Monday, February 22, 2010

Come to Mama...

A few years back, when I first heard the phrase "Too on the nose" on Six Feet Under (voiced by the Claire character played so magnificently by Lauren Ambrose) I felt as if I had found an old friend. It's that when things are too literally laid out, there is no room for an intimate approach to an idea, image or word - no dialogue, just dictation.

My sister declared her intention of seeing the Tim Burton Alice as soon as possible - me, I'm a little put off by its stylish Pop decadence. There is a mystery in the original story and its sequel articulated beautifully in Jan Svankmajer's Alice, which I suspect will be lacking in Burton's.

19 comments:

Cláudia said...

In Brazil we say "muito na cara" (too on the face).

Too on the nose (or face) does not allow for different points of view, angles or perspectives.

Oh, I loved that scene of Alice being engulfed by the drawer. The beauty of it is that she firmly believed there was something BEYOND the usual instruments in a drawer. Wonderful metaphor!

ArtSparker said...

C- I hadn't though about the drawer - She is very much like Carroll's Alice in sheer determination.

Ginga Squid said...

But you're still going to see it? I mostly like Tim Burton's movies, esp as Depp & Helen Bonham Carter are usually in them!

ArtSparker said...

GS - I don't know. Not that have anything against Johnny Depp in mascara, mind you.

Tom said...

i'm a hold out on this movie, too. Of course Sleepy Hallow and Big Fish are two of my all time favorites, so I'm hoping TB comes through big here.

ArtSparker said...

Tom, Re Sleepy Hollow, a treasure for Christopher Walken's onscreen moments, as I've said before.

herhimnbryn said...

What a great expression!

I take your point about Burton's Alice ( and 'she' is so dear to your heart). I think I may go and see it and decide it is another story, not Alice at all.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

But Burton & Svankmajer have such different aesthetics. Burton theatrical and Svankmajer surreal...Both compelling in different ways, but so strange you have to look, and to appreciate, no? -J

mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh I do want to see jan svankmajer's film - unfortunately it's not at the library but amazon has it for sale, perhaps I'll splurge and get it for my alice for her birthday in april and when I see her in april we can watch it together....by the way she adores the alice calendar of yours which was her winter present treat!!!

i'm of mixed mind re burton's alice, but knowing me, I expect I will see it eventually but not breaking any speed records getting to the theater

The Scrybe said...

I feel the same as you where Burton's Alice is concerned. And thanks for the brilliant link; I love stop motion!

Shayna said...

Wow, thanks for posting this majorly intriguing video snippet ... I've just added the film to my Netflix queue!

Shayna said...

p.s.
Are you familiar with Maggie Taylor's 'Alice'? I think she has created some charming images:
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=maggie+taylor+alice+in+wonderland&oq=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=kU2DS_OeIZKwsgOni7HBDw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CB0QsAQwAw

Celeste Bergin said...

I wondered how you felt about the new Alice movie--and I had a hunch that you might be dubious. I am a little non-plussed myself-but I am not sure why..because I really enjoyed "Sweeney Todd" (I did! inexplicably!) I will probably see Burton's version only because I am being hounded to do so by my friends. I like your explanation of Too on the nose. I learn something from you every day!

yvette said...

I loved six foot under...

Charles Gramlich said...

This marks the first time I've ever heard "too on the nose"

Bungy32 said...

I should have guessed Burton's "Alice" would give you pause. I'm a bit ambivalent myself, although I really like Burton and have always loved Alice.

I also loved "Six Feet Under."

Totalfeckineejit said...

Clever drawing Sparko!

Bee said...

That is a wonderful illustration, but I still want to see Tim Burton's Alice . . . even if it gets on (or up) my nose.

inkcaravan said...

Love the White Rabbit continually leaking sawdust, but am slightly freaked by those teeth, I wouldn't crawl into the dark desk drawer if those teeth were in there.

Love the illo Susan, Happy New Year!