‘Dumbo’ Podcast Review

Kylan reviews the latest film in Disney’s line of live-action movie remakes, Dumbo.  The story of an elephant that could fly.

You can check out the written review of Dumbo here.

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‘Dumbo’ Review

This weekend Disney’s launches their newest live action, Tim Burton directed film, Dumbo. Based on the very well-known 1941 animated film, Dumbo tells the story of a baby elephant born with abnormally large ears that ridiculed by everyone in the circus, however, manages to overcome his deformity due to his large ears giving him the ability to fly.

This new iteration of Dumbo falls in a long line of Disney live-action makeovers such as The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent, and the soon to be released The Lion King, Aladdin, and Mulan.

For the first half-hour to forty five minutes the film is par for the course. Burton reintroduces characters known to the audience from the animated film, and acquaints us with newly introduced characters played by Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, and Finley Hobbins.

However, after that the entire movie switches over to a version of what can only be described as Dumbo II. If you’ve never heard of Dumbo II, that’s because it has never been made. Burton takes this opportunity to make the mythology of Dumbo all his own and it doesn’t exactly work. Especially Michael Keaton’s character V.A. Vandevere, who is more cartoonish than the 1941 film. He is a basic Disney Richie Rich screen villain – shadowy lair and all. Continue reading “‘Dumbo’ Review”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Announcement Trailer

The first trailer for upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is officially here, and while it doesn’t show much on the surface, it’s full of enough Easter eggs to keep die-hard Potterheads happy until the release of the full trailer in a few months.

The film is written by J.K. Rowling, who everyone knows as the author of the absurdly popular Harry Potter novels, and directed by David Yates, who directed the last four installments in the Harry Potter film franchise. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the adventure of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them casts its spell in theaters on November 18, 2016.

Now, for all of you non Potterheads lets break down the trailer, shall we….. Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Announcement Trailer”

Chris Rock to Host the 2016 Oscars

Well folks, it’s official. Comedian Chris Rock will host the 88th annual Academy Awards. Rock confirmed the news himself Wednesday morning (October 21st) on Twitter with a brief message: “Look who’s back. #Oscars,” he wrote alongside a photo of him holding the golden statue.

Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said, “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry …. comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

Rock hosted the show a decade ago when Clint Eastwood‘s  Million Dollar Baby walked away with the Best Picture prize.

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