Monday, March 15, 2010

Atlas Shrugged extension

So the deadline for Atlas Shrugged was today, but since there are so many (myself included) who need just a little more time to complete it we are extending the discussion until the end of March. Happy Reading!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Book vs Movie: Alice in Wonderland

I love the story of Alice in Wonderland. I have seen all the movies, read all of the books (and other variations), and learned much of the poetry of Lewis Carroll by heart. So it is understandable that the movie I was looking forward to most this spring was Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," And I wasn't dissapointed.

Traditionally the story is of ten year old Alice Liddell, (the daughter of the Dean at Christ's Church College in Oxford), who has a dream about falling down a rabbit hole into Wonderland.

The story in the film is about nineteen year old Alice Kingsliegh who is running away from a Marriage proposal and Literally falls into a rabbit hole, to a place called Underland. The film has much more purpose than the book. In the book she is just wandering around aimlessly. In the film the "Underlanders" Seek her out because it is foretold that only she can save Underland from the evil Red Queen and her Jabberwocky.

Now the film being directed by Tim Burton made it even better. The animation was very striking and awesome in 3D, and the acting was superb. Johnny Depp managed to be Creepy and endearing, as the rebellious Mad Hatter, (who has a heavy Scottish accent when he is angry, and his eyes turn orange, a really cool effect), and only Johnny Depp can wear that much creepy clown make up and still make your heart race. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen had the best lines in the movie, she'll keep you laughing through the whole thing, she really embodied the stupidity and rage of the Queen of Hearts. And with other great talents such as Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, and Matt Lucas you will never be disappointed.

Though it is a Tim Burton film, it is not as dark as most of his past works. The scenery is quite dim, but that is just to contrast the bright colors of the characters, the story itself is much lighter than expected. I honestly thought that the Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter #2 were much much creepier.

My Verdict: Go See The Movie! Because it actually has a point. There is a deeper meaning to the film than what I have written here, but it is different for everyone, so I'll let you see the movie and decide what meanings and morals you pulled out of it.

If you do decide to go to the movie read the following poem by Lewis Carroll first. It will make a lot more sense this way. I Promise.


by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

      'WAS brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
      All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

      "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
      Beware the jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!"

      He took his vorpal sword in hand:
      Long time the manxome foe he sought--
      So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
      And stood awhile in thought.

      And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
      Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

      One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
      He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

      "And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
      O frabjous day! Calloh! Callay!"
      He chortled in his joy.

      'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
      All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

I Really hope that you enjoy the film, and my post.


"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Alice

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Atlas Shrugged Reminder

This post is merely to remind you that you now have less than two weeks before discussion opens for Atlas Shrugged. I was a little distressed to learn that some of you have not yet started. This is a long book so please begin reading now!