One of the risks of writing an anticipated list for films at the start of the year is that there is only so much you can know about. Being in the middle of the year now, we have had far more reveals and info on more releases heading our way to be excited about.
The summer is here (sort of, kind of, depends on the day), and on those certain days where we aren't out and about or enjoying the weather on a beach, nothing can be more relaxing than lounging outside with a cold drink, with a little bit of reading. So to celebrate to cool, beautiful nights, here are, in no specific order, five random book recommendations for the summer!
Over the years, especially recently, we've had an influx of outpouring towards nostalgia in ways that I don't really remember before. Nostalgia is always there, but with the age of DVD we have been lucky to have companies that have tried their best to target shows and movies that may have otherwise not gotten any proper releases.
Bart awakens one day extremely happy, and he has a good reason to be, for that day he's taking a school trip to the chocolate factory. But his day hits a rapid downward spiral as he steps on a toy getting out of bed, Homer takes his cereal toy badge, the dog literally eats his homework, he misses the bus, it rains on his way there, and, in a final cruel twist of fate, it turns out he forgot his permission form for the field trip at home. With Bart being the only one to stay behind while apparently the entire school goes to the factory, he has to lick stamps for Principal Skinner. On his way home, it starts to rain again and his skateboard's wheel breaks, sending him tumbling down the stairs to an underground club… with a number of guns quickly pointed at his face.
Disney, the company so ingrained in so many childhoods that it's easy to think of pieces to write on it, but hard to actually organize and feel happy and not anxious at your choices. Of course, in the most 'no duh' moment you may read from me in a while, there are countless amounts of great moments that Disney has given us over the 80 years since they released their first feature film.
Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided it would be interesting to revisit what some of my favourite all-around moments are from the main Disney animated film canon. Needless to say, it was rough, especially since I made a rule for myself that I would only choose one moment per movie.
Oh, Criterion, how much I love thee. For those who may be unfamiliar with the company, The Criterion Collection began life in 1984, dedicated to the restoration and release of must see classics of cinema from around the world. I have my fair share, but Criterion is a company that consistently releases amazing works that spark excitement or beg to be seen, so you always feel as though you never have enough.
So to celebrate one of our favourite home media companies, here are five releases we would love to see them tackle, in a perfect world, knowing that they would give proper care and attention to them.
2012 saw the final instalment to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy in The Dark Knight Rises. While it came out to good critical acclaim, audience reactions were more divided, between people loving it, hating it, thinking it was a fitting conclusion, or not being able to hold up having to follow the preceding movie, specifically.
Over the last (checks watch) quite a few years, there has been a vocal push back against a lot of what Hollywood seems to be doing. In an age where ticket prices are going up and 'spectacles' are getting out of hand, or expected in certain cases, there has been a massive abundance of sequels, remakes, reboots, and everything in between. Sequels are, at least, understandable, even if they may be very unnecessary.
When the family grows tired of their usual routine of food-named nights, they decide to go out to a new sushi place. At first skeptical, Homer tries the fish cautiously, but then soon proceeds to try everything on the menu because of its tastiness. He orders a blowfish, and with the Master cook busy with one Mrs. Krabappel, a younger cook cuts the blowfish, which could be poisonous. Believing it to have been served wrong, and having been accidentally poisoned, Homer and Marge go to Dr. Hibbert's, who confirms the fact that Homer is poisoned and only has a day to live.
The year is 2029. Mutants have all-but been driven to extinction, and there hasn't been a birth of a new one in 25 years. Logan is working as a limo driver whilst taking care of a 90-year-old Charles Xavier, who is suffering from some sort of mental degenerative illness that makes him prone to seizures that cause his psychic powers to go out of control. Logan himself is in the midst of his own struggles, and things aren't made any easier when a young girl comes across his way that needs help, being followed by men who are desperate to have her back.
The other week I ran a poll asking what people would like me to write about. Amongst them were a piece on The Land Before Time (which you can read here), my own personal favourite Disney films (which you can find here) and this one. The three were very much neck in neck, so I decided to write all three, though this one unfortunately took longer than expected.
Disney is a major part of a lot of people’s childhoods. Chances are, if you run into anyone in the street, the one thing you’d be able to talk about, in some form, would be Disney. It’s an easy common ground. I was going to hold off on this list for a while, since it’s an obvious one to do, but felt like it would be worth checking off the list already and hopefully open up some discussion about what some of your favourites are, along with the possibility of me rearing my head and spouting out what just missed the cut. So, here are my ten favourite Disney films. Trust me, this list was so painfully hard to do. Probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write and whittle down. Oh, man.
We have been very lucky to have a few lost films we have found over time, but there are still countless amounts considered lost that we can only hope to see. This isn’t a complete list, and it’s a list that’s privy to change-up, as being film lovers constantly has us hoping for so many great, lost pieces of work to turn up as time goes on. Will we see any of the ones here? Unfortunately, that may be very unlikely, but it doesn’t keep us from looking forward to the possibilities. Here are eleven choices of films we look forward to hopefully seeing, at this time.
Here we go. A word I used a lot already when describing Goosebumps has been ‘reputation’. I went on to explain, in the intro to my personal favourites list, that the series is remembered for its covers, twists, and all-around camp and cheesiness. While all of that is true, and the books did give us a lot of twists and endings and plot contrivances that made us slap our heads, there are quite a few endings that are perfect.