Record Breaking Trailer for Beauty and the Beast

The holidays bring a lot of big budget films to theaters and just as many trailers for next year’s big budget movies. It’s Hollywood’s present to the hungry fans who’ve been waiting (im)patiently around the table since the first round of teasers and promo shots came out in the spring and summer. These longer, official […]

The Retelling as Old as Time

Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast began drawing praise from the moment the film’s cast was announced. Eager fans of the animated film (and the Broadway musical adapted from said film) greeted the discussion of a live-action remake with considerably more enthusiasm than many other Disney live-action remakes have received. Although Disney […]

Movie Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

It is both a blessing and a curse to have come of age during a high point in Disney’s film-making history. They were coming out with hit after animated hit: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), and both Pocahontas and Toy Story in 1995. Yes, I got […]

Inhuman Lovers and Deadly Curiosity

The tale of Bluebeard has been adapted for the stage and the cinema just as often as tales of sleeping beauties and young women who cannot keep track of their shoes. Yet it is not a typical folk/fairy tale. Indeed, it is more akin to a modern horror film than to a Disney cartoon. It is a tale without a hero and, at best, can be seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers inherent in sex (particularly with inhuman lovers), greed, and curiosity. The most recent adaptation, Ex Machina, plays with the typical themes in a Bluebeard-inspired tale and adds its own narrative twist, but creates an even darker version for modern audiences to enjoy.

The Sword and the Cinema

Beauty and the Beast, the “tale as old as time,” will grace the screen in 2017 as Disney’s latest reinvention of the wheel – revisiting the animated retelling of a classic story and turning it into a live-action blockbuster (even though live-action versions of these stories have already been produced by other companies – several […]

May 15th, 1928 – The ORIGINAL Mickey Mouse!

Plane Crazy is an American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. The cartoon, released in 1929 by the Walt Disney Studios, was the first creation of the character Mickey Mouse. It was made as a silent film and given a test screening to a theater audience on May 15th, 1928, but […]

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