ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

The Walt Disney Company has had a long and storied relationship with Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. When Walt Disney struck out on his own to make a hybrid of live action and hand-drawn animation, he turned to Alice for the 1923 short, Alice’s Wonderland. It was a success and Disney milked the Alice Comedies for another 56 installments, over the course of the three years, and allowed Disney and his brother, Roy, to head out west to make their name in Hollywood — animator Ub Iwerks and cameraman Rudolf Ising followed. Twenty-eight years later, Disney returned to Carroll’s works with the … Continue reading ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

MALEFICENT

Maleficent is Disney’s latest in a spate of Nostalgia Branding, a trend spawned from the enormous box-office success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Last year’s Saving Mr. Banks was a lesser movie than the movie it referenced, Mary Poppins, but the performances from Tom Hanks as Uncle Walt and Emma Thompson as writer P.L. Travers added enough heart to carry the otherwise schmaltz material. Coming next year, Disney will revamp Cinderella and I am sure there are many more of these can’t miss financial opportunities to come. The logic is: if you see Maleficent, Disney get’s your money. If you … Continue reading MALEFICENT

Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass – Michael Kohlhass (Mads Mikkelsen) was just another family man, a horse trader and a loyal citizen. Then they stole his horses and murdered his wife, now he has nothing to live for. Nothing, except for his revenge. A classic tale of retribution painted across the wide-open landscape of 16th Century France. Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz and Denis Lavant co-star in a script written by Christelle Berthevas and Arnaud des Pallières with des Pallières directing as well. In limited release from Music Box Films.   Filth – Bruce … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.30.14