Movie Quest #49 Toy Story 3
Yes, everyone, this movie made me cry. That is usually an indicator of quality since I really don’t ever cry…ever. Like, I basically don’t really even have tear ducts. Look, you’ve probably seen at least one of the other two, so you don’t need me telling you why you should see it. No duh, you should. So how about you just do that so we can keep supporting Pixar, an entertainment company that pretty much never fails.
Movie Quest #33 Alice in Wonderland
A 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) journeys through Underland, where she experiences strange ordeals and encounters peculiar characters, including the vaporous Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry), the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and the sadistic Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman,Matt Lucas and Crispin Glover co-star in director Tim Burton’s bold adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. (netflix.com)
I found this movie to be really very odd, but not in that usual, cool Tim Burton way. I found the animation a little off-putting. This especially applies to the weird CGI body of Crispin Glover. I think I’m just not into the story. It’s too trippy and convoluted. This rendition also ends strangely with action and whatnot when it could have just been tied up with a “happily ever after.”
As for the actual 3d, it was pretty noticeable that it was done after the movie had already been shot in 2d. As my brother said when I saw him after, the 3d was more of a system of flat, 3D layers than what one might be used to with recent 3D films like Avatar.
Dick Van Dyke ends up on the bad side of a mistaken case of identity. He plays Jack Albany who ends up playing a murderous mobster, Ace Williams when he is roped into a New York mob headed by Edward G. Robinson. Hilarity and confusion ensue when the mob plans to rob an art museum while Albany ends up falling for an artist. They quickly align in attempts to stop the robbery, but can they do it? I enjoyed this as a bit of light fluff, but what put it over the top was the casting. Sure, Dick Van Dyke is a funny guy, but the actors that made up the mob are priceless. Edward G. Robinson sort of made the gangster genre. He embodied the short, stocky, yet assertive gangster which has now become law. Then you have Henry Silva. This guy just looks like the type of guy you wouldn’t want to mess with. When the Alamo Drafthouse’s Lars Nilsen introduced this film during the Drafthouse’s Grindhouse marathon I went to, he said he spelled intimidation…and that his face looked like a death mask. That’s a pretty good way to put it.