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Himeros/Testos/Tristange or any name of the week you chose
LaVerte and varying forms of such
Before you bother to pull out the "everyone is entitled to their opinion" card when I express my opinion and defend what and who I enjoy, remember, I am, too, expressing my opinion. Put me on ignore or skim through my posts if you don't like it. Kthnx.
A Chorus of Disapproval (1989)
This is truly a cute little little known that I feel deserves more recognition. It appears this movie was made on a low budge but something about that adds a certain warm quality to it. I had a very hard time finding this movie and had to order it from one of the local music stores here. A truly charming look at small theatre. Jeremy Irons has certainly shown that he is more than capable of comedy; something I'd like to see him in more often! The only drawbacks to this movie is the poor sound (and sometimes lighting) quality; I would love to see a DVD release.
I would recommend this movie to any fan of Hopkins, Irons, theatre or just anyone looking for something different and light in nature.
War Horse (2011)
I have seen so few movies that have affected me like War Horse had done. I believe the last movie which had made almost as big of an impact, was back in 1994 when The Lion King made a lasting impression on me. To say this movie had impressed me and become a new favourite of mine today, would be an understatement.
Although regarded as many as being nothing but sap, I feel this could not be further from the truth. The story is a simple one and in my eyes, this is a good thing. Not every movie has to have a complex storyline to be effective. There is just so much heart in War Horse, which I feel is sadly lacking in too many movies, replaced by cheap CGI.
The harsh realities of war for both man and beast were tastefully shown, and few can deny the outstanding cinematography from the rolling hills of the English countryside, to the stark No Man's Land. The expressions of the very well trained horses were beautifully captured. Who said animals are incapable of showing emotion? I also believe their human counterparts were very well played; both sides are shown to have suffered the terrible effects a war brings.
In short, well done, Spielberg. Well done.
If you haven't already, do consider reading the book the movie is based on by Michael Morpurgo and the stage play, which this movie had made me more excited about seeing in Toronto this upcoming April. All three takes on War Horse are no doubt in my mind, a fine tribute for the millions of horses that had sacrificed their lives in the war.
Remember: they had no choice.
Janguru Bukku shonen Môguri (1989)
A true gem!
When I was in grade three, this series was a staple of my childhood. Each day it was on, I would wake up early to watch it. Even if we had the VCR set to record it, there was nothing like seeing it live.
While Disney's adaptation was delightful to me, I too preferred this version over this. Not only was it more faithful to the original novel, I liked seeing a more in depth look to Mowgli's relationship with his wolf family. By far, my favourite character was Shere Khan. Mowgli had other enemies, including a man who had kidnapped him for a circus and enormous packs of dholes and rogue wolves, but none drew me in as much as the infamous tiger. My young Canadian self was sad to see him go.
The animation was beautifully done, particularly the lush landscapes. The character designs were delightful, sometimes detailed, sometimes simplistic, adding personality to the characters. It is my hope that the whole series is one day released on DVD, creating a new generation of fans!
Black Beauty (1978)
If there had been any movie that had gave me inspiration in fighting animal abuse, this title would be it. I have seen a number of Black Beauty versions, but to this day, this one remains my favorite for the lasting impression it had given me when I saw it when I wast about five years old. I am fickle when it comes to Hanna-Barbara animation, but I have to say, it worked well here. The backgrounds are simple and yet beautiful, watercolour like. In my eyes, this goes to prove, one doesn't need 3D to tell a good, solid story.
A neat little tidbit, Alan Young voices Black Beauty here, and in the 1994 version!
When I was in fifth grade, Aladdin was the staple of my childhood. I was hooked on the original movie still and became just as hooked on Return of Jafar. When news came out there was going to be a television series, I could not be more delighted! Not only was I on an Aladdin kick, I also dearly missed the number of Disney Afternoon shows (particularly Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin) which were no longer in production. I needed another Disney AFternoon show to get hooked on, and Aladdin had filled in that void quite nicely.
Although it has been a number of years since I've last seen the show (I will have to dig out my old VHS tapes of taped episodes), fondness and memories remain. It was the sidekicks in my eyes that truly stole the show for me. I became a big fan of Iago's since the maligned sequel came out, and seeing more of him was a treat for me.
My only flaws for the show were some of the original characters I didn't particularly care for and I felt some of the animation was "rushed" looking, but all in all, a terrific show!
A new favorite!
I went into this movie with an open mind and heart, and I'm glad I did!
Ever since I have been a small child I have had a deep love for animals. Big cats and elephants? NO exception! This was a very endearing movie who is not short of its heartstrings moments as well. You will be hard pressed to see such a wide variety of big cats all in one movie! The cast was great and the cats truly do steal the limelight -- and your heart. It is with hope that this movie had reached out and touched many others and hopefully inspired them to take better care of the wildlife around us. If you've enjoyed Born Free and the like, I am sure you will love Roar, perhaps even more so.
An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
Worth a watch
As I've become a fan of the original A Goofy Movie recently, and have been a Goofy fan for as long as I could remember, I thought I'd give An Extreme Goofy Movie a chance. While I felt it lacked the depth that was in the original had and I preferred the animation and characterizations in the 1995 version, for some fluff, I thought it was still a decent watch. I found myself especially enjoying the subplot of Goofy finally finding a lady friend to be quite enjoyable.
It's just such a shame that it appears that this was the last of the Disney Afternoon based movies. I think there (and are) possibilities to make
A Goofy Movie (1995)
A new favorite!
In spite of having been a faithful Goof Troop regular watcher when it aired, I hadn't watched A Goofy Movie until yesterday, 16 years since it was in theatres. And I have to say, I have no regrets! The movie was far more deeper than I imagined. I expected a lighthearted movie with plenty of laughs, and I got that, and more, and I was impressed by how well they fleshed out the characters.
I would definitely consider A Goofy Movie an underrated Disney movie, in my eyes. Whether or not you're looking for the nostaliga rush that I got when I saw it or just looking for a good family movie to watch with your family, I highly recommend A Goofy Movie!
Mr. Dressup (1967)
A staple from my childhood
There are many TV shows from my childhood in the 1980s that still remain highly memorable to me. One of these shows was Mr. Dressup, one of the many quality Canadian children's programs at the time. I also loved Polka Dot Door, Friendly Giant, Profiles of Nature, Under the Umbrella Tree and Today's Special. Of those, though, Mr. Dressup was undoubtedly my favourite.
When Mr. Dressup came on, nothing, and I mean nothing, could take my attention away Mr. Dressup and his friends. While they didn't view TV as a babysitter, my parents were thankful for this, for it encouraged my creative mind and enthusiasm to learn.
His and Her Christmas (2005)
Nice, light movie
For a few years now it has been a tradition of mine to watch a Christmas special or movie I haven't seen before on the wee hours of Christmas morning. This year, I was skimming through my PVR and thought the summary of this little movie sounded cute, reminiscent of You've Got Mail. So, I gave it a try.
I am glad I did! It was pure fluff and rather a poor man's You've Got Mail, but after the stresses of shopping, it was good to sit down and watch something lighthearted. Not for someone with overtly high expectations and/or looking for a deep storyline, but worth a try. I really enjoyed the storyline and the chemistry between the actors. The lovely shots from British Columbia were a bonus.