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    Week in Review: Sundance movies coming soon to a theater near you

    We’ve been relishing the chance to be in Park City again this year for Sundance, despite the fact that for the first time in the festival’s history no movies are being screened on 35mm. That said, some already incredible movies have received awards and much deserved buzz. Most notable among them is Don Hertzfeld’s animated World of Tomorrow, which […] More

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    The Definitive Best Picture Losers

    40. Beauty and the Beast (1991) Lost to: Silence of the Lambs 1991 was the first time an animated film ever grabbed a nomination for Best Picture with Disney’s version of “Beauty and the Beast.” The film also picked up nominations for sound, Original Score (for which it won) and three – count ’em THREE – […] More

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    The Definitive Movie Musicals: 30-21

    As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my […] More

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    The Second Animation Renaissance: The Good, The Best, and The Rest

    The Little Mermaid is usually credited with kick-starting Disney’s first animation renaissance, but this often-discussed period started 3 years prior with The Great Mouse Detective. Similarly, Disney’s second animation renaissance has been credited to Frozen and Tangled when it started years earlier. While it is convenient to think that all Disney needed was Idina Menzel […] More

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    ‘Fantasia 2000,’ and Why It Should Be Considered Part of the Disney Renaissance

    “I think we’re all glad that they changed the name to Fantasia,” states Steve Martin dryly during his introduction of Fantasia 2000 regarding the film’s predecessor, which was originally called The Concert Feature. (Fantasia may be a slightly cooler-sounding title, but it’s not much more inviting to the average audience member than The Concert Feature.) […] More

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    ‘Beauty and the Beast’ A True Classic

    We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic […] More

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    Once Upon A Time, Ep. 1.12, “Skin Deep” – Belle jars Gold

    Once Upon A Time, Season 1, Episode 12: “Skin Deep” Written by Jane Espensen Directed by Milan Cheylov Airs Sundays at 8pm (ET) on ABC Storybrooke and the fairy-tale world blur together more concretely in “Skin Deep,” a Gold/Rumpelstiltskin-centric episode that bases itself in the “Beauty and The Beast” story. In the Enchanted Forest, Rumpelstiltskin takes […] More

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    Extended Thoughts on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

    Beauty and the Beast Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Written by Linda Woolverton There is an inexorable, inexplicable quality about some great movies, as there is about great art in general. Sometimes, yes, we can pinpoint exactly what makes a movie work so well, why it becomes one of our favorites, why it […] More

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