The Persistence of Disney, Part 8: Make Mine Music (1946)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 8: Make Mine Music (1946)

What is best in life?  Art or commerce?  This is a question that plagues all who work in the mass arts and it is certainly something that seems to have plagued Mr. Walter Elias Disney.  It is admirable, if not a bit naïve, that in the beginning of his career his trajectory was his intent […]

| August 28, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 7: The Three Caballeros (1944)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 7: The Three Caballeros (1944)

It can be supposed that somewhere, sometime, at some point we’ve all seen the entirety of The Three Caballeros even if we didn’t watch the movie from beginning to end.  This is the movie the Disney folks routinely chopped up into small bite-sized segments and slipped in between the shows on The Disney Channel or […]

| August 21, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 6: Saludos Amigos (1942)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 6: Saludos Amigos (1942)

After five animated classics of sublime complexity and artistry, it is a bit of a cold water treatment to arrive at Saludos Amigos.  It doesn’t look, sound, walk, talk, or feel like it exists in the same universe as Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo or Bambi and that’s not necessarily a good thing .  The animation […]

| August 14, 2016
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Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad (2016)

It may be just the nature of the premise itself, but Suicide Squad feels oddly scummy.  There’s a pall of filth and grime that seems to permeate this movie not just from the production design but from the characters themselves.  Watching the movie you feel like you’re hanging out with a bunch of prison lifers […]

| August 12, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 5: Bambi (1942)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 5: Bambi (1942)

Say the words to yourself . . . Bambi’s mother. For nearly three-quarters of a century her death has been an integral piece of American folklore.  It’s a shocking development partially because it arises as part of the gentlest film Walt Disney ever made, but mainly because the movie is aimed at children.  The motifs […]

| August 7, 2016
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Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party (2016)

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party (2016)

What kind of candy-coated daffodil Disneyland has Disnesh D’Souza mistaken for reality?  What universe is this man living in?  His new film Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is not only the stupidest documentary that I’ve ever seen, but it must be the most ignorant wrong-headed, mean-spirited work of fiction ever to […]

| August 2, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 4: Dumbo (1941)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 4: Dumbo (1941)

For a child the world can be a cold, mean place.  What is suppose to be – and often is – a wonderland of enchantment and discovery can often reveal itself to be bitter and unforgiving, swooping in and cruelly pointing out anything and everything that makes them different.  We’ve all been there.  We know […]

| July 31, 2016
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Nerve (2016)

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Nerve (2016)

Nerve is a safe, tepid treatment of a subject that is so current you’d swear the movie was made only yesterday.  It’s about our all-consuming obsession with apps and online games that arrives just at the moment when half of the country is mired in ‘Pokémon Go‘ and the other half wishes they’d just put […]

| July 26, 2016
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