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Dark Shadows

Posted in comedy, drama, Fantasy, Historical, horror, Movies, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass 

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Tim Burton

Review Rating: 8

Tormented vampire Barnabas Collins returns to his human family’s estate 200 years after his imprisonment, to save them from the machinations of the witch Angelique.

Most of the trailers and previews I saw for this movie made it look utterly slapstick and ridiculous. We have to remember to have faith in director Tim Burton and his multitude of previous film successes, and ignore the fact that he has little to do with the commercials for his movies. There are goofy moments, particularly the vampire with no reflection brushing his fangs in the bathroom and the like, but by and large the movie is quite serious and an actually fine romp through the darkness.

So way back in the 1800’s, the Collins family came from Liverpool England to settle in America, and built a booming fishing town on the coast of Maine, aptly named Collinsport after the family. Son Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has everything, a loving family, wealth in abundance, and did I mention girls? He’s fooling around with Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), who I gathered to be a servant in Collinwood manor, only to brush her off with the “I don’t love you” card after he’s had her. Soon thereafter, with Barnabas narrating, we learn that he’s acquired his one true love Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote), and of course this pisses off Angelique no end, allowing us to learn that she’s actually a witch. She sends Josette to her death over a cliff, and curses dear Barnabas not only with vampirism, but incites the townsfolk to bury him in a shielded coffin. Fast forward a couple hundred years, and Barnabus’ coffin is accidentally found and opened in a construction site, where you know, he duly does apologize, and then proceeds to devour every single last hapless worker. It turns out that Angelique is still around in Collinsport, trying her very best to buy up every last port and boat on the fishing lines, and basically oust the Collins out of everything. Boy, witches hold grudges forever don’t they? Barnabas returns to Collinwood manor to take stock of whats left of the Collins family, and their fortune. Of course by now the fortune is all but gone, and the family is rather snarky with eachother. Elizabeth Collins (Michelle Pfieffer) is current acting head of the family, and while she might not be supernatural per se, you won’t find a stronger woman anywhere. Roger Collins (Johnny Lee Miller) is her weak and greedy brother, sans his wife, and his one child David, who they all think is emotionally disturbed because well, he’s talking to his mother. Who happens to be a helpful ghost. Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) was brought to the manor to counsel David, but she most often spends her days in a drunken or hangover-y stupor, and seems to dispense lackadaisical advice to the whole family slapdash-style. Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the resentful and delightfully blunt teenage daughter of Elizabeth, it turns out she harbors more than the usual pent-up teenage aggression – she’s a werewolf. And then there’s Willie Loomis (Jackie Earl Haley), jack of all trades servant to the family, whom of course Barnabus just has to make his first mindless servant, when he’s completely plastered of course.

So Barnabas the vampire is determined to save and restore the Collins family to their proper place, which he does with apparent gusto, even braving the outside during the day. With a lacy black parasol and tons of sunscreen, I adore the authenticity. He and the remade Angie came to arguments, then blows, then there’s the angry telekinetic sex scene, more recriminations, and eventually all-out war. Meanwhile, Victoria Winters the new nanny, who is of course supposed to be the reincarnation of Barnabus’ one true love Josette, has been spending time with everyone in the family and is now convinced she’s in love with him in return. I did wish, amongst all the funnery there was in the movie, that a shade more attention had been paid to the romance that was supposed to be fated between Barnabas and Victoria, but hey, there’s only so much one can cram into two hours. There’s a party at Collinwood manor that features the one and only Alice Cooper, the movie gods had Carolyn give the intro to one of Cooper’s more infamous songs, and I about died. Soon after comes the final confrontation between the Collins family and the witch Angelique, there won’t be any more spoilers from me here, but the ending rocked my little world!

Enjoyable despite, or it’s entirely possible because of, the movie’s darkness and gloom, Dark Shadows is a vaunted effort at a loving remake thatHollywood should truly learn from.

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by aliciamovie

 

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Tim Burton

Review Rating: 8

 Alice returns to Wonderland after an absence of some years, to find the Red Queen has taken over everything, and joins the battle with the White Queen against the Jabberwocky.

Okay, first off, we adore Tim Burton. Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and wait, are we seeing a pattern here? They all have Johnny Depp in them. And don’t get me wrong, I think Depp is a fine actor, but well, I still think the role of Hatter should have either been done differently, or given to someone else. Regardless, on with the review!

So Alice is back out in the real world, is 19, and her elders are planning a marriage for her, because that’s what proper English girls in this time period do, after all. And at the reception where Alice is supposed to be proposed to, the White Rabbit shows up! Down the rabbit hole we go, and off into adventure! Wonderland looks more or less exactly as I imagined it would, even years after Alice’s original adventure, wherein the Red Queen has enacted a reign of terror – the land still looks amazing, and we expect nothing less of Burton.

Yes, we still have the iconic characters Wonderland has to have, but a lot of them struck me as well, disappointing in this take on them. For example, I thought it was perfect when I heard Alan Rickman was going to be doing the voice for the Caterpillar. And it is, but, the Caterpillar is tiny and barely has like three scenes in the entire movie – aww. Tweedledee and Tweedledum are played by the same person, Matt Lucas, who does a good job, but I don’t understand why those two were CGI’d to look like walking punching bags. The Cheshire cat is done entirely with CGI, which I admit was a huge disappointment, even with Stephen Fry of V for Vendetta fame doing the voice. I adored Crispin Glover as Stayne, the Knave of Hearts, for all that yes he is a bad guy. Helena Bonham Carter does a very fine job as the Red Queen herself, although I would have figured the movie directors would have her screaming a lot more. And the fluttery way Anne Hathaway portrayed the White Queen is charming and funny.

As for the actual story, given that it is an adventure after Alice’s original adventure, it’s mostly okay. It would have been nice if that fact had been advertised with the trailers, but we can’t have everything. The Mad Hatter was never meant to be a hero, not like this anyway, and while I do think Johnny Depp did a good job for the part they gave him, the vague Irish accent and the mumbling of a great deal of his lines almost gave me fits. Seeing Alice chase after a dragon, the Jabberwocky that’s right folks it’s supposed to be a dragon, they did get that right, in full armor with that magical sword, was a little odd for me. I did enjoy the Red Queen’s Card troops versus the White Queen’s Chess pieces during the final battle though.

Like Avatar, the scenery is magical and wonderful, especially in 3D (if it doesn’t give you a headache), just ignore those plot twinges and stare at the pretty!

Spike Scream Awards 2009 Voting Begins

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by aliciamovie

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR “SCREAM 2009”-

“STAR TREK” TOPS LIST WITH 17 NOMINATIONS

 4th Annual Global Event Honoring The Blockbuster, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book Genres of the Year

Tapes Saturday, October 17 At The Greek Theater In Los Angeles

 “SCREAM 2009” Nominees Chosen By Advisory Board of Hollywood And Genre Leaders Including

Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Roland Emmerich, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Eli Roth,

Zack Snyder And Many More

 Two-Hour Event To Reveal Exclusive World Premiere Footage Of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010

 Voting Begins Today Only At Scream.Spike.com

 

New York, NY, August 31, 2009 – “Resistance is futile” this October as Spike TV
<http://www.spike.com/>  presents the fourth annual “SCREAM,” the first and only
global event of its kind to honor the best in  sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic
genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA,
“SCREAM 2009” celebrates the hottest films, tv shows, comics, actors, creators,
icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.  This year’s show
will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of
the most anticipated movies of 2010.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on
Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  Presenters and musical
performers will be announced shortly.
 
“Eight out of the 10 highest grossing films of all time are in  the ‘SCREAM’ genres,
which is due to the incredible passion and loyalty of these fans,” said Casey
Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2009” and senior vice president of event
production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV.  “We’re thrilled
to once again to present the only global event honoring their heroes.”
 
Some of the nominees’ reactions include:
“Without all of the fans, the claws would have been sheathed a long time ago! 
Thank you so much,” said Hugh Jackman after hearing he was nominated for two
“SCREAM” awards and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was nominated for 13.
 
“Everyone knows it's the VILLAINS who have the most fun.  Thanks to the ‘SCREAM’
team and congrats to everyone at ‘True Blood.’  This is very exciting for the whole
show,” said Best Villain nominee and star of  HBO’s “True Blood” Alexander
Skarsgard. 
 
"Thank you for the nomination and thank you for letting me frighten you.  I look
forward to doing it again sometime soon,” said Ryan Kwanten after hearing he was
nominated for Best Horror Actor for his role as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
"Getting nominated for kissing a Vulcan is a better fate than logic," said “Star
Trek’s” Zoe Saldana after getting word she received two “SCREAM” Awards nominations
for Best Breakout Performance: Female and Best Science Fiction Actress.
J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the list with 17 nominations
including The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best
Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-to-the-Death
Scene of the Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed
television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations. 
Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” advisory board, consisting of some
of the most respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and
comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining
nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed
eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 9, 2008 and July 15,
2009 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by
online voting at scream.spike.com <http://www.spike.com/event/scream2009/> .

 

 

Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2009 Advisory Board members can be found on spike.com.

 

Tim Burton, (writer/director/producer “Edward Scissorhands”)

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)        

Roland Emmerich (writer/producer/director, “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”)

Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)

Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)                                      

Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell”, “Cabin Fever”)         

Zack Snyder (director, “300,” “Watchmen”)

Beginning today, Monday, August 31 and continuing until Saturday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting scream.spike.com.

Nine

Posted in Fantasy with tags , , , , on January 19, 2009 by aliciamovie

by Angie Quidim

 

Here is a short trailer by Tim Burton.  I found it quite interesting

Check this out!