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Maleficent

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” review

November 5, 2019

Out comes the horn

Mickey Mouse Money

Disney has 5 Billion-Dollar Movies in a Year

August 27, 2019

Six movies have made over a billion dollars this year and five of them were made by Disney. They are a...

Lion King

Lion King Review

August 5, 2019

Disney has once again forayed into the live-action remakes; although, this time with less emphasis on...

Disney will be creating a show based off of the young adult romantic comedy Love, Simon.

Disney Gives LGBTQ Kids Hope

April 23, 2019

It was reported that Disney has a television adaptation of “Love, Simon” in the works, a popular young a...

They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

April 18, 2019

Admittedly, Disney’s live action renditions of their animated classics have not left a foul taste in m...

‘Fish are Friends Not Food’ – Nor Toys

Cecilia Hernandez, Production Staff

September 28, 2016

‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…’ If you grew up watching Disney’s animated films like I did, “Finding Nemo” could have been on your top five best-Disney-film list, along with “The Lion King”, “Toy Story”, and many of the Disney’s Princess films.  Little eight year-old me remembers watching...

Wreck it Ralph Doesn’t Need Any Fixing

Greg Adler

November 14, 2012

  Rating - 5 stars One of Disney’s most infamous quotes, “A dream is a wish your heart makes,” has truly been expressed with gamers everywhere who are falling in love with Wreck it Ralph. Wreck it Ralph has a simple premise: Ralph, the anti-hero of an arcade game, gets tired of being bad and decides to leave his game in order to take a shot at being the good guy. Besides having a story with a message (in Disney’s usual fashion) it racks up a high gamers score both with hardcore and casual gamers alike. With continual jokes poking fun at some of the videogame industry’s legendary heroes and villains, vintage and cutting-edge, Wreck it Ralph delivers laughs that insert coins into the humor processor of your brain. The movie provides a journey through video game history highlighting bosses and heroes alike while providing a seamless world that they all call home. The integration of arcade culture and rules provide a nice reflection of gaming culture especially for those who have ever been to a legitimate arcade. Some of the notable characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*Bert, Zombie, and Pac-Man.  The laughs provided by Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Fix-it-Felix (Jack McBrayer) only let up in order to level up in the next round of this arcade-themed flick. And if that comedy army of two wasn’t enough, Jayne Lynch and Sarah Silverman deliver some great one-liners that hit all of the buttons. This is a four actor co-op mission that meets all objectives. Wreck it Ralphracks up bonus points for getting all of its components to gel nicely; story, character development, climax, resolution and subject matter. Simply put, it takes expectations and screams “hadouken” while shooting a fire ball of awesome into the audience. Director Rich Moore is no stranger to animation or “nerdiculture,” having directed 17 episodes of “The Simpsons” as well as 71 episodes of “Futurama.” This is showcased in his respect and integration of so many beloved characters into one story line. With the film’s overwhelming success beating out the box office weekend, it can only be assumed that Disney will be pushing “A” to continue to a sequel before the buzz wears off. With only one “glitch” and plenty of “Easter egg”-like jokes, Wreck it Ralph doesn’t need any fixing and leaves moviegoers and gamers wanting a level two....

Review of Tron: Legacy

Ivan Favelevic, Editor In Chief

January 25, 2011

The movie industry has been going through a transformation this past decade. This reform has nothing to do with the new 3D wave or the sudden emphasis on vampires. The fact of the matter is that the movie industry, much like any other entertainment industry at the time, is dominated by geek culture. "The Dark Knight", "Spider-man", "Lord of the Rings" are based on comic books or reside on what was otherwise considered geek culture. With this revolution underway, it would only seem fair that the holy grail of geekdom be tapped before the current generation moves on and a new fad rises. For that reason we now have Disney attempting to create their next megafranchise with "Tron: Legacy" In case you missed the first one, "Tron" is the story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a video game designer who creates his own virtual world and accidentally gets trapped in it. "Legacy" picks up twenty years later as his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), is convinced to go after his father in his virtual world. Once he arrives, he discovers that his dad is being held captive by a computer generated clone. He enlists the help of a computer program named Quorra (Olivia Wilde), and together they try to save Kevin and exit the grid. The story "of Legacy" sticks close to its roots, with the first half being an exploration of the grid while the second is an elongated chase scene. The dialogue is as cheesy as one can expect and the actors all do serviceable jobs (with the exception of a scene-stealing cameo by Michael Sheen). The movie is structured in such a way that you are always treated with some sort of eye candy to distract you from the awfully hammy script and needlessly complex jargon. Nonetheless, where the story lacks in substance, the film more than makes up for it with energetic visuals. The light cycles make a triumphant return in a sequence that more than makes up for the price of admission. Furthermore, the use of 3D is actually a worthwhile investment, with the grid coming to life as every little spark flies at you. The art style is impressive throughout and the soundtrack by Daft Punk compliments it perfectly. It is one of the most atmospheric and pulse pounding scores ever written for a film and if you are a fan of either their previous work or electronic music as a whole you will not be disappointed. The need to revitalize this franchise was present. The curremt market made it a perfect fit, and enough time had passed since the previous film for it to be missed and for the visual bar to be raised. The film delivers where you expect it. The action is fast paced and the look remains original throughout while still resembling the source material. The story may be cheesy and throwaway, but that is really not the reason one goes to see "Tron." So grab those 3D glasses and head to the nearest IMAX, because this is one visual treat that you will not regret seeing....

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