Archive | October, 2011

A Tribute to the Greatest (Halloween) Movie of All Time

31 Oct

In honor of Halloween last year, we explored what very well may be the scariest movie of all time. This year, I wanted to really dig deeper into another superlative. Now, the scariest movie of all time is highly subjective. What is scary to some might be hilarious to others; I mean, some people are partial to your garden variety serial killer movies, some like supernatural thrillers and some are into those movies that scare you with the constant tension build up.

However, the greatest Halloween movie ever is none of these things, least of all, subjective. It’s scary, in its own way, and funny and generally amazing.

Ever since it came out 18 years ago, I’ve been a fan. Lest anyone be a movie date freak, I’ll end the suspense: I’m talking about Hocus Pocus.

Yes, Hocus Pocus is the greatest Halloween movie of all time. Starring Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and a bunch of kids (including Thora Burch) who haven’t really been in anything else, Hocus Pocus is frequently seen on Fox Family (and has been on recently as part of the 13 nights of Halloween). The story of three sister witches who have come back from the dead to steal the lives of Salem’s children intersects with the main protagonist, Max, his little adorable sister Dani and his (is there a new word for “crush?”) whatever, his crush Allison.

I’ll spare you the play by play, but I highly recommend Hocus Pocus for Halloween night watching. Is it technically a children’s movie? If you’re going to get all technical on me, then yes, I suppose it is. However, I am (clearly) not above continuing to watch this movie ever year anytime it’s on during October.

If you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, I’ll leave you with a little taste that will likely leave you wanting more, similar to the feeling you get when you have that first piece of Halloween candy…

Oscartini takes Hollywood!

10 Oct

A few months ago, I took my proverbial show on the road for a visit to California! My very good friend Alyssa lives in San Diego with her fiancé Drew and their (slightly psychotic puppy) Nelson, and my boyfriend Nick’s aunt lives just north of Los Angeles, so we did a little “friends and family” west coast road trip!

We did a solid amount of sightseeing and touristy things; Nick had never been to CA and it was only my second time out, so it seemed like the right thing to do. Sadly, we didn’t see any celebrities, but we did do some fun movie related things!

One of our stops in San Diego was the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Also known as Hotel Del, the Del has been a favorite of Hollywood types since it opened in 1887. It’s pretty famous, and is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California. Check out some of the Del’s Hollywood connection  here.

Marilyn Monroe’s movie Some Like It Hot was filmed at the Del in 1959, and is featured prominently throughout the movie.

And here’s my shot of the Del!

We heading north to LA after a few delightful days in San Diego, and saw some of the sights there!

First, we headed up to the Griffith Observatory, which is a popular tourist attraction that boasts awesome views of LA and the famed Hollywood sign! The Observatory plays a role in a bunch of movies, especially Rebel without a Cause, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and a bunch of TV shows too.

Proof I was there

Finally, on our last day in Cali, we took a Warner Brothers Studio Tour! The tour, which is 2 and a half hours through the WB back lot in a covered tram-type vehicle, covers the sound stages and sets of movies and TV shows that are filming/have filmed there. We saw some really cool stuff, including one of the tallest sound stages in the world that also has an in-ground tank with a two million gallon capacity (parts of Jurassic Park and The Perfect Storm were filmed in that one) and sets from TV shows like The Mentalist, Harry’s Law and this set that will probably look pretty familiar!

There was also a lot of cool Harry Potter stuff to see, which was a highlight for me. This is the car used by Harry and Ron in the very beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

There was also an awesome exhibit with costumes and props from all of the HP movies, but unfortunately, no photos were allowed there.

All in all, we had a great time in California doing movie things! What’s your favorite movie-related sight to see? Any awesome Cali places I have to hit next time I’m back? Leave ’em in the comments!