Christopher Robin: Disney’s Heartfelt Tearjerker a Perfect Family Film

4 Tigger-Bounced, Honey-Soaked stars out of 5 (One of the best of the year) I have long been against Disney’s current trend of reimagining their classic films for modern audiences.  While they strike gold on occasion (Pete’s Dragon), more often then not, these films lack the spirit of their originals and grossly misrepresent their iconic characters (Maleficent).  Therefore, it gives me immense pleasure to Continue Reading

A Wrinkle In Time: Disney Fantasy Has Diversity, Strong Messages

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best of the year) This article was originally published on on March 23rd, 2018 Live-action Disney movies are a mixed bag.  For every film that goes above and beyond expectations (Pete’s Dragon), there is one with irritatingly underused potential (Cinderella).  Their newest film, A Wrinkle in Time, thankfully sits in the former category, with a mostly solid Continue Reading

Cars 3: 3rd in Pixar Series Needed Serious Fine-Tuning

Cars 3 poster

2 out of 5 stars (has good moments, but is overall bad) Anyone who knows me knows that I love Pixar.  They have provided my generation with animated classics finding heart, humor, and emotion in ideas that seem poised to fail.  However, Pixar’s track record as of late has been very hit-and-miss, alternating between tear-inducing masterpieces like Inside Out and serviceable fair like Brave.  Every film studio Continue Reading

“Zootopia”: Disney Cop Dramedy Has Vibrant Animation, Mature Theme

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best of the year) There is a stigma around animated movies that they are primarily for children. I completely disagree with this claim, as many animated movies of the past few years have more thought and effort put into them then many of the live-action films I see each year.  Disney especially has stepped up their game in recent years with the quality of its animated films, with Continue Reading

Tron: Legacy: Sequel to Disney Cult Classic has Great Visuals, But Generic Plot

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is mostly bad) In 1986, Disney released Tron, a film about a computer programmer (Jeff Bridges) getting zapped inside of a computer game and his quest to escape it.  Though the story and characters were criticized for their generic nature, the visuals pushed the boundaries for what could be done with a computer at that time, earning critical acclaim as well as a Continue Reading

“Maleficent” is Not Magnificent, But Worth Seeing

Maleficent Poster

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Disney has been around for a long time, bringing us animated classics like Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan.  Of course, those films were in the 1990s, the “Disney Renaissance,” a time when Disney could do no wrong.  Disney’s newest trick has been to re-tell its classic animated films with a darker touch, as well as in live action, since live action appeals to a larger Continue Reading