Reviews Archive

Disney’s Planes Review

Going into it, I really wanted to hate Disney’s Planes. It’s a DisneyToon Studios release of a film set in the “Pixar Universe,” and it was clearly pitched as a way to sell merchandise. It was originally a direct-to-video title that was bumped to a theater release (I assumed) as a way to sell even

Dream It! Do It! Marty Sklar Book Review

Dream It! Do It! My Half Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms is Walt Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar’s long-awaited autobiography detailing his 50-some years working with Walt Disney, and being a part of every single Disney theme park that opened after Disneyland. His resume alone should make buying this book a no-brainer for most Disney fans, but

The Lone Ranger Review

Disney’s 2013 summer blockbuster, The Lone Ranger, tries to be a lot of things and fails at each and every one of them. It’s not a serious Western. It’s not a mindless action movie. It’s not a spoof. It’s not a comedy. The best way to describe it is as a bloated Pirates of the

The Emperor’s New Groove Blu-ray Review

The Emporer’s New Groove and its sequel, Kronk’s New Groove are now out in a 3-disc special edition Blu-ray and DVD set, and this review will give you an idea of whether they’re worth buying! Before we get there, though, you should know a little more about The Emperor’s New Groove that might make the film a little more interesting. I

Lilo & Stitch Blu-ray Review

Lilo & Stitch is finally out on Blu-ray and we’ve got a review to help you determine whether it’s worth buying! For those unfamiliar, Lilo & Stitch is the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo with family troubles who befriends Stitch, a bizarre yet lovable alien experiment who crashes into earth, and is equally troubled. Both

Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray Review

Sometimes, Disney releases formulaic movies and sequels to those movies that it have a lot of blockbuster potential, but not much originality or artistic merit. Sometimes, like in the case of Wall*E, Disney pushes the envelope and reminds everyone why it’s an entertainment juggernaut. Wreck-It Ralph is unquestionably the latter. Easily the best animated film of 2012

The Insider Blu-ray Review

The Insider tells the true story of two men, 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, played by Al Pacino, and former Brown & Williamson R&D man Jeffrey Wigand, played by Russell Crowe. The film details their they work to uncover and bring to light the truth about nicotine’s addictive properties and Big Tobacco’s attempts at a cover-up while its

D23 Membership Review

D23 is the official Disney Fan Club. It costs $75 to join as a Gold Member or $35 as a Silver Member in 2014, before discounts. At present, there are three levels of D23 memberships: the above-mentioned Silver and Gold Memberships, plus a Free Membership. The difference between Gold and Silver is the quarterly magazine,

Peter Pan Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review

Like clockwork, Disney has released its Q1 Diamond Edition animated classic on Blu-ray, this time Peter Pan, and like clockwork, it’s excellent. Someday, Disney will falter with one of these Diamond Edition releases (just like the once thought to be infallible Pixar faltered with Cars 2), but that day is not upon us with the

Brave Blu-ray Review

Seemingly like clockwork, Pixar releases an excellent new movie in the summer, and follows with an excellent Blu-ray set in the winter. Or at least, up until last summer, when Cars 2 debuted. The trend continued with Brave (Blu-ray Link) this year. Unlike Cars 2, Brave wasn’t downright bad, but it was not up to