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Disney’s Frozen

Frozen_2013_Poster_3_640x914“Frozen” was THE movie to see this Thanksgiving with your family. I was a little skeptical after seeing reviews like “the best Disney film since ‘The Lion King” (OC Register), how could they compare it to one of the best Disney films of all time? For me Princess movies from Disney have been lacking lately. Would Frozen be able to live up to this statement?

It did, sort of. I wouldn’t say that it was up to “Lion King” status, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Like “Brave”, Disney has decided to focus on a family relationship more than the romance in the film. I am all for that, little girls should be shown that they do not need to depend on a man. You know, feminism, yada yada yada. However, for me, “Brave” which had a absolutely no love interest for the independent Merida, was lacking the spark to make it really Disney. “Frozen” attempts to balance a story of sisterly love and a story of romance. They do a really good job of it too, just not perfect.

The music was divine, which it couldn’t not be, with Eva Menzel (Wicked) playing Elsa. I went home singing the songs and begging my sister to build a snowman, which I will probably do everyday for the rest of her life, even though there is no snow here ever. It was another triumph in the music department for Disney. So, I would have to say that the music is as good as “Lion King’s” iconic score. However, the story is not quite able to reach those heights.

You will be laughing the whole movie, even if it is just because it is way too sappy at parts. My biggest complaint is that the villain is passive for about 80% of the film, and the plot is lacking in the action I felt the trailers promised. I would have liked to see more peril and more fighting, but the movie was good fun. And I have to give Disney props for creating a heroine who learns that she doesn’t have to wait to be saved by someone else.

I like the new feminist era of Princesses that has moved in with “Tangled,” “Brave”  and “The Princess and The Frog.” I just hope that little boys don’t lose their role models too. Can we get a prince movie over here?! It’s been a long time since “Hercules” and “Tarzan”.

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Catching Fire

MV5BMTAyMjQ3OTAxMzNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDU0NzA1MzAx._V1_SX214_For those of you that didn’t rush out to see the premiere of Catching Fire, you missed out. Movies are always better when the theater is full of people who are genuinely excited about what they are going to see.

Personally, I went to a double feature, showing Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back. The extra money for the ticket was well worth it! The crowd was hyped, and the energy from the first film flowed seamlessly into the next. It really gave you a feeling of how the two films matched each other. Plus, it was funny to watch the obnoxious guy in front of me laugh after every single line Woody Harrelson (Haymich) said.

In terms of the film itself, Jennifer Lawrence did it again! She was flawless and did a spectacular job portraying the rather complex character, Katniss.  Catching Fire is truer to the book than hunger games was, and I can understand the changes that they made. Somethings in books simply do not translate well on film. It was beautiful, the world of Panem is exquisitely brought into existence, and the arena is even more devastating than before.

The writers were able to counterbalance the striking drama of the story with perfectly timed sarcastic lines from many of the characters. There are plenty of new characters and plenty of old to become newly attached to, but remember, only one person survives the Hunger Games.

I don’t want to give anything away, especially for those who haven’t read the book, but be prepared for the ending. It will leave you majorly hanging! I had so many feelings left over I didn’t know what to do.

This film is going to be all anyone is talking about for the next couple of months, so go out and see it!

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I Am Back!

Wow! it has been a long time!

Life got really hectic, and time to write on my blog became very scarce.

At this point I am kind of feeling like:

Seriously.

Seriously.

I opened a new store on Etsy which you can see here Penny’s Pages, and I have managed to make it to my last semester of school (insert happy dance here)! The point is, I have still been watching TV like a maniac and now I am back and I have plenty to tell you!

It’s Almost time for Dr.Who’s 50th and I have been fan girling so much!

Stay tuned, I will be posting whenever I find entertainment worth talking about!

Make sure to catch up on some of my past posts, here, here and my favorite, here.

Peace!

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Warm Bodies

After finally going to see “Warm Bodies” I can tell you, go see it! It was hilarious, with plenty of zombie humor to go around. Despite seeming like it is going to be a typical comedy, where the focus is on the laughs and not on the characters, I would rank this film up with some of the best romantic comedies out there. Take a look:

 

It’s just as good as it looks! Keep an eye out for his best friend. He has the best line in the whole film.

And so I leave you with “Bitches man…” (when you see the movie, you will get it).

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Underappreciated 90’s Kids Movies

When people think of kids movies from the 90’s, many think of Disney, and that’s just not right.

The 90’s were the golden age for children’s content, and there were so many other places creating wonderful movies! When I find out that one of my friends hasn’t seen one of these movies I feel empty inside. Then I force them to watch it, these are the essential films of childhood people!  I think it is time that these movies get some recognition.

I’ve whipped up a quick list of my top ten favorite under appreciated 90’s kids movies.  I had so many that I liked that I simply had to limit myself.

10. The Pagemaster -1994

Many people remember Macaulay Culkin for Home Alone, but I wonder how many people remember The Pagemaster. It’s a fun little tale about a boy who is scared of everything finding courage through adventures in the library with a set of talking books. I remember as a child begging my mother to take me to the library because I was sure it was a magical place. I wanted to read and be sucked into an animated world! It never happened, but it got me interested in reading, and I think there are very few films that can say they do that to children.

9.Small Soldiers – 1998

A story of a teen and his crush battling action figures that have been enhanced by missile technology and given a mind of their own. As a kid I loved the Gorgonites and I was pissed when I found out they weren’t real. So as a warning, if you have kids, after seeing this they will want toys that can play back and Furby won’t be good enough!

8.Thumbelina – 1994

I think it’s kind of obvious what this film is about. So I’m just going to say that Charo plays a toad. It’s ridiculous and I love it!

Oh and it’s a musical!

Music+(Charo+Toad)+Fairies= watch

7. FernGully: The Last Rainforest – 1992

A movie made by hippies to make children love the environment (the villain is basically smog. Voiced by Tim Curry! ). It’s hilarious and musical while also informing people on important issues. I definitely prefer this fairy to Tinkerbell.

Many people love the character genie in Aladdin. I think Robin Williams does an equally good job as Batty, the bat.

6.Swan Princess – 1994

It’s a beautiful love story. But mostly I love the side kicks.

Be ready for singing!

Its really hard to point out a specific character who is my favorite, they are all so wonderful!

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5. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story – 1993
A fantastic tale of Dinosaurs being given Brain Grain to make them smart and non-violent so they can help to grant the wishes of children in our time. They romp around New York and get into all kinds of shenanigans with their new friends. But evil is lurking just around the corner.

More singing! And loveable characters that can really pull on your heart strings.

4.The Pebble and The Penguin -1995

Before “Happy Feet”, before “March of the Penguins,” before all of the singing penguin movies, there was The Pebble and the Penguin.

This film is entertaining while also being surprisingly accurate when it comes to science. As a kid I learned a lot from this movie. Like the main predator to a penguin is the Leopard seal, and why certain penguins collect rocks. I also learned the lyrics to tons of songs (which I am singing as I write this), and it was my first introduction to Barry Manilow.

Tim Curry and many other stars have spectacular performances in this film.

3.Anastasia – 1997

A fantastic princess movie that could be a Disney film, but isn’t.

More music!

Its a wonderful film filled with stars, seriously it’s crazy. Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kristen Dunst, Angela Lansbury, etc.

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2.Rock-A-Doodle -1991

Another movie about a real life person being sucked into an animated world so that they can save the day.

When the rooster, Chanticleer, discovers that his crow doesn’t make the sun rise, he gets depressed and goes to become a rock star. Back at home the owls are taking over and plunging the farm into darkness. Will they save the day!?

I just love this movie! It’s another musically driven plot, but that’s just what children’s movies should be.

And #1 is… *drum roll*….

1. Wild Wild West – 1999

Some people think this is the worst movie that Will Smith has ever made. WRONG!

It’s fantastic! It just makes me smile. Especially now when I watch it and I raise my eyebrows at some parts and wonder how my parents let me watch this!

If you can’t watch the movie you at least have to become familiar with the rap and it’s music video. It’s ridiculous (in a good way)!

I can still remember going to the Burger King drive through to get my Wild Wild West sun glasses. I thought I was so cool.

Mostly the reason I love this movie is because it inspires me. It just proves that when it comes to creativity anything can go.

Oh, and just in case  you were wondering, it is not a musical (but it should be).

Runners Up:

  • Jumanji – 1995
  • Matilda – 1996
  • Troll in Central Park – 1994
  • Space Jam – 1996
  • Cool Runnings – 1993
  • Good Burger – 1997
  • James and the Giant Peach – 1996
  • Tom and Huck – 1995
  • A Little Princess – 1995
  • Homeward Bound – 1993

Disqualified for not being made in the 90’s (But still awesome):

  • The Brave Little Toaster -1987
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven – 1989
  • The Rugrats Go Wild -2003
  • Milo and Otis -1986

Most of these movies are full of big stars and I can’t believe they get forgotten or left out so often.

Well, that’s it. Let me know if I forgot something really important by leaving a comment below.

I’m feeling so nostalgic now!

Happy movie watching!

More posts to come!

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ALICE

I just re-watched one of my favorite versions Alice in Wonderland, the SyFy mini series, Alice. So I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

I know, some of you are confused, this isn’t a movie! I know, see my About page and everything will be clear.

This is a wonderfully science fiction version of the classic tale. It’s futuristic with a retro feel. It’s one of those movies that makes me want to go out and kick some serious butt!

Honestly, some of the acting is weak, but there is so much to make up for it!

First of all, the redesign of all of the characters is fantastic. It’s fun finding out who is who, kind of like in “Once Upon A Time.”

Next, there is action and killer set design, costume design, use of color etc.

Oh, and did I mention Andrew Lee Potts as Hatter? If you are a lady, that right there should have convinced you to watch this movie! And if you happen to be a guy, and the hotness of other guys does not interest you, you should know that he is just all around awesome, in a subtly hilarious sort of way.

There are a few other stars to mention, like Tim Curry and Kathy Bates! They do fantastically as their characters.

The characters and story draw you into their world so much that you will be so depressed when the movie ends. I always am.

Basically:

  • Awesome Story
  • Characters to die for
  • Attention to Detail
  • Star Power
  • Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
  • Super fun retelling of a well-known story
  • So much better than the Johnny Depp version
  • ANDREW LEE POTTS

Clear enough?

Check out some of the trivia and special features for this movie too. Andrew Lee Potts learned a ton of hat tricks for this movie but very few made it in, and they are so important to the feel of the story! I can’t believe they weren’t originally written in.

It’s an awesome movie and I hope you can all enjoy it with me!

Happy movie watching!

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Oh, and one last thought:

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Halloween Movies

Here is a quick list of movies to celebrate the season with, counting down to my all time favorite!

13.The Nightmare Before Christmas

A fun interpretation of the holidays. If you haven’t seen it you are one of the very few people in the world that can say that. Usually I hate holiday themed movies but this one managed to win me over.

  • Musical
  • From the crazy mind of Tim Burton
  • Claymation
  • Awesome characters
  • Family friendly
  • Oogie Boogie!

12.The Orphanage 

Its a Spanish film from Guillermo Del Toro that is creepy more than scary. A woman moves back into the orphanage she grew up in planning to turn it into a home for children again. She is haunted by a sinister presence from her past.The scares are sometimes too subtle for their own good, but it can still make you jump!

  • Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Sort of scary
  • Cool filming techniques

11. The House on Haunted Hill

Would you Stay in a haunted house for $10,000?

A film from 1959 starring the legend Vincent Price (For any uncultured slobs, and I call you that in a loving way, that don’t recognize his name, listen to “Thriller” and you can hear his fantastically scary voice). I love this film! I saw everything coming and yet I still screamed.

  • Black and White
  • Extremely Cheesy ❤
  • In the public domain 

10. Interview With the Vampire

Quite obviously, this film is an interview with a vampire that chronicles his life. To me this film is creepy mainly because I feel like Tom Cruise isn’t acting. I think he must be that f-ing crazy in real life, and the only thing fictional about his character is that he is a vampire. Tom Cruise has scared the bajesus out of me ever since I saw this film.

  • Horror, Romance
  • Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt
  • Awesome story and characters

9. Pulse (Kairo)

Not to be confused with the American version this film, Pulse, is an extremely weird Japanese film. Basically, I had no idea what was going on the whole time but I was scared, and it made me look at my computer differently for the next couple of months. The story seems to be about people becoming depressed before turning into black stains on the wall and “Dose Kitties”. I don’t know what that means, but people kept whispering it, and it was scary!

  • scary without even having to know what is going on

8. Sweeney Todd

Probably the bloodiest musical ever, Sweeney Todd is just plain fantastic! It’s not scary, but I think that murder and cannibalism is a perfect theme for Halloween. The music is magical, and the plot is perfectly twisted. I must say that I was still able to sympathize with the characters, even as they descended into madness and became more and more absurd.

  • Musical!
  • Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Snape
  • I really want to see the musical now

7. The Sixth Sense

“I see dead people.”

Creepy right? This is an absolutely fantastic thriller! This film focuses on a young boy who is tormented by horrific images of the deceased, and the psychiatrist that is attempting to help him defeat them.

  • Had one of those endings that left me screaming “what?!” over and over at my television.
  • Scary
  • Awesome characters

6.The Birds

A total and complete classic! Another one of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror creations, it revolves around a group of birds that starts to attack people. I love this movie, not because it scares me, but because I can’t help laughing when I watch it. Note to everyone: if murderous birds break into your house, don’t, I repeat don’t, lock your self in a room with them! It’s kind of a bad idea.

  • Alfred Hitchcock directs
  • A classic in the horror genre
  • A very unlikely villain

6. The Scilence of the Lambs

“Hello Clarice!”

An FBI agent is searching for a missing girl who was taken by a serial killer that skins his victims. To save the girl she must enlist the help of another psychopath, Hannibal Lecter.

  • Hannibal is one of the creepiest guys ever
  • Great story
  • Plenty of suspence
  • Will Clarice dive too far into the mind of Hannibal?

5. What Lies Beneath

A woman is being haunted by a ghost and she searches for answers on who the ghost is. This is Harrison Ford in a much different role than I have ever seen him in before. I love it! There are moments throughout the movie that will make you jump.

  • Thrilling
  • Suspenceful
  • Great acting
  • Well designed plot
  • Surprising!

4.Psycho

Another Hitchcock classic that should be on the list of things watched for any movie lover. The shower scene is iconic and I think most people will be familiar with it. It’s a creepy motel, a beautiful girl, and a psycho, ’nuff said.

  • Well crafted plot
  • Alfred Hitchcock Directs
  • Will make you think twice about showering in a motel for the rest of your life
  • Scary

3.The Ring

“Seven days…”

If anyone ever says that to me over the phone I will hang up and then calmly smash every television set in my house, and burn all of my VHS tapes.

  • Horror with a hint of mystery
  • Detailed back story
  • Really scary
  • Surprising plot
  • Imaginative

2.The Strangers

Seriously the scariest movie I have ever seen! I love it so much! I enjoy the way that they look into the psyche of the bad guys. Just looking at the poster is scaring me a little.

  • Just watch it!
  • Scary as all get out!
  • Horror, Thriller
  • I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight just because I mentioned it.
  • Really, really good!

1.Hocus Pocus

This is without a doubt the best Halloween movie of all time! It is physically impossible for me not to watch this every year at Halloween. The Sanderson sisters are called back from the dead by an unsuspecting teenager. Will a group of children be able to save us? Who knows!? Well I do, but just forget that.

  • Pure genius
  • Hilarious!
  • Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
  • McGee from NCIS plays Binx before he turns into a cat! Crazy stuff, right?

Now I can’t wait for Halloween to start! I can hear Bette Midler calling, “Oh booook!” Well, ’tis the season!

Happy Movie Watching!

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