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

THE DOUBLE

The Double, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 novella, is brought to the screen via writer/director Richard Ayoade and co-screenwriter Avi Korine. What Ayoade and Korine get right is Dostoyevsky’s impending sense of doom. No one is going to walk out of this situation unscathed, and they know it. The only thing left to do is play out the script, go through the motions and bring down the house. As Hunter S. Thompson used to say, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” The scenario is as such: Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a meek and timid data processor for a … Continue reading THE DOUBLE

Movie Beat – 05.09.14

Breastmilk – Breast milk is better for a child and produces a more intimate connection between mother and baby than formula does, but in this fast paced business world, it just takes too long. Too long to pump, too long to abstain from a cocktail, too long to feed the child. This is American and we want things now! Of course, raising a child requires time, and breastfeeding is just one of those activities that require time. Standing firmly on the side of breastfeeding, Breastmilk is a very blunt movie about the difficulties facing the modern mother. From director Dana … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.09.14

Movie Beat – 04.11.14

Cuban Fury – Once a rising star in the world-renowned and lucrative profession of salsa dancer, Bruce (Nick Frost) tossed in the towel and opted for a lifetime of take-out, pastries and self-pity. That was, until the beautiful Julia (Rashida Jones) walked into his life and lit a fire in his loins that would return Bruce to form. Of course, he has a whole lot of obstacles to hurdle, none of which is more damaging than his own lack of confidence. Co-starring Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach and the always-incredible Ian McShane. Directed by James Griffiths and in limited … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.11.14

STOKER

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Stoker is a coming of age tale of a young girl’s sexuality wrapped up in a horror movie. Actually, it’s really a young girl’s coming of age story wrapped up in a pastiche of Hitchcock films. Directed by Korean auteur, Park Chan-Wook, Stoker is his first foray into the English language market and utilizes an international cast (Wasikowska, Goodman, and Weaver are all Australian, Goode is British) to fill out a story set in Nashville, TN. None of the characters act like nor talk like they are from Tennessee, but such is the magic of movies. In addition to accents, the movie is also devoid of pesky neighbors, intelligent law-enforcement, or concerned school counselors. This isn’t a realistic movie by a long shot, this is an exercise in insular drama. A collection of bad people who might have been bad from day one, or who might have learned to like it along the way.

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Movie Beat – 03.01.12

21 And Over – Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) is a straight-A student who is trying to get into medical school. In fact, he has an interview for said school tomorrow morning, but tonight, tonight he is twenty-one. It would be a real shame to let such a historic moment go by, and one beer won’t hurt, right? One wouldn’t have, but Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) show up and put that idea to bed. Jeff Chang has one hell of a night: drinking, stripping, mayhem, and chicks. Written and directed by the duo that brought you The Hangover (Jon Lucas … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.01.12