In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “After Big Holiday I found myself re-watching Pee Wee’s Big Adventure for the first time in a few years. And watching them so close together made both even better.”
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Twice as a kid, I lied to my mum, telling her that our VCR had chewed tapes we’d hired so I wouldn’t have to return them to the video shop. I’m sure there were fines involved, but I’m also sure we would have followed our family tradition that occurred whenever we got a video shop fine. Instead of paying it, we’d just get a membership in another family member’s name, or move on to the next shop where our credit was yet to be ruined. One of the movies I lied about destroying was Police Academy 5: Mission Miami Beach. While I’ve never watched it in the years since my early 90s obsession passed, the other movie I lied about so I could keep it is one that has stayed with my ever since.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is a truly unique piece of film making and art. It was like nothing that came before it and there has been nothing like it since. Paul Reubens’ titular character is so insane, sweet, creepy, wise and naïve, all at once. And his world was so perfectly suited to Tim Burton’s style as a director. I always avoided its maligned sequel, Big Top Pee Wee. Even as a kid, I somehow knew it wasn’t on the same level as the original. Just like this time, I had a feeling that the decades late, Netflix produced sequel would be a worthy successor. So, did my feeling prove correct with Pee Wee’s Big Holiday. (more…)