Archive for December 2, 2014

Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part V

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part V of Frozen.

Frozen - Title Card (more…)

Oscars 2014: National Board of Review Winners

Not gonna lie to you — in the entire Oscar season, this is one of my five favorite days. I don’t care about the Golden Globes, or the SAG Awards. That’s just ho hum, moving along stuff. NBR, though — that’s my All-Star Game.

I’m a very open fan of the National Board of Review and how they do things. Mostly because I find myself always agreeing with at least 80% of their choices. Every year. They just always seem to have it right. Even more so than AFI, who feels like they go more for appealing to people (by putting stuff like Bridesmaids and Iron Man on there) than by going with what they truly feel.

I’m not gonna go on forever. Essentially, I love when they come out with their lists. To me, the most fun articles I get to write during Oscar season are the NBR winners, the Best Original Song analysis (of all the eligibles), guessing what’s gonna be nominated, making my final picks, and honestly I can’t even think of the fifth right now.

And before we get into this year’s NBR winners, I’ll prove to you how awesome they are. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.”

Miracle on 34th Street - 5

Oscars 2014: Annie Award Nominations

Our first guild nominations are out.

Unfortunately, they’re the Annie Awards, which mean nothing.

Not to belittle them, but they actually mean nothing. Most years, Pixar says, “Just take us out of the running. We know we’re great.” Not anymore, of course, since Pixar hasn’t made a good movie in four years. And then there are so many categories, so where do you begin? And honestly, once you get your Oscar category for Animation, you can basically pick the winner. (Because usually it’s, “Are we voting Disney this year or Pixar?”)

But you know, we go over them, because maybe they give us a leg up on guessing nominations. I don’t know. I pretend weird things sometimes.

Here are your Annie Award nominees: (more…)