Saturday, March 5, 2016

Weekend Movie Suggestions, or I Know You Are, But What Am I and Thoughts On Pee-Wee Herman

 Directed by Tim Burton before he became a self-referential parody of his own movies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) introduced the live action cartoon world of Paul Reubens.  Much like The Simpsons, his subversive humor was never meant for children; Pee-Wee Herman was an adult man-child closer to Jerry Lewis than Adam Sandler.  His funhouse mirror mid-century style clashed with the surrounding 80’s New Wave world in wonderful ways, leaving madcap chaos in his wake in a cross country road trip searching for his beloved stolen bicycle.  Tim Burton was a perfect directorial match with his retro-Hitchcock inspired angles and zooms, along with Danny Elfman’s iconic score that sounded like circus music composed by Bernard Hermann.
Also featuring Toru Tanaka who you may remember as Subzero in The Running Man (1987, and seems due for a remake) as Francis Buxton’s butler.
Big Top Pee-Wee (1988) was a reboot in an age before reboots.  He was the same character wearing the same outfit and telling the same jokes in a completely different situation, with no reference to the previous film.  Audiences were confused by the non-linear story, but from a modern perspective the movie makes more sense.  Pee-Wee is now living on a farm with a talking pig named Vance and cows that give chocolate milk.  What to do next?  Why join the circus, of course!
Featuring a very young Benicio Del Toro in his first role as Duke, the Dog Faced Boy.

my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.