Disney’s Silver Age #5: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty came during a time of tumultuous change for the Walt Disney company. Walt himself was quickly being pulled away in multiple directions by the company's forays into live-action films, documentaries, the TV-division, and a little project called Disneyland. In addition the animation division itself was starting to get serious competition from new upstarts like …

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Adventures in Criterion Vol. 2: Screwball Comedies

Continuing my never-ending quest of diving through all my Criterion movies, this month I decided to tackle a bunch of my screwball comedies. Of course given the enormous magnitude of my collection, I was only able to get through maybe half of my Criterion screwball comedies at best. To be fair, as the high number …

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Hall of Fame #3: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Much like E.T. the alien himself waddling unbeknownst past Mary, the matriarch of a suburban home, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial similarly seems to be a movie that seems to maintain a very low profile in my day-to-day psyche. And yet every time I see this movie again I am reminded that like its titular alien it is a …

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Disney Silver Age #4: Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp was a first for Disney for several reasons. After a series of fantastical stories it represented Disney's first domestic picture based not on a fairy tale but in a more realistic human setting (with Bambi of course being a realistic movie set in the wilderness). It was also Disney's first feature film not …

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