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Christmas 2012 goodies, features, Round ups

7 Awesome Alternative Christmas Movies – Die Hard, Gremlins and more!

By Gerald Lynch on December 18th, 2012

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street? It’s A Wonderful Life? Bah! humbug! I laugh at your sentimentality!

Where are the guns? The explosions? The sex!? I need more drama from my festive flicks!

Here Brandish recommend 7 awesome alternative Christmas movies, each set during the Yuletide period but each often overlooked as a holiday film.

Die Hard

Bruce Willis’ finest hour, Die Hard is set on Christmas Eve. It’s also maybe the greatest action flick of all time, with Willis’ New York cop John McClane taking on a terrorist gang holding an entire tower of people hostage. And not a mince pie in sight. Yippee ki-yay!

Gremlins

Comedy horror film Gremlins all kicks off with an early Christmas present yielding unexpected results. Sure, a little cuddly bear pet thing sounds like a good idea at the time, but when it multiplies into hundreds of deadly little green monsters, you’ll wish you got given safe old socks instead.

Home Alone

OK, so I’m pretty sure you’re all aware that Home Alone is a Christmas flick. I mean, it’s theme tune is one of the most Christmassy tunes of all time ever. The problem is, Home Alone is so good, it’s on the TV all year round, so many of us probably forget that its a Christmas film at all. Throw in the casual child-on-adult uber violence (Macauley Culkin’s Kevin maims, burns and bludgeons hapless burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern repeatedly over the course of the film) and the sort of neglectful parenting that’d make an NSPCC advert look like an episode of Little House On The Prairie and you’ve got a far darker Christmas flick than you perhaps first thought.

Batman Returns

Burton’s Batman always knew how to have fun. The Batman flick that best captured the feeling of the comic books, it’s a wild gothic tale that sees the Catwoman and the Penguin out to ruin the winter holiday. Nothing says Christmas like an army of penguins with missiles strapped to their backs!

Brazil

Terry Gilliam’s surreal masterpiece Brazil is set over Christmas. No seriously. Double check. There’s no reason for it to be, other than to make the warped foreboding world that star Jonathan Pryce inhabits feel all the more callous. A Kafka-esque tale of a white collar worker’s attempt to correct an administrative error, only to have the whole state gunning for him, is as funny and discomforting as it is insane. One to watch after a few sherries I’d say.

Trading Places

They’ve both had a checkered silver-screen track record since their Trading Places heyday, but for belly laughs with a festive framing, Trading Places has Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. A classic role reversal movie (hobo conman Murphy ends up replacing executive Aykroyd on the board of a Wall Street firm as part of an elaborate prank by a pair of mean spirited zillionaires), this’ll be far funnier than any Christmas special cooked up for the Christmas break by broadcasters.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Another action flick with a Christmas theme, Geena Davis seems like the perfect housewife, though amnesia has knocked a fair chunk of her memory off kilter. Amnesia, as ever, has clouded the fact that Davis is actually a kick ass assassin, whose skills with a knife see her castrating carrots and gangsters alike. She’s like a hot Jason Bourne, with enough claret spilled on the snow to keep in line with the Christmas colour scheme.

Any alternative Christmas flicks that we’ve missed that you feel deserve a mention? Give us a shout in the comments section below and let us know what you think!



Entertainment, Gallery, Heroes and Celebrities

Brandish Gallery: Heath Ledger

By Will Reid on July 30th, 2008

Last night I went to see ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ at a small, local film-house. The queues trailed out of the door and down the street- surely a first for such a small-scale cinema. Bearing in mind that this place sits in the middle of a village that doesn’t exactly boast of a youthful population, I knew there must be some reason they were flocking to watch a super-hero film. That reason is Heath Ledger. Entrancing, dark, clever, mesmerizing; he is all these things and more. The film is like a non-stop showcase of Ledger’s immense talent and after giving you the low-down on the premiere, I now give you a few of Ledger’s best looks.

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News, Trends

Love The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

By Will Reid on July 29th, 2008

ewandownlove.jpgEwan McGregor, Brandish fave and actor extraordinaire, has made it as this week’s ‘Love The Look’ style icon. While not actually a look he created himself, McGregor’s get-ups in the film ‘Down With Love’ were unbelievable. Mod suits, a Rat Pack-slick haircut, patent shoes and exotic skins; the look was one of excitement and interesting times. As the love story blossomed, each event was painted with the brilliant sartorial brush of McGregor’s dapper-dandy. Who cares if the actual film was rubbish?

(Image: 20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Mario Testino Lets Slip – VMAN Cover to Chase Crawford

By Will Reid on July 8th, 2008

chase-crawford.jpgIn a 3-week diary for The Independent, Mario Testino has revealed all on life as one of fashion’s big players. But catching our attention is the news that Mario was in New York on the 18th of June to shoot Gossip Girl‘s Chase Crawford for VMAN’s next issue.

As a forward and delightfully stylish mag for in-the-know sartorialists, VMAN is always one to watch and Brandish has previously reported on its great use of graphics and imagery in different editorials.

Testino reports that he shot “a young actor called Chase Crawford – he’s, like, the heartthrob of the moment. It’s much more unusual for me to photograph guys. I find women are more exciting because you can play with the fashion. With men, there are more restrictions.”

(Source, Image: Janet Mayer/ PR Photos)



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Another day, Another On-Set Horror…

By Will Reid on May 13th, 2008

Thumbnail image for mattdamon.jpgMatt,

We at Brandish have talked about this and I drew the unlucky straw of having to tell you that your outfit, you know the glasses and print-knit jumper; well you’re just a little late for the geek-chic look.

Check Luella S/S 2008 or Raf Simons A/W 2005 and you’ll see that while you were in leathers and manmade fibres doing Bourne Identity, we were rocking Clark Kent shades and vintage ties.

See after the jump for more information and pictures.

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Jim Carrey in “I Love You Phillip Morris”

By Will Reid on May 2nd, 2008

Thumbnail image for carrey.jpgPhotos have been leaked from the set of Jim Carrey’s latest film, “I Love You Phillip Morris,” and they show Carrey in a slightly different get-up from usual.

The film, based on a true story and book by Steve McVicker, tells the tale of a con artist (Carrey) who falls in love with his prison cell mate (played by Brandish favourite Ewan McGregor.) So far, we have seen the film provide various hilarious headlines such as when Carrey and McGregor were spotted at a Miami gay bar “getting into character.”

It all sounds like a laugh but am I the only one who thinks Carrey looks like he’s wearing Versace circa 1995?

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Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

You Would If You Could: Denim Like Dean

By Will Reid on April 3rd, 2008

jamesdeandenim.JPGPoor Daniel Bedingfield- he crooned about his ability to be James Dean and next thing he knew he was blown out of the entertainment water by his own sister.

One thing that you will often hear fashionistos refer to is the latest ‘future classic.’ I have a problem with this term because despite its easy applicability I believe it is impossible to predict what will become a classic, an icon, a materialistic pleasure that will go on to represent an entire generation. James Dean filled this gap and from the word rebel he was the epitome of youthful cool, pulling denim off with tremendous aplomb.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment

Kim Jones Short Fashion Flick

By Will Reid on April 3rd, 2008

youwear.JPGFashionista, the fashion gossip powerhouse, has stunned me with an exciting piece of news. I read about it just over a week ago but I did a bit of research and feel that I can just about explain these rather brilliant goings-on.

Diane Pernet, the extravagant fashion persona and founder of blog ‘A Shaded View on Fashion’ has come together with Dino Dinco to create a project varied enough it will excite anyone with even the slightest knowledge of fashion. The project is called ‘You Wear It Well’ and it is a touring exhibition of short fashion films made by some of the great clotheshorses of our time.

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