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Posts Tagged ‘Mia Wasikowska’

Quick Lesson, Never Walk Through Mirrors Or Fall Down Rabbit Holes

In Fantasy on November 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Had to catch up on the fantasy movies that have neither a Potter or a Hobbit in them, which meant I had to see Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS. One I felt was a clever take on a classic story, with over the top visuals and performances (especially of the Johnny Depp variety); the other was a confusing take on retreads that the visual director has taken before and was shot like a bad TV movie.

And I just realized those descriptions won’t help you figure out which is which… Read the rest of this entry »


TRAILER Round-up

In trailers on November 21, 2010 at 12:43 am

For those of you who’ve followed the blog for a while (are there any people that have followed the blog for a while?), you’ll know that every now and again I’ll do a post about an awesome – usually comic book movie related – trailer. Well, it just so happens that this week, there was an entire butt-load (that’s metric, you Americans wouldn’t understand) of them released to the internet seeing world. There’s even a trailer that I started out hating, but have grown a little more tolerable of and just want to share – if for no other reason, than for people to tell me how wrong I am.

So, let’s get started shall we. Read the rest of this entry »

Shut The Front Door, The Kids Are All Right

In comedy, drama on July 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

So far this Summer has seen two great romantic-comedy / familial melodramas, first in the guise of CYRUS. A movie about a single mom who has spent far too much time coddling her now adult son and the effect a man disturbing that dynamic has. Now comes the second, with Lisa Cholodenko’s THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. The story of two lesbian women, in a long-term relationship with two nearly grown kids that they’ve had through an anonymous sperm donor. It’s not a spoiler to say that the story revolves around the kids contacting their biological father, and the havoc that wreaks on the up-to-this point “normal family”.

The movie is a steady, solid burn. It handles it’s characters as mostly fully-developed people, and doesn’t really go too far into any super-serious or messed up territory. Which, like CYRUS, was a welcomed respite. (Don’t get me wrong I like a way over the top story dealing with relationships, like GET HIM TO THE GREEK, too. Sometimes it’s just nice for something a little more subdued.) The two moms, played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, are wonderful – and look amazing, except for when Moore is standing in shorts in the sun. She looks like a reflector. Moore’s kind of the wandering, stay at home mom, that’s tried a few careers but just hasn’t found her niche. (Hey in fifteen more years, those are the roles Zooey Deschanel can be playing.) Bening, the more patriarchal of the two, and the only one that seems to really develop a problem with the new addition to their life. Read the rest of this entry »