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I've never read them either. 'Course, I turned 10 in 1960.


Dahl took children’s nightmares and turned them inside out to make them into funny daydreams.

Funny daydreams?! Those Vermicious Knids in The Great Glass Elevator were freakin' terrifying! Both D and I hated them!


Dahl took children’s nightmares and turned them inside out to make them into funny daydreams. The nightmare is always still there, but it’s held to the shadows. To have shadows, though, you need sunlight, and Burton doesn’t seem to know there is such a thing as the sun.

I'm not sure that's so much Burton's problem as that he seems to have gotten bored with the specific art of directing and more and more obsessed with set and costume design. Burton's recent movies aren't inhuman because he lacks human insight; they're inhuman because he doesn't bother fleshing out the characters at all. Why do you need to do that when they're wearing such amazing outfits?


You thought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was not good?

Hm. Care to expound on that a little, please? It was not a chidren's movie, if that's what you're saying, but then the book is barely a children's book.


I kind of dismissed this movie, but the more I hear about it, the more interesting it sounds. Definitely will have to check it out.

We went to Alice in Wonderland in 3D and it was quite dark, probably really scary for children, and mostly a movie about the Jaborwocky poem, though there were other Carroll elements in the movie. I thought that Avatar 3D was very good, and quite essential to the artwork of the movie. For Alice, though, I didn't think the 3D added much. I had to go back to my copy of "The Annotated Alice" to review some of details and to find an answer to the riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" (I highly recommend that book if you are curious about the construction of Carroll's classic, with an interesting prologue by the recent Martin Gardner.) Helena Bonhom Carter was great, Johnny Depp was Johnny Depp and surprisingly kinda dull. The animation was good and the artwork was beautiful, but the story plodded along.


AZ, thanks for the review of Alice. Sounds like a definite skip at the theater but a possible rental when it comes out on DVD.

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