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‘The Rum Diary’ Review - A safe film based on dangerous material

Hunter S. Thompson is my greatest influence as a writer. He took the concept of satire and reinvented it for the modern society. He was a genius and a unique individual, despite perhaps being a bit insane. Yes, I am a fanboy.

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Depp and Jolie tango in The Tourist (trailer)

Don't get near Angelina Jolie; she's bad news bears. If she doesn't set you up or try to kill you, you'll certainly die in the crossfire. I've always said this but no one seems to listen, and now Johnny Depp has made the double mistake of speaking with her on a train and then tangoing. 

Jokes aside, The Tourist comes from Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who helmed the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others a few years back, and a team of writers and re-writers. Though the plot looks somewhat unoriginal, this one looks like a lot of fun. It's nice to see Depp act outside a Tim Burton or Jerry Bruckheimer movie for a change. 

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New Rango trailer features less floating wind-up fish than the teaser

Well, this trailer is less strange than the weird ass teaser that came out earlier this month, but that's not saying much. This one comes from Gore Verbinski, the director of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Don't believe me? Johnny Depp is in it. So there. 

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Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Trailer and Poster)

This is an odd one. Even though Heath Ledger died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus about two years ago, the film was finished anyway. How, you ask? Well, they rewrote it so that Heath Ledger's character, Tony, transformed into different people each time he entered a different realm. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell will each have the lead for a portion of the film. Is this a good idea? Man, I don't know. This story certainly seems odd enough to accommodate it though. Terry Gilliam directed and co-wrote the film. He directed and many classic Monty Python films, including The Life of Brian and Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

Doctor Parnassus is a pretty odd concept, but here we go. Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is a 1,000-year-old man (I'd be a doctor too, if I were that old) running a travelling theater show. But instead of the usual magic act, the Doctor's show actually takes its audience on a journey to different dimensions and realities using a magic mirror. Unfortunately, to make his Imaginarium possible, Parnassus made a deal with the devil (Tom Waits). He must not have paid up or something, because soon his daughter is stolen and it's up to Tony (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) to find her by travelling through the worlds of the Imaginarium. Here's the trailer (after the jump).

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Alice in Wonderland teaser (trailer)

Time to see Johnny Depp in motion as the outrageous Mad Hatter. Yep, IGN accidentally posted the teaser trailer to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland a day early.

IGN ruined Disney’s fun. Disney didn’t get to finish its somewhat ridiculous Facebook contest. Three Facebook fan pages were made: one for “The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter” one for “Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen,” and one for “Loyal Subjects of the White Queen.” Whichever page had the most fans by tomorrow would get to see the trailer first! How clever.

Without further adieu, I give thee the trailer, thanks to FirstShowing. If it doesn’t work, I apologize. The trailer keeps disappearing from each source I find it at. (Sorry it’s a bit too wide for the site.)

EDIT (4:05AM): First Showing has removed the trailer from their site at the request of Disney. The trailer will go public on Thursday.

EDIT (4:12AM): I’ve replaced the broken trailer with a better video by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Enjoy.

I watched the actual trailer and am not all that impressed. This seems like Tim Burton by the numbers. It reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a lot. It’s not a bad interpretation, but Tim Burton is capable of such odd shit that it feels very tame and predictable. I’ve seen Tom Petty videos with as good a vision. Am I off base?

Review - Public Enemies ***1/2

Watching “Public Enemies” taught me that John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) likes baseball, movies, fast cars, and Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), but not as much as he loves robbing banks. Unfortunately, I never learned anything more about him. Public Enemies is a good movie, but wholly unconcerned with its characters.

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