DEATH WISH Trailer 2

Death Wish

I’m somewhat excited about a new version of Death Wish. Bruce Willis is an inspired choice to play the protagonist Paul Kersey. Though I’m having trouble not thinking of him as John McClane.

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Snow-White-and-the-Seven-Dwarfs-One-Sheet-1937Eighty years ago this month, Walt Disney revolutionized the art of animation with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the span of only a couple years, Walt had pushed himself and his artists to creative heights they never dreamed of and created a film that broke the feature barrier for animation forever.

It’s hard for moviegoers today to imagine a world without animated features. Animation is such a lucrative segment of the box office that it seems like there’s a new film coming out every few weeks. Both adults and children flock to the latest efforts from studios like Pixar, Blue Sky, Illumination, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

All of today’s animation powerhouses owe their very existence to the success and appeal of Disney’s first princess. So for its 80th anniversary, I thought it might be worth looking back at this truly timeless animated masterpiece. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of my favorite films of all time – not just because of its place in film history, but because the care given to its artistry and storytelling has been rarely surpassed. And its moral center connects to something spiritual within us.

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The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was dropped last week, and it’s a mixed bag. A lot of people online are comparing the tone to Jurassic Park III, which was more of a monster movie and lacked the awe-inspiring scenes of the previous films. I think that’s a pretty apt description. The director, J.A. Bayona, is known for horror projects like The Orphanage and Penny Dreadful. But he also directed the epic The Impossible as well as the fairytale-esque A Monster Calls (which I still would like to see). So this could go either way. It’s a definite darker tone to be sure.