Monday, March 29, 2010

Alice, revisited & Stacey Wins

I saw Alice this weekend with my mom. I was not completely convinced that this one would be a winner. I'm not too into nonsense. I like sense.

But Alice's muchness won me over. I was impressed by the different scenes and the plot that eventually found its way through Underland. The thing about this movie is - it borders on becoming a movie that's not like we know it. It's a bit of abstract art; things don't have to make sense (and don't) for you to enjoy them. I didn't love every scene, but I was interested in every scene.

Mom loved it.

Part II

I don't read many blogs. I actually don't read any, except for this one and "Confessions of a Disney Nerd." Its writer, Stacey, posts pre- and post- trip reports in great detail, and she really sums up what a Disney World nerd loves about the entire planning process.

This week, Stacey won a 7 night trip to Disney World courtesy of Orbitz. All she had to do was tweet! I think it's cool that a real Disney fan won this one - and I can't wait to read all about it. Congrats, Stacey!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I Can't Wait for a Very Important Date

I can barely contain just how excited I am about this Friday's release of Alice in Wonderland. It is the culmination of all my favorite movie elements; Disney, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and, of course the story itself, Alice in Wonderland. The Disney animated cartoon is one of my favorites of all time, I can't wait to see it in all of its live-action splendor! 
I'm not usually the advance-ticket-buying type, but I have my tickets ordered to see this on Friday, 3-D Imax style. I am anticipating all things wonderful and while I know this will be drastically different from the cartoon, I hope a few elements are still retained. These elements include but are not limited to: mome raths, the talking door knob (who is the only character that did not originate from the Lewis Carroll books), and Bill the lizard with a ladder. The mome raths, in particular, are such a minute part of the cartoon, but nevertheless I would love to see them in their 3-D glory, pointing the way for Alice. I would also like to see the Jabberwocky included, even though he does not appear in the animated classic from 1951.

Every time I get excited about this film, the naysayers remind me of 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Everyone hated it, and I didn't care for it much either. Can't we just put that movie behind us all? Sure, it wasn't as brilliant as the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory original with Gene Wilder; but what could be? I have faith that the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp one two punch can pull this one off.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Top 5 - Help Needed

Hi all -

As you know, we released our first ever Top 5 episode. We need help to make it have a unique spin (like we feel our typical review podcast has). What do you guys think? We need something that would be relatively quick (5 - 10 minutes), include 2 - 3 people, and yes - a top five list.

Any thoughts?