Maleficent (2014)

MaleficentDirector: Robert Stromberg

Writer: Linda Woolverton

(Based on the story “La Belle au bois dormant” by Charles Perrault)

From what I understand the Maleficent character is a huge merchandise seller for Disney hence the creation of this film.  Besides a kind of fun performance from Jolie this movie didn’t really do much for me.  This film takes the story of Sleeping Beauty and says that what we knew wasn’t the real story and goes from there.  I don’t really understand the need to take a great villain and neuter them by making them misunderstood and sympathetic in their own movie.  The character was popular as a villain for a reason!  There is also a kind of weird rape allegory in the middle of the movie that seemed strange considering this is a PG rated Disney movie.  I know the kids wouldn’t see it the way I did but I couldn’t help but think about it.

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Gremlins (1984)

GremlinsDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus

You aren’t supposed to get a Mogwai wet or feed it after midnight but when can you start feeding?  6 am?  Whenever the sun comes up?  I have always wondered this.

This movie TERRIFIED me as a kid but I was totally drawn to it.  Whenever I happened upon it on TV I would watch it and then when it felt to intense I would change the channel only to change it back in a minute or two.  Repeat that until the end and that is how I watched Gremlins the first time or two.  This year Gremlins is kicking off the Christmas movie season (yes this is a christmas movie).  Going to try and watch as many as I can without going mad!

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Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut (2000)

Almost Famous - The Bootleg CutDirector: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe

One of my favorite movies of all time.  It just overwhelms me with warmth and happiness.  When I first saw it I wish it had just gone on and on I enjoyed the world and the characters so much.  This “Bootleg Cut”, or Untitled as it says in the opening credits, is about 45 minutes longer and still a joy and without a doubt my favorite Cameron Crowe film.  While the theatrical cut is definitely the stronger of the two versions this is still a great watch.  I wish the Blu-Ray included both but right now only the longer cut is available.

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Free Birds (2013)

Free BirdsDirector: Jimmy Hayward

Writers: Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward

(Story by David I. Stern & John J. Strauss)

A nothing special kids movie with barely any crossover appeal that is aimed at the under 12 set.  Not too many Thanksgiving movies so I gave it a shot.

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Birdman (2014)

BirdmanDirector: Alehandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writers: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo

Great!  Loved the performances, the direction, the look, the feel, the music, just everything!

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

My Super Ex-GirlfriendDirector: Ivan Reitman

Writer: Don Payne

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Hello Ladies: The Movie (2014)

Hello Ladies-The MovieDirector: Stephen Merchant

Writers: Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg

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