The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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During the ’80s, Disney was trying to make their films more adult/more scary/more non-Disney, so to speak. We’ve seen this already in Something Wicked This Way Comes. Now we’re gonna see it again in this film entitled The Watcher in the Woods. Based on a novel, this film is considered a cult classic to many and after having seen it, count me in with that group. Will you be part of that group too? Let’s take a look!

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Maleficent (2014)

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When I reviewed Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I discussed how Disney was making a plethora of live-action adaptations of their animated classics and I prayed that this one in particular would be good.

So, IS Maleficent any good? Let’s find out!

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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Who doesn’t love a Jules Verne novel? His novels are just great adventure/scientific/steampunk-ish lore that it appeals to everyone with a sense of adventure. And the adventure genre lends itself to great expression through film. And 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is no exception! This Disney film is actually the most famous film adaptation of the novel.

In quite an interesting turn, this film was directed by Richard Fleischer.

He directed many films including Doctor Dolittle, Conan the Destroyer, and Red Sonja.

He directed many films including Doctor Dolittle, Conan the Destroyer, and Red Sonja.

Why was this interesting? Because he was the son of Walt Disney’s animation “rival”, Max Fleischer.

He was the man behind early cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman. He also directed two live-action animated features, Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town. He also pioneered innovations such as the Rotoscope and the bouncing ball on sing-alongs.

He was the man behind early cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman. He also directed two full-length animated features, Gulliver’s Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town. He also pioneered innovations such as the Rotoscope and the bouncing ball on sing-alongs.

Yeah, not every person can employ his competitor’s family members. Even Richard Fleischer was a bit surprised that Walt Disney approved of him directing the film. He even asked Walt if he knew who he was. Walt replied yes, but that he was the right man for the job. And his father, Max Fleischer also supported this decision and wasn’t mad that his son was working for his competitor. And people say that filmmakers are cold-hearted money-grabbers!

"Glad you could make it, Max!" (Hope nothing happens to your son while he works here.) "It's my pleasure to be here, Walt!" (When, oh when, will he drink the tea I drugged him?)

“Glad you could make it, Max!” (Hope nothing bad happens to your son while he works here.)
“It’s my pleasure to be here, Walt!” (When, oh when, will you drink your tea that I drugged?)

Anyway, let’s take a dive into (see what I did there) this review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Before we begin, I must let you all know that I’ve had some problems playing this movie on my laptop, hence I wasn’t able to get any screenshots from the film as I usually do. As a result of that, this review will be shorter than usual, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

"We shall see whether you deserve our forgiveness, Mark Brown! We shall see!"

“We shall see whether you deserve our forgiveness, Mark Brown! We shall see!”

Now, without further ado, let’s get started! 

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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The Muppets were a cultural phenomenon. Having started in the 50’s and continuing on to star in their own 70’s show, The Muppet Show, it wasn’t long before they started appearing in theatrical films.

The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan were all somewhat successful in the box office. So, it wasn’t long before Disney became interested in buying the Muppets. Sadly, negotiations broke down with the death of Jim Henson in 1990.

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Nevertheless, Disney still offered to co-produce 2 theatrical films with Jim Henson Productions before officially buying the Muppets in 2004. After the acquisition of the Muppets, Disney would produce two more theatrical Muppets films.

So in total, there are four Disney theatrical Muppets films which I have to review. So if you want to know what I think of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and Muppets from Space, you won’t find out on this blog.

"MUAHAHAAAA!!!!"

“MUAHAHAAAA!!!!”

The only Muppets films being discussed on this blog will obviously be the ones that Disney produced. Today, we take a look at the first of these films: the 1992 classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been adapted for the cinemas and television multiple times. Because of this, the story of the greedy, miserly cold, Ebenezer Scrooge is widely known and is somewhat a ubiquitous tale, at least in America.

Alistair Sim, Albert Finney, Reginald Owen, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart, Jim Carrey, Tim Curry, Kelsey Grammer, and Simon Callow among others have all portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge. With all these multiple adaptations of the story and multiple incarnations of Scrooge, everyone has their personal favorites.

This one is my favorite. Don't judge me!

This one is my favorite adaptation of the story. Don’t judge me! (My favorite Scrooge is Alistair Sim, though.)

However, this is the Muppets adaptation of the classic novella with the amazing Michael Caine as Mr. Scrooge, himself. So without further ado, let’s begin the review.

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Guess the Movie I’m Reviewing on October 27th, 2014!

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Hello readers,

I’ve decided to add something new to the blog. As you all know, I post a new review every 2 weeks. So, I was thinking that maybe I should do something for the week in which I don’t post a review. And I came up with an idea.

As you all know, I never tell which movie I’m going to review next. I enjoy the surprise. But what I’m changing is that the week before each review, I’ll post a screenshot from the film that I’ll be reviewing the following week. And you all can make guesses in the comments as to which film you think it is!

So, today we start with a somewhat easy one (at least, in my opinion):

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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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Imagine a film filled with paranormal activity,

Uh....no.

Uh….no.

I mean a DISNEY film filled with paranormal activity, two orphans, Dr. Loomis from Halloween, and Ali Hakim from Oklahoma!What type of film can this possibly be? Well, it’s the 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain

It’s a film that seems fit to be shown during the Halloween time, although it’s more pleasant than scary. Actually it isn’t scary at all. Let’s take a closer look at this paranormal film that somehow isn’t scary!

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