“The Black Cauldron” is…weird

Have you seen the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron? If not, that’s not too surprising. It hadn’t readily been available until Disney+ added it to their streaming catalog and before that, you probably had to find it on VHS at a garage sale somewhere. As a fan of high fantasy, I was excited to … Continue reading “The Black Cauldron” is…weird

“Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

Onward is Disney/Pixar’s latest film to hit theaters, starring Tom Holland (Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord in the MCU) as two brothers, Ian and Barley, living in New Mushroomton, a land that once was home to fantastical magic and adventure that has become a hum-drum suburb thanks to modern … Continue reading “Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

Admittedly, I had very little interest in this movie after seeing the first film and finding it hard to remember. That may also be because we watched it on a bus in Florida while the driver got lost on the way back to our hotel, but that’s neither here nor there. Maleficent told the story … Continue reading “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

It’s well known I poo-poo most sequels sight-unseen because I’m a movie snob. But every once in a while, a great film warrants a second and even sometimes a third. Very rarely can a film series surpass a trilogy both in need for more from the story and in audience interest. So, naturally, when I … Continue reading WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“Wreck It Ralph” is one of my favorite Disney movies of the last decade. As a lover of video games (albeit a novice and terrible player of them), it was an absolute delight and had such a strong message of friendship and acceptance that still makes me cry every time I watch it. I even … Continue reading “Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot

Growing up, “Duck Tales” was one of my favorite shows. I had it on VHS even, along with the feature-length film. When I heard it was being rebooted by the Disney Channel, I had my doubts, as I always do. But then when I heard who the primary cast would be – Ben Schwartz (“Parks … Continue reading “Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot

“Christopher Robin” encourages viewers to be kids again

Say what you will about Disney remaking their older properties in live action. Is it a cop-out? Maybe. Is it working? Like gang busters. Their latest in a long (and ever-growing) line of live action adaptations is “Christopher Robin”, the story of what happens to Winnie the Pooh’s human friend once he grows up and … Continue reading “Christopher Robin” encourages viewers to be kids again

“Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait

Believe it or not, 2004 was 14 years ago. I know, math, right? But that means it’s been almost a decade and a half since the original “Incredibles” was released in theaters. I loved it when I saw it in college, reveling in the by-gone design and old-school comic book-feel of the world writer/director Brad … Continue reading “Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait

And Now Our Feature Presentation: “Moana” (2016)

Disney is knocking it out of the park! Of my top five films of the year for 2016, three were Disney films! Coming in at #2 was the latest from the Mouse, "Moana", featuring the voice talents of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Concords”), and featuring the songs of … Continue reading And Now Our Feature Presentation: “Moana” (2016)

Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Hocus Pocus” (1993)

In 1693, during the Salem Witch Trials, young Thachary Binx witnesses his sister Emily being taken by three known witches, the Sanderson Sisters. Their goal is to use their dark magic to suck the life out of her and all the children of Salem so they may live forever! Binx foils their plans by dumping … Continue reading Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Hocus Pocus” (1993)