Disney movies... Perhaps it's because I live in Orlando, grew up right next to the "magic" of Disney, aka Tourists, traffic, over priced areas. That I am now so disenfranchised by it. However I think the movies are alright for entertainment value, but they're nothing special. Almost all of Disney's "classic" movies were originally from the Grimm's collection of Fairy Tales. Which, incidentally, aren't original to the brothers even. They were a collection of folklore as to not lose the German culture during the crusades and the advent of Christianity, as well as when towns were becoming more distant. As far as Disney's portrayal, well I have an issue with that too. The stories at the time had to deal with teaching lessons to the family. Snow White for example, and others, taught about being good to your kids. In a time where it wasn't completely abnormal for parents to go out into the woods and leave their children due to hassle. But in the original Grimm version Snow White is less than innocent, you'll see at the end. The prince is kind of, creepy. And the evil lady is not a step-mother, but a mother. The disney movies weren't originally even marketed to children, but to adults, at least the really old movies. Not to mention the underling themes of witches are evil, step-mothers are bad, beauty is everything, it is okay to kill the evil or those less than human, and the emphasis on gender roles, the movies can create an interesting topic for discussion on their emphasis on a child's development. (Says the girl who watched them growing up.
But, now that I've made myself out to be a wordy, hippie, liberal, feminist I do think the disney movies were a triumph for animation in America, and do have a fun entertainment value.
Onto other, more recent, movie reviews for everyone:
Don't mess with the Zohan - It's okay, a little long but some good laugh out loud moments. I wouldn't recommend paying 20 bucks for popcorn, you and your sweeties tickets, but when it comes out on DVD it'd be a good mindless movie to rent.
Kung Fu Panda - Very funny, and a great movie, I'd see it twice. Fun for the whole family.
The Happening - I haven't seen it, because I've heard it's a total waste of your life. Everyone walking out of the theatre was saying "I told you we should have seen something else." Has anyone here seen it and has an opinion? My boyfriend really wanted to see it, but we're holding off in light of reviews.
Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Okay, so I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone who has yet to see it, but it's not your typical Indiana - a bit more sci-fi. But that's Lucas and Speilburg for you. It's a good movie, won't make you all warm and fuzzy inside like the old ones do, but I'd still recommend seeing it.
Iron man - Amazing, a very good and worthwhile movie. I went in expecting to be disappointed and was entertained and pleasantly impressed.
And that's all the movies I've seen. It's a lazy Sunday morning, and all I want to do is putz around on this forum