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Alice in Wonderland Movie Review 
07:23pm 06/03/2010
mood: amused
 Alice in Wonderland

Director: Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway

Before I begin this review, I think it is only fair I should warn you about some quick facts about me in regards to this film: One, I love weird, dark, and twisted. (I love all of Tim Burton’s Films that I have seen). Two, I have been waiting to see this movie ever since it went into production.
Therefore, this review might be slightly bias.
To me, everything about this film seemed right from the get-go: the cast, the director, the format... Over the past year, as I waited impatiently for its debut, I began to build up my expectations.
Thus I was petrified when it came out. Most of the time, the movies I am most excited for tend to flop. Also, the fact that it was rated PG did nothing to sooth my nerves. Tim Burton can do disturbing fairly well when given the wiggle room to do so (Look at Sweeney Todd for example. He got to pull out all the stops because of it’s Rating). However, when restricted…. well, lets just say it’s not as good.
With all of this in mind, I watched Alice in Wonderland today with batted breath.
I was not disappointed. Alice in Wonderland is one of those rare films that met all of my expectations and then some. It was brilliantly composed and delightfully mad
Here is the break down.

The acting in this film was fabulous. Not only were the core characters strong, but the side characters also gave an amazing performance, making the overall film balanced.
I would like to especially give mention to Mia Wasikowska. In Alice in Wonderland, Mia played the strong-minded Alice, the heroin of this crazy adventure. Her portrayal of Alice is perfect. She is clever, witty, brave and most importantly human. She makes Alice feel real and gives the audience a window into this crazy wonderland. Her acting is very solid, and truly makes the film. (Keep an eye on her; she is going places)
Also a shout out to all the magnificent side characters: Alan Rickman (caterpillar), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee / Tweedledum), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Paul Whitehouse (March Hare), Crispin Glover (Knave of Hearts)…. Their acting was amazing, and really made this film special.
I should also mention the other headliners. Jonny Depp was good as the Mad Hatter, which is to be expected, after all, this role was right up his ally. However, there were a few things that displeased me about his performance. For one, there were points where it felt as though his Mad Hatter was simply a blend of his past characters. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Johnny Depp, but he has this air about him that he tends to put in all his characters. Thus, I felt as though, at times, the Mad Hatter was just not enough “hatter” and too much “Johnny”. Otherwise, I loved his performance. I loved how he captured not only the Hatters madness, but also his grasps at sanity.
Helena Bonham Carter was excellent as the Red Queen and really added layers to the character (Which is always nice to see). There is really not much else you can say…
Anne Hathaway was interesting as the white queen. (When you see the movie you’ll understand the truth or that sentence)
Overall, the acting made this film strong and balanced.

The script was written by Linda Woolverton and based off the books by Lewis Carroll. Overall I thought the script was very clever. The plot is well thought out and interesting. I particularly liked how it included the after effect of Alice’s first trip down the rabbit hole; it added a lot to both the Alice’s character and the depth of the film. The script also made the film work on both a literal and psychological level through its use of dialogue and characters, adding to the sophistication of the film (which was again very nice to see).
I’d also like to mention that the dialogue was fantastic. It was light, witty, disturbing, and entertaining. It was the soul of the script.
Though I do love most aspects of this script, there was one element I did not approve of in the plot. Towards the end of the movie, the film takes on a Wizard of Oz like feel. This is clique and makes the ending lackluster. I could have done with out it.

The costumes in this movie are well done. Their use of color and style reflect a lot about the character and mood of the scene. Outstanding.
The make up was good for the most part; however, there were points where they over did it.
Well done.
Here is the deal with the 3D: though it was lovely to look at, when there was motion in the scene the film got blurry. I do not enjoy watching blurred images, and I think it took away from the film.
However, I do recommend seeing it in Imax. This larger then life movie works well on a large screen.

Absolutely breathtaking work. Every aspect of this movie is beautiful to the eye. The animals looked lively. The landscapes once again reflected the mood of the scene and showed a true understanding of color. Also, the Cheshire Cat was perfect. Instead of just disappearing and reappearing, he flowed like smoke. Overall, the CGI was the backbone of this movie.

Danny Elfman’s music is great, as per usual. It plays a subtle roll in the film, and doesn’t really stand out.

I thought this film was a delight to watch. It’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

If you love twisted tales of adventure and wonder or just plain mad, see Alice in Wonderland in a theater near you.

My Star Rating: * * *

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07:28am 29/10/2009

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New Community! 
04:56pm 09/10/2009
mood: cheerful
  Hello all! I wanted to pop in and tell you about a movie called the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It stars Heath Ledger in his final performance, along with Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Ferrell

Anyone interested in joining is more than welcome! 


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Inglorious Bastards (2009) Movie Review 
09:17pm 27/09/2009
mood: artistic
 Inglorious Bastards (2009)

 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz

 Lt. Aldo Raine: My name is Lt. Aldo Raine and I'm putting together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers. Now, y'all might've heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we'll be leaving a little earlier. We're gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we're in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin' guerrilla army, we're gonna be doin' one thing and one thing only... killin' Nazis. Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die. Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?

The Basterds: YES, SIR!


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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra 
11:45pm 22/09/2009

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra- Do not go into this expecting a classic. This movie was made in 2001 by Larry Blamire, who plays the main character of the movie, Dr. Paul Armstrong.
The movie is filmed in black and white and is obviously making fun of old scifi films. The dialog is purposefully hokey and dramatic. You can, in fact, play drinking games to the words that they repeat each scene. It will probably bother you how they rephrase the same statement four or five times. It's all meant to be funny, and it is. It's hysterical. The skeleton is one of those out of the science room and when they have it walk it's so obviously being carried along.
The plot is that a scientist and his wife go to investigate the site of a meteorite crash because the scientist believes it contains Atmospherium, some made-up radioactive chemical. They're staying in a cabin in the woods and take the meteor back there to study. Another scientist also needs atmospherium to resurrect the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra so he can take over the world. Then, some aliens crash-land and need to find atmospherium to power their space ship, but their mutant escapes the ship and is now on the loose. They all end up at the cabin together trying to get the atmospherium for their own purpose.
Very, very purposefully hokey. If you're looking for a bad movie, I'd suggest this one because it's funny and not just terrible.

Nine Movie Review 
10:27pm 12/09/2009
mood: aggravated

 Post-Apocalyptic world? Check. Red-eyed killing machines? Check. Sentient rag dolls with numbers on their backs? Check…. wait, what?


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District Nine Movie Review 
06:51pm 23/08/2009
mood: artistic
 District Nine  

Check out my Journal for the review

Exclusive Interview on 'Last House on the Left'! 
11:17am 20/08/2009
  Hey guys, check this article out. It's an interview with David Hess from the original 'Last House on the Left' in which he says how he felt about the remake.

Must be hard to see your classic exploited by someone like Michael Bay.


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09:23pm 17/08/2009
The following has been added to MovieCinema

I Sell the Dead Movie Review 
01:56pm 17/08/2009
mood: amused
 I Sell The Dead




written, edited, and directed by Glenn McQuaid 

Are you a zombie movie junkie? Do you have a craving for the undead? Do British people amuse you? Then I have got a movie for you.
Check it out in my Journal

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(500) Days of Summer Movie Review 
01:54pm 17/08/2009
mood: accomplished
 500) Days of Summer Movie Review

 (500) Days of Summer
Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber 

“This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total miss reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”

 For the Rest of this review, check it out in my Journal

12:49am 16/07/2009

Following movies are up, and more...

Why can't we all just get along? 
11:25am 29/05/2009
mood: refreshed
my review of Terminator Salvation
so much for the temporal prime directive 
01:28pm 11/05/2009
mood: energetic
my review of Star Trek
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Treeless Mountain 
02:13pm 29/04/2009
  A Korean indie drama that follows two young girls who are left by their mother (who goes searching for their estranged father). The girls are sent to live with various, incompetent relatives such as an alcoholic aunt and out on the farm with their grandparents. Writer/Director So Yong Kim does an excellent job of establishing intimacy by using a lot of close up shots on the faces of the two very expressive young actors. Though this film is obviously shot on a low budget, it has excellent cinematography, thanks to Kim's sharply focused aesthetic vision.

My initial thoughts when I heard about this movie was that it would be an overly sentimental tear-jerker, but that turned out not to be the case at all. In fact, if there is a knock on this film, it may be that it lacks strong enough conflict to really resonate. However, to me the movie is a lot like the song used in the its trailer, "Layers" by Asobi Seksu - it's beauty comes from its understatement.

Trailer for Treeless Mountain

Ki ki ki ma ma make it stop 
05:32pm 20/03/2009
  He’s back! The man behind the mask!

Ok, I wanted to throw a little Alice Cooper into this review, is that so bad?

The best thing I can say about the Friday the 13th remake/sequel is that Jason Voorhees is on the screen doing what he does best. On screen being an advocate for not doing drugs or alcohol and saving yourself for marriage.

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12:44pm 17/03/2009
The DBZ story was shortened quite dramatically. I expected a difficult fight with Piccolo and getting through to Goku in his 'other' form. I wish the movie were a bit longer, or at least not bunch the story up in one movie. Make a part two, then a three or something.

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Who watches Watchmen... 
12:45pm 07/03/2009
mood: satisfied
...well, I did.

7:52 PM 3/6/09 · What an absolute crapfest! That was hands down the worst comic book movie I've ever seen. I can't believe that the first time they decided to stick as close to the source material as possible would result in such agonizing disappointment.

Not sure how I managed to remain in my seat.

Even Mortal Kombat 2 wasn't this bad!

I may need therapy now.
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I went and saw this with Whee!Laura, which is significant only as she was also saw Underworld: Rise of the Lycans with me too. We both were shocked at the ticket prices as much then as now...

...but even more because in the time inbetween it's gone up.

Underworld went for $8.50 p/person. Watchmen went for $10.75 p/person. These are matinee prices! I know the economy is for shit now but c'mon!!

Don't even know what justifies that kinda price hike in so little a time between those two movies.

I don't wish to date myself or anything (although I am a fun date) but when I was a kid even full price, standard fare, tickets weren't this expensive.
11:32am 08/02/2009
For all the horror, action, comedy fans... check out  http://community.livejournal.com/moviecinema/

So far I have:
Yes Man
The Uninvited
Grudge 3
Children of Huang Shi
Legendary Assassin
The Unborn
My Bloody Valentine 3D
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

More to come.