• The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★½

    I’ll always have nostalgia for this. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Circle of Life” are peak Disney songs. Unfortunately, while still very good, the movie definitely doesn’t hit like it used to for me. It often lauded as the best Disney movie, but it’s only the fifth best Disney renaissance movie (after Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid).

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★★

    “In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be…

  • Bambi

    Bambi

    ★★★★★

    After this watch, this is probably my favorite animated Disney movie with my second favorite animation after Sleeping Beauty. As simplistic as the movie is, it has an undeniable point-of-view. It’s an allegory about man’s interference with nature. If we let nature simply exist, let flourish and evolve with the seasons as it should, it’s a beautiful albeit occasionally sad thing. It has just the right amount of cutesy Disney flare to top off a surprisingly dark and heavy allegory. A true Disney classic if there ever was one.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★★

    Look at that! Another early Disney princess movie I’ve come around on! I used to be dead-set on not liking these (and I don’t really know why??), but this time around they’ve finally clicked. Cinderella is a simple tale of endurance, kindness and friendship that’s not really a romance until the end, which is something I like. I don’t mind that the romance is mostly secondary. The animation is beautifully timeless and "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"…

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ★★★½

    This is literally just labor and domesticity propaganda with a dash of ageism, tbh. I’ve warmed up to this a lot over time, though.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    ★★★★½

    The stunning Medieval animation that’s arguably Disney’s best, an iconic Maleficent and a legitimately enthralling final act set this one apart from all other early Disney princess films. “Once Upon a Dream” is so lovely and a rightful classic Disney song.  It gets better every time I see it.

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    “We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.“

    "Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.”

    Ellie Sattler is the true hero of this movie and anyone with half a brain knows it.

  • Disenchanted

    Disenchanted

    ★★½

    This reeks of direct-to-video Disney sequel. A couple of bright spots can’t fix flat direction, bland cinematography, forgettable music and shaky storytelling. There’s exactly one solid character arc in Giselle and, I hate to say it, Maya Rudolph is severely miscast. Amy Adams still has it, though. She definitely deserved less mediocrity.

  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★½

    Parker Finn takes what’s a very obvious short film idea and stretches it about to 30 minutes longer than it needs to be. I respect a more conscious attempt to tackle mental health. Unfortunately Finn’s fairly reductive thematics and predictable approach leave a lot to be desired. It dares to get a little weird and creepy at the end, but it’s too fleeting. This is a painfully average horror movie that offers nothing special and is essentially a mediocre It…

  • Josie and the Pussycats

    Josie and the Pussycats

    ★★★★

    Parker Posey is absolutely unhinged in this movie and I love it.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    MJ deserves way better. Peter is such a flake. Idgaf if he’s Spider-Man or not.

  • Terrifier 2

    Terrifier 2

    ★½

    The problem with this the Terrifer series is the lack of competency and the weightlessness of the horror elements, so it’s just gore for gore’s sake. Sometimes the gore is so comically overdone that it looks noticeably fake. I find the “people passing out and throwing up” marketing to be a tad silly and I had a feeling that would be the case. The only unsettlingly thing about this is the overwhelming and gratuitous female violence whilst overtly sexualizing them…