Actor: Helena Bonham Carter

Les Misérables (2012)

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I’ve never seen Les Miz, as I am not very interested in stage musicals in general. I don’t even know any of the songs from the show. But I am somewhat familiar with Victor Hugo’s novel from college.  I thought I might as well see this new film adaptation, as I am not likely to […]


Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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I was eagerly looking forward to Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll all through 2009, but by the time it was finally released in Tokyo, in April of 2010, the marketing over-exposure had put me right off it, and I never got around to seeing it in the theater. However, it did inspire me to […]


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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I first saw Sweeney Todd on a flight from Tokyo to London. I was a bit surprised that they were showing such a gory film as an in-flight movie, but it was Virgin Airlines after all. At the time I didn’t care much for it. I loved the production design, which is probably the best […]


Corpse Bride (2005)

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When the Blu Ray format was announced, as a movie fan living in Japan, where the technology was developed, I should have been thrilled, but I found it hard to get excited about the new technology. I figured that the films that would most benefit from 5.1 surround sound and increased resolution would be things […]


Big Fish (2003)

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I’ve been going through all of Tim Burton’s films—including the ones I have seen before and the ones I haven’t—and so I have been looking forward to seeing Big Fish again, as it is one of my personal favorites in Burton’s filmography. It is less typically “Burtonesque” than, say, Sleepy Hollow, probably because this was […]


Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes has to be one of the most maligned remakes in the history of cinema. Everyone seems to hate this film. I am against remakes in principle and am not fan of Mark Wahlberg, and so I have studiously avoided this. But since I am going through all of Tim […]


Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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OK, continuing to go back through the Woody Allen films I haven’t seen more than once. I had thought of Mighty Aphrodite as one of my least favorites by Allen, but enjoyed it this time around. Woody Allen experimented with transplanting a Greek chorus into a modern setting in his play from the ’70s, God, […]


Random Quote

“We've all become God's madmen, all of us.”
-Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins)
from Bram Stoker’s Dracula