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Posted by Mick on March 7, 2010 – 11:49 pm

I just finished a night of not watching the Academy Awards.  Part of me used to care, most of me doesn’t care anymore.  Until the point I’m nominated for one.  Then, I’ll care.

If I was nominated for an Oscar, I could hang out with Neil Gaimen at the Governor’s Ball.  I would ask him about bee-keeping.  I have a friend who is into bee keeping, so I have had the whole thing explained to me before.  But no offense, Jim, this is Neil Gaimen, I bet he explains a little better than you.  In Neil’s Queen Bee explanation, she’s a demi-god.

There was a paragraph here that wasn’t very good at all.  I did not like it.  I replaced it with this paragraph.

You might be asking yourself Why did he replace the paragraph with a paragraph about replacing the paragraph?  Is he trying to be meta here? It’s a fair question.  If this was grad school and you were my thesis committee I would probably say that yes, I am in getting meta with you, at no point more so than this point.  But since it’s just the few of us, I’ll be honest and say that I was simply trying to prove to you, and to myself, that I do in fact edit myself.   On occasion.

In a callback to mztomlinson’s statements about Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, I think this may have been my favorite use of Anne Hathaway ever.  She was eerily creepy (Anne Hathaway) and gave the White Queen a distinct air that made me distrust her just a little bit.  I’ve always found Anne’s appearance a bit odd.  Not odd as in she should be in a freak show, odd as in I find myself looking at her face for far too long, not because I’m admiring her beauty but because I’m trying to figure out what it is about her that’s “off”.  Whiten her skin tones, throw in white hair with dark eyebrows, and she’s just a bit creepy.

For me, this worked.  I don’t like polarities.  Red Queen bad, White Queen good.  That’s too simple.  This White Queen seemed a bit… let’s say shady.  I would not have fully trusted her, I would have taken her as the lesser of two evils.  She’ll treat you better than the Red Queen, but she’s still a queen and you aren’t.  Never trust the aristocracy!

While I’m thinking about Alice again, the end of the movie keeps bothering me.  The dance.  Why?  Did no one see the dance as a bad idea?  If I had an interview with Tim Burton, this would honestly be my only question.  Was there ever a discussion about removing the dance?  I’d hope there is at least a good story about it, or a crazy mad-man’s tale of foot-stomping tirades and thrown china.  That dance actually colors my opinion of the move as a whole.

That’s all the genius I’m giving you tonight.  Back to the grind tomorrow.

Be good to each other.


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