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The Florida Project: A Review and Discussion of its Disney Elements

Every year there are films that get past me on their trip through big screen release even though I’m aware they exist and identify them as something I’d like to see. This year Sean Baker’s The Florida Project was one such movie. Thankfully, this entrancing and heartbreaking slice of life focused on a six-year-old girl’s adventures in and around the low budget motel where she and her mother are living did grab an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe and thus ended up a high priority once it became available for rental yesterday. Unlike some of the other films I’ve been main-lining over the past several weeks, The Florida Project is already taking up space in my brain for several reasons.

For those of you who haven’t seen the film yet, I’m going to begin this article with a spoiler-free review of The Florida Project and some information about it that shouldn’t interfere with your appreciation of it once you do sit down to take it in. Not that the movie contains any really unexpected twists, but I am sympathetic to some moviegoers who want to go into a viewing experience with only the information needed to understand its context and whether or not they want to see it. I’ll be providing that right up front, and then I’ll be going into a bit more detail after what I hope will be a prominent enough clue, and this will include an examination of the movie’s relationship with Walt Disney World and some elements of the film that might be considered spoilers to some.
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Digital Nonsense 2 January<–December 2017-2018

 

Welcome back to our new podcast! This month we continue chatting about some of our favorite pop culture stuff. If you have specific interests, feel free to jump ahead to the below topics!
superheroes 2:12

Disney 16:12

the Oscars 29:53

Potpourri (The Last Jedi)- 39:50

Thanks for listening!

The 2017 Best Costume Design Nominees

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Hello again! I’m Allison, and I love writing and costuming. So I’m thrilled to be back on Le Blog for a second year of discussing the Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design, especially as I recently wrapped my consistent blogging project, Lizzie McGuire Reviewed.

We’ve got an interesting crop of films this year. They’re almost all period pieces (with the exception of La La Land, which wants to be) and none are particularly over-the-top; we certainly don’t see any costuming as downright bonkers as last year’s winner, Mad Max: Fury Road, but this year’s list also lacks the bright, fantastical design of Disney flicks like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland that usually appear in this category. Most critics are calling a toss-up between Jackie and  La La Land for the award. I’d be fine with the former. We’ll….get into the latter.

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Isaac Mizrahi: Isaac Does the Oscars

Isaac Mizrahi

In 1996, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi was a hot property.  He had been the subject of the documentary, Unzipped.  In their annual Young Hollywood issue, Movieline sat down with Mizrahi to discuss the state of fashion in general and at the Oscars in particular.  It’s a dishy look at what happens when the world of fashion and entertainment collide.

 

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Oscars: 2016 Nominations

Meet The Oscars Exhibit Opening

While we have been concentrating on the Golden Raspberries, Hollywood types are more interested in this year’s Academy Award nominees.  The 88th Annual Oscar nominations were announced this morning.  Here’s a complete list.  Discussion is encouraged.

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Le Show: Best Actor

Best Actor

Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the fourth episode, we run through the five Best Actor nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

Le Show

Le Blog

 

Le Show: Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the second episode, we run through the five Best Supporting Actor nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

Le Show

Le Blog

 

Le Show: Best Supporting Actress

2015 Best Supporting Actress Nominees

2015 Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the first episode, we run through the five Best Supporting Actress nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

Le Show

Le Blog

 

Movies of 1985 Bracket Game: Back to the Future Vs. The Color Purple

Color Purple Vs Back to the Future

With the start of a new year, there’s a whole new slate of movies to look forward to.  Hollywood is hoping 2015 will be a better year at the movies than 2014 was.  But how will the movies of the new year stack up against the movies from 30 years ago?  1985 gave us some classic movies and its share of forgettable ones as well.  In this month’s bracket game we’re going back in time to 1985 to pick our favorites from 30 years ago!

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Oscar Nominations!

Meet The Oscars Exhibit Opening

This year’s Oscar nominations were announced this morning and this post will simply list the nominees, which may spark some conversation or may just provide another place to come if you need to remind yourself who the nominees are.

Click below to view the full list!
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Movies of 1985 Bracket Game: The Color Purple Vs. Out of Africa

Color Purple Out of Africa

With the start of a new year, there’s a whole new slate of movies to look forward to.  Hollywood is hoping 2015 will be a better year at the movies than 2014 was.  But how will the movies of the new year stack up against the movies from 30 years ago.  1985 gave us some classic movies and its share of forgettable ones.  In this month’s bracket game we’re going back in time to 1985 to pick our favorites from 30 years ago!

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10 Actors You Won’t Believe Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar

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With the Oscars now (thankfully) behind us we can look back and criticize other Oscars. While the entire internet is up in arms over Leo DiCaprio having never won, I’m going to make the case that being nominated several times is plenty of honor (last years long overdue recognition of Gary Oldman robbed me of #1 most disrespected).

Yes, winning is better, but at least you’ve been recognized as one of the best. Unlike the unfortunate actors I’m about to cover. The majority of them you probably would assume they’ve won or at least been nominated, however, for some strange reason, despite an impressive performances, star power, and overall body of work, they’ve never gotten the recognition they deserve. Let’s get snubby, shall we?

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Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 001 – Celluloid Heroes

Le Show Episode One

Daffy and I have been working for the last couple of weeks on putting together a podcast that hopefully takes what readers like about Le Blog and brings it to another format.  This is our first attempt at putting on a show which was quite an experiment.  I went in knowing very little about podcasting and absolutely nothing about the technical aspects of doing so.  But we muddled through.

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