Save Us from “Mr. Banks”

So. This is where contemporary cinema is at. Remakes, sequels, reboots, anything guaranteed to bring in X amount of money. Now, we’re seeing the logical progression of this safe method of filmmaking. Instead of making films like “Mary Poppins” that capture our imagination, we get movies about the making of classics like that. Last year,… Continue reading Save Us from “Mr. Banks”

“Frozen” Old Fashioned Disney Fun

It’s nice to see Disney go back to its roots. Sure, the Mouse House has all but abandoned traditional animation for their feature films, but the old formula still works. Take a classic tale, like “Beauty and the Beast,” or even a Hans Christian Anderson story like “The Little Mermaid,” throw in some musical numbers… Continue reading “Frozen” Old Fashioned Disney Fun

“The Lone Ranger” Gets Sucked Up in Disney’s Blockbuster Machine

If its summer, it must be time for another big budget movie where Johnny Depp dons makeup and a wig. The first time he was in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” Depp’s performance catapulted him to superstardom. That blessing has almost become a curse, as with each passing film he’s become… Continue reading “The Lone Ranger” Gets Sucked Up in Disney’s Blockbuster Machine

“Wreck-It-Ralph” Fun for Everyone

“Wreck-It-Ralph” is probably the first movie about video games that’s actually good. “Super Mario Bros.” was a fiasco, the “Resident Evil” films resulted in varying degrees of meh, and even the latest “Silent Hill” couldn’t make any noise. “Wreck-It-Ralph” is another story. John C. Reilly voices Ralph, the villain of “Fix-It-Felix Jr.,” a “Rampage” style… Continue reading “Wreck-It-Ralph” Fun for Everyone