not when we can go on YouTube and listen to every song ever. Everything is homogenized now. I’d have been happy growing up in any of the decades. Preferably born mid 50’s so I could be a teen with great music, graduate college and move to L.A. in the 70’s when movies were just amazing, and then live out the rest of my life complaining that the younger generation of kids are ruining America. I literally sound 100 years old right not and I don’t care. I’ll go sit with my polaroid camera and record player and be happy.

Highlights of my favorite decades.

50’s: the fashion & rock n roll

60’s: the music

70’s: Hollywood! Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas, Spielberg, Carpenter, Friedkin, De Palma

80’s: MTV when they actually played music and Ronald Reagan

90’s: I’ve always wanted to live like every episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

I’m nostalgic for times I never even knew.

And now I’m going to contradict everything I just said and give you the Almost Famous soundtrack and trailer. Watch it, listen to it. It’s rad.