"It's not a place you can get to by a boat or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain..."
With Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful opening in theaters nationwide today, moviegoers will finally have the opportunity to return to the incredible fantasy world created by L. Frank Baum in his Land of Oz books. For those who have never ventured to Oz before, there are all manner of wonders in store, from talking dolls and toothy fairies, to flying monkeys and witches, both good and wicked. What's great about fantasy movies like Oz: The Great and Powerful is that they offer so much more than colorful characters and an entertaining story — they provide an entire new world to explore. If you could book a vacation to any fictional land depicted in fantasy movies, where would you go?
Rate the Top 10 Movie Fantasy Lands You Would Love to Visit >>
Posted 03.08.13 by BrentJS
Today's Challenge: Can you link Alice in Wonderland and Brooklyn's Finest, the top two movies at the box office this weekend in 2010?
Our first Facebook movie game, ClusterFlick, plays off that old "six degrees of separation" theory — you know, the one that has a certain Kevin at the center of the Hollywood universe. It's easy to play, but not so easy to win. The goal is to use the major cast of movies to get from Point A to Point B in the smallest number of moves.
Play ClusterFlick >> Posted 03.05.11 by reelz
It was a given that Jonah Hex was heading for a Razzie nomination after director Jimmy Hayward's adaptation of the DC comic book received scathing reviews and limped to a total of $10 million at the box office. Just when it couldn't get any worse, Jonah Hex star Josh Brolin even admitted in September that he wasn't a fan of the movie either. There could be a bright spot, however, because Jonah Hex could win an Academy Award nomination. What?! How? >> Posted 01.14.11 by Ryan
Nit-picky website MovieMistakes.com has crowned Iron Man 2 as the most mistake-ridden film of 2010 (and it's only July) with a whopping 45 flubs ranging from the frivolous to the flagrant. Rounding out the top 5 most problematic movies: Shutter Island had 34 slip-ups, The A-Team 31, Kick-Ass 15, and Alice in Wonderland with 12. But who got the "best gaff" honor? >> Posted 07.07.10 by reelz
We've long been fans of The Washington Post's annual Peeps Show — a diorama contest where readers use those sugary bunny and chick marshmallows in the most creative ways. But this year may be our favorite yet, with a movie taking the top honors and seven others represented in the finalists. And just like the Oscars, while Avatar made the nominees, "AVATAR: The 3P Experience" didn't take home the big prize. which movie won? >> Posted 04.02.10 by reelz
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Alice in Wonderland ||$62.0M ||$208.6M ||A bona fide blockbuster. #1 for 2010, and will stay there at least until Iron Man 2 in May. |
|Green Zone ||$14.5M ||$14.5M ||Critics generally like it, but Iraq War Movie Syndrome persists. With $100M budget, on pace to be one of the top bombs of the year. |
|She's Out of My League ||$9.6M ||$9.6M ||Raunchy dude pic opens meekly. |
|Remember Me ||$8.3M ||$8.3M ||Robert Pattinson draw much less when he's not playing a vampire. |
|Shutter Island ||$8.1M ||$108.0M ||Scorsese/DiCaprio pic now in $100M blockbuster territory. |
Posted 03.14.10 by reelz
With the spectacular box-office success of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, more and more movies are being either created in 3-D or converted in post-production. But is this a good thing for movie fans? Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper tackled the topic on Hollywood Dailies. See what they had to say below. Posted 03.11.10 by reelz
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Alice in Wonderland ||$116.3M ||$116.3M ||Huge opening. In fact, the biggest opening weekend since New Moon in November 2009 ($142M). |
|Brooklyn's Finest ||$13.5M ||$13.5M ||Star-studded cop drama beats expectations in spite of somewhat limited release. |
|Shutter Island ||$13.3M ||$95.8M ||Scorsese pic nearing $100M blockbuster status in just third week. |
|Cop Out ||$9.1M ||$32.4M ||Critics hated on this movie but it's already in the black ($30M budget). |
|Avatar ||$7.7M ||$720.2M ||Did not win BP but still in Top 5 almost 3 months after its release. |
Posted 03.07.10 by reelz
Every now and then there's a casting choice that seems predestined, a true chicken/egg situation. A role it's impossible to believe wasn't written with a particular actor in mind. Or a case where it seems cosmic forces must have been at play, birthing the perfect star for a role just waiting to make the jump from the page to the big screen.
We certainly had that reaction when we saw the first Alice in Wonderland poster. In the following video feature, our Mighty Movie Geek takes a look at Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, along with five other stars and the roles they were born to play. We call it the Deppage Factor. Posted 03.04.10 by reelz
Tim Burton's take on the classic fairy tale looks great on paper. But then so did Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
"...a thoroughly enjoyable spectacle..."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"...has its moments of delight, humor and bedazzlement. But it also becomes more ordinary as it goes along, building to a generic battle climax similar to any number of others in CGI-heavy movies of the past few years."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"...a succession of fantastically gothic pranks — noisy, exhausting, and under-realized, but also frequently dazzling and frightening."
— Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"...a strange brew indeed: murky, diffuse, and meandering, set not in a Wonderland that pops with demented life but in a world called Underland that's like a joyless, bombed-out version of Wonderland. It looks like a CGI head trip gone postapocalyptic. In the film's rather humdrum 3-D, the place doesn't dazzle — it droops."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...casually absurd, off-handed in its violence, and doggedly on message. The movie is not just three-dimensional but blatantly programmatic."
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice Posted 03.03.10 by reelz