Disney Songs Poll!


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As will become very obvious in the coming days, Lebeau and I are both taking Disney-related trips later this month. Lebeau and family are taking their first Disney cruise while I am in Anaheim at roughly the same time. As such, Disney and vacations in general will dominate much of June here at Le Blog.

Instead of our typical bracket game, I’ve decided to fill the first three weeks of the month by writing about one song from an animated Disney feature film each day. You, our faithful readers, will have a hand in deciding which songs I will write about by ranking four different lists of songs provided below. Polldaddy only allows ten candidates in each ranking group, so I separated forty famous songs from the house of mouse into four different groups.

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Post Apocalyptic Movies Bracket Game Winner!


Night of the living dead

We’ve seen a lot of different ways the world could end during the month of May.  Floods, apes, infertility, roving gangs of leather-clad mutants.  But ultimately, it came down to zombies.  It almost had to come down to zombies, didn’t it?  Night of the Living Dead was crowned by readers as the king of the post apocalypse beating out The Road Warrior by a slim margin.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Night of the Living Dead Vs. The Road Warrior


Night of the Living Dead Vs The Road Warrior

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Planet of the Apes Vs. The Road Warrior


Planet of the Apes Vs. The Road Warrior

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Night of the Living Dead Vs. Children of Men


Childrenof Men Vs Night of the Living Dead

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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Trailer: Steve Jobs


There’s a lot to be excited about in the upcoming movie horizon.  I was already geeked for the December Star Wars release, and apparently we are getting another Steve Jobs movie, to be released October 9th.

This time, it will be Michael Fassbender portraying Jobs, instead of Ashton Kutcher.  For me, Fassbender is actually an easier sell, for the lead, after viewing the trailer.    I had approached the earlier movie, “Jobs” with a bit of a bad attitude regarding the casting of Kutcher.  What little I knew of his career didn’t suggest he was right for the role.  5 minutes into the movie I was won over.  Kutcher did his homework and his performance was compelling.

It’s part of public consciousness now that Apple was started in the Jobs family garage, and the dramatic potential, has really only begun to be explored.  The 2013 “Jobs” did an excellent job of capturing the intoxicating atmosphere of innovation of the times.  Having lived through it, I remember the mind-blowing sense of discovery surrounding these inventions.  Today’s young people take the technology for granted; back then,  we were catapulted into a world of possibility.  If you played Space Invaders”, read “Cuckoo’s Egg” or knew what a Decwriter was, or how MIT students hacked Coke machines, you couldn’t get enough of learning about the brainiac visionaries who helped shape these developments.

The other half of the creative duo, Steve Wozniak, is a personality I find as fascinating as Steve Jobs, and in the 2013 movie, I thought Woz was played to perfection by Josh Gad.  Gad will be a tough act for Seth Rogen to follow.  Similarly, the role of Sculley (the Apple CEO brought onboard by Jobs, only to clash with him later) was excellently done by Matthew Modine.  I like Jeff Daniels a lot but this is another one of those puzzling casting decisions.

What causes me the most trepidation, though, is that the script is written by Aaron Sorkin.  I know Sorkin is a name.  But he also gave us “The Social Network”, a movie I found detestable and seemed to subvert its exploration of social media in favor of Sorkin’s history with cocaine.  It will be interesting to find out what Sorkin can accomplish with “Steve Jobs.”

Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Waterworld Vs. The Road Warrior


Water World Vs. The Road Warrior

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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Review: Tomorrowland


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Mid 20th century Americana is a very tempting and popular target for the idealized society. We had just recently won the second of two world wars, defeating a patently dangerous foe and our economy was booming, making funding for continued technological advancement possible well after the end of the war. Many of our citizens’ eyes had been opened to new possibilities. Small town men had suddenly become world travelers and housewives had been introduced to the independence of being part of the work force. With our eyes on the horizon, we were pretty sure it was just onwards and upwards from there.

Walt Disney Pictures’ new live action adventure film Tomorrowland plays on the optimism of that era, making it integral to the plot at a time when such rosy-cheeked behavior is decidedly unfashionable. As a result, director Brad Bird ends up with an admirable and fun movie that is most appropriate for a pre-teen audience, but will make many more thoughtful audience members ask too many questions.
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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Planet of the Apes Vs. Logan’s Run


Planet of the Apes Vs. Logan's Run

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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What the Hell Happened to Tim Allen?


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Tim Allen

It may seem odd to ask “what the hell happened” about a guy who is currently starring on a network sitcom.  Tim Allen definitely didn’t disappear.  He’s still a decent-sized TV star.  But once upon a time, Allen was more than that.  At the peak of his career, Allen had the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.  Since that time, his track record at the box office has been spotty.  He hasn’t starred in a mainstream movie in nearly a decade!

What the hell happened?

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Children of Men Vs. The Omega Man


Childrenof Men Vs. The Omega Man

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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