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Movie Review – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

How far would you go to find something that you have loved and lost?

That’s basically the premise for 1985’s classic film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  In Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, somebody steals Pee-wee Herman’s prized bicycle, and Pee-wee embarks on a zany adventure to reclaim it.  His quest takes him through exotic lands in the American Southwest, and it ends with a mad chase through a movie studio in Hollywood.

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) - movie poster

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) – movie poster

Directed by Tim Burton in his directorial debut, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure stars Paul Reubens in the lead role of Pee-wee Herman.  Supporting him are Elizabeth Daily in the role of Dottie, Mark Holton as Francis Buxton, and Diane Salinger as Simone.

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) - (c) Warner Bros.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) – (c) Warner Bros.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure begins with Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) riding his prized bicycle in a bike race.  It turns out that he’s competing in the prestigious Tour de France race.  The race ends and Pee-wee finishes in first place.  Just as he’s about to be crowned as the winner, an alarm sounds and the crowd quickly scatters.

It’s revealed that Pee-wee was only dreaming.  He wakes up, crawls out of bed, and begins his day with his playful antics.  Pee-wee has elaborate contraptions cook his breakfast while he finishes preparing for his day.  After a quick meal he goes outside and unlocks his bicycle from a secret hiding place. Read more…

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Movie Review – Beetlejuice (1988)

Back in 1988, Hollywood director Tim Burton presented the world with Beetlejuice, a horror-comedy film that takes a humorous look at ghosts, the supernatural, and life after death.

Using a combination of stop motion animation, puppetry, blue screens, and a TON of fantastic make-up work, Beetlejuice is a classic 1980s film that tells a tale of a recently deceased couple who are upset with the new residents of their home.  At first the Maitlands try to scare away the new occupants, but their efforts fail miserably.  They’re forced to hire a freelance poltergeist named Betelgeuse (pronounced as “Beetlejuice”) to rid their home of the occupants despite the warning from their case worker.  Betelgeuse’s efforts quickly spiral out of control and the Maitlands have to find a way to stop Betelgeuse before he becomes too powerful and corrupts the Deetz’s daughter, Lydia.

Beetlejuice (1988) - movie poster

Beetlejuice (1988) – movie poster

Beetlejuice stars Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as Adam and Barbara Maitland, a quiet couple who lives in New England.  Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder play the roles of the Deetz family, Charles, Delia and their daughter Lydia.  Glenn Shadix plays the role of Otho, Delia’s high-profile interior designer.  Sylvia Sidney has the role of Juno, the afterlife case worker for Adam and Barbara.  And finally, Michael Keaton is the title character Betelgeuse, a rude and disturbing poltergeist who helps the Maitlands remove the Deetzs from their home.

Beetlejuice (1988) - Adam and Barbara Maitland spending time at home for their vacation.

Beetlejuice (1988) – (c) Warner Bros.

Beetlejuice begins with Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis) spending a week at home in their small, picturesque New England town for their vacation.  The happy couple has a list of projects that they want to accomplish around their home.  Adam is also an avid model builder and is trying to finish his detailed recreation of their town. Read more…

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