Tagged Disney

Movies of Mention! Kong: Skull Island, Pete’s Dragon, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters Beauty and the Beast (Now Playing) There may be something there that wasn’t there before, but it’s certainly not something that was needed. Director Bill Condon does deserve some credit for essentially replicating all the familiar songs, characters, and story beats of the original animated...

Beauty and the Beast Can’t Live Up to the Animated Classic

They say if ain’t broke don’t, fix it. And there’s very little to fix with Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Whatever issues it may have are tertiary nitpicks spawned from the endless stream of Cracked and Buzzfeed articles, essays, theories, parodies, and fanfics. The animation was beyond beautiful, the characters lovable, and the songs undeniably catchy. So revered is it that it became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best...

Rogue One Promises a New Hope

Writing about a Star Wars movie presents a certain set of, shall we say, opportunities . . . particularly for someone who was born on the right side of the “Ewok Line.” We, as fans, can choose to revel in the nostalgia of the original series as presented long ago in local theaters such as the Cooper or Southtown. We can struggle with the very complicated feelings that the prequels bring to the fore. We can try to pretend...

Win a Copy of Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2!

It’s been more than eight months since The Force Awakens, and we still have a while longer to wait until December and Rogue One, but in between you might be one of the many people who have been watching Star Wars Rebels for their fix. Season 3 will be here soon, but in the meantime, season 2 is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray August 30—and we’re giving you the chance to win it for free! All you have...

The Best and Worst Movies of 2016 (So Far)

No matter how you slice it, this summer has been terrible for movies. Blockbusters are bombing left and right as $100 million tentpoles collapse from an underperforming box office. Sequels and remakes are beginning to wear thin on the public, and they can’t take much more of it. In a big surprise, spring and winter turned out to feature both better and worse movies; summer just appears bland in comparison. Before we head into fall with some hopefully better-made...

How Does Your Geek Garden Grow?

Spring has officially sprung with its moody temperature changes and hordes of people desperate to get out of their houses after a long winter. Now that the harsh cold has passed, people are turning their attention to their gardens and other outdoor areas of their homes. Hopefully, one of these items will catch your fancy and give you something on which to spend your hard-earned pennies. So get out there and geek up your garden! Doesn’t it deserve it?...

Throwback Thursday: Greeting Programs from Disney’s Tron

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my column last week on The Black Hole, in the late ’70s and early ’80s Disney was trying to add more adult fare to its theatrical releases. This concerted effort gave us such films as The Watcher in the Woods, The Devil and Max Devlin, and Dragonslayer, to name a few....

Throwback Thursday: Whatever Happened to Disney’s The Black Hole?

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, fun, and relevant. Walt Disney Pictures released 47 films in the 1970s. Only one of those, however, was rated PG. What could have possibly gotten Disney away from their standard G fare and actually gotten a PG rating? If you read the title of this column, you’ll already know that it was 1979’s The Black Hole. Disney,...

Drinking with Disney

As children, we paired our favorite Disney films with beverages like chocolate milk, apple juice, Capri Suns, and—if your family was super cool—Kool-Aid Bursts. As adults, our routines have likely changed a bit; I know mine certainly has. When I watch Disney movies these days, the reactions I have to them are different: When Bambi’s mom dies, it hits a little bit closer to home because I now know the feeling of losing a loved one and have more...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....
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