Friday, December 16, 2016

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Before I start this review, I want to warn that THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. So, don't read this until you have seen the movie.

I was really excited and nervous to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story because it would be the first movie outside of the Saga and was curious to see how it would play out and whether we would accept it as a Star Wars film. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. The amazing thing about this film is that it, on one hand, feels very familiar while, on the other, feels completely different.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Review: Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th film is Moana, a tale about an island chief's daughter who journeys to find the demigod Maui and restore the heart of an island goddess named Te Fiti and thus return her people to its rich heritage of voyaging across the sea. The tale offers a fictional explanation of why, after a long history of traveling across the sea, the Polynesians or, at least, the people of the fictional island of Motonui, mysteriously stopped for centuries and then started again. I absolutely loved this film. There is something so special about it. It is funny, touching, beautiful and inspirational.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Films That Made Me A Disney Fan: The Rescuers & Pete's Dragon.

I had gotten into a conversation about what Disney films really made me a Disney fan. As with any Disney question where you have to choose one over another, it's always difficult. But, for me, the answer undeniably comes to two films - The Rescuers and Pete's Dragon. Both films came out in 1977 when I was 8 years old. While I had seen Disney films before these films, I don't think I was cognizant of them being Disney films. They were just funny films and cartoons.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Favorites List: Top 5 Favorite Marvel Super Heroes (Comic Book Edition)

Somebody posted on Twitter a question about who your favorite Marvel hero, team and villain are. So, I thought I'd use this as a subject for another one of my top 5 favorites lists. This list will focus on Marvel Super Heroes as they appear in the comics. I will probably do another list for the Marvel Cinematic Universe just because there are differences between the comics and the movies given the movies are not bogged down by years of continuity. I also tried not to just list all the Avengers, even though I love all of them. I tried to look into the diverse number of characters out there and put together this list. Let me know who your favorites are in the comments section.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Look At The Mulan Controversy

So, a few people have been asking me about my feelings about the #MakeMulanRight campaign, so I thought I'd jot them down here. For those of you who don't know what the campaign is about, there was reporting that a spec script was leaked for Disney's upcoming live action adaptation of Mulan. The spec script reportedly featured a white love interest who, according to a letter from somebody posting on the Angry Asian Man blog as ConcernedForMulan, "gets the honor of defeating the primary of China, not Mulan."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Favorites List: Top 5 Favorite Disney Songs

I feel like I've written several reviews as of late, so I thought I'd go back and do one of my favorites lists. I've been thinking about Disney music lately and trying to figure out my five favorite Disney songs. This was a very difficult task...even more than trying to figure out my favorite Disney animated movies...just because there are so many of them, So many GREAT ones. I also tried not to go down an easy path. It would be easy to have a list of all the oldest, most famous songs. So, this is my list...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Documentary Review: Life, Animated

The other day, I was watching Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC. One of his guests was journalist and author Ron Suskind who mentioned a documentary about his autistic son who learned to communicate through Disney movies. Of course, my ears perked up and I immediately looked it up online to see how I could watch it. At the time, it was making its way through film festivals with none of them close to where I live. So, given the film was produced by A&E, I hoped, one day, the channel would eventually air it. But, fortunately, the film was shortly thereafter released on Google Play and I just got a chance to watch it.