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You’re telling me I can’t write movie reviews anymore? What the fuck are you saying I haven’t posted a decent review in months? Who the FUCK do you think you are, I mean, what the hell does Letterbox-fucking-d even mean? Now listen here, you cocksucking cunt. I’ve been reviewing movies since before you were born. I was having coffee with Pauline fucking Kael after screenings of Brian fucking…
Yes, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is everyone’s favorite segment, and the most iconic to boot. And it is lovely – a simple, charming fable about greed and ego, with the animators’ delight in their abilities a reflection of Mickey’s ecstasy in finding his own. Who can forget the army of marching broomsticks, their shadows looming against the cave walls?
But surely it is the most accessible of the segments too, too, and the most Hollywood; Disney’s true passion was in the…
It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…