Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Films of Tim Burton


I love Tim Burton films! His stories are like no others. Whether it's about a man with scissors for hands, alien invasion or a man dressed as a bat, Burton's films are filled with unique and iconic characters and striking visuals that make his films unforgettable. I've decided to showcase one of the many Kees van Dijkhuizen mash-ups. He's done a great job showcasing Tim Burton's work. His finer films like Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Big Fish and more are on display with the Planet of the Apes remake even appearing. Check out the video below. Enjoy!



He seems to have succeeded magnificently in presenting the work of Burton as a director. Danny Elfman's music is a nice touch as well. While there are so many to choose from, my favorite Burton film's would have to be Edward Scissorhands and Batman. What are some of your favorite Burton movies?...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hugo Review

In his first family/holiday film, Martin Scorsese has created a charming and enchanting winner with Hugo. A movie for grown-up film buffs, but one children can fully enjoy, so long as they don't mind a brief history lesson in the world of cinema.

This beautiful story takes place in Paris in 1931. Hugo (Asa Butterfield - who will win your heart) is an orphan who lives in the train station, stealing food to survive, repairing the station’s clocks (a family tradition) and hiding from the cruel station master (Sacha Baron Cohen).

There are two things that fascinate Hugo. One is the puzzle of this broken automaton, the mechanical man, he inherited from his watchmaker father (Jude Law). The other is the mysterious station's toy merchant, George (Ben Kingsley).

One day, George catches Hugo trying to steal from him and takes the boy's fathers journal for payment. Eventually, Hugo becomes friends with George's goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz) and together the pair try to solve the riddle of the robot, a quest that takes them in directions they never imagined.

Scorsese is actually paying tribute to a very real character here, the groundbreaking early film fantasist Georges Méliès. He captures the sheer amazement of audiences who are seeing movies for the first time and the wild sense of playful invention that film let loose in early years. Truly that would have been remarkable time to be a part of.

Not only was this movie fun and endearing, but it holds underlining themes of imagination and fate. But for all the issues it tackles throughout the films 127 minutes, it never forgets to be enjoyable. Mostly, though, this beautiful story is a film about wonder. Hugo was also shot in 3-D, which I found completely appropriate. I absolutely adored this movie! I left the theater with smiles. Hugo is pure movie magic.
RATING: A-
Thoughts?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mirror Mirror Trailer (A Snow White Film)

Source: Yahoo

"I definitely have a happily ever after thing going on!"
Um, not really. Relativity has just released their first trailer for Tarsem Singh's Mirror, Mirror. It's a "sickeningly kiddie" take on Snow White, and you need to see it just to see what I mean. In this rendition, Lily Collins stars as the fair Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen (really?), and Armie Hammer as the Prince. This comical take on the fairytale looks the exact opposite of The Huntsman. It's bright and cheery with over-the-top costumes and set designs. It's an animated story come to life, complete with Nathan Lane and seven silly little dwarfs. It could be cute... for the kiddies, but overall I say "just pass." Anyway, have a look-see.
Mirror Mirror is directed by visionary Indian filmmaker Tarsem Singh, of The Cell, The Fall and Immortals previously, which just opened. I'm definitely a fan of his work, but I'm not sure about this one. The screenplay was written by Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm (Machine Gun Preacher) based on the original story by the Brothers Grimm. This movie hits theaters on March 16, 2012. Well before Snow White And The Huntsman arrives in June. So the question is, which Snow White will be the fairest of them all at the box office?...

Thoughts on this?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Snow White And The Huntsman Trailer

Source: Apple

"Bring me your heart my dear, dear Snow White."

Universal has finally debuted their first intense trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, and starring Kristen Stewart as the fairest of them all (really?). Chris Hemsworth stars as the Huntsman, who of course looks badass, and the beautiful Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. I was extremely apprehensive not to mention annoyed when they cast Kristen (can't act) Stewart as Snow White, but after seeing this trailer all my anger vanished. This dark and twisted take on the Snow White fairytale looks amazing! Theron and Hemsworth were perfectly cast. Other case members include: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Bob Hoskins and Lily Cole. I'm honestly impressed, this looks unlike anything I was expecting, and pretty damn cool, especially that mirror part. WOW! You'll definitely want check this out!



You can also download the new
Snow White and the Huntsman trailer in High Def on Apple.

In this epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron), (hard to believe, b/c Theron is gorgeous, but whatever), who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power. This movie arrives in theaters on Just 1, 2012.

What do you think?


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