Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Awaken to a World of Wonders!
A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.
I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.
Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a move to consolidate their two kingdoms. I don't know if I'd say that Aurora has come out the victor here.
Maleficent explicitly stands in as the Lucifer figure of the story, but as Paradise Lost teaches us, is Lucifer really…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 167 out of 700
Film 23 of Remember the Magic
I think everyone has that classic Disney princess film. For my girlfriend it is "Cinderella", for my sister is it "Mulan" and for me it has to be "Sleeping Beauty".
I cannot overly put my finger on why I love this film. Maybe it is just how different the animation style is. Maybe it is just how perfectly evil Maleficent is. Maybe it is just the feeling of joy I get everytime I hear "Once Upon a Dream". It could just be all of that. The three fairies are fantastic and still make me laugh…
Somehow, in all my years of watching Disney films as a kid (and now as an adult), I've never once watched Sleeping Beauty nor had any real idea of what the story was about. Was it too 'girly' to watch growing up? I've heard the memorable Once Upon A Dream song hundreds of times through CDs and Sing-Along-Songs on VHS, so it was pretty cool to see it now with some context.
What hit me the most was how the film was not about this 'sleeping beauty' Princess Aurora at all, but the three fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather who take care of Aurora to hide her from the evil and powerful Maleficent. This evil Mistress of Evil casts a…
This is essentially the same story as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...which is ironic, considering Walt Disney's mantra to his animators was that this could not be like Snow White.
Nevertheless, both films begin with the opening of a storybook and feature a young princess destined for great beauty, with lips described as being red as a rose. Both are raised in exile by several small people (seven dwarfs and the three good fairies, originally planned on being 7 good fairies), and they both enjoy singing and animals. Each heroine falls victim to an evil witch's spell and is cast into a deep sleep which can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. In both films, the evil…
I remember this being a lot better. But now, to me, it's such a bore fest.
2 stars for the dragon.
*Part of Disney Project*
Yeah yeah I know what you're saying: "Two stars Joe! But...but Joe! How can you give a Disney film two stars?! You have no soul!" Just hear me out for a second...
Now, despite the two stars, this isn't completely terrible (though it's pretty close). The artwork and animation looks absolutely stunning. In fact, I think the animation might have been the best that Disney had done up to this point. Of course, Maleficient is an awesome villain. She has weak motivation, but just the way she's drawn, her voice, and her actions make up for it amazingly well and make her one of Disney's best villains. The music is amazing and that ending fight was…
Gorgeous all the way through. It's amazing to step back and see Disney films from this era and compare them mentally to modern ones.
Simply no contest.
Better visuals (variations in detail of images from very involved to extremely simplistic, used clearly for intentional effects), better storytelling, more emotion, more direct plot layout.
A better fairy tale depiction in all ways.
The gentle beauty of Briar Rose (Aurora), the friendly bickering of parents, the sharp contrast in drawn lines and color with much stronger personality of Maleficent compared to other kinder characters.
She's a lovable villain. Something shared with Snow White's Queen.
A wonderful contrast to the focus character of Rose.
Love it. As an artist I so much enjoy…
Name changes like Snoop
Beauty's long blond locks versus
Horns as headgear - Wow!
Style over substance
It baffles me how iconic this movie is. Have any of you guys watched it recently? It's bland as shit. If I'm forced to provide any justification to sit through this, I'll name three things: the animation, Once Upon a Dream, and Maleficent. Besides these three things, this movie kind of blows. A lot of its thematic elements and humor are painfully out-of-date, its central conflict is really uninteresting ("waaaaaaaa, I'm being told I can never see this guy again even though I just met him five minutes ago, waaaaaaaaa"), and Aurora is the worst Disney Princess ever. Seriously, why is she so highly regarded? She has no interesting personality to speak of whatsoever.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Great villain, great song. Everything else was mixed.
Iconic. Beautiful. Thrilling.
Those three fairies, while particularly characterized and entertaining, are the worst. First, if the fairies don't know how to cook, clean, or sew without magic, and if they haven't used their magic for 16 years, what have they been wearing and eating all that time and why isn't their (awesome) tree home a sty? Have they just been making little Briar Rose do all the work? Is she their little slave? Is that why she's so eager to meet a man, fall in love, and abscond?
Second, they tell Aurora the truth about who she is and what her already-decided fate is in the worst way possible, just springing it on her at the last minute. AND…
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I thought it was about time I tackled the list. I've created plenty of top 100 genre compilations but I…