Should I Watch..? 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'
It's that most wonderful time of the year (again), so it's time to dust off some festive favourites, starting with this typically Muppet interpretation of Dickens' timeless novel. Benjamin Cox looks back at an odd but much loved version of the ultimate festive film.
"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed": A Self-Contained Improvement
"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" is the 2004 sequel to the 2002 live-action film. It still has its flaws, but it's not as terrible as before. The rest of the movie is a marginal improvement with an enduring mystery, sticking closer to the source material. There are some legit humorous moments.
"The One and Only Ivan" Movie Review
Based on the 2013 Newberry Medal-winning children’s book by Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan is the latest original offering from Disney+, and though it may prove a gentle diversion for kids (and parents) as the summer winds down, it has all the staying power of an August breeze...
"Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" Movie Review
With 29 million subscribers in its first three months, Disney+ has clearly chiseled itself a nice little chunk of the streaming market. While most subscribers, I’ll warrant, are there for the back catalog of Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and Pixar flicks, the channel’s original content is quickly...
Movie Reivew: "The Lion King" (2019)
Simba is the future Lion King of the Pride Lands. He wants to go to the Elephant Graveyard, a place forbidden to him by his father Mufasa. His actions have unexpected consequences for him and his father. Is this live-action adaptation worth your time and money? Let's find out!
'The Lion King' (2019) A Ranting Movie Review
1994 was a year that wowed a nation with the now classic animation, 'The Lion King.' Fifteen years later, Disney has added the title to their long line of live-action remakes. Does it pay respect to the original justly or does it pale in comparison? Let's talk about it!
"Noelle" Movie Review
On one level, I suppose we should all just be thankful (especially during this joyous holiday season) that Disney has graced the world with an actual original movie and not a remake, sequel, reboot, or yet another live-action version of one of their animated classics. And though Noelle—the first...
"The Lion King (2019)" Movie Review
There was once a time that Disney was widely regarded as a paragon of ingenuity and creativity. Chief among the surest things in Hollywood were the latest Disney film’s fantastic animation, super-memorable characters, and brilliant story. And starting with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, the ...
"Aladdin (2019)" Movie Review
In the current climate of living green and sustainability, it’s at least somewhat comforting that Disney has taken the concept of recycling and run with it. And though I’m not sure this is the kind of recycling environmentalists have in mind, the Mouse House can at least earn partial credit, right?
"Dumbo (2019)" Movie Review
At one point in Dumbo—Disney’s ill-advised live-action remake of its own 1941 classic—a potential circus investor turns to a colleague and exclaims, “Wow, what a disaster!” As tempting as it is to end this review right there, I’ll soldier on. Going into Dumbo, as you see Tim Burton’s name on the ...
"Mary Poppins Returns" Movie Review
It’s been a long 54 years since Julie Andrews floated down from the clouds as Mary Poppins (LBJ was president, The Beatles were singing “A Hard Day’s Night”, milk was under a buck, etc.), which begs the question, “Do we really need to return to Cherry Tree Lane?” Unsurprisingly, Disney thinks...
'Another Visit to 17 Cherry Tree Lane': Mary Poppins Returns Review
A new movie musical from Disney and the works of P. L, Travers.
'Mary Poppins Returns' (2018) Movie Review
It's been a couple decades since Mary Poppins originally looked after the Banks children. Now that they've grown and Michael has children of his own, Poppins is back to help the Banks family through their current struggles in life with magic and proper care.
The Grinch - A Christmas Character Analysis
The story of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a cherished holiday tale known worldwide. The reason being, in my opinion, is that there is so much we can relate with Grinch when the stressful holiday season comes around. In this article, I take a look at the Grinch and his personality.
Things That Bug Me About 'The Santa Clause' (1994)
Being an adult sucks because your favorite movies stop making sense.
Ron Howard's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Is the Best "Grinch" Film
Ron Howard's version is officially my favorite "Grinch." There. I said it.
Movie Review: “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and more!
"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Movie Review
If there ever was a no-brainer in the history of cinema, it would be a Disney-fied version of The Nutcracker at the outset of the holiday season, with ballet goddess Misty Copeland appearing alongside Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman. There’s no way the folks at Disney could mess...
Movie Review: “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”
This is a non-spoiler review of “The House with a Clock in its Walls” starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, and more!
"Christopher Robin" Movie Review
As Disney has proven time and again, if you run out of ideas for movies, all you need to do is dust off an old animated classic and re-do it as a live-action film, and—presto!—you’re off and running. Fortunately this not-so-startling lack of originality has paid off for the most part, giving us ...
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella With Brandy Is a Timeless American Classic
1997's Cinderella with Brandy is a classic all Americans can love.
Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005)
Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts, and the year where everything changes...
Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (2004)
Harry has come a long way already, but his struggles are far from over.
Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
A review of David Yates' 2007 fantasy film.
Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (2002)
Warning! Not a movie for people with arachnophobia or ophidiophobia.
Which Way Was Jack’s Compass Pointing in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest?
I explain how ambiguous movie endings can create interesting ideas about plot and character development using the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.