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Alice in Wonderland, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 7, 2010


Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Alan Rickman

Score: 8 / 10

This review by Pamela Fruendt

What’s there to say about ALICE IN WONDERLAND? Certainly not “off with their heads!” Kudos to Linda Woolverton’s script which took the best of Lewis Carroll’s ideas and wove them together with our favorite characters into a reworked story that gave Tim Burton something to run with and run he did. Burton has created an absolutely magical, vibrant, dazzling world in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Forget those critics who brand parts of the film too dark. Underland has been at war which, as the Mad Hatter shows, leans towards destruction. There is much light to this ALICE IN WONDERLAND. And muchness too.

Mia Wasikowska is perfect as 2010’s sweet, but nobody’s fool Alice Kingsleigh. Mia’s someone to keep your eye on in the future. Johnny Depp gives another finely nuanced performance as the Mad Hatter. His portrayal is especially poignant in that the Hatter knows something is terribly amiss with him yet carries on as best he can. As an aside…despite Depp’s protestations to the contrary, his dancing ability seems more than adequate. Futterwhacking, anyone?

Helena Bonham Carter nearly steals the film as the unloved petulant Red Queen. Anne Hathaway plays a quietly powerful Underland version of a valley-girl-type White Queen while Crispin Glover’s Knave of Hearts maintains just the right amount of distaste and admiration for the Red Queen. And I mustn’t forget Tweedledee and Tweedledum – Matt Lucas has taken such a tiny role and made it so memorable.

The animated characters from The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) to the screaming March Hare (Paul Whitehouse) to Bayard, the adorable Bloodhound (Timothy Spall) and all those not mentioned are exquisite both in design and execution.

But what’s wrong with ALICE IN WONDERLAND? For me it was the 3D technology which I found distracting and superfluous. Avatar needed 3D…ALICE doesn’t. I’m actually looking forward to the early DVD release so I can see the film on my 42″ Sony 1080p…then I’ll be able to concentrate on the story and not 3D. But I will admit it could just be me. I may even try to find a theater without 3D to check myself.

So, go see ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Expect to see a good film with great performances. And don’t forget your futterwhacking shoes…

Have you seen Alice in Wonderlan? What did you think of it?

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Alice in Wonderland – Behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s latest

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

A great featurette on the making of the film. Thanks to Pamela Fruendt for sending the link.

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Alice in Wonderland – What’s real and what isn’t

Posted by LiveFor on February 6, 2010


Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland could be a lot more than you think it is. LFF’s Pamela Fruendt pointed out a great article over on Rotten Tomatoes that explains what is CGI and what isn’t. Plus they had the great photos of the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) and Crispin Glover.

“We basically have three live-action characters,” explains David Schaub. “They are Alice (Mia Wasikowska), The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and The White Queen (Anne Hathaway). The Tweedles and the Knave of Hearts are real heads blended onto animated bodies. That creates a special look that you won’t have seen before. It’s very cool. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter’s character (The Red Queen) is an amalgamation of all kinds of different techniques, which we then distorted.” One of the most difficult characters to create, though, was The Cheshire Cat. “That was hard because he actually floats,” says Schaub. “So we had to think, if a cat could float, how would a cat float? Then he’s got this huge grin the whole time, which causes problems because he’s got to have emotions. But how do you make him anything other than happy when he’s got this permanent smile? It was intense.”

As for Wonderland itself, it’s almost entirely CGI. “There is one significant prop where Alice steps into Wonderland and goes down some stairs,” says Schaub. “That was an amazing piece of architecture. But everything else is a CG environment.”

“It’s funny,” laughs costume designer Colleen Atwood, who has worked with Tim Burton on seven films over the past 20 years, including Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish and Sweeney Todd. “Tim, Johnny and I had all made sketches of what we thought the Mad Hatter should look like. Then, when we sat down to discuss it, we realised they were all really similar!” One of the most interesting things about the Mad Hatter’s costume is that it changes colour according to his mood. “It’s like a mood ring,” explains Atwood. “I made his suits in different colours, with layers of other colours, and then they enhanced it with CGI. It’s going to look really fun.”

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Die Hard – Map of where every bad guy died

Posted by LiveFor on June 1, 2009

Next Round have this great map of Nakatomi Tower that pinpoints the location where every bad guy met their death at the hands of John McClane.

Yippee-Ki-Ay Muddy Funster.

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Alan Rickman talks about Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Posted by LiveFor on May 1, 2009

There is a great interview with Alan Rickman over on The University Observer. He talks about many of his film roles, but in particular he mentions a little bit more about his role as the Caterpillar in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

“When selecting roles, you just try and do what you didn’t just do.”

It seems to be with this mantra in tow that Rickman chose his next role – a caterpillar. Rickman explains that he has joined the macabre circus that is Tim Burton’s distorted adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical tale, Alice in Wonderland, having worked with the eccentric director in the grisly musical, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Rickman explains that, as seems to be the norm with Burton, production for this work is nothing short of surreal. “Well, I believe what is going to happen is it will be my head on an animated caterpillar. I mean, Tim Burton just has a mind like a fairground. I aim to do everything he ever does. I am a crawling sycophant to him!”

Alice in Wonderland is set to be released in 2010, but Rickman relays the difficulties of working on a child’s film by saying, “Well, we’re fighting with Disney at the moment… They are worried about having a character [the caterpillar] that smokes,” he adds, dramatically rolling his eyes to heaven.


Typical of the big studios to try and change one of the main features of the character. Didn’t the caterpillar spoke in their animated version?

Thanks to Pam for sending me the link.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 17, 2009


The third trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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Natasha Richardson’s funeral

Posted by LiveFor on March 23, 2009

This is just so sad. Liam Neeson and Vanessa Redgrave at yesterday’s funeral for the late Natasha Richardson in Millbrook, NY.

Below is Timothy Dalton, Holly Hunter and Alan Rickman.

LFF’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family.

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Natasha Richardson’s funeral

Posted by LiveFor on March 23, 2009

This is just so sad. Liam Neeson and Vanessa Redgrave at yesterday’s funeral for the late Natasha Richardson in Millbrook, NY.

Below is Timothy Dalton, Holly Hunter and Alan Rickman.

LFF’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family.

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Alan Rickman talks about Alice in Wonderland

Posted by LiveFor on March 22, 2009

This is a radio interview where Alan Rickman discuss Tim Burton’s upcoming film ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Rickman is playing the Caterpiller in the mix of CGI and real life.

The film also stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts, Stephen Fry as The Cheshire Cat, Christopher Lee, Timothy Spall as The Bloodhound, Eleanor Tomlinson as Fiona Chataway, Noah Taylor, and Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Thanks to Pam for sending me the link.

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Bottle Shock – New Quad Poster for Alan Rickman and Chris Pine’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2009

I posted the trailer for this last July. Now the new Quad poster has just come out. It stars Alan Rickman and the soon to be Captain Kirk, Chris Pine.

There are certain unforgettable moments in history when America has triumphed against long odds and proved itself to the world: Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon; the U.S. Men’s Hockey team beating the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics.

But one such moment has never received the recognition it deserves: In 1976, a small American winery sent shock waves through the wine industry by besting the exalted French wines in a blind tasting, putting California wines on the map for good.

Novice vintner Jim Barrett risked everything to realize his dream of creating the perfect hand-crafted California Chardonnay. Meanwhile in Paris, struggling wine seller Steven Spurrier came up with an idea for a publicity stunt to help his floundering shop. Little did Spurrier and Barrett realize they were about to change the history of wine forever.

Directed by Randall Miller it also stars Bill Pullman and Eliza Dushku.

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