The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

This all started at the screening for Ralph Breaks the Internet. It was a kid-friendly screening with Disney so the essential PG-rated trailers appeared. One of them was the live-action adaptation of Dumbo. It was all going okay until I hear a boy ask his mum: “What kind of name is Dumbo?” Cue this face ——> With one comment, I realised that up until that … Continue reading The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

Wreck-It Ralph – 5/5 stars

In this day and age, who doesn’t like a wannabe hero? A guy who wants to save the day, get the girl, as well as adoring and grateful folks fawning at his feet instead of falling down a cliff and smattering into a million pieces. This is the conundrum posed in Disney’s latest film, Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph (John C. Reilly), the bad guy in a retro … Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph – 5/5 stars

Review of 2012: Films I’m looking forward to in 2013

Now that the end of the world didn’t happen, we have another year of quality films to look forward to.  That’s right, another year of sequels, prequels and adaptations that we wish we didn’t happen. So, with that in mind, here are my highly-anticipated films for 2013 (all release dates are taken from The Film Distributor’s Association at time of publishing): Gangster Squad (scheduled release: … Continue reading Review of 2012: Films I’m looking forward to in 2013

Brave – 4/5 stars

This was one of the films I was looking forward to in 2012.  After seeing preview footage at Empire’s Big Screen last year, it whetted my appetite for another jewel in Pixar’s crown.  Especially after the lacklustre Cars 2 and the forthcoming news of unnecessary sequels, Pixar had a mission – to prove to critics that they can still rock the world of the animated feature. Brave … Continue reading Brave – 4/5 stars

Beauty and the Beast 3D – 5/5 stars

Disney has had many hits and misses.  I always thought the 90s was their most prolific period, mainly because their releases were based on fairy tales and stories that people knew and loved.  When news came about of a certain re-release in (cringe) 3D, I refused to watch it.  However, it seemed that fate wanted me to change my mind and indulge in Beauty and the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast 3D – 5/5 stars

John Carter – 3/5 stars

Following the steps of fellow Pixar alumni Brad Bird, WALL-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton ventures into his first live-action film with an adaptation of John Carter, based on the novels by pulp fiction author Edgar Rice Burroughs. We see rogueish Confederate soldier John Carter (played by the relatively unkempt Taylor Kitsch) being mysteriously transported to Mars.  Here, he finds himself embroiled on a planetary war involving … Continue reading John Carter – 3/5 stars