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3rd-Feb-2009 11:47 am
Me - Hmnn...

... I really need some time off, is all.

"A Pleasant Night's Entertainment" Dept.:

Had the pleasure of seeing an advance screening of Henry ("Nightmare Before Christmas", "James and the Giant Peach") Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's CORALINE - with none other than Mr Gaiman there to introduce the film and provide a witty Q&A afterwards.

Any fans of Gaiman and especially of Nightmare Before Christmas owe it to themselves to check this movie out EARLY in the run to take advantage of the marvellous 3D effects and beautiful stop-motion work inside - and also to get a better idea of how much of NIGHTMARE was Selick and how much was Burton (hint: you may be surprised how much of it *isn't* Burton).

Here's the trailer:

...and here's a link to the movie site.

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3rd-Feb-2009 05:22 pm (UTC)

I can honestly say I liked it a great deal - and I would be greatly surprised if it didn't have more popular appeal than MIRRORMASK did.

There are quite a few film snippets at the movie's site, but I went in having seen nothing but only knowing it from having read the book (from which it diverts a little) and I was very happily impressed.
3rd-Feb-2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
A good from you is something I will trust more than any army of film critics, you know that, right? The broadband seems to have gone narrow now everyone is back from school/work/snow and the loading circles were beginning to hypnotise me, so that might have to wait until everybody is cold and wet again. We're just cold and soggy here, the snow is gone (for now). Uh, the parathenses were mandatory. ;-) bbd has been testing my episode recognition skills this morning with the Prisoner on ITV 4 - uh, The Schizoid Man (but with better spelling). Squishes and hugs to overworked Canadians with cute lj icons.
3rd-Feb-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
This connection is running like treacle. I don't know who is having a good time on the internets on our exchange, but it's not me. Gah! Frustration by the bucket - make that an elephant on ketamine.
3rd-Feb-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)

Ian McShane doing a pseudo-Russian accent, Saunders & French as the two eccentric ex-strippers in the basement - how can it miss?
3rd-Feb-2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
How bad is the voice-acting, exactly? I wouldn't mind seeing this in the theatre, but on a good day Dakota Fanning makes me want to punch babies.
3rd-Feb-2009 08:50 pm (UTC)

Nothing wrong with the voice acting at all - it's the least "Dakota Fanning" Dakota Fanning you've heard in a while, John Hodgeman is Coraline's Dad, I wasn't bothered by Terri Hatcher at all, and Ian McShane is delightful as the eccentric Slavic man upstairs with the hopping mouse circus. How bad is the voice acting when Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French are in multiple scenes together as a pair of past-their-prime erotic Music Hall artistes?

Edited at 2009-02-03 08:51 pm (UTC)
3rd-Feb-2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think the goth bug ever bit me as hard as others. (Okay, the goth bug NEVER bit me. I dress like a lump.) I'm digging this, though. I'm digging this a lot. I wish I could go with my little girl cousins. They could use a movie like this.
3rd-Feb-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

This isn't as BLATENTLY babygoth as NIGHTMARE or THE CORPSE BRIDE were, and the story is a lot of fun.
5th-Feb-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
How scary is it? The book is hellaciously scary - and the 5 year old (who lives and breathes Selick's films) is beg-beg-begging but I told her it's too intense. Am I right? Or did he dial it down from the book?
5th-Feb-2009 01:09 am (UTC)

It may be a *little* too intense for 5. I wouldn't say it's much scarier than a Disney movie - an old-school Disney movie like SNOW WHITE or BAMBI or SLEEPING BEAUTY. Any violence or scares are implied, but there is an ongoing theme of flesh being stitched up and the replaceability of Mom and Dad that might weird a lil' un out a LOT.

5th-Feb-2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Hm. Could go either way - she loves that Sally is stitched up and is obsessed with all the cancer surgeries I've been doing - but swappable parent might hit too close. I was worrying more on the OMG SCARE moments than the themes, but too much stitching might not be the way to go now. I think I'll stick to the ban for a a few years.

Thanks, that helps a lot.
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