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PostSubject: Alice reviews   Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:17 am


Friday, March 18, 2011
SyFy's Alice
Imagine a science fiction made-for-tv movie about a weird portal that takes you to a place where humans are harvested for their emotions. Add a whole bunch of Alice in Wonderland motif and imagery, and you have a good idea of what you're going to get with SyFy's miniseries, Alice.

The action begins when Alice's (Caterina Scorsone) not-very-longterm boyfriend (Philip Winchester) tries to give her a ring. She freaks out and he leaves, but when she finds that the ring was slipped into her pocket, she follows him to give it back and talk. Just in time to see him dragged away by some goons with white rabbits on their lapels.

Next thing she knows, she's through a looking glass and into a strange and very vertical world, where she's tagged as an "oyster" and boxed up. But being a savvy girl, she makes a quick escape, and finds possible help in the form of Hatter (Andrew Lee Potts).

(If only that was a blue police box instead of a red phone booth, they'd be fine.)

Hatter and Alice continue to make their way through Wonderland, meeting a cast of familiar yet slanted characters, from the White Knight (Matt Frewer) to the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates).
Above, check out the Happy Hearts Casino, where humans go to win big all the time! And as they win, their feelings get drained away. Or something nefarious and questionable.

The imagery was very cool, and of course I love spotting the references. It's not a straight up Alice in Wonderland retelling, but I'm not sure that could work in a sci-fi film. However, most of the elements are here, and seeing how they show up is half the fun.

I enjoyed this at least as much as Tin Man, so if you liked that, here's another one to check out. There are a bunch of special features on the SyFy site, so you can get a more in-depth idea of the imagery and the storyline over there.
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PostSubject: Re: Alice reviews   Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:31 pm


Movie Review: Alice starring Caterina Scorsone, Tim Curry, and Kathy Bates

April 2nd, 2011 | 3.5 Stars, 4 Stars, Movie Reviews

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I saw this in the library the other day and snagged it from the new releases shelves. It’s a 2009 television miniseries inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The show is two episodes spans 240 minutes (4 hours). Everything you know will be turned on its head.

Twenty something Alice (Caterina Scorsone) lives at home with her mom. She has a black belt in karate, a missing father, and a new guy in her life. He’s pretty dreamy. On the night Jack Chase (Philip Winchester) proposes and is rejected he is also kidnapped.

Determined to rescue him, Alice chases after the bad guys. Interjection here—what girl would do this black belt or not? Maybe Buffy, where odds no matter how they’re stacked against her count for squat. Anyway… Alice runs into a glass mirror and wakes up in Wonderland.

There she finds out just how creepy Wonderland has gotten since the children’s book was written. Wonderland is a totalitarian state ruled by the Red Queen. To Alice’s annoyance she is repeatedly called an Oyster by the inhabitants of Wonderland. (An Oyster is a human from the Real World whose emotions will be harvested to make Tea. This Tea is how the Red Queen controls her subjects. It’s all about instant gratification.)

The 411:

* The Red Queen wants the magic ring that will open up the mirror between Wonderland and the Real World because without it the mirror shuts down and she’s without a way to harvest humans and control the world economy.
* Jack Chase is not what and who he seems but then again he is. The whole is he, isn’t he is done very well.
* Hatter (Andrew Lee Potts) is adorable and not insane in this version. He and Alice form a romantic attachment to one another over the course of the mini-series which starts and stops as Hatter fights against his selfish nature. I was very pleased with the ending to this show. It made me happy.
* The White Knight (Matt Frewer) is a bit overmuch. I really couldn’t stand him… or maybe his beard. His performance was a cliché on that particular character type.
* Dodo (Tim Curry) is hardly in this at all. I honestly don’t know why his name is even listed on the top of the DVD.
* Duchess (Charlotte Sullivan) is another character whose motives are hard to grasp. I can’t decide if she’s meant to play the role of the Chesire Cat or not.

The Costumes: A lot of time and effort went into creating the costumes. I especially loved casino girls' and suits' outfits. Very go-go girl and James Bond.

The CGI: Was pretty excellent in my opinion. I loved the city on the water with all the fog. Very pretty.

The Sets: My goodness -- who would think falling apart cities could be pretty? Well of course they can be pretty when set high up in the air. I loved the city especially when first introduced to it because it looked like Roman aqueducts meet Venice canals ran through the whole city.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – 4 Stars
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PostSubject: Re: Alice reviews   Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:43 pm


Posted on August 9, 2011 by Heidi Michelle Click

When her boyfriend, Jack Chase (Philip Winchester,) disappears, karate instructor Alice (Caterina Scorsone) pursues his kidnappers through an abandon warehouse and falls through an abandoned mirror into a world that’s a little strange. Trapped by an old man, particular about the time and crated off into a casino run by the King and Queen of Hearts (Colm Meaney and Kathy Bates,) she escapes and finds her way into The Hatter’s (Andrew Lee Potts) Tea Room. Agreeing to help her find Jack, they team up with Charlie The White Knight (Matt Frewer) and embark on an adventure somewhere down the rabbit hole andAlicebecomes Alice of Legend.

Syfy’s Alice is a fascinating re-imagining of the world set down in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Where the house of cards is akin to a mob-like family whose interest is exploiting human emotion for their own satisfaction in bottle’s like liquor in a lucrative drug trade. The “cards” are enforcers, soldiers carrying weapons. And The Hatter runs The Tea House, a place which trades emotions like the stock exchange, moderated by a narcoleptic Door-mouse. The caterpillar (Harry Dean Stanton) is an old man afloat in a rowboat in a swimming pool. It’s all quite trippy!! The energy flows as trippily as the subject matter. However, a touching story of true human emotions such as love, friendship and bravery, ensues as Alice goes on her quest to find her true love and he is not who she thinks. True family loyalty is tested as The Queen of Hearts uses fear and ruthlessness to ensure loyalty, but Alice and her friends learn true friendship, love and real family.

As sluggish as the energy is, the humor is rich and strange in a quirky way that is endearing, mostly card related (“touch the lady and I’ll shuffle your deck,”) aided by great chemistry between Andrew Lee Potts’ Hatter and Caterina Scorsone’s Alice with juicy performances by Meaney and Bates as the King and Queen of Hearts, as well as a truly over-the-top performance by Frewer. But the package is a sort of acquired taste, sort of like craving a pumpkin latte in November. It’s not something watched all the time, but it does hit the spot when needing a trippy, geek-ish adventure with a touching ending and some genuinely cute British guys!!

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PostSubject: Re: Alice reviews   Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:39 am

I finally saw Alice. That was a fun ride... Very Happy Jack Heart is so cool. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Alice reviews   Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:44 pm

That's cool! It's one of my favorite performances of Philip's. Very sweet.
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PostSubject: Re: Alice reviews   Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:59 am


Sunday, 22 January 2012
Syfy Alice
I really enjoyed this take on Alice in Wonderland. It's based 150 years after the original Alice goes down the rabbit hole. It's a mini series but the DVD I have puts it all together as a 177 minute film. I was slightly dreading having to sit down for nearly 3 hours to watch it but I really enjoyed it. It's rare I can sit still for that long.

"Director Nick Willing puts a new twist on Lewis Carroll's classic tale in this fantasy mini-series depicting Alice as a 21-year-old woman who ventures into Wonderland in search of a lost love. Soon after presenting Alice (Catarina Scorsone) with an ornate family ring, handsome Jack Chase (Philip Winchester) is abducted by a pair of hulking brutes. Approached by a well-dressed man named White Rabbit (Alan Gray) who claims to know Jack's whereabouts, Alice follows the bearded stranger into a mirror and finds herself in a surreal new world of fantasy and wonder. When the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates) discovers that her son bestowed a virtual stranger the ring that gives its owner power over the looking glass, it's up to Alice to determine what she should do with it. Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Curry, Matt Frewer, and Colm Meany co-star."

Check out the summary on http://www.syfy.com/alice/ .

A promo from Syfy of Alice

(There are some great screen shots on this site. I hope to have some of them on our photo section soon.)
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