Big Screen Double Feature: Ocean’s 8 & Deadpool 2

As I was about to step out the door to go catch my first double feature since child #2 came along, my wife scoffed at my film choices since she has heard me mock both of the titles repeatedly for various reasons. She asked, "Are you so desperate to get your solo-movie fix that you're going …

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Family Movie Round-Up 2018: Paddington 2, Early Man, A Wrinkle In Time, Mary and the Witch’s Flower

The title of this post explains itself right? Let's dive in: PADDINGTON 2 (dir. Paul King) "If you're kind and polite, the world will turn out right." This is the motto that Paddington Brown lives by (taught to him by his Aunt Lucy of course) and it is also the ethos that drives this entire …

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Disney Silver Age #8: The Jungle Book

And so we've come to this: After 18 theatrical animated features, a slew of live-action features, countless shorts, TV specials, and exactly one theme park later, we arrive at the last movie Walt Disney produced before he passed away in 1966 from lung cancer. The last work of famous artists is frequently a footnote to …

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Disney Silver Age #7: The Sword in the Stone

The run was never going to last. After more than a dozen years of near-unparalleled creativity starting with Cinderella in 1950 the well had to run dry at some point. Regrettably The Sword in the Stone, the last movie to be released in Walt Disney's lifetime, is the movie to break Disney's hot-streak. The movie's problems begin …

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Disney Silver Age #6: One Hundred And One Dalmatians

As is often the case in the earlier half of Disney Studio's existence, the quest for artistic excellence without any consideration of cost often came back to bite them hard later. This happened early on where the artistically superb Pinocchio and Fantasia proved to be such financial flops as to ultimately cripple the studio for a good decade. History …

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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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