Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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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…
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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…
Disney's retelling of the classic fairy tale is a stunning visual masterpiece that represents the culmination of twenty years of feature length animated movies for the studio. It showcases all the skills that the artists had accumulated over that period and provides a glorious capstone for that era. This was the last Disney film that featured the method of hand inking EVERY SINGLE cell of animation. Xerox technology would come into play for the coloring process in the next studio film, "One Hundred and One Dalmations", which would give the subsequent films in the 60s and 70s slightly different looks.
"Sleeping Beauty" was conceived by the animators as being a moving, medieval painting and that's exactly what it looks like…
My history with Disney movies is pretty pathetic. Maybe when I was a wee lad, I saw many of them and my memories of those viewings were forced out of my head by cars, sports, girls or something of that nature. So with my recent screening of "Sleeping Beauty", I begin a personal journey through as many Disney animated features as I can handle without being overwhelmed by fairy tales or cuteness. I'm not planning some marathon or project of any sort. I'm just going to mix them in where I can, between my usual watches of some borderline Horror flick, bad '50s B-movie or silly Kaiju rubber suit fest.
So yeah...back to "Sleeping Beauty". First off, it's a run-of-the-mill…
Featuring one of the best villains and one of the best Disney songs ever, Sleeping Beauty is a classic.
If judging by animation alone this would be among the very top of Disney movies, a perfect marriage of style - flat and angular, evoking a medieval tapestry, and unlike anything the studio had done before or since - to story, considering the broad and especially passive nature of the fairytale, but there are altogether too many cartoony antics padding the thin plot and draining momentum. Still, one of the best, if only for Maleficent in both sorceress and dragon form.
A stunningly gorgeous film. Probably Disney's best looking one. The backgrounds are just incredible, the animation is great, and the story is thrilling.
Visually this is Disney at its artistic height; the beautiful style, influenced by medieval illuminations, would never be surpassed and, for my money, never even equaled. The score, based on Tchaikovsky's ballet of the same name, is similarly phenomenal and would not be equaled until the Disney Renaissance thirty years later.
The film also benefits from one of the best villains in the Disney canon, Maleficent, who is also in a lot of ways (particularly in her tendency towards snark) the first modern Disney villain. The final confrontation between her and Prince Philip still stands as one of the greatest sequences in the history of animation. While the studio made several great films before, and would go on to make great films since, none elevates the medium to an art form worthy of respect quite like Sleeping Beauty.
Unfortunately, I watched a pan-and-scan (for 1.78:1) version of this on TV (I can't believe they're still doing this!) so I couldn't enjoy the ultra-widescreen image that was intended. Still, the animation is way ahead of its time. The overall design of the movie is so unique and at times it's beautifully grotesque. I love it!
Beautiful art, nice music, underwhelming plot.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- A Matter of Life and Death
- My Neighbor Totoro
- The Double Life of Veronique
- Blade Runner
I thought it was about time I tackled the list. I've created plenty of top 100 genre compilations but I…