Did you read last week’s Film Friday? I wrote about showing my kids – ages 10, 7, and 3 – a movie that was one of my favorites growing up: The Gremlins. I was nervous about this because, when I re-watched the 1984 movie trailer, it looked much scarier than I remember it. But guess what?!?
My kids loved The Gremlins!
They loved it so much we did a “double header” as we call it, and watched Gremlins 2 as well!
I primed my kids for watching The Gremlins by telling them about puppets. “When you can’t see the bottom half of their bodies, they’re hand puppets. When you see the whole body of either the cute Gizmo or the grotesque looking gremlins, they are marionettes.”
I’m assuming this is true, though I haven’t done much research into how the filmmakers achieved their effects. In doing a little looking into it now, I suppose there are some robotics involved. Here are some pictures to demonstrate some of the behind-the-scenes effects.
Via Den of Geek
Via Den of Geek
Via Den of Geek
When the movies get creepy – like in the first film when a gremlin is using a chainsaw to try and kill the main character by cutting through a wooden bat – I reminded my kids: PUPPETS! They are only puppets! This realization in the moment of viewing really did help my kiddos not freak. Phew!
I have to say, I like Gremlins 2 better than the first. The second was funnier and more wacky. Crazy costumes, settings and premises.
This week, my family switched our family movie night to Thursday and headed to the theater to watch the new Star Wars Movie.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I have to say, I’ve been a little ‘over’ the Star Wars franchise for a while now. It feels like a bit of a money grab – pumping out movies and merchandise, not to mention the new Star Wars area of Disneyland. Some of the new films feel repetitive. However, I like to see things through till the end. I’m the kind of person that will read a book or watch a movie all the way through till the last page or the final scene because I started it and am determined to finish.
The new Star Wars, which I truly do hope will be the last, was an entertaining ride. I enjoyed how it ended, and I won’t say more because I don’t want to be ‘that person’ and leak spoilers. I do, however, want to warn people that you should prepare yourself for strobe-like effects throughout. I thought to myself last night: “Thank goodness I don’t get seizures!” There are a lot of bright lightening flashes, and other flashes of bright light contrasted with dark settings during many of the battles… even dark night with bright snow flurries. My ten-year-old commented on this during the film as well. You gotta love seeing a movie with kids who chit chat throughout the whole movie haha!
There was one moment in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that I had a major visual deja vu. At one point Rey is walking and we see her from the shoulders up and her head is sort of silhouetted against the faint light. In that moment, I saw Gollum from the Lord of the Rings!! It was the shape of Rey’s neck and head, along with the way her hair hangs down. PLEASE WATCH STAR WARS AND PAY ATTENTION TO THIS MOMENT. I can’t be the only one to see this similarity.
Via Flickr member sN1pz0r
That’s about all I have to say for now. It was a fun movie. A nice wrap up to the saga with lots of cameos.