Author: Dr.Manhattan

Alice in Wonderland

The curious mind of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known under his pen name Lewis Carroll) is the cause for the creation of the marvelling world of Wonderland, a place where potions make you shrink, cake makes you grow, animals talk, cats disappear, and the impossible is achieved. Dodgson’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (and later abbreviated to Alice in Wonderland) became an acclaimed work of fantasy exploring the themes of logic and mathematics, and is regarded as the best example of literary nonsense. The characters and places of the book were re-envisioned several times in film, television, and literature, but the most recent adaption of the story completed behind the interpretations of Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns, Corpse Bride) has become one of the most financially successful films to date and was the winner of the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and therefore caught my attention for my next review. Alice in Wonderland asks this important questions, including: can a young woman defeat a dangerous beast? Can the impossible be accomplished if one believes enough? Is a raven like a writing desk? Watch this movie and you may just find the answers to them. Six year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska ) is troubled by her bizarre recurring dream about dodo birds and rabbits in waistcoats, and her father (Martin Csokas) comforts her, joking...

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King Kong

The film bussiness was forever revolutionized with the release of 1933’s highly sucessful King Kong, the big monster movie about a giant gorilla who terrorizes New York City in hopes of obtaining a young beautiful American woman. The ‘big budget’ live action/stop-motion picture garnered over $89, 000.00 during its opening weekend, with the ticket price ranging from $0.35 to $0.75., breaking the record for largest audience at an indoor event. So when Peter Jackson (known for directing the critically aclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy) signed on to direct a remake, both excitement and worry came. Fortunately, 2005’s King Kong starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody, was anything but a disappointment. The film opens to Ann Darrow (Watts), a young vaudevill actress and performer stuggeling to find a new job. She is greeted my movie director Carl Denham (Black) who offers her a chance to lead a role alongside famous Bruce Baxtor (Kyle Chandler) in his next picture. She is reluctant but agrees after discovering her favourite playwrite Jack Discroll (Brody) is writing the screenplay. They cast and crew depart on a ship known as the SS Venture, where the filming will take place, during which Ann and Jack fall in love. Despite there being a warrant out for Denham’s arrest, Captain Eaglehorn (Thomas Kretschmann) agrees to stay on course towards an uncharted island, called ‘Skull Island’ that Carl is seeking. After being briefly lost in...

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Have you ever wondered what happens to us after we die? Clint Eastwood (known recently for directing the acclaimed Invictus and Million Dollar Baby) asks this question in 2010 drama Hereafter, starring Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan, Oceans trilogy, Bourne trilogy) as a once psychic attempting to move on with a ‘normal’ life, alongside Cécile de France and Frankie McLaren as two people who have experienced the aspect of death in different and troubling ways. The film opens to French Journalist Marie Lelay (de France) shopping in Thailand for her children when an unexpected tsunami (2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami) hits, sweeping up her and thousands of others along the beach. She is pulled out of the water and revived by some rescuers after having a near death experience. Her and her lover, Didier (Thierry Neuvic), reunite after, and they return to Paris. However, her memory of visions she saw when unconscious of several figures inhabiting a realm of light, troubles her and interferes with her work. Didier, who is also her producer, sends her on leave to get her mind right. Meanwhile in San Francisco, George Lonegan (Damon), a former psychic, is persuaded to perform a reading for his brother Billy (Jay Mohr)’s client (Richard Kind), despite George’s wishes. George has the gift to communicate with the dead and is asked to speak with the client’s deceased...

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The New World

We all remember Disney’s 1995 animated classic Pocahontas, the story of a young Native woman living with her tribe and how her life is drastically changed when English settlers come to their land in search for gold. But the 2005 live action retelling of the story may have gone under our radars. Collin Farrell stars as the adventurous Captain John Smith, alongside Q’orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas and Christian Bale as John Rolfe in Terrence Malick’s extremely underrated The New World. Set in 1607, the Native Americans of Virginia are startled to see English ships heading towards their land, with the intentions to colonize Jamestown in ‘the new world’. Aboard one of the ships is Captain John Smith (Farrell), whom is sentenced to be hung once arrived, but when there, is pardoned by Captain Christopher Newport (Chris Plummer). The settlers are quick to come across several hardships including disease, shortage in supplies, and tension with the Natives (‘naturals’). While Newport returns to England to retrieve more supplies, Smith takes a group of men upstream to seek trade. He is captured by the Natives and brought before their chief (August Shellenberg) who sentences him to be executed. Smith’s life is saved, however, when the chief’s daughter, presumably called Pocahontas (Kilcher), intervenes. Smith is held prisoner for a long while, but is treated well and builds friendly relationships with the others. He...

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The Social Network

I just clicked my metaphorical ‘like’ button for David Fincher’s 2010 movie The Social Network, based on the founding of the popular social networking website known as Facebook. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. I was eager to see this successful blockbuster adaption of the story behind Facebook, and was not disappointed. The movie opens to Haverd student Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) testifying in depositions against two lawsuits. In a series of flashbacks, we see Mark discussing the importance of status amongst the students of the school with his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara), who afterwards, dumps him. Later that night in his dorm Zuckerberg disrespectively blogs about Erica and while drunk creates a website to rate girls based on their attractiveness through comparison, calling it ‘FaceMash.’ He recieves six months of academic probation due to the traffic of the website shutting down Harvard’s network and the violation of the female community. However, the fact Zuckerberg hacked into the databases of several local residences while intoxicated and the site recieved over two-hundred thousand hits in one night attracts the attention of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer), members of the rowing team for Harvard, and their business partner Divya Narendra (Max Minghella), who ask him to program a website for them known as ‘Harvard Connection.’ Mark tells his best (and only) friend Eduardo about the idea of online social networking website called ‘Thefacebook’...

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