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The Incredibles
Saturday, April 18, 2020      8 comments

The Incredibles blasted onto the theater screens in 2004, courtesy of Pixar. Superheroes are losing government support, as the price for collateral went out of bounds. After several law suits, the Superhero Relocation program forces them to use ... Read more
Madagascar
Saturday, April 18, 2020      13 comments

Madagascar escaped into the theaters in 2005. This movie spawned the Madagascar franchise & a Penguin spin-off. At the Central Park Zoo, besides the usual animals, Marty the zebra was turning 10. He wanted more than just the zoo life. Four pengu... Read more
The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, April 16, 2020      15 comments

The Wizard of Oz blew into theaters in 1939, in black & white. Anyway - Farm in Kansas, neighbor woman who was bitten by Toto the dog, Dorothy ran away with Toto, Dorothy is told by Professor Marvel - a fortune teller- that Auntie Em was dying f... Read more
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Wednesday, April 15, 2020      10 comments

Who Framed Roger Rabbit smirked it’s way into the theaters in 1988. It was based on “Who Censured Roger Rabbit” from 1981. This was a live action & cartoon film, which is great because the story is set in 1947 Hollywood where real people & real ... Read more
Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, April 15, 2020      10 comments

Beauty and the Beast snarled into the theaters in 1991 (another Disney-ized version). We all know the story, don’t we? Based on a 1740 French story (some sources go back to 200 C.E. & the ancient Romans) a lovely young woman, in order to save h... Read more
Cast Away
Monday, April 13, 2020      14 comments

Cast Away washed up on our theaters in 2000. It starred Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx problem solver hot shot. At the beginning of the film, Chuck is having Christmas dinner with his fiancé. He’s always getting calls to fly wherever, this ... Read more
Finding Nemo
Monday, April 13, 2020      13 comments

Finding Nemo swam into the theaters in 2003. It’s by Pixar. Nemo was a little clownfish with a deformed fin. Since he was the only survivor from the barracuda attack, his surviving parent, Marlin. Marlin is a hovering parent, while Nemo was eag... Read more
Nanny McPhee
Saturday, April 11, 2020      12 comments

So, yesterday was Mary Poppins - here’s another magical Nanny - Nanny McPhee from 2005 in the UK, 2006 for the US. This one is set in Victorian England, in the 1860’s. A widower with 7 unruly kids needs but cannot keep a Nanny. (The kids are del... Read more
Mary Poppins
Friday, April 10, 2020      15 comments

Mary Poppins blew in from the East , into theaters & our hearts in 1964. It was based on the book by P. L. Travers’ book series. (Trivia: Ms. Travers wasn’t happy with the way the story was heavily Disney-Iized.) Starring Julie Andrews (her fi... Read more
Jumanji Franchise
Friday, April 10, 2020      11 comments

Jumanji I watched the Robin Williams Jumanji yesterday. I t was from 1995, before interactive E-games with avatars were invented. I had forgotten a lot of the movie - like kids hiding the board game & hoping no one found it. But years later... Read more
Rapunzel vs Tangled
Wednesday, April 08, 2020      9 comments

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.” The Grimm brothers recorded the story in 1820, but it tracks back to at least to 1634. “Rapunzel” is a green salad vegetable, also called “rampion”. A bit of background - a lonely couple desperately want... Read more
Grumpy Old Men
Wednesday, April 08, 2020      12 comments

Grumpy Old Men stomped into the theaters in 1993. Premise: 2 retirees, John Gustafson, Jr (Jack Lemmon) & Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are long time neighbors in the small town of Wabasha, Minnesota. They are both widowers, with adult children... Read more
Despicable Me
Monday, April 06, 2020      8 comments

Despicable Me skulked into the theaters in 2010. Another computer animated comedy, about a grumpy guy,Feloniois Gru, a supervillain! Again, great voice actors - Steve Carrell voiced Gru; Russell Brand was Dr. Neverio; the nuts & bolts scientist... Read more
Shrek
Sunday, April 05, 2020      10 comments

Shrek grumped his way into our hearts in 2001. A computer generated movie, starring Mike Meyers as Shreck, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, & John Lithgow as evil Lord Farquaad. Did you know the movie was loosely based on ... Read more
Raiders of the Last Ark
Saturday, April 04, 2020      14 comments

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Later called Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark) rolled out in the theaters in 19181 - another Steven Spielberg film. Who can forget the opening scene, deep in a cave, he juggles a weighted bag in one hand, & a ... Read more

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