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  • As much as I would have liked to, I did not like Tim Burton's Alice

    Alice in WonderlandI took (my) Alice to the movies this week-end, and we saw Tim Burton's Alice in 3D. I love Tim Burton's universe. But this time it just didn't work for me.
    Maybe it's because I've recently read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but the whole foundation of the movie seems utterly absurd. In a bad way.
    All events *should* be absurd but should make sense in their own weird way. Alice should be the one who tries to make sense in an absurd world.
    Instead of that, we have a relatively normal world with slightly mad characters. there is a plot, and even a quest.
    But worst of all, Alice as a warrior in a shiny armor? Alice in Wonderland as an action flick? Wow. And when Alice recounts the six impossible things she's done today, she sounds like Rambo, not Alice.
    It's OK to take an existing work and make it your own, but this is not it. It's not even very personal: Burton can do so much better than that.
    The only moment of grace for me was when Alice remembers her previous visits.
    Anyway, (my) Alice liked it so it wasn't a complete waste of time...

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    Tags: Review, Movie

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:26:49 AM
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  • Wild non-scientific musings: extra dimensions and parallel universes

    fig. 8Amy was asking me some questions on "alternate dimensions" and "parallel universes". Here's my answer, which is entirely non-scientific although it is based on a few things I know (or think I know) about physics. I'm suspecting for example that the string theory stuff is a little shaky as I never really studied the math in there.

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