Trailer Time: Frankenweenie “Homage” Edition

Hi again!

Here’s another great film I’m looking forward to later in the year… Frankenweenie is from director Tim Burton in the same style as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. This homage to all the great horror films of the early days of film is amazing!

–Fitz

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Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland 3D (2010) – or does everything need to be in 3D??

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Hi all…

Yes, I went gaga over the 3D effects in James Cameron’s Avatar. And I loved the 3D world of Coraline. But does everything need to be 3D?

Last weekend I went to see the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Mia Wasikowska, and many more. And yes, I liked the movie. I think it has a great message for girls and boys alike to have the courage to follow your dreams and not bow to the whims of the pressures of parents, peers, or society at large.

Depp was great as the truly mad Mad Hatter. Stephen Fry’s voice for the Cheshire Cat was spot on and I think Alan Rickman as the voice of the perpetually stoned Blue Caterpillar was divine casting. Add to that the fact that Carter and Hathaway as the Red and White Queens seemed to really dig into their roles and the unknown quantity of Wasikowska who did a great job through the movie as an older Alice finding her way in the world and you have a great movie that should hold up to repeated viewings.

[rating:3/4]

That said, I don’t understand why the heck it needed to be in 3D. Did Disney really need the extra $3 per ticket for 3D glasses?

And somehow it’s managed to make $400 million worldwide in two weeks at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, $208.6 million of that is domestic, meaning a whole lot of people have sprung for $3 disposable 3D glasses.

But why? Watching the film, really only one scene (the one in the trailer where the Hatter rolls two bolts of cloth towards the audience) stood out as being 3D. That really wasn’t worth an extra $3 for the ticket for me.

Add to that the bizarre looking animation every time Stayne got on or off his horse and I was left really scratching my head.

Honestly I think I might have enjoyed it more without the film being in 3D. I guess that’s what I’m getting at.

And the fact that there are so many more movies coming out this summer in 3D for no apparent reason just makes it seem like a gimmick to get more people spending more money at the box office, which kind of skews all the box office $$ for me since you’re paying more for a ticket from the start. How to Train Your Dragon, Clash of the Titans, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore are on the 3D bandwagon for the next few months… Most of them are for kids and they’ll like the gimmick, but why Clash of the Titans?

Do we really need all this 3D? I don’t think so. I hope the fad wears off soon and we get to watch some good movies and not wear those dang glasses!

What do you think?

–Fitz

p.s. Look for Avatar to find its way to DVD soon:

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Trailer Time: Saturday Edition

Hi all…

With Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego this week, news has been coming fast and furious about movie teasers and trailers. I thought I’d provide links to a few that sparked my interest…

Hot Tub Time Machine

This looks hilarious with John Cusack, Crispin Glover, and Chevy Chase from director Steve Pink, who wrote High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank as well as being a producer on Entourage. This trailer is definitely NSFW (Not Safe For Work), but it evokes sort of a modern take on Bill and Ted. 🙂 Check it out here

Tron Legacy (aka Tron 2.0)

A sequel to Tron has been in the works for at least a couple of years now and we’re starting to see the mighty Disney machine start to spread glimpses of what’s to come. This trailer got my geek juices flowing freely. 🙂

Stargate Universe (SGU)

I have been a long-time fan of the Stargate universe and Stargate Universe (SGU) was announced last summer as Stargate Atlantis came to a close. Finally we’ve gone beyond teasers and have seen an actual trailer that sparked my interest. Check out my post about it here

Ninja Assassin

Any time the Wachowski brothers get together, I have to take a look. Even though Speed Racer was a disappointment, V for Vendetta and The Matrix (the original movie, not the sequels) will forever have a place in my brain. 🙂 Ninja Assassin looks to have some amazing stunts, so we’ll hope that it’s not a train wreck like Speed. See more here.

And lastly…

Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton)

This is another movie that caught my attention early on. The mere idea that Tim Burton would do Lewis Carroll’s classic work just tickled my funny bone. If anyone can actually get the drug-addled trip down the Rabbit Hole right – it’ll be Burton. And where there’s Burton, typically Johnny Depp isn’t far behind. Depp as The Mad Hatter is a gifted choice. And the trailer shows a bit of the gift… here.

And that ends this episode of Trailer Time… I hope to make this a regular feature, so please let me know if you’d like to see more!

Thanks go to Ain’t It Cool News, ComingSoon.net, and the MTV Movie Blog for the trailer links.

–Fitz

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