Posts Tagged ‘alice in wonderland’

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If you didn’t already know…

March 28, 2010

  • Ticket prices for the latest 3d epic How To Train Your Dragon when up as much as 26%!
  • Rumor has it that the evil Queen from Sleeping Beauty Maleficent will be turned into a movie possibly directed by Tim Burton and starring Angelina Jolie as the wicked fairy god mother
  • Fox cancels 24!
  • Worldwide a 3d film has occupied the top spot in the box-office charts for 12 straight weeks (Avatar – 8 weeks, Alice In Wonderland 4 weeks)
  • Lady Gaga reaches the top spot with her debut album, The Fame (Monster) for the first time in its 64th week!! on the world charts
  • Sony Music Entertainment has blocked Beyonce’s youtube page due to a copyright infringement case involving her label
  • Justin Bieber’s album, My World 2.0 is expected to top the Billboard charts this coming week to the tune of 225,000 – 250,000!
  • Gossip blogger Perez Hiton announces he will be launching a weekly music countdown to rival Ryan Seacrest’s current version.
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Weekend Update March 18-21

March 18, 2010

“After a huge opening weekend and a respectable drop last week, Alice In Wonderland has all but secured itself a third weekend at Number 1.  American audiences are thirsty for 3d.  Unfortunately for 3 big entries this week, one of them will have to settle for a high of 2nd.  Most likely to take that spot is the action comedy by Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, The Bounty Hunter.  It seems funny and if you are a fan of either, this one is for you.  Also debuting this week is the best-selling illustrated novel, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and sci-fi action Repo Man featuring Jude Law and academy award-winner Forest Whitaker.  Also opening in smaller release is the 3d Imax release, Hubble narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as the Runaways, fresh of its release at the Sundance Film Festival about the legendary rock girl group featuring a grown-up Dakota Fanning and Twilights Kristen Stewart.  Lot’s of choices this week!”

The Bounty Hunter, The Runaways, Hubble 3D (Considering it’s in Imax, you don’t have a choice!)

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Netflix It (Somehow in the trailer when the mom says, “Have a great day sweetie pie”, it kind of reminded me of the new show on NBC, Parenthood, in a similar scene.  Looks cute, but wait til it goes on DVD)

Repo Man

Forget It (The concept is interesting, but it ends there.  If you are a Jude Law or Forest Whitaker fan then by all means.  If not, you will probably leave feeling you just wasted 111 minutes of your time)

Update: As of this afternoon (March 18) Fandango is reporting that 43% of its sales for this weekend are for Alice In Wonderland.  54% of sales from movietickets.com.  Bounty Hunter and Repo Man have failed to break into the top 5 while surprisingly, Wimpy Kid is responsible for 24% of the sales on Fandango and 15% on movietickets.com

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Weekend Update March 12-14

March 10, 2010

“After becoming the biggest Spring and March opening of all-time, Alice has all but assured itself the number 1 spot for another week despite four big releases this week.  Four completely different films are vying for the second spot including a thriller, comedy, romance and romanic comedy.  However, most likely to open at number 2 is the thriller Green Zone which is about the occupation in Iraq.  Whether the film will become a success on the heels of the most recent best picture winner, The Hurt Locker is yet to be seen, but Matt Damon fans should expect a Bourne-esque film which is definitely going to be the number 2 film to see this weekend.  Most likely opening in the top 5 is the romantic comedy with the Twilight heartthrob Robert Pathinson about love amidst heartbreak.”

Green Zone, Remember Me

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Our Family Wedding

Netflix It (The film is about an African-American man and a Mexican-American woman that comes together amidst cultural differences.  This one almost feels like My Big Fat Greek Wedding starring America Ferrera and Forest Whitaker)

She’s Out of My League

Skip It (The film is about your typical loser who falls in love with a perfect 10.)

Update: As of 4pm today, Alice In Wonderland is responsible for 74% of presale tickets on movietickets.com and 69% on Fandango!

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Alice In Wonderland

March 6, 2010

“A new take on an old classic in 3d through the twisted and fun world of Tim Burton”

Final Thoughts:

Directed by Tim Burton, the film is basically an original interpretation of the story.  In this case Alice comes back to wonderland 12 years later and must slay the Jabberwocky dragon controlled by the Red Queen.  Burton’s goal was to create a more cohesive and emotional story rather than a series of events that the original was known for.  My favorite part of the film was actually when Alice fell through the hole and was surrounded by the doors in which she enters wonderland.  The scene where she eats the potion to shrink and then eats the chocolate to grow to fit the door was everything I was expecting and thrilled to see until she opens the door and then it was a completely different story.

If I hadn’t watched Avatar, the 3d would have been fantastic, but it didn’t add anything to the film which I felt could have been watched in 2d.  Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was a highlight.  He does crazy really well.  The art direction, score, costumes and makeup are also noteworthy.  However, from a story point of view, i would have preferred a re-telling of the original rather than a complete original without giving us a strong background to follow what is going on and why we should care.  At least if anything, its a visual treat and one of those films you really shouldn’t take to seriously.  And as an added bonus it boasts a star-studded cast that includes, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

My grade: 84 (Watch It Once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 53 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 53  (Mixed or Average Reviews)

US Gross: 120m+ Opening weekend estimated (Updated: March 6)

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Weekend Update March 5-7

March 3, 2010

“There is no doubt that the number 1 film this weekend will be one of the most talked about films of the year so far, Alice In Wonderland.  From the shortened movie theater time-frame which has caused a lot of controversy and possible boycotts to the first 3d film to show since the record-breaking Avatar, there is a lot going for the film this weekend.  With the film coming out it is obvious many films were trying to stay away from opening against it, however there are two contenders.”

Alice In Wonderland

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Brooklyn’s Finest

Netflix It (This week we get a serious cop drama.  I guess if you can’t get tickets to Alice, this could be a good second choice.  I would wait to see it in dvd)

Stolen

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