Episode 27 – Farewell

The final episode of this podcast series celebrates Halloween with a lengthy discussion about the history of the horror genre.  We also take a few minutes and discuss Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the newly announced Star Wars: Episode 7.

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Spotlight: Wreck-It Ralph

This time of year is always an interesting one in the motion picture industry.  The year is half over, which means that studios will be cramming as many movies into theaters as they can. It’s an effort to part consumers with their hard-earned cash, building up to that most sacred of times..the Holiday Season.  Between now and the end of the year, approximately 165 films will debut on the big screen (including many “limited release” and “art house” films). Make no mistake, there are some real heavy-hitters out there: from Total Recall and The Bourne Legacy, to Taken 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there’s literally something for everyone.  One studio in particular has this reviewer’s attention this fall, and that’s Walt Disney Pictures.  On November 2nd, Disney will release their latest computer-animated effort, Wreck-It Ralph..and my inner child is bouncing off the walls in anticipation.

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Episode 11 – Feast Yer Eyes!

In this Episode we discuss Pixar’s newest animation blockbuster, “Brave,” as well as Disney’s latest flop, “John Carter.”  We have a great deal of fun sharing what we liked about “Brave” and the magic of Pixar in general.  Early on, we briefly discuss the first season of “Game of Thrones” (spoilers present), and later on we finish off with a discussion of Stephen King’s “The Stand” and some of the latest and greatest news in the world of video games. Continue reading

Review: Brave

Disney and Pixar have done it again.  I don’t know what those people put in their coffee every morning, but I would wager it is derived from magic, and not the kind promoted by haggard, clever old women who spend their days carving wooden figurines. It is always a joy to be surprised by the introduction of a new Pixar masterpiece. Pixar’s latest film, Brave, introduces another lovable princess into the hearts and minds of Disney and Pixar fans across the world along with a brand new story of adversity between mother and daughter and how the strongest bonds can be broken by pride and arrogance.  It is a film born from the spirit of adventure and the desire to rise up against archaic tradition, to become the master of our own destiny and make life-changing decisions for ourselves. A cast of adorable characters, spectacular music, a witty screenplay and a little bit of magic bring the tale of Brave to life.   But is the movie any good?

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Bloomberg TV: Disney’s Dilemma

Looking forward to our discussion about John Carter on our next podcast? Take a look at this great three-minute video on Bloomberg TV about the economics and business strategy of Disney Studios. What I found particularly fascinating is how Disney is now releasing fewer movies and therefore making each film a riskier venture. Analysts seem to think John Carter was not well aligned with the Disney brand and was not well-suited for licensing in other businesses (e.g., theme parks, video games, lunch boxes). What do you think?

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Disney in 3D

You may or may not have known that The Lion King was recently re-released to theaters for a limited 3D engagement.  I am personally not a huge fan of 3D, but I am a huge fan of Disney and The Lion King.  Fortunately for Disney, the re-release of the film earned $80,000,000 at the box office.  This is definitely not a bad performance for a movie that is almost 20 years old.  Some may call it a quick cash grab, but others see it as an opportunity to relive a classic masterpiece in a way that they haven’t experienced before. Fortunately for those people, Disney sees it the same way.

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