The big movie release of this past weekend, if I can believe the hype I’ve seen and the strong crowds I experienced, was the live action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 animated musical production is one of the most beloved in the Disney canon, winning Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The affection and nostalgia still attached to the animated film have made this year’s adaptation perhaps the most hotly anticipated live action Disney film of the past decade.
Join Lebeau and me as we discuss our own histories with the story and our reactions to the new film. There are mild spoilers here, but if you’ve seen the previous Disney film, the general story shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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We’re down to the final match of the first round of our 1996 bracket game. It started off with the two biggest movies of the year and now it’s down to two of the year’s low-budget indie comedies. In the past, I have defended the nineties as a good decade for movies. But if I were basing my opinion of the decade on 1996, I’d probably feel otherwise. As a whole, 1996 was an off year. But one of the things that made the 90’s so good overall was the independent film movement in general and Miramax in particular. The folks at Miramax proved to be skilled at finding little arthouse movies that didn’t costs tens of millions of dollars and marketing them to mainstream audiences. Over the course of the decade, other studios wanted a piece of that action making the nineties an excellent time for lovers of eccentric comedies.