Saturday, July 29, 2023

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking Glass, is quite possibly one of the best-known works of English literature, having received a number of adaptations and reinterpretations in the centuries to follow. Perhaps one of the better-known versions of the story is the animated 1951 Alice in Wonderland film from Walt Disney Productions, likely being one of the first things people might think of if they haven’t read the books, if not two live-action films from the same company. While the movie was critically-panned upon release, it has since been regarded as a Disney classic, and is one of my personal favorites from the Animated Canon. After revisiting it again in light of other, more recent reinterpretations of Alice in Wonderland, including two from Disney themselves, I would say that the film still holds up and is well deserving of its “classic” status.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

A Snow Globe Christmas

Every year, the market gets flooded with an influx of Christmas films. So many Christmas films, in fact, that many of them share similar titles, premises and even whole plotlines. This close similarity brought us to two films, Snowglobe and A Snow Globe Christmas, both about a woman who gets magically transported to a snow globe world and both featuring the same actress, Christina Milian, in two completely different roles. Though we typically shy away from relatively lesser-known Christmas films, our curiosity got the better of us and we ended up watching both of these in particular just to see how differently they executed the same premise. Without spoiling too much, we can safely say that one of them actually turned out fairly decent and the other was A Snow Globe Christmas.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Stubs - Snowglobe


(2007) Starring: Christina Milian, Josh Cooke, Matt Keeslar. Directed by Ron Lagomarsino. Teleplay by Garrett Frawley, Brian Turner. Produced by Jody Brockway, Craig McNeil. Color. Run time: 90 minutes. USA TV Movie, Christmas, Fantasy, Romance

While Hallmark seems to embrace Christmas harder than any other broadcaster/cable channel, they are by no means the only ones making Christmas movies. The Family channel, which has changed names several times, launched its own Christmas programming block in 1996 with “25 Days of Christmas” in 1996. During its incarnation as ABC Family, they released the TV Movie Snowglobe, starring Christina Milian, a singer turned actor.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

An American Tail

Although Don Bluth’s directorial debut, The Secret of NIMH, didn’t do well financially, with a box office of $14.7 million against a budget of $7 million, it attracted the attention of Stephen Spielberg, who collaborated with Don Bluth and Universal to produce An American Tail. Despite production troubles, which included creative differences and Spielberg learning just how complicated animation actually is, the film, notably co-produced in Ireland, released in late 1986 and made $104.5 million on a budget of about $9 million, which made it the most successful non-Disney animated film at the time. Critics were mixed on the film at the time, but its popularity would increase over the years, namely from those who watched it as children and retained fond memories of it. We never watched it ourselves until over thirty years later, which gave us more a fresh perspective and the opinion that while the traditional animation is still impressive to this day, the story is a bit choppy.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Note: This review contains spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

We’ve made it no secret that our enthusiasm for the Marvel Cinematic Universe has waned since the shift to more of a lifestyle brand following Avengers: Endgame. Each successive film (and one TV show) we had seen in Phase Four didn’t do much to keep us invested, with little enjoyment outside of Spider-Man: No Way Home (which still requires seeing almost 30 other movies for the full effect) and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. As such, we had little interest in the films from Phase Five outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Despite this, however, we went back and watched Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Quantumania) solely to see how they introduced the main villain of the current Saga, though we did so through Disney+ because we had no plans on actually paying money to watch it in a theater. Unfortunately, we quickly regretted the decision, as the film embodied issues that have plagued the MCU since the beginning, but were exacerbated post-Endgame and never properly addressed.