Tatooine – Jeremy Messersmith

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This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. If only Star Wars still had this much heart.

South Park Does Inception

Funniest parody I’ve seen yet..and pretty much hits the nail on the head as to why Inception fails. Nolan should stop taking himself so seriously.

Weekend at the movies

This weekend there were three films screening at the Starz Film Center we wanted to catch, and one wide release we’d been meaning to see. Sadly, only the film I had seen before was really worth the trouble.

Hot Tub Time Machine

About as mediocre as you’d expect, Hot Tub Time Machine relies too much on low brow humor and shouting, leaving the genuinely funny moments few and far between. I think a dose of Better Off Dead is required to get the bad taste out of my mouth.

The Secret of Kells

I was really torn here. On the one hand you have a gorgeously animated and scored film, but on the other you have a completely uninteresting story. Makes it hard to care about anything.

Night of the Comet

I think this is a fun ’80s zombie romp. My husband thought otherwise. Boo.

Walt & El Grupo

Yet another potentially awesome film that ended up being totally boring. I’m fascinated by both golden age Disney and World War II, but the film has too many family members I don’t care about reading letters. Meh. Of course, now I’m all the more excited for Waking Sleeping Beauty this coming weekend.

Sunday Morning Movie: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Directed by Clyde Geronimi

For breakfast: Bacon Waffles

Sleeping Beauty has long been one of my favorite Disney animations, it comes in second only to Beauty and the Beast but holds the top spot as far as their “classic” animation goes. It’s just a beautifully crafted fairy tale with brilliant atmosphere, delightful music, and a pretty badass villain. And yes I will totally admit that Prince Phillip was one of my first crushes. Hawt.

Despite removing all evidence of the time it was made, this Blu-ray presentation was impressive. I grew up watching this film on a VHS tape that was worn out from so many spins in the VCR, so when I could actually see backgrounds and all of the intricate detail that went into the environment it was like seeing it for the first time. I had the biggest grin on my face as they escape from “The Forbidden Mountain” all the way through the end of the film. I love it!

Here’s most of that ending for your viewing pleasure.

Grade: A


Coraline (2009)

Do you ever have those moments when you’re watching a film where you can’t put your finger on what it is that’s not working for you? That was me through the entire second half of Henry Selick’s gorgeously animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline. It’s a shame, because up until that point I had been sucked in completely. There were even a couple of moments where I caught myself, mouth wide open, staring up at the screen. No, I didn’t see this in 3-D because, frankly, I don’t give a damn about that headache-inducing gimmick. 2-D works just fine for the rich, atmospheric, and beautifully crafted world that is presented to us. Given that, it’s fairly obvious that my problems with the film are not with the visuals.

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