Saturday, April 12, 2008

z’s weekend double feature...

here are two of my favorite classics gone OH SO fabulously and sequelly wrong...and right. if you're lookin' for something to watch that's a little sick and twisted, but in that good, good way...check 'em at your local rental:

1) "return to oz" (sequel to the wizard of oz)

synopsis: Dorothy (a 10-year-old Fairuza Balk in her debut) is back in Kansas, where Aunt Em is at the end of her rope: her niece is not sleeping and going on about a place called Oz. Therapy may be the answer, but luckily the scary clinic goes dark before Dorothy can be, er, cured (but the lead-up will scare the munchkins out of most kids). She wakes up in the land of Oz, now in tatters, and searches for its king, the Scarecrow. A new set of friends, including a tin soldier, a talking chicken, and a pumpkin man, help her against new villains, including Princess Mombi--complete with a set of detachable heads--and the evil Nome King. The sole directorial effort of Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch is stuffed with marvelous effects that foreshadow later works by Tim Burton and the Henson non-Muppet films.

2) "through the looking glass, and what alice found there" (sequel to alice in wonderland)

synopsis: When Alice steps through the looking-glass, she enters a world of chess pieces and nursery rhyme characters who behave very strangely. Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the dotty White Knight and the sharp-tempered Red Queen - none of them are what they seem. In fact, through the looking-glass, everything is distorted.


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