Alice In Wonderland

Posted by The G on March 6, 2010 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Alice In Wonderland. Now playing!

As you all know by now, I am a movie curmudgeon.  Typically when I like a film, the rest of the world dislikes it and vice versa.  With that being said, I enjoyed Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland.  It’s being universally panned by critics, which is no surprise to me. Seeing the film in 3-D is the way to go, according2g.  Johnny Depp looks like Madonna circa Ray of Light in every scene he is in, but he has an annoying lisp.  Helena Bonham Carter is great as the Red Queen and it might be worth the price of admission alone just to see her with a huge head and a tiny body.  If you are a Tim Burton fan, you’ll love the darkness and imagery he brings to this film, and as usual, Danny Elfman’s score is a work of genius.  In the original Disney cartoon, there were many more images of overt drug taking and sexual situations which seem to be absent in this version, but the colorful visions in this 3-D version will provide you with a fun experience.  On a scale of A to G, Alice in Wonderland gets a nice solid B.

Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters Exhibit

Posted by The G on December 30, 2009 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

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Tim Burton exhibit at MOMA now through April 26, 2010

Aside from loving The Nightmare Before Christmas and the first 2 remakes of Batman, I am not a huge Tim Burton fan.  That changed dramatically when I went to the Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters Exhibit at MOMA with the always fabulous Gail.  The exhibit was very crowded, so I’d advise that you use the above link to get your tickets in advance, as it’s been sold out for weeks.

The man has been creating art (and thankfully cataloging it) since he was a little kid, and it’s all on display now at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  There must have been a thousand works in this exhibit.  You’ll see paintings, doodles, unreleased cartoons, costumes, renderings and models from this brilliant man.  There’s stuff from all of his major films (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Black Cauldron, Batman, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride,  Mars Attacks, Sweeney Todd and the list goes on…) A few of my favorites were a drawing of “Vincent” that was autographed by the inspiration Vincent Price, with a note saying “I wish I was him”; a handwritten letter to Johnny Depp with an idea for a line he should say in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and a rejection letter from Disney on a children’s book that Burton hand illustrated when he was a kid that basically said he is talented but he’s not commercial enough.  Who’s laughing now?  If you even remotely like his work, this exhibit is a must see. They were very strict about no photos (read: buy the $70 coffee table book instead), but I got a few for my faithful.  Enjoy them after the jump (and there’s more on Gail’s blog.  Link is above).

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Alice In Wonderland

Posted by The G on July 18, 2009 under The G Spot | 2 Comments to Read

Johnny Depp... quicker than a ray of light?

Johnny Depp... quicker than a ray of light?

Above is the poster for Tim Burton’s latest film, Alice In Wonderland.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, but I can’t help but think… doesn’t he look an awful lot like Madonna in this picture?

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