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  1. Maleficent: Lessons on Rewriting History

    June 24, 2014 by Kiersi

    Disney's Maleficent

    When I first saw ads for Disney’s Maleficent, my first thought was: Duh. Of course. Disney’s capitalizing on an existing property by retelling it from the villain’s point of view, with the necessary added bonus of lots of expensive special effects! 

    So, yeah, I was both super thrilled and totally underwhelmed by the idea of Maleficent. Because, see… I love bad guys.

    I mean, boy, do I LOVE bad guys. You have no idea. (more…)

  2. Wreck-it Ralph: So, Disney’s Got Chops

    November 5, 2012 by Kiersi

    Wreck-it Ralph movie poster

    Wreck-it Ralph, Disney, Nov. 2

    This movie gets: ♥♥♥♥ out of 5

    Since Disney gave us “Tangled” in late 2010, my hope in the company and what kind of movies it was capable of making has been restored. Then again, John Lasseter of PIXAR served as a producer for “Wreck-it Ralph,” just as he did on “Tangled,” so perhaps it was the Disney acquisition of PIXAR that has allowed the languishing animation company to reboot.

    I can’t even quantify the number of hours I invested in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game (adapted for NES), so safe to say that “Wreck-it Ralph” struck a chord with me. Then again, everything about this movie’s premise is lovable: the clumsy cretin with a heart of gold, the cheesy-but-still-clever “Game Central Station” which seems to lurk somewhere in the surge protector, the badass “Hero’s Duty” squadron leader (Jane Lynch, of course) who is as hot as she is, well, a badass, and Fix-it Felix Jr., a clever amalgamation of Mario and Luigi, voiced by the dorky Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame. (more…)

  3. Snow White is Beautiful, but so Dreary

    June 2, 2012 by Kiersi

    Snow White & the Huntsman movie

    This movie gets: ♥♥♥ out of 5

    Rarely do I cough up the cash to see a movie in the big theater–I’m simply too spoiled by the $3 local haunts, where you can score cheap pizza and a beverage to go along with your flick, to bother.

    Two things convinced me to drop the buck for Snow White and the Huntsman: a crush on Chris Hemsworth the size of our national debt, and a tiny spark of hope that Kristen Stewart could still act after the Twilight movies seemed to have sucked out her soul.

    Perhaps Charlize Theron’s immortal Queen character had already gotten to her before filming started.

    In the crafting of the brilliant visual artwork of Snow White, the story and screenplay were, unfortunately, left undeveloped. I could go on and on about the textures, the color themes, the keen costumes, the visual metaphors–but does any of that stuff really matter when the dialogue falls flat? When most of the main characters’ lines sound rehearsed, forced, and joyless?

    It’s as if the actors had no fun at all making this movie. (more…)