March 29th, 2010

krazy koati

No one ever loses and no one can ever win

Alice in Wonderland, as you probably heard by now, doesn't really adapt the Classic Original Stories, which is probably just as well since even people who never read them have soaked up all the relevant plot points by now anyway, even if the diehard Lewis Carrol fans insist there's never been an adequate movie adaptation of the books. But the Return to Oz-ish premise of an Alice who, years later, remains haunted by dreams of Wonderland is a viable enough starting point and also lets them avoid having to rely on a child actor for the lead.

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It's easy to focus on the irritating things, of course. The setup of the movie is fine and many of the pieces in it are grand to look at and get lost in. It's just the closing pieces that need to be chopped off and rewritten to actually match the setup.

Trivia: The name ``refrigerator'' was coined in 1803 by Maryland farmer Thomas Moore, to describe his invention of a double-walled icebox. Source: Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876 - 1915, Thomas J Schlereth.

Currently Reading: Return To Earth, Buzz Aldrin, Wayne Warga. Not a library book sale book; I found it in my storage locker and couldn't swear that I'd read it. Internal evidence suggests I got it from the used book store opposite the K-Mart on the road from Troy to Latham.