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    One word… CANNES

    Putting the films aside for a moment, Cannes is one of the most spectacular places in the world, let alone a gem of France. Opening up to day 7, the breathtaking sights leave no words for description. My attempts… Exotic beauty and grace. I’ll let the photos do the talking. Put cursor over images for names. I’m in love!

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    Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

    I am absolutely obsessed with fairy tales and Alice in Wonderland is no different. There are so many layers of themes and symbols in this story that any girl with a fantasy can relate to. I have used this theme in past essays, art projects and has inspired me in so many ways. I am really looking forward to this movie and am in the midst of planning something very special… I hope you are in for a treat!

    Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) attempts to work his gothic magic over one of the best loved stories of all time… Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’, which first told the story of a young girl, who after following a rabbit down a hole, is transported to a strange world. Whilst the disney version of the tale relied on sweetness and light to delight the audience, Burton fans can be sure to look out for the same cartoon traits as earlier masterpiece ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.

    The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.

    Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp as he collaborates with Burton for the seventh time. “This character is off his rocker,” Zanuck says.

    Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, 19, best known for HBO’s In Treatment, has the coveted title role. “There is something real, honest and sincere about her,” Zanuck says. “She’s not a typical Hollywood starlet.”

    There is the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness (Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen, whose favorite retort is “Off with their heads,” has a moat filled with bobbing noggins), but Zanuck assures most kids can handle it. “The book itself is pretty dark,” he notes. “This is for little people and people who read it when they were little 50 years ago.”

    coming in March 5, 2010. Can’t wait to fall down the rabbit hole

    Watch the trailer here

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    This Week @ The Movies: Public Enemies

    This movie has such an all star cast that it is hard to believe.

    I guess when other actors heard the immortal Johnny Depp and the caped crusading Christain Bale were the two leads, they rushed to be a part of this.

    I spent most of my time watching this amazed at all the familiar faces rather than being intrigued by the story of John Dillinger.

    The cast includes appearances by…pay attention to what movie/show I site them in, because those are their best.

    Peter Gerety (The Wire)
    Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire)
    Leelee Sobieski (88 Minutes)
    David Wenham (Lord of The Rings)
    Stephen Dorff (Felon)
    Channing Tatum (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)
    Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog)
    Giovanni Ribisi (Boiler Room)
    Billy Crudup (Almost Famous)
    Rory Cochrane (24)

    I could go on…

    The music was great, featuring more than one cut from Jazz Blues Songstress Billie Holiday. In the scenes when such classics are playing, you are treated to the most sincere moments of truth about the american outlaw, the law dog, and their mutual crises of conscience regarding the cost of the war the waged; namely human lives.

    That may be the only good thing I have to say about this film.

    Oh no wait, Dillinger’s love interest in the film, Marion Cotillard, who I remember from her role in A Good Year, was still very french and very hot. Je t’adore.

    Other than that, the movie is painfully slow, far too long with a running time of 1 million hours, predictable, and then there’s the way it was shot.

    In the trailers, this unique camera picture looked refreshingly real on the big screen. When it came to watching the movie it was still cool, save for in the action scenes when it felt like I was watching Cloverfield again or playing a first person shooter video game like Call of Duty or Halo.

    It was a huge let down story wise, not that I was looking for anything terribly unique in the gangster genre. And I know this was based on real life events and people, but throw me a frickin bone will ya? Pause.

    I guess the only treats are the music, the wardrobe (a simpler time when men always wore suits and fedoras and women always had on their sunday best dresses), and of course l’amour de ma vie, Marion Cotillard.

    2/5 Bo-Ty’s because it have been so much better with just a few more weeks of editing.

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