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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Franchise Ruminations: Now What? A Post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe Discussion (SPOILERS!)

(Warning: SPOILERS are going to be discussed freely in this article so if you haven't seen the movie STAY AWAY. For a spoiler-free(ish) review click here.) In case the above warnings did not make it clear enough, this will be a debrief of Avengers: Infinity War which will include a discussion of MAJOR SPOILERS. It is safe to say that …

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Best “Down-the-Rabbit-Hole” Movies

Alice in Wonderland stands as the progenitor of one of the great storytelling traditions where regular humans find themselves stumbling into weird and wonderful fantasy worlds. Sometimes this happens for entirely superflous reasons but frequently these jaunts into the fantasy world help illuminate our own world in profoundly tangential ways. As this list will show, following …

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