Monthly Archives: December 2013

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75 Years of Superman: Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

Looking back on 2013, this year marked a big anniversary for the comic book character known as Superman.  I’ve posted a couple of Superman movie reviews as well as a five-part series on why Bryan Singer shouldn’t have made Superman Returns.  I … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Tuesdays: 12/31/13 Recommendations

New release: Classic release:

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

“Strange, isn’t it?  Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” asks the angel Clarence. In this day and age, it’s difficult to encounter someone who hasn’t heard of … Continue reading

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Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

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“Every time I opened my mouth he talked.  I felt like Charlie McCarthy,” says Elizabeth Lane in regards to her conversation with Alexander Yardley. Christmas can be a time of magic, wonder, joy, and even a time for a comical … Continue reading

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‘Tarzan’ & ‘Surf’s Up’ & ‘Frozen’

Chris Buck is an animator, writer, and director who studied character animation at CalArts and later went to work at Disney.  He worked as an animator on several films, including The Fox and the Hound, Oliver and Company, The Little … Continue reading

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Elf (2003)

Christmas is upon us, and with all the crazy shopping escalates every year (stores are now open on Thanksgiving!), it’s too easy to forget to slow down, catch your breath, and enjoy a little Christmas spirit.  10 years ago, a … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Tuesdays: 12/24/13 Recommendations

New release: Happy Holidays to all and Stay Safe!

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The Polar Express (2004)

“This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas; as am I.  Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart,” says Santa Claus to the boy. In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg published a short children’s … Continue reading

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‘The Polar Express’ & ‘A Christmas Carol’

Robert Zemeckis is a writer, producer, and director who first desired to go to film school not long after seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father when it came out in 1967.  Zemeckis attended USC, where he met Bob Gale … Continue reading

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Die Hard (1988)

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“Come out to the coast.  We’ll get together; have a few laughs,” says an exhausted John McClane. In 1987, 20th Century Fox released Predator, an excellent science fiction action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a group of … Continue reading