Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
By this point, Disney has solidified their significant place in both cinema and the minds of its young viewers. During Sleeping Beauty’s release in 1959, 22 years have passed since the debut Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and since then, their initial audience have grown and have started their own families, a new generation of children to appreciate the works of Walt Disney. The company understood that their audience doesn’t feature the same mindset they once had, the same could be said for the recent efforts of Disney’s filmography when compared to their Renaissance days; the minds of the youth has become more sophisticated and cinema itself has expanded since the 1930s, achieving far more…
If you take Maleficent out of this movie this whole film would have been easily forgettable with the bland love couple that to be honest do we really care about it? Sleeping Beauty herself was pretty boring and the price was even worst, but that's just me.
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 Mistress of Evil casts a spell…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
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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…
Visually arresting as fuck.
It may be a cliche to start a review for Sleeping Beauty by discussing the visual appeal of the film, but in the end I simply don't give a damn. What a spectacular world on display for the viewer to take in here. At times it is more akin to watching a painting on the move than a mere animated film. The depth in every frame here is mesmerizing and has the unique ability to catapult the viewer deep into that forest. A true work of art in every sense of the word.
My second stop in this review will be focused on the tunes. While "Once Upon a Dream" is the stand-out here and deserving…
Maybe the best animated film of all time. Staggeringly beautiful. Every frame a wonder to behold. Disney's most beautiful film and it's not close!
Man, it looks SO good. Shame we never see anything like this anymore.
If you're watching the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, make sure to check out the feature "Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty" on the second disc. Unbelievable and made me appreciate the movie even more.
One of the most beautifully animated films of all time. The sleeping beauty herself is hardly a character, the fairies are good though. The score is stunning and frightening. Maleficent is one of the best movie villains ever, fucking horrifying even now. A classic Disney flick.
Didn't really like this one as a kid, but I have to say this rewatch changed my mind! Great characters (especially Maleficent), beautiful animation, and a much darker story than I remember it having.
I watched the audio commentary, which featured John Lasseter who gave valuable insight and trivia. There was also a long-time Disney animator who knew a lot of information about the making of this movie. And lastly, there was a Disney fan, who spewed gushing praise for every breath that came out of his mouth, and probably couldn't think of anything to say other than how marvelous and beautiful this movie, and every movie by the Walt Disney company, and anything that has the Disney brand on it is. He talked about the princess, and how beautiful she is, so princess like, and the breath-taking animation of whatever is on the screen. Truly insightful.
Disney fans are certainly a different breed of human.
I get very emotional about this film. As a child, I loved it for the dashing prince, for the good fairies, for the songs and the the scary villain. Now, I love it for ~pretentious aesthetic~ reasons, too. Animation has become, in most cases, a children’s medium, and so I cherish the times when films transcend that—especially in the Disney filmography (Pinocchio and Fantasia, thank you very much).
Can I have Eyvind Earle’s backgrounds tattooed on my eyeballs, so that I may look at them every second for the rest of my life? They are certainly an artistic marvel, bold and angular and stylized unlike anything Disney had done before. It’s like looking at moving medieval scrolls, or an ancient…
I'm in love with Aurora
"I Wonder" is one of the hardest songs to sing holy mf sh*t
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!