Netflix's newest television series Stranger Things, created and directed by the Duffer brothers (of Hidden), is an homage to the…
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A ghoulish tale with wicked humor & stunning animation.
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
Film #36 of Project 90
”Life’s no fun without a good scare!”
Creativity is leaking out of every frame of this visually stunning little animation, the way Henry Selick and his team of artists use the lovely stop-motion technique, colors, lights and revolutionary effects to bring an utterly crazy, dark and scary world to life can only be described by the word delightful, with their vision and matchless visual innovation they make The Nightmare Before Christmas an unforgettable feast for eyes. Story’s general lack of surprise may slow down the film a little bit but Danny Elfman’s score, a town full of exquisite characters (the guy with the ax in his head, the vampires and the hanged skeletons are just…
Life's no fun without a good scare.
Forever a favorite of those goth kids who smoked cigarettes during wood shop class, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those weird little cult films that despite the "cult" description, it would seem that just about every person on Earth has seen or at least heard of. Which is why I've always been kind of afraid to admit I had never seen this film until the other night. You never know where those angry hipsters could be listening. Hiding behind a tree in the park. Rummaging through garbage around the corner.
Halloween has and forever will be my favorite holiday, so the fact that I am only just now watching this film…
There’s a clever marketing strategy behind The Nightmare Before Christmas as it’s essentially two holiday films in one and pretty much guarantees a surge in interest during the months of October and December. Although the film was conceived by gothic master Tim Burton, it could so easily have been a mediocre money-maker, as are many films with seasonal themes, but it was clearly made with love and affection and is a classic because of it.
The novelty of claymation has enough appeal in itself. The amount of time and effort that goes into each individual shot is something that can barely be comprehended considering how speedily a computer can construct an animated sequence now. Everyone involved in this project isn’t…
On the one hand, this has a ridiculously weak plot, very little character development, and some wonky-ass songs. On the other hand, I can't think of a better movie to watch while wrapped in a big cozy blanket with a nice hot bowl of tomato soup on your lap, a sleeping dog at your feet, snow twinkling in the windows, a Brazilian prostitute giving you a blowjob, listening to the gentle howl of the autumn wind outside your door.
I think the latter hand wins out.
Part Three of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
A macabre, wonderfully dark, and enchanting exploration of both Halloween and Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a true stunner by Tim Burton. Featuring wonderful voice work and musical numbers, a miraculous level of detail, and a story that unravels perfectly along with the breathtaking animation; this film easily ranks as the best film to watch in that weird time of year where fall and winter are jarringly intertwined.
Simply put, It's lovely in the most demented way.
As with Cinderella earlier in the week I thought I’d give another so-called classic a second try having never enjoyed this Burton-Selick collaboration when I was younger. Yet once again I find my adult self agreeing with my original view which is doubly disappointing as the film has a few admirable qualities.
As with all Henry Selick directed features it looks amazing. There is a real timeless quality to stop-frame animation and it is hard to imagine this story would be half as appealing if it was not animated this way. Even Burton’s character designs are still a joy. Considering he has been mining and diluting his unique style for two decades it is nice to see that, when done…
Now that we are nearing September, I am starting to get into the mood to watch horror films. To start off my Halloween season, I decided to watch one of the best films to get you into the spirit, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Watching it again, I am still breathless. The animation throughout is stunning. The songs are catchy and fit perfectly into the film. There honestly is nothing that I can say that I don't like about the movie. It's one of those rare films that I can say with confidence that it is perfect.
Elfman's singing is quite engrossing by itself and the production design is marvelous, but that's about it.
Final song is not earned since Sally and Jack barely had a relationship, climax is boring af, story is as weak as they come, and the stop motion is distractingly bad, the voice performances rarely match the model's movements perfectly like they do in other sm films.
really nice but why did sally and jack fall in love this is the definition of forced relationships
So Halloween movie or Christmas movie?
Cute and creepy
Trotz der etwas hackeligeren und weniger ausgearbeiteten Animationen und Characteren hat mich dieser Film noch mehr in seinen Bann gezogen als sein quasi Nachfolger "Corpse Bride". Dieser Film sieht nicht nur wunderschön aus sondern er erzählt auch noch eine interessante Geschichte über Überzeugung, Glaube und die Gefahren, die der Alltagstrott so mit sich bringt. Leider habe die Songs im Laufe des Film das Niveau des Introsongs nicht mehr erreicht, wobei besagter Intorsong die Messlatte schon verdammt hoch gehängt hat. Auf rein visueller Ebene kann man zumindest darüber nachdenken diesen Film als Kunst zu bezeichnen und das schaffe leider nur sehr wenige Filme.
I could watch this film hundreds of times and it would still fill me with the awe and wonder as if it were the first time that I viewed it. For a movie that was made 23 years ago it still holds up very well to this day. The songs are memorable the characters are defined, and the story is still strong. I believe that this is a film that everyone should see at least twice in their lives. It can always fill me with the joyful and happy memories of both Halloween and Christmas and that's why this movie has stuck with me through the years.
Wenn man den Gesang aushält kriegt man einen echt schönen und kreativen Film mit einer tollen Story.
This film has some of the best song sequences in all of cinema and extreme creativity throughout, though the story doesn't exactly live up to the concept until about halfway through in my opinion. Still an undeniable classic nonetheless.
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