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Feed your head

I didn’t see Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s first Alice in Wonderland movie, and doubt that I will see the sequel, although its trailers are lighting up movie theaters all over the country.

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But my doubt has doubt…for two reasons.

First, the late, great Alan Rickman voices the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the chance to listen to his dulcet tones is reason enough to endure the rest of the film.

Secondly, the trailer has “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane as its soundtrack, and I could listen to that on a loop as well.

In fact, let’s do that now. Together.

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I’m still waiting

I saw Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 this morning.

mockingjayI don’t want to offend anyone with a Twilight comparison, but it reminded me of Twilight Eclipse —

Stuff happened, but it was very much a placeholder until the final installment hits theaters next year.

This Hunger Games has no games, so the energy is inherently lower.  Katniss and the rescued survivors are living below ground in District 13, where everyone wears identical grey jumpsuits — no flaming dresses or garishly bright clothing, even on Effie who is almost unrecognizable.

We only see the folks from the Capitol — including Peeta, who we assume is being held prisoner — on small video screens. But those scenes are, for me, some of the most compelling.

By movie’s end, Katniss and the rebels have rediscovered their energy and purpose, and things are getting really exciting…

And then it’s over.

Should be a great finale…next year.

Something wicked…

Do you realize “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is only a month away?

I am so excited, my tingly parts have tingly parts!!

In an attempt to build this anticipation to an even more feverish pitch, the movie producers just released “Harry Potter” character artwork to local theaters.  Ginormous banners  will soon be adorning the walls and hallways of your local movie house…and they are frickin brilliant.

If you didn’t already know how dark and foreboding the final installments are gonna be, the artwork certainly tells the tale.  Take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think they really capture the personalities of the characters. You can even sense Snape’s duality (maybe I just looked at it a bit too long.)  Hermoine seems seriously pissed, though… this last book must really take a toll.

Which character banner is your favorite?  Cast your vote in The Sticky Egg’s very first fan poll.  And meet me in the theater November 19th at midnight for the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

A good scare

I don’t buy that many movies on DVD.

I’m at the theater most weekends, subscribe to three premium channels and DVR pretty much everything else.

But I did buy a VHS (remember those?) way back in 2003 after seeing a movie called “The Mothman Prophecies.”  Richard Gere plays a Washington Post reporter whose wife dies after seeing visions of a bizarre winged creature.  Doctors say it was a brain tumor that caused the hallucination, but Gere unexpectedly finds himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where this “mothman” has been making a series of bizarre appearances.

The movie was supposedly based on a true incident in the city of Point Pleasant, and was creepy, creepy good…so good that I bought it.  I still have it, too.

And just today I discovered that the Mothman Prophecies live on far beyond my VHS tape.  The city of Point Pleasant has erected a 12-foot statue of the creature on Main Street, and began a Miss Mothman Pageant in 2008 to headline their already popular Mothman Festival.

If you decide to watch the movie, you may find it odd that the city is trying to profit off of what was an alarming tragedy.  But with time comes perspective.

I guess Point Pleasant sees the “mothman” as their Titanic.

Trailers no more

Remember movie trailers in the olden days?

They promoted future movies to the captive audience waiting for the feature to begin, of course.  But they also gave the people who were running late another good 15 minutes to get to the theater.

Then the movie theaters added commercials before the trailers to make some extra dough, and suddenly movie audiences had a 20 minute window…which just made them later.

But today, movie trailers are become more and more the featured entertainment — a vehicle to get audiences in those pricey theater seats.

I’ll use “Twilight” as an example (sorry, but they do this stuff pretty well).

The “Eclipse” movie — third in the “Twilight” saga — is scheduled to hit theaters June 2010.  On Tuesday, Summit Entertainment released a 10 second “Eclipse” trailer as a “teaser” online.

Today they released the full 90 second trailer, and audiences who go see Robert Pattinson in “Remember Me” — opening this Friday nationwide — will see this “Eclipse” trailer on most prints.

Brilliant.  Summit is using the “Twilight” mania to drive audiences to “Remember Me.”  I’m sure a lot of these same people would have seen the movie anyway — since RPatz is the star — but the promise of footage of the upcoming “Eclipse” movie pretty much seals the deal.

My local AMC theater even advertises on their marquee when “Twilight” trailers are attached to films.  It’s whack…but it works.

Other films with equally rabid fan bases should pay close attention.

Those 90 second shorts can get butts in the seats.