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Alice In Wonderland: Classic Tale Becomes “Burtonfied” Whether You Like It Or Not March 15, 2010

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Tim Burton is overrated. There I said it. Now I’m not going to lie, the man is definitely an auteur in the filmmaking world and offers visuals that are truly fantastic from an artistic standpoint but that being said I still don’t see how all the pseudo-gothic high school kids worship the ground he walks on. There are much better directors out there. That being said, when I learned Burton was directing an Alice in Wonderland adaptation, I was intrigued. It seems like a project he was made to do. Well does he pull it off? Well yes, to a degree.

This Alice In Wonderland is a sequel to Lewis Carrol’s books, in which Alice is 19 and about to be engaged. Nervous she runs away from her engagement party and once again, falls down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Since she left, The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) has the world under her tyrannical control and it’s up to Alice to save the day. Alice, with the help of various allies, must traverse across Wonderland to accept her destiny as the White Queen’s Champion and slay the Jabberwocky.

Before we go into some of the problems with the film let’s just say straight up: Alice in Wonderland is absolutely gorgeous. If you can afford to put in the extra few bucks to see it in 3D, do it. Wonderland truly comes to life through Burton’s vision that is both beautiful, frightening and eccentric. If you need another Avatar-esque fix, look no further. Additionally, there is a great cast here. From the obvious stars, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, to more surprising appearances from Alan Rickman and Crispin Glover. Everyone in this cast seems to give there all, even if there isn’t a lot there at times.

In fact seeing this world in jaw-dropping Disney Digital 3D will probably help you overlook some of the issues the film has story and character-wise. It’s pretty obvious that the film, much like the original book and several adaptations, would have a very surreal and idiosyncratic style however, Burton uses his typical embellishments to make the characters and world even more out there. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because you eventually get used to the madness but at first, it’s hard to wrap your head around what’s going on. Burton also attempts to flesh more complex personalities for Carrol’s creations. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. There are even characters, such as The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) who don’t really have that important of a role and just give off the impression of just “being there”.

Overall, this is a very typical Burton experience which is why a lot of people will love it and why others won’t. At times the film even shifts to completely ridiculous where even diehard Burton fans will just not understand, most notably when Mad Hatter spontaneously starts doing a celebratory breakdance.

While this film isn’t perfect however, you’ll tend to forget that when gazing at this world, even if you’re not a fan of Tim Burton. Visually, it’s that impressive. Burton fans will obviously be in heaven but those who aren’t may just want to catch a 3D matinee if they’re curious.

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2010’s Most Anticipated Films: Part One January 9, 2010

Another year, another flock of movies that may or may not be considered classics. The following list of films are movies that have intrigued me. Will they be good? Well only time can tell but nevertheless, I have my eye on these movies. This is part 1 of a two part blog. In this segment, we will be talking about the anticipated movies from January to June.

Youth In Revolt


I’m a fan of Michael Cera, mainly cause I can relate to him and his awkward sense of humor. And while some might brush this one off due to their belief that he basically plays the same role in every movie, this one is a little different. In Youth In Revolt Cera’s character creates a bad boy alter-ego to win the heart of his love interest. As one would expect, chaos ensues. All this plus an eclectic cast featuring Justin Long and Zack Galafinakis (does anyone know how to spell his name?) and you have what might be a great way to kick off the new year. In theaters: January 8

Legion


How many horror action films can you think off that deal with a religious based apocalypse? Now how many of those aren’t horrible or starring Kirk Cameron? In Legion, God loses faith in humanity and sends an army of angels to eradicate the human race. That is until a fallen angel is bent on saving humanity by finding the woman who is pregnant with “the savior”. Yeah. And I didn’t even mention the crazy old lady who tells said pregnant woman that “her f***ing baby’s gonna burn” and then turning into a possessed demon/angel thing… or something. Oh and there’s another crazy demon/angel thing that drives an ice cream truck and crawls on all fours. This will kick ass. In Theaters: January 22

Valentine’s Day


With intertwining plots and an insanely huge ensemble cast this has potential of being a spiritual successor of sorts to Love, Actually (one of my favorite films). Whether it lives up to that promise or not, one can be sure that this will do very very well at the box office due to the variety of stars that will appeal to pretty much every age group. In Theaters: February 12th

Shutter Island


Okay. So the recent delay may have prevented it from prevailing the 09 Oscar season but I doubt that that will stop a Scorsese directed, DiCaprio starred thriller. Having to solve the mystery of the disappearing of psychotic killer seems like the kind of premise Scorsese would be perfect to work with. And honestly, is there any setting more terrifying for a crime thriller than a mental institution? Perhaps Shutter Island will prove that the months of January and February aren’t always dumping ground for mediocre projects. In Theaters: February 19th

Alice In Wonderland


Tim Burton isn’t exactly the best at remaking previous works *cough cough* Planet of the Apes *cough cough* however Tim Burton, the guy behind God knows how many imaginatively eerie works, doing a re-imagination/sequel of Alice in Wonderland just feels right. And sure he’s using Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter… again but with appearances by Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee and Crispin Glover sound really really promising. Not to mention, this will most likely be to die for in Digital 3D. In Theaters: March 5

Hot Tub Time Machine

Here’s the lowdown: John Cusack, Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Clark Duke (Sex Drive, Greek) and Craig Robinson (The Office, Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make A Porno) time-travel to the 80s through a hot tub. It also features appearances by Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover. The last time traveling movie Crispin Glover was in was a very little-known movie called Back to the Future. Not to mention, it’s directed by Steve Pink who previously worked with Cusack on High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank. Although it has to compete with pre-summer blockbusters like Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon, with the right marketing behind it, it might be one of the biggest comedies of the spring. In Theaters: March 26th

Kick-Ass


You don’t have to wait till may for a superhero movie. Matthew Vaughn, director of Stardust, just adapted the graphic novel Kick-Ass. Doesn’t sound familiar? Well it’s written by Mark Millar, the same guy who wrote¬†Wanted and the renowned Marvel Civil War story arc. While I never read Kick-Ass, I’ve heard the story is over-the-top, eccentric, outrageously violent and takes place in the “real world”, so expect all of that in the movie as well. The movie stars (500) Days of Summer’s Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Cage and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. There’s a very good chance this unconventional superhero movie will well…

Iron Man 2


Two words: War. Machine. In Theaters: May 7

Robin Hood


Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott return for the first time since Gladiator and will concentrate on the more action oriented mythology of the famed “steal from the rich, give to the poor” hero. This has potential of being action-packed, epic and a fantastic way to start the summer season along with Iron Man 2. All this and I’m a huge Robin Hood fan: from his unconventional sense of morality, to the Disney animated film to the fact that whenever I play a role playing game I always create a character similar to Robin Hood (I’m not that much of a geek I swear). In Theaters: May 14

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


Hoping to be Disney’s next mature franchise, in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a video game adaptation and probably the first one that will do it right with Jerry Bruckenheimer and Harry Potter director Mike Newell at its side. The trailer has scorching eye-candy and Jake Gyllenhaal showing his potential as an action star. Even if this movie is necessarily good, it has potential of being a commercial success. And with Bruckenheimer’s history of hitting or missing. Let’s hope this is more Curse of the Black Pearl and less National Treasure. In Theaters: May 28

The A-Team


The cult 80s action show is getting a modern day reboot through film with a great cast and crew behind it. It’s starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame. It’s also produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces). With such great names behind it, there’s a great chance it could be one of the biggest action films of the summer season. In Theaters: June 11th

Get Him to the Greek


The only Apatow-produced film this summer, follows Aldous Snow (aka Russell Brand), the obnoxious yet lovably hilarious rock star from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill plays a music industry intern who must escort Snow to the Greek Theater in LA. A crazy road trip is probably in order. Be sure to expect cameos from Diddy, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Dee Snider and more hilarious original songs like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hopefully, this will redeem the Apatow after the commercially disappointing results of his 09 projects. In Theaters: June 11th.

Toy Story 3

It’s been hinted at for years but after a decade of anticipation, the third installment of Toy Story will hit theaters. And we all unfortunately expected that Andy will eventually grow up and leave his toys. In the third movie, Andy goes to college and the toys are sent to day care. Ultimately, the story can go many different ways and after the masterpieces that were Wall-E and Up, anything can happen, even if it means branching into more serious territory. Not to mention, it will probably be to die for in Disney Digital 3D.


 

Believe the Hype: New Alice in Wonderland Trailer July 23, 2009

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Despite Disney trying to take off the net. I managed to snag a copy of the new Alice in Wonderland trailer. Hurry and Watch it before it gets taken off.

Hot damn this looks good.

 

Pic Tease: Alice In Wonderland Characters… Now Holding Animals July 15, 2009

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Cast of the hotly anticipated Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland are seen posing with animals for some odd reason. Still gorgeous looking nonetheless although the pig Helena Bonham Carter’s holding looks dead. Anyway feast your eyes kids:

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Pic Tease: Alice in Wonderland June 22, 2009

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CAUTION: The following post contains sex for the eyes. You have been warned.

Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp)

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The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter)

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The White Queen (Anne Hathaway Being Even More Gorgeous Than She Already Is)

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Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas)

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Super Sexy Concept Art:

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…If I could only imagine what the trailer is going to be like. Tim Burton, you are a gentleman and a scholar.
Alice in Wonderland hits theaters on March 5th, 2010 and will most likely blow all of us away.