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Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Review

In the act of escaping a potential marriage, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) follows a familiar white rabbit through her garden’s labyrinth and once again, upon mistake, tumbles down the rabbit hole, returning her to the magical world of Wonderland in Tim Burton’s latest film.

Finding herself in the place of her childhood nightmares, Alice encounters a variety of characters filling the world from rivaled queens to talking animals.

After acquainting herself with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and hearing his tale, Alice is soon to realize she has returned to Wonderland for a reason—to conquer the reigning evil and set the crown atop the head of the proper queen.

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Brick (2005) – Review

Without giving too much away in Rian Johnson’s low-budget, noir-rooted independent film, Brick tells of Brendon Fry (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a high school student who receives a mysterious note in his locker followed by a brief phone call from his ex-girlfriend, Emily, (Emilie de Ravin). Her voice is anxious and frightened as she pleas for Brendon’s help. Her words are rapid—nigh incoherent—as she mentions “brick”, “pin”, and “tug”. After an abrupt hang-up, with the help from his friend known simply as “The Brain” (Matt O’Leary), Brendon must uncover the meaning to each of those three words if he is to cast a light upon the shadows of Emily’s fears and save her from what could become of them.

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Five Wonderful Opening Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us be honest and all together agree that opening credits are often a bore. I for one much prefer a film to start without them, having the only credit sequence be after the film’s end. Nevertheless opening credits do exist; here are five that do it well. (YouTube videos) Read more of this post

Adam (2009) – Review

Adam is so dry and unimaginative that even Hugh Dancy’s portrayal of the film’s title character doesn’t save it from terrible direction. The matter of Adam’s condition is one that has always captivated me. There was a certain air the trailer carried—one that led me to believe the film was something else entirely. Instead, what I saw before me was something of a trite mess overlaying a missed opportunity for something excellent.

Dancy does a fine job in his role as Adam, a gifted young male with an unmatched mind in space, theater, and electronics. He also has Asperger’s syndrome. Adam falls for Beth (Rose Byrne), a school teacher at the local kindergarten as well as his neighbor. Her story is far less interesting, and unfortunately for us, saturates the latter half of the film.

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Five Young, Underrated Actors

James Franco – Arguably my favorite on this list, Franco has an undeniable passion for the theatrics. In each of his roles he carries himself with a sensibility so unlike many other actor and unlike a great handful of actors, he is versatile.

Films to Watch: 127 Hours, Howl, Milk, Good Time Max

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Red Riding Hood (2011) – Trailer

Director, Catherine Hardwicke, of the Twilight saga’s first film is at it once again though be it not of Twilight, but rather of young, adolescent, Ms. Little Red Riding Hood. It almost sounds sweet. I cannot help but question what the matter is with Hollywood, or perhaps even society as one can often blame society when a harmless, almost innocent children’s story is turned into a scandalous affair. Grandma would not be pleased of that I am quite certain. Nevertheless, Grandma’s repose is beneath a belly of fur and guts with wait, Red Riding Hood at her side? I have once again, it seems so, confused myself. Read more of this post

A Scanner Darkly (2006) – Review

An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi novel of the same name, A Scanner Darkly is set in the not too distant future where America has lost the war on drugs. A new, highly-addictive drug, Substance D has began making its way across the country and in response, the government has developed high-tech surveillance and placed a field of informants and undercover agents on the street.

Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is an undercover agent who, because of his dedication to his job and constant drug use, becomes addicted to Substance D. Arctor hopes that by purchasing enough Substance D from a drug dealer of whom supplies him with it regularly, he’ll have the opportunity to meet her supplier and through their interactions he beings to develops romantic feelings toward her. As his addiction grows worse, the left and right hemispheres of his brain begin to argue with one other as they receive two different sets of information. As a result, Arctor is unable to distinguish his role as an undercover agent from a drug user.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel of the of the same name. In Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a grieving twenty-two year old whom plays bass in, Sex Bob-omb, a small, new band, looking to behold a record label. Scott falls for an elusive woman of whom he first saw in a dream, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to not only win her heart, but transcend from himself, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes in battles that could cost him his life.

Scott, is too haunted by his exes. Both of which whom still yet remain evident in his life, but rather than simply through old memories, and perils  of each, they exists in the flesh; one as part of a famous band, the other as a high school student of seventeen.

Admittedly, I was apprehensive of this film for some time, but do in part of its consist praise amongst my peers, I decided to sit down with it.

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Cowboys & Aliens (2011) – Trailer

The first trailer for Jon Favreau’s new film Cowboys & Aliens—which I am in the habit of calling Cowboys & Indians, though I assure you it is anything but—was released just yesterday. Based on a graphic novel of the same name, Cowboys & Aliens sees Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Paul Dano in a western against, well, aliens. The trailer, after the jump, displays what looks to be a near campy film with riotous though, limited, fun.

I must admit I do enjoy Craig, Ford, Rockwell, Dano and even Wilde (House), so perhaps it is the concept I am not yet sold on. That being said I do believe the film does have a few things going for it. Robert Downey Jr. was cast to play the lead of Jake Lonergan, a lone cowboy of sorts, but do to scheduling conflicts Daniel Craig soon replaced him for what is no doubt of the better. RDJ is a tremendous actor, one whom I see among the best, but this role will certainly fair better with Craig as its lead. Another point of notoriety is that Stephen Spielberg is attached to the film as one of its producers. Read more of this post