Well, just one more day and we all will have made it through the 3+ month-long “holiday season.” But other than internet shopping, politically correct pleasantries, and the annual contact with distant family members, what is Christmas really about? I mean aside from religion… Because let’s face it, a large amount of celebrants are either A) not religious at all, or B) not celebrating it for the religious connotations. I’m talking about how the season as a whole has evolved, especially within our lifetimes. Now, is that evolution something that is seen across the cultural board, or is it simply growing up? Or is grumpy cat finally rubbing off on all of us? I think one of the lessons we can steal from Mr. Scrooge is that we should take a step back and look at how Christmas has affected our lives with the help of his three ghosts.
Though instead of the ghost of Christmas Past/Present/Future I’d like to think that we could choose whomever we’d like to guide us on our holiday spiritual journey. Mine would be three Doctors… preferably 4, 10, and 13.
With the Xmas season in full swing, it’s only appropriate to put on a few flicks to get into the spirit of the season. So next time you’re stuck with your family and they insist on putting on a “holiday movie” I’ve put together a list of some of my personal favorites that still fall into the “holiday” categories for you to choose from. Maybe you’ll find some on here that you can put in your holiday collection for easy access by the family when they’re itching for the holiday cheer!
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall
This Burton film begins with a grandmother telling a story about why it always snows on Christmas in their California hometown. Her cookie-cutter culdesac is peppered with a sense of weirdness, like many of Burton’s films, and when a strange young scissor-handed man is brought into town after being found alone in the spooky mansion at the edge of town it brings more than just gossip. She recants to her grandchild the offbeat and unlikely love story between Mr. Scissorhands and a young woman in their quiet 50’s suburban town, and how their love keeps it snowing each Christmas. Sounds sappy, I know, but how sappy can it be with Johnny Depp in a leather body suit and scissors for hands awkwardly falling in love with a blond Winona Ryder teenager? Either way, it’s a Christmas classic for sure! (more…)
About three years ago I started the biggest knitting endeavor known to geeks: the Doctor Who scarf. This 12 foot, 7 color, all wool tasseled scarf made its first appearance in “Robot” in 1974 when a poor knitter who was friends with the costume designer was handed an armful of yarn and asked to knit a scarf. What no one had anticipated was that A) Begonia Pope was a knitter with ninja-like crafting speed, and B) she would use ALL OF THE YARN to make a scarf for our fourth Doctor. This resulted in the original scarf starting out 20 feet long, but the extra footage did not make it far with Baker’s stunts and shenanigans. It was altered to the beloved 12 foot scarf that holds a special place in every Whovian’s heart today after its big break back in ’74.
Once it became one of the most notable costume pieces in Doctor Who history it also became an integral part of Gallifreyan costuming, especially at conventions. And when this happened geeks and cosplayers all over the world exclaimed “but, but, I can’t knit! How do I get this awesome costume piece?” And thus every Whovian Knitter was bombarded with tear-filled requests to make these dreams come true. What many people don’t seem to realize is the time and effort that go into undertaking is such a huge and daunting project. Sure, it’s just like knitting a bunch of scarves… just all at once… but let’s face it, geeks everywhere would notice if you didn’t use the right shade of colors, altered the pattern, or even wrong yarn materials! And thus, a certain level of
blood, sweat, tears, detail and concentration is required for the construction of this crafting monstrosity. (more…)