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Stories for October 1, 2005

Mirrormask

Oct. 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

From Mirrormasks opening titleswith their multi-planed graphics and slightly whimsical, slightly disturbed three-dimensional drawingsyou know youre in for a treat. The film begins at a family circus fueled by little more than the dreams of Morris (Rob Brydon) and Joanne (Gina McKee), its husband and wife owners. Their daughter Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), however, has grown tired of the nomadic life and ironically wishes to run away from the circus to join the real world. But young Helena is about to move even further away from reality. She is about to enter the Dark Lands, a dreamscape/nightmare world filled with strange creatures, outlandish architecture, and an evil Queen (also played by Gina McKee). As with Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Helena ultimately realizes that theres no place like home. But unlike Dorothy, she cannot just click her heels together to return. Instead, she must find the powerful Mirrormask, which may be her only means of escaping the Dark Lands and its shadowy queen.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting