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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The 10th Kingdom: part 1

- Snow White Memorial Prison

This week's movie rental is the first part of The 10th Kingdom ..... American epic fantasy TV miniseries written by Simon Moore and produced by Britain's Carnival Films, Germany's Babelsberg Film und Fernsehen, and the USA's Hallmark Entertainment. It depicts the adventures of a young woman and her father after they are transported from Manhattan, New York, through a magical mirror into a parallel world of fairy tales, magical beings, evil stepmothers and self-discovery.

I remember this so well. It played on tv five nights in a row for two hours each night in 2000 and my mom and I sat transfixed through the whole thing. It wasn't profound and sometimes devolved to just silly, but we couldn't stop watching it :)

It tells the story of an enchanted other place where Prince Wendel (Daniel Lapaine), the grandson of Snow White, is changed into a dog by the Evil Queen (Dianne Wiest) who has just been busted out of Snow White Memorial Prison by the Troll King (Ed O'Neill). The dog/prince escapes her clutches by passing through a magic mirror that takes him to present day Manhattan where he meets a young waitress, Virginia (Kimberly Williams), and her janitor father, Tony (John Larroquette). The Evil Queen sends minions through the mirror after the prince - trolls and also a human/wolf named Wolf (Scott Cohen). I won't tell you all that happens, but Wolf becomes enamored of Virginia and all of them pass through the magic mirror back into the enchanted kingdom. They're then on the run from the Queen and the trolls, not to mention the scary Huntsman (Rutger Hauer) who has an ensorcelled crossbow that always shoots a bolt into a living heart once fired and who rules the forest through which they're passing as they meet up with gypsies who keep talking birds, and ....... too complicated :)

I'll post again when I see part 2, but meanwhile, here's a trailer for the movie, and then some pictures ....

- Wolf convinces Virginia's grandmother to let him into her apartment where he hopes to capture Virginia and Prince Wendel

- but then he gets sidetracked, deciding to eat grandma

- they spend the night in the gypsy camp and Tony gets a tarot card reading


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