Jan. 8th, 2011 04:07 pm
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Welcome to 2011! As usual, I watched a ton of movies over the holidays. I caught up on SF-FX films like Inception and the new Tron, and checked out the latest in CG fantasies, like Tangled. Tangled wasn't the best animated film I saw over the holidays (I liked Legend of the Guardians more), but it's worth keeping tabs on what Disney is up to these days in their "traditional" fairy tale films.

In Tangled, the Disney Animation Studios take on the tale of Rapunzel, and do just what Disney has always done with princess stories. It tells the story of a spunky teen girl who wants more out of life than her sheltered upbringing has given her, and ends up finding her true love and coming into her birthright over the course of her adventures. Sound familiar? It's the narrative of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Jasmine's side of Aladdin, I could go on. But is it only that? What is the same, and what is different?

More Entanglements Below )
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Belated happy holidays! I've been home in Nova Scotia for the month, doing family things, seeing old friends, and meeting new folks, like comic artist [livejournal.com profile] beatonna! She drew me a Louis Riel and a li'l Poe. I'm a happy fangirl! ^^ So yes, it's been an excellent break.

Christmas times is movie times in my family, and I made good this season, catching up on non-anime dvd rentals and getting to four of the five films I meant to see in theatre. (I've only missed Sherlock Holmes so far.) Instead of posting a ton of long reviews, I thought I'd work on my brevity and do a Four-Point Four-Film Round-Up. So here's the What, the Who, and the Pros and Cons of some of the last theatrical features of 2009. Still time to see them, folks! And here's why you should (or shouldn't).

The Fantastic Mr. Fox )

The Princess and the Frog )

Avatar )

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus )

Coming up in 2010: thoughts on my newfound love of 9 (the cg animation, not the musical) and a review of Tom Lamarre's new book, The Anime Machine. So much to say, so little time!


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