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Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass

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alicettlg_payoff_1-sht_v13_smLast week, my friend and I went to see Alice Through the Looking Glass. I was so excited since I have loved the original Alice in Wonderland film by Tim Burton. I had also been waiting a while for the new film to be made. Additionally, being a Johnny Depp fan, I was excited to see the Mad Hatter again.

They chose a great cast for this film, many of whom were returning from the original film. So as I said, Johnny Depp returned as the Mad Hatter ‘Tarrant’, but he was joined by Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth the ‘Red Queen’, Anne Hathaway as Mirana the ‘White Queen’, Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Lindsay Duncan as Helen Kingsleigh (Alice’s mother) and Leo Bill as Hamish. New to the cast were Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, Andrew Scott as Dr. Addison Bennett and Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp (the Hatter’s father).

The story sees Alice travel through time to rescue the Mad Hatter’s family. The introduction of the character Time, played amazingly by Sacha Baron Cohen, and the concept of Time as a person was something I adored. It was really interesting and the film looked at Time in a thought-provoking way.

‘I used to think that time was a thief, stealing everything I loved. But I see now that you give before you take, and every day is a gift, every hour, every minute, every second.’ – Alice Kingsleigh (Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016).

While this film felt like it was missing something that the original had, in being an introduction to the characters and seeing their relationships form, it is still a fine addition to the story and I cannot wait to give it a re-watch.

See the trailer below:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/657313-alice-through-the-looking-glass-poster
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Other: FunkoPop!

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1cbd_funko_pop_ghostbustersThis is a slightly different, and shorter, recommendation today, but I want to talk about FunkoPop! Figures.

Funko is an American company which was founded in 1998 to make pop-culture toys. They make a huge range of varying figures of many different characters from pop-culture over the years such as Ghostbusters, Batman comics, The Walking Dead, Zelda, Ace Ventura, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Chucky, Elvis, 517Lo5E2uGL._SX300_Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Monsters Inc.… There are so many from all sorts of TV shows, games, films and even some celebrities.

I’ve been interested in these figures for a little while now ever since I’ve seen them featured in many YouTubers’ videos and also at my local HMV store. The reason why I’ve been looking on the internet for them recently is because I’m hoping to finally buy one of these figures for my birthday, as a small treat to myself I suppose.Funko-POP-Disney-Sally-Vinyl-Figure

Some of the ones I want are: Groot (From Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin (Batman and Robin), Bernadette (The Big Bang Theory), Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China), Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) and Elsa (Frozen). During writing this post, I have even found a range of Johnny Depp characters that I would also like such as Captain Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Edward Scissorhands.

Places where I have found to buy them online are: www.forbiddenplanet.com, www.amazon.co.uk/www.amazon.com and of course, http://funko.com/.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guardians-The-Galaxy-Vinyl-Figure/dp/B00JEYV048, http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1cbd/ and http://coolgadgetsmarket.com/funko-pop-disney-sally-vinyl-figure/

Books: 5 Random Books

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For today’s book recommendation I grabbed five random books from my bookcase…

Johnny Depp BookNumber One

 Johnny Depp: A Kind Of Illusion by Denis Meikle.

As you now know, and as I keep reminding you all, I am a massive Johnny Depp fan so it makes sense that I have a biography of the man. I remember buying this a few years ago, perhaps five years ago, from the HMV closest to where I live. There’s little more to say than that the book tells all about Johnny’s life right from the beginning to, well, about seven years ago when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was released.

Book of Spells BookNumber Two

The Book of Spells: A Private Prequel by Kate Brian.

‘The Billings School For Girls. Fine Breeding. Perfect Manners. Black Magic…’

This book I bought from my school’s book club magazine, if I remember rightly. Clearly this is a prequel to book series ‘Private’ also written by Kate Brian. I have to admit I haven’t read the series, I don’t even own them, although I want to. Anyway, I have read this without reading the series and I don’t think you need to read the series if you don’t want to. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book that so many of the details have been lost from my memory and I cannot wait until I read it again. This is because I remember really loving the book, this is because it had so many different aspects to it; friendship, romance, secrets, mystery, magic, and thriller; it definitely keeps you on your toes.

I recommended this book to my friend, and she has a different reading taste than me so I was surprised when she also loved the book.

Number Three

Harry Potter Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

Who hasn’t read Harry Potter? Like really? But if you haven’t all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. I’m a massive fan of Harry Potter; books, films and merchandise, the lot. Now if you are completely ignorant of the Harry Potter series, here is a little summary. The books contain all the aspects of a good interesting story, they show the development of Harry, the development of his friendship with Ron and Hermione as well as his friends own personal quirks. As the series evolves there enters more romance, more suspense and more good vs. evil. It is all brilliantly written and the stories continue to be so popular. So if you haven’t read The Philosopher’s Stone or the rest of the series I really recommend it!

Doctor WhoNumber Four

Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell (Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who).

It appears a lot of these books have something to do with something I’m a massive fan of and are obsessed about. This is no different as if you’ve seen my Doctor Who centric Saturday blog two weeks ago you’d probably understand I’m a massive fan of Doctor Who. This book is one of a series of eleven, one book for every Doctor. I, being honest, haven’t read any of these books yet but I know that their writing is going to be good. The stories also have relevance to each Doctor’s eras with the Tenth Doctor, this book, teaming up with his companions Wilfred Mott and Donna to investigate ‘an ancient force from the Dark Times.’

Number Five

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

I had to read this book for my English Literature AS. It was one I dreaded because I felt it was something that I had no interest in but I reluctantly began reading it because I basically had no choice in the matter. Now I would say that you should be about A-Level/ adult age to understand the book and some aspects are not appropriate for younger audiences. I thought the bildungsroman genre of the book was brilliant, you can tell I studied it can’t you? Basically, it shows the redemptive journey of its protagonist; a heart breaking story. An absolutely brilliantly written book, I recommend you to read it.

I feel like my explanation is a little vague so here is the blurb from the book itself: ‘Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://pinartarhan.com/blog/johnny-depp-a-kind-of-illusion/ , http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/kate+brian/the+book+of+spells+28ebook29/9496360/ , http://www.watt-evans.com/recommendedbooks2.html , http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doctor-who-gary-russell/1111530180?ean=9781849905183 and http://www.flipkart.com/kite-runner-english/p/itmdz4pv8xftmesn

Films: Top 5 Johnny Depp Films and Mortdecai Trailer

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With the recent release of the Mortdecai trailer, I wanted to talk about it. I am a massive fan of Johnny Depp, you may’ve realised this with my blogs on Johnny Depp quotes and The Tourist, and this trailer only fuels that. I thought that Mortdecai was going to be some morbid, dark film but rather it looks like it’s going to be a brilliant piece of comedic gold. Not only does it have Depp in it, it also has some other favourites of mine, Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor.

Following this I want to recommend some films too, so here are my personal Top 5 Johnny Depp films (please take into consideration the ratings of these films to see if they are appropriate for you):

  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) – Starring alongside Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp plays Constable Ichabod Crane who is sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of decapitations. It becomes clear from the beginning that these murders have been mysteriously committed by the enigmatic Headless Horseman.

 

  • Pirates of the Carribbean (2003 – 2017) – Starring alongside Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly in the first three films and Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane in the most recent, Johnny Depp is well known for his role as the somewhat crazy, eccentric pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. It has also been announced that POTC5 will be released in 2017.

 

  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) – Although Johnny didn’t have a huge role, I did love the part he did as one of the many versions of Doctor Parnassus, and this was a genuinely good film albeit incredibly random and strange. It also had an incredible cast including Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole and Colin Farrell.

 

  • The Lone Ranger (2013) – Starring alongside Armie Hammer, Johnny’s Tonto is brilliant. The relationship and onscreen chemistry with Armie is so good. It was only recently that I watched this film for the first time and I absolutely loved it!

  • Chocolat (2000) – Although Johnny, again, didn’t have a main role, his role was very good. I love this film about a mother and daughter who move and open a chocolate shop in rural France. This is met with much negativity on various occasions but eventually they win the trust and hearts of their neighbours.

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P.S. Bonus Top 6: The Tourist. I recommended this a couple weeks back, read here.

Quote: Johnny Depp

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If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.’

‘Am I a romantic? I’ve seen ‘Wuthering Heights’ ten times. I’m a romantic.’

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‘I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.’

‘There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is same. Only love.’

‘If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that’s it’s okay to be different; that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different colour.”

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture: It is from http://favimages.net/image/75208/

 

Films and TV: The Tourist

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The Tourist Film PosterI recently re-watched The Tourist and I’ve come to the conclusion that I absolutely love the film. Firstly, the cast is amazing: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Dalton and Paul Bettany are all people I absolutely love. Having Johnny and Angelina cast against each other was also another suave idea as they both are incredible at their jobs and were able to portray the appropriate type of chemistry between each other for their characters and the storyline and it is this mixed with their shared passion that made the two accurately complement each other.

The film is pretty simple in the way it’s portrayed. Yes, it has action scenes, but these aren’t the main focus and are only spotlighted throughout. This was very skilfully done in ensuring the classic romanticism was achieved to further the story. The Tourist has such an intriguing concept in this way and that’s why it can be loved so much and become ever more exciting despite its seemingly simple surface.

In addition, the film’s costumes and make-up were superbly done, Angelina looked stunning throughout and even Johnny’s normal film make-up was done noticeably well.

I truly recommend 2010’s film The Tourist to anyone who still hasn’t seen it because it really is an exciting feel good romance movie.

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Disclaimer I do not own the photo – The Tourist Movie Poster is from: http://cinema.theiapolis.com/movie-2SB0/the-tourist/gallery/film-poster-1046792.html