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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Posted in Action/Adventure, Family, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this trippy sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Alice in Wonderland,” young Alice returns from several years at sea and again passes through to the magical landscape, where she ends up journeying into the past to try to save the Mad Hatter.

What people are saying:

“A solid kids’ movie in the old style. One with something to say about something real – family and time- and a willingness to admit consequences, even as it serves up goofy humor, mild thrills, and slippy-slidey accents from slumming stars.” 2 stars

“It deviated from the actual book, but that doesn’t mean it was not entertaining. It had good messages about positive attitudes for women not to be victims of circumstance. A much needed improvement from much of the stuff many kids are watching now. ” 5 stars

“The charm found in the first Alice in Wonderland is definitely missing in the sequel. The story is a mix match of going in the past future time etc. The plot that is way too confusing for most children even some adults. The acting isn’t anything great most of the actors you can tell look like they’re in front of a green screen. Some of the special effects were nice and there’s some creativity to be found in this movie but in the end it just didn’t come together very well.” 2 stars

“I never read the Alice in Wonderland books, but I doubt this is one of them. Yes, it has that zany twisted quality you expect in Wonderland, but there is a theme running through the movie that gives it a scifi depth, “Why can’t I go back in time and change the past?” Most of the characters from the first movie are back and Cohen’s Time fits in Wonderfully. ” 5 stars

“the most offensive kind of film…one that spends an enormous amount of money yet seems to have nothing on its mind but money. You give it, they take it. And you get nothing in return but assurances that you’re seeing magic and wonder. The movie keeps repeating it in your ear, and flashing it onscreen in big block letters: MAGIC AND WONDER. MAGIC AND WONDER. But there is no magic, no wonder, just junk rehashed from a movie that was itself a rehash of Lewis Carroll, tricked out with physically unpersuasive characters and landscapes and ‘action scenes’, with blockbuster ‘journey movie’ tropes affixed to every set-piece as blatantly as Post-It Notes” 1 star

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Resident Evil

Posted in Action/Adventure, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

nside The Hive, a top-secret genetic research facility owned by the Umbrella Corporation located deep beneath Raccoon City, a lab technician tosses away a blue vial in a lab, exits, and seals the room. The vial breaks and the facility’s security system, The Red Queen, detects possible infection, and in response, seals the Hive, killing everyone inside.

Elsewhere, Alice (Milla Jovovich) awakens in an empty mansion with amnesia. She and a police officer, Matt (Eric Mabius), are seized by a group of commandos and taken to an underground train station which leads to The Hive. They are joined by Spence (James Purefoy), who is also suffering from amnesia. The head of the commandos, “One”, explains that everyone in the group is an employee of the Umbrella Corporation. It is also revealed that The Red Queen is responsible for releasing a nerve gas in the mansion which has caused their amnesia. When the train arrives, the group opens and enters The Hive.

The group eventually finds their way to The Queen’s chamber; however, as they attempt to disable her, four of the commandos, including One, are killed. The only commandos left alive are Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), Kaplan, and J.D. Alice and Kaplan then shut The Queen down, opening the doors of the facility, releasing the now zombified staff and other experiments into The Hive. During a battle between the group and some of the zombies, Rain becomes infected after receiving multiple bite wounds.

As the group moves throughout The Hive, Alice and Spence slowly regain their memory. Later, Matt and Alice are separated and J.D. is killed while Kaplan, Rain, and Spence remain in near The Queen’s chamber. Still separated, Matt looks for information about his sister. Meanwhile, Alice encounters several dogs which were experimented on and surprises herself when she uses martial arts to defend herself.

Matt eventually finds his sister, Lisa, who is now a zombie. As she attacks him, Alice arrives in time to save him. Matt explains that he and Lisa unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle out a sample of the blue vial, the T-Virus, in the hopes of taking down Umbrella. Matt believes this to be the fault of Lisa’s contact, who supposedly betrayed her. Alice, remembering she was Lisa’s contact, remains silent.

Soon, the survivors are once more united at The Queen’s chamber and are forced to switch her back on to find an exit; The Red Queen agrees to help them. As Alice and the others try to escape through the maintenance tunnels, they are ambushed by zombies. Kaplan is separated from the rest of the team on their way to the train. Alice suddenly remembers that an anti-virus exists that could cure T-Virus infection.

Upon their arrival at the lab, they find that the vials containing the T-Virus and anti-virus are gone. Spence, fully regaining his memory, is shown as the sole person who released the virus and stashed the anti-virus near the train. He points a gun at the survivors then traps them in the lab. He then heads toward the train, but before he can inject himself with the anti-virus, he is killed by a mutated creature called the Licker.

Back at the lab, The Queen offers to spare Alice and Matt if they kill Rain, who has been infected for the longest period of time. As the Licker attempts to bash through the lab window to get to them, a sudden power-outage occurs. The laboratory door opens to reveal Kaplan, who has permanently disabled the Red Queen.

The four survivors start the train before The Hive is locked in quarantine. As the train heads back to the mansion, the Licker kills Kaplan and attacks the group. Alice battles the Licker as Matt kills a now zombified Rain. Matt, after having been clawed by the Licker, opens a trap door on the bottom of the train, causing the Licker to be dragged along the track and burned to death.

Matt and Alice arrive at the mansion, and escape at the last moment when the doors close. Suddenly, Matt begins to mutate as the two are seized by Umbrella scientists. The scientists announce that Matt is to be part of the “Nemesis Program”. Alice attempts to fend them off, but is ultimately subdued. The other scientists are then heard voicing their intentions to reopen The Hive.

Later, Alice awakens at the Raccoon City Hospital, locked in an observation room. After escaping the room and wandering the hospital’s empty halls, Alice exits the building to find Raccoon City abandoned with signs of chaos everywhere. Alice takes a shotgun from a nearby police car, as the destruction of the city is fully shown.

REVIEW:

I only played Resident Evil once, and it was early on in ym college career. I intended to play it again, but never got around to it. One of these days I will, though. In the meantime, there is this series of films.

As far as zombie holocaust type pictures go, one could do worse than Resident Evil.

I have to say that the biggest downfall of this picture is that it doesn’t really tell a definite story, but that is an affliction that 9 out of 10 video game films suffer from. This one, though, gets a tad confusing at the beginning until the attempt is made to explain the plot.

The cast is ok, but not the greatest. I’m not going to attack their acting skills, but when was the last time Mila Jovoich or Michelle Rodriguez were mentioned in the same breath as Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren? Having said that, this is the kind of film they are known for and it works for them.

I’m not sure what it was that irked me more about this film, the fact that the doctors so carelessly dropped an airbourne virus (without having some kind of failsafe emergency protocol in place), or the fact that it took Michelle Rodriguez until the end of the film to finally become a zombie, even though she was all but eaten up by those creatures. At the same time, one of the guys in her team was almost instantly changed. Something didn’t quite add up!

One of the coolest scenes in the film, besides the nearly nude Mila Jovovich scenes, was the laser grid. I kind of hoped they would have used it against the zombies instead of just having it as a pointless way to kill most of the team in the first half of the film.

All in all, Resident Evil has its flaws, but it is a pretty good flick. From what I hear, the sequels are the films to see, as this is the low point of the franchise. This remains to be seen by me, but given time I’ll find out if this statement is indeed true. In the meantime, I don’t see why you shouldn’t check this out. What harm will it do you?

3 out of 5 stars

Alice in Wonderland (1985 TV mini-series)

Posted in Family, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The first part opens with Alice (Natalie Gregory) helping Mother set the table for tea time. Although thankful for her daughter’s help, Mother tells Alice that she is still not grown-up enough to join the adults at tea. Alice goes outside to see her sister (played by Gregory’s real-life older sister Sharee Gregory), but gets bored at the “dull thought” of reading a book with no pictures. Her sister tells her that she will understand when she grows up, but Alice thinks she is already grown up (after all, she’s seven and a half). While playing with her cat, Dinah, the White Rabbit comes running by, saying he’s late. Wondering where he is going, Alice follows him until she falls down a dark rabbit hole, which takes her into Wonderland. Unlike the book and most movie versions, the rabbit hole appears here dark and frightening.

Alice finds herself in a hall with many doors, all of them locked. On a table is a key which Alice can use to open one small door. Yet the door is far too small to even fit her head in. A small bottle appears labeled “Drink Me.” Doing this, she shrinks to the right size for the door, but can no longer reach the key to open it. A box of sweets appears labeled “Eat Me.” Doing this, she grows to over nine feet tall. As she begins to cry, her tears fall on the floor and flow under the cracks. The White Rabbit appears, but frightened of the giant Alice, runs away dropping his fan and gloves. Using the fan makes Alice shrink again to a size small enough to crawl into one of the cracks, which takes her diving in her pool of tears.

While swimming in the pool of tears, she meets the Mouse, who tells her why he hates dogs and cats. Alice later catches up with the White Rabbit, and, in his house, curiously she finds another “drink me” bottle and chances it growing her full 9 foot character once again. Angry at Alice, the rabbit and his friends think that this is uncalled for and begins throwing stones at her which turn into cakes that causes her to shrink back to size. After running away she meets the Caterpillar and goes to the house of The Duchess. Finding the house too violent and hateful, she takes the Duchess’ baby away, but it then turns into a pig. She meets the Cheshire Cat, who gives her directions to see either the March Hare or the Mad Hatter, but warns Alice that they, along with everyone else, are mad. Alice visits the garden of the Queen of Hearts, who always yells “Off with her Head!” and plays croquet, or at least watches the others play. She visits The Gryphon as well as the Mock Turtle, but then she is called to attend a trial.

The trial deals with the Knave of Hearts, who is accused of having stolen The Queen’s tarts. There is no proof that he did it, but again there is no proof that he did not do it, nor is there proof that anybody did it, which proves him guilty, according to the Queen. Alice argues with the ways of the court, but inexplicably begins to grow larger again. The Queen becoming angry, yells “Off with her Head!” and has the guards chase the giant Alice, who is hardly afraid of them as “they’re nothing but a pack of cards”. Alice keeps running until she trips and falls and finds herself back home, in her normal size.

She runs happily back home, but finds that nobody is there and nobody can hear her. Hearing her cat Dinah, she sees her in the other side of a mirror, along with her parents, who can only see their own reflections and can’t see or hear their daughter. Alice doesn’t know how to get through to the other side. She notices a strange book next to her and starts reading it. There is a poem called Jabberwocky about a scary monster. Trying to deny her fears, she gets very scared as the room becomes dark and the Jabberwocky monster appears in the house.

The second part opens with the Jabberwocky scaring Alice. But as Alice wishes it away, it disappears. Yet, she is informed by The Owl in a painting that it may come back any time and reveals to her that it is a creation of Alice’s own fears.

After an interesting conversation with talking flowers, Alice meets The Red Queen, who is taking the place of one of the pawns/children of The White Queen on the chess board. Alice plays a pawn, but finds herself now on the second square, from where she must reach the eighth square to become a queen. The Red Queen tells her that only if she becomes a queen she may go home.

On the way to the eighth square, Alice meets many various characters and visits many places. She goes on a train that doesn’t stop, along with The Goat, The Horse, and The Gentleman in Paper Suit. She meets The Gnat king, as well as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, who sing the story of “The Walrus and the Carpenter”. She bumps into The White Queen, who speaks about the ways of the land and ends up turning herself into a sheep. She is then chased by a giant bird, which she initially thought was the Jabberwocky, and meets Humpty Dumpty. The Jabberwocky appears again, and Alice flees when it pursues her after knocking Humpty Dumpty off a wall. Alice then meets The White King and his Messenger, who bring Alice to see the Lion and the Unicorn, who are fighting for the crown. The combatants call a temporary truce and are intrigued by Alice, whom they perceive as a “fabulous monster”. Alice flees the group after a deafening barrage of drums begins to play, which she is apparently the only one to hear. Thereafter, she meets The White Knight, who sings and dances with her. Finally, Alice reaches the eighth square and finds her way to her castle, where a great feast in her honor takes place, with many of the characters she met previously on her journey.

Alice appreciates the feast but tells everybody that what she really wants is to go home. A present is then brought to her, out of which comes The Jabberwocky. The beast starts frightening and terrorizing everyone in the castle. The White Knight tries to rescue Alice, but fails. Alice manages to find her way back to the mirror and into her home, where she gets to confront The Jabberwocky. Telling him that he is just in her imagination and that she does not believe in him, he finally disappears. After this, Mother walks in and tells her daughter that she is finally old enough to join the grown-ups at tea time. Alice then sees the Wonderland characters in the mirror, and they sing farewell to her. Tearfully, Alice waves them goodbye as the movie ends.

REVIEW:

Here we go, another Alice in Wonderland, but this time the film in question is the 1985 CBS miniseries. The thing that sticks out the most about this film from e is that it covers the story we ll know in the first half, then going”Through the Looking Glass” for the second part. For some reason, the Looking Glass is always overlooked, so its good to see an Alice film tackle that part pf the stories as well.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the youngest Alice on film, including the animated versions. Her youth is obvious, but so is her talent. I’m not sure what Natalie Gregory is doing these days, but she appeared ot have a career ahead of her

Each of the fantastical creatures and whatnot that Alice encounters are brought to life by various celbrities, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Red Skeleton, Carol Channing, etc. Normally I’d rip them a new one for this, but these Thespians pt that behind them. Unfortunatley it seems that many of them took the job for a quick paycheck and didn’t clock in for a full say of work,,

In the eighties mini-series like this one were commonplace, as people actually tuned in and watched television, rather than spending almost every waking hour in front of computer screens or video games. Alice in Wonderland is not the best version of the classic story, but it is one of the more entertaining ones, if for no other reason than to see the all-star cast and their various costumes. Is this worth the time to watch? Well, being that it is 3 hours and 12 minutes, it has that working against t, even if it was mini- series. While it is enjoyable, it doesn’t fully capture my attention as anything more than a forgotten joke. For that reason, I can’t say this is anything more than  half way decent film.

3 out of 5 stars