Monday, April 6, 2020
Director: Tom McCarthy
My guess is that you're sleeping on Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020). This would be a mistake. This will be one of the finest movies you could watch this year.
Monday, March 16, 2020
One of my favorites from last year, I went ahead and picked this up on BluRay.
And, you know what, I think I continue to like this movie more every time I watch it.
Frozen 2 is a funny thing to like as a near 45 year old dude. I'm used to picking up an action figure or whatnot when I like an Avengers movie. Heck, I have an Ant-Man and The Wasp t-shirt. But, you know, as much as I don't care what cashiers think when I'm buying my usual dumb stuff, there's not much Frozen 2 stuff I thought would make sense for *me*. So, I bought the BluRay. And the extras are really excellent. So, heads-up if you have a chance to watch them. It's fascinating to see how story is developed at Disney these days.
But do feel free to point me at Frozen II plastic stuff I can own that is not, like, an Elsa wig or 12" doll.
Anyway, refer to my last write-up on this.
And, frankly, I find this scene amazing.
Friday, February 14, 2020
Friday, January 3, 2020
Format: Alamo Slaughter Lane
Not to be overly dramatic, but after seeing Frozen II (2019) the first time, I knew I'd need to watch it again before I'd do my usual posting.
The reviews were kind of lukewarm, so going in, I had my expectations set for "it'll be okay", and so... when the movie ended and I was having all the reactions I deeply *want* to have after seeing a movie, I'll admit that I kinda-sorta didn't trust my own reaction and figured it would fade after a day of thinking about (or forgetting about) the movie.
Monday, December 30, 2019
I don't know that I need to write up Tangled (2010). But here's what I think:
This movie is a letter of permission for some young women to realize that maybe their relationship with their parents is kinda toxic.
By that I do not mean that all young women have a toxic relationship with their moms, but dang... there is a reason that this movie ends with a young woman cutting off her girlish long locks as she severs her relationship with the woman who has been gaslighting her and filling her head with bad ideas for her entire life. And I think we've all sorta known that young woman who went to college, realized maybe the world was not the place she'd been taught, and wound up shaving their head by second semester.
There is some phenomenal character animation in this movie in the classic Disney tradition - I mean, Maximus is a frikkin' delight - and I really enjoy the number by all the tough-guys singing about their dreams. The new stuff was in the effects - sure - but the movement and camera work in the movie is kinda breathtaking when you watch Rapunzel zipping around like Spider-Man on her own hair. They really make the space inside the tower work, as well as in the construction-site sequence.
But, yeah, this movie is going to hold up for a very, very long time as it works with timeless themes, for both Rapunzel and Flynn, and the animation may look marginally dated by Frozen II standards, but I'll argue the Disney styling will keep it fresh for decades.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019
I was on hiatus with The Signal Watch when I saw Frozen (2013) the first time, so there's no record here of what I thought at the time. I do regret not having any of my reaction caught, because it was the most I'd loved a new Disney movie since Lion King, and, now, Frozen and Moana are probably my two favorite Disney animated features produced post Walt's passing.
Frozen became a smash in a way even Disney hadn't anticipated, becoming the soundtrack of choice for kids for a two year stint there, with merchandise everywhere, and with BluRays on repeat. I know it became one of those things that a lot of people turned on, simply burnt out on a thing they'd initially liked. It got so crazy, I recall Mommy Blogs ranting about how Disney was ruining their lives by way of under-producing Anna and Elsa dolls (btw, not Disney's fault there, moms... That's a toy company's issue, or a sudden case of supply and demand not meeting.).
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Format: TV broadcast on ABC
This "show" was some rough going, and I hope it's not how anyone would introduce their child to The Little Mermaid, stage musicals or entertainment in general.
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the animated The Little Mermaid, Disney, for reasons that remain totally unclear, decided to show the original The Little Mermaid, but when the movie reached the musical numbers, cut over to actors performing the numbers on a stage in front of their big movie screen.
Look, I've seen The Little Mermaid maybe twice and neither of those times occurred in the past 20 years. As with about 1 in 2 Disney movies, I just don't really click to the movie about a young, dumb mermaid in love with a guy she only met when he was wet and unconscious. I skipped TLM at the theater because I thought it was for very young children, and missed the memo that this movie the thing to tell people Disney was no longer making kinda bad movies. I finally saw it summer 1992, thought it was better than I expected, but was more into what Disney was doing when I did hit the theater for Beauty and the Beast in '91.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Y'all, I @#$%ing love Mary Poppins.
I already talked a bit about this movie back in December when we went to go see it as a holiday-timed family outing.
Honestly, as much as I liked it the first time, on a second viewing, I liked it even more. Once you're past the "what am I looking at?" aspect of such a big production and get over everything they're throwing at you and can process it as a movie with a story and things happening and songs you're not hearing one after another for the first time and dance sequences you're just trying to process...
Honestly, it's really a very well put together bit of entertainment and a fine companion piece to the original. And I like it quite a bit.
Yes, you can still both absolutely map the movie scene for scene as a remake of the original, but it is, in fact, a sequel, so it also has a new plot and new problems and works in elements of the original as plot points, creating some terrific continuity. I *liked* the songs the first time, and on a second viewing, I really liked the tunes. They may not have the immediate impact of soft-rock favorites in the manner of Moana or Frozen, and they remain so much in the vein of the Sherman Bros., we aren't going to get a Broadway showstopper akin to Let It Go, but the song-craft is still tremendous and the songs almost as powerful as carrying the story forward as Moana.
And, of course, Emily Blunt's take on Mary Poppins is... well, she's pretty great.
Anyway - I won't belabor it. I rewatched the film, enjoyed it again, and will watch it again in the future. This movie could have been a trainwreck and dimished the original - instead, the level of attention of detail in recreating the world of a movie from 60 years prior and updating it to a different period is phenomenal. Not to mention the recreation of Disney's 2D circa 1960 animation house style brought into this new film. The spirit is so much the same from head to tail on this movie, it's an astounding feat.
And whether it's the Julie Andrews original film or this belated follow-up, I still @#$%ing love Mary Poppins.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
No write up. I'm a bit under the weather, but I really enjoyed it. And I can't believe Disney went off-script with their own IP to that degree. A lot of good stuff. And, of course, Vanellope's song - just brilliant.
Late Edit: Our own NathanC wrote a great review over at the TPR site, so go check that out.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
It's been forever since The Incredibles came out, and I really wanted to see this one in the theater and just never found the time.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse!
November 18, 1928 Mickey made his first appearance on the screen at New York's Colony Theatre in the short Steamboat Willie. The short holds up incredibly well, retains every bit of energy it had nine decades ago and remains just as clever, creative and funny as anything in animation today.
If you've never seen Steamboat Willie, here you go:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
I @#$%ing love Mary Poppins (1964), man. Both the character and the movie. Like, unironically, unabashedly - there is not one thing I do not like in Mary Poppins. It is, as they say, practically perfect in every way. As is Julie Andrews.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
DISNEY HISTORY PODCAST: EPCOT - Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow! NathanC and Ryan talk about the park! Yesterday, today and tomorrow!
Walt Disney had a vision for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a city he'd build from scratch with businesses, living spaces, arts, science, universities, etc... And we got an amusement park. NathanC and Ryan delve into the history of EPCOT from concept to execution to today to tomorrow! Are we nostalgic for the future?
Here Come the Warm Jets - Brian Eno
Innoventions - Future World - EPCOT park soundtrack
The Universe of Energy - EPCOT park soundtrack
Promise - Leaving EPCOT song - EPCOT park soundtrack
On Some Faraway Beach - Brian Eno
Disney History with NathanC
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Format: DVD from San Antonio Public Library
NathanC returns to discuss Disney in the 1980's! Ryan is kinda sick and grumpy! We talk Disney's 1985 misfire that "almost took down the studio". It's high fantasy adventure for the kiddies, but Disney's first foray into PG territory, all while Disney underwent corporate reshuffling!
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
PODCAST: NathanC and Ryan talk Disney's curious 1980s - "The Black Hole", "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "Never Cry Wolf"
Nathan Cone joins us to discuss what the heck was going on at Disney in the 1970's and 80's that led to The Black Hole, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Never Cry Wolf. It's a fun ride full of Disney history and rife with 80's-ness!
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