ashkiryn: (tamaki and kyouya)
Yeah, I'm going to be keeping this very brief, as I really don't have that much to say about this movie, and, like...none of it good.

I re-watched this movie just a while ago for the first time in many, many years, and now I will probably never watch it again for as long as I can help it. I gave it another chance, but guess what? I still hated this movie pretty much as I always have.

Why? Well, for one thing, I just can't stand things that are non-sensical purely for the sake of being non-sensical (or illogical, absurdist, acid trip-y, what have you). It annoys the fuck out of me. Also, Alice is a whiny, snobby brat, who gets exactly what she wished for and is then annoying about it and never acknowledges the fact that "HEY, I FUCKED UP, I SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAREFUL OF WHAT I WISHED FOR, I MADE A BAD DECISION, AND NOW AT THE END OF EVERYTHING, I'LL ACTUALLY LEARN SOMETHING." Nope! Instead, she just whines, and says that she just should have listened to her own advice, which---YOU IDIOT, THAT'S WHY YOU'RE IN FUCKING TROUBLE, IT'S BECAUSE YOU GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANTED!!!! And do we get any kind of resolution to whatever character arc she may have had going for her? Double nope! Alice is also ridiculously rude and pretentious, and as a result, everything in her subconscious, aka Wonderland, is also rude and etc. BASICALLY, EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IS ANNOYING AS ALL HELL, AND IT ANNOYS ME.

Also, this movie is creepy as fuck. Just sayin'.

If I had to like a character, it'd be Dinah. Though, speaking of---Alice, you dumbfuck, it's your cat that you're worried about getting back to?! What the fuck about your family, eh?!

Ugh. God, I swear, I'm one of the few people on this earth who can't stand Alice in Wonderland. But whatever. I WANT NO PART OF YOUR NONSENSE.




Jan. 24th, 2013 11:24 pm
ashkiryn: (maleficent and phillip)
Here's to Netflix, which finally offers some Disney movies on Instant! Not a lot, granted, but some is more than there was before, so yay for effort! It's got a few more, some of which that I personally don't have (as if I would ever stoop to owning James and the Giant Peach. *shudders*), so it's a definite help! And who knows, they may eventually add to their line up. :)

So anyway, I watched Dumbo tonight (as you can obviously tell from the title of this post), which I haven't seen in...God, over ten years, but a little less than 15? Like, seriously, I barely remembered this movie at all, and the little amount of scenes that I did recall were ones that I'd seen from, like, commercials, or on reviews discussing the fuckery that is "Pink Elephants on Parade" or the heartbreaking-ness of "Baby Mine".

Honestly, it may be a bit sad, but the Dumbo ride at Disneyland has more significance to me than the actual movie does. *sheepish smile* (For the record, my mom maintained in my childhood that a trip to Disneyland was not complete without going on that ride. She was absolute on this point.)

So, my reactions this time around are below the cut. Um...just a bit of a warning, but my inner feminist was stirred into life by this movie, and surprisingly deep thinky thoughts went through my mind while watching it. Believe me, I was taken aback as well. I actually have something to say this time around, wtf. :P

This movie doesn't really have any good quotes. Which I suppose is what you get when your titular character never speaks. )
ashkiryn: (ienzo/zexion)
Through a twist of fate, Lys and I watched both of these movies recently with our friend Meghan---months apart, mind.

Bambi.....well hell, what do I say about this movie? Hmm. If I had to rank the top three Disney movies that I think held the most meaning for my sister, I'd say that this movie would come in at #3, after 101 Dalmatians and The Lion King. Lots of people apparently find this movie boring, but it was definitely watched and beloved a heck of a lot in our household. It was among the few Disney movies that my sister had to have when it came out on DVD (seriously, we don't even have The Lion King on DVD, we still rely on our VHS version), she had a figurine of Bambi with a butterfly on his tail for years and years, etc.

You've probably noticed that I'm talking mostly about my sister here. Well, like with 101 Dalmatians, this movie is beloved by me today because it is beloved by my sister. And there's a large amount of nostalgia at work here as well.

"Mother, look! What's all that white stuff?" )

"Actually, I was a lot like you." -The Great Prince
ashkiryn: (pongo)
There are tons of entries that I really need to get my ass in gear and finish---the review for Princess Tutu, a Lilo & Stitch one, the odds and ends of various others---but I just have to get this one out. Special Disney movie is special.

Anyway, so, yesterday night, an infrequent event occured in my house---my mom, Lys, and I actually all sat down in the living room, ate dinner together, and watched a movie. As you'll see below, it was almost like our ye olden times. That movie, in case you couldn't guess, was 101 Dalmatians; the Disney animated version.

This movie was like the bible in our house. Not really in the sense of "this is the blueprint to live your life by" kind of way, but more like a "first story you will ever hear" way, back when you're a baby and you can barely even understand what a story is. That sort of bible.

(Then again, I never grew up with an actual Bible in my family, so what the hell do I know about it, I suppose. To this day, I think the only bible that's in our house is one that Lys has---one of those mini ones that people on street corners pass out, and in this case apparently came from one of our neighbors---and possibly an old copy that my mom doesn't remember what happened to. But anyway, I'm digressing. In short, my family ain't religious, and whatever I know about bibles of any kind are gleaned from an outside, and possibly misinformed, perspective and observations of their significance to other people.)

Anyway. The point is that, while it may not have been the first, first, story I'd ever known, but it's pretty damn close to being so. You know that one toy/teddy bear that was your favorite when you were a baby, and that in all of the things you're likely to keep from your infancy, this thing is one of the most likely (apart from your blankie, of course)? Mine was a stuffed Rolly. Still got him, too, though he's a bit...well-loved, shall we say. Before I could walk, I loved playing in the box that this Rolly came in. Even when I honestly probably couldn't understand it, I would still sit quietly and watch the movie---over and over and over and over again.

And then when Lys came along, it only got worse.

Our favorite pretend/imagination games often centered around 101 Dalmatians. We had a huge 'family' of stuffed dalmatian toys. Had themed birthday parties. Colored spots all over our bodies and pretended that we were actual Dalmatians, colored spots all over our bedroom (the walls, the beds, the mom was pretty pissed about that episode, let me tell you). Watched every single Dalmatian movie/TV show/thing ever.

To say that Lys and I were obsessed with this movie is a severe understatement. The only reason we never got an actual Dalmatian for a pet was because my mom was too smart to do so (we don't really buy the majority of our pets. Mostly, they just...sort of come to us. The only exceptions were a few rats here and there. But my mom flat out refuses to shell out the money to buy any mostly purebred dog, much less one with the health problems that Dalmatians are plagued with). But still, apart from that, we were really, really, really obsessed with this movie. And while other (Disney) movies (see: The Fox and the Hound) have since risen to the dominate the top of my favorites list, 101 Dalmatians has not diminished a whit in Lys's esteem, and it still holds a very special and dear place in my heart. It's childhood in movie form.

However, if I had an entire selection of Disney movies in front of me to watch on my own, I'm pretty sure that I would never pick this one, unless if it was a choice between this and the movies that I actively despise. That might seem odd, but that's because it's never felt like my movie---it's Lys's movie, and I only like watching it when she's around, because then through our history it becomes our movie, the family movie. And it never feels right to me, watching it without her.

101 Dalmatians is hardly the only movie like this---for instance, watching any of the newer Chronicles of Narnia movies, particularly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, gets ten times funnier and more enjoyable if I watch it with Lys and my BFF Amanda (and now Amanda says that it's practically boring without us, and that we've ruined her forever XD), and etc. It just means that this is another movie with an added layer of positive nostalgia that increases the enjoyment factor for me. :)

So, below the cut shall be more discussion that, you know, actually pertains to the movie itself. ;)

"We're going to fool the old mad lady!" )
ashkiryn: (rapunzel)
Eesh. I watched this movie ages ago, but this is the first chance I've had to really sit down and write this out. As per usual in my life, shit just kept happening---lots of pain, bouts of deeper depression, and then Namine was sick and then died, and Magnet was depressed, and friends, and then it was Lys's birthday....

And now a couple more months have passed, and it's now December, not October anymore. And more stuff has happened. My dog Penny has now been put down, and a friend of my dad's had a heart attack and died in his car, another friend also had a heart attack (thankfully, his was mild and he's been doing better), and....

Ahem. Yeah. Lots and lots of stuff. So, I'm gonna just get on with actually talking about Lilo & Stitch now, yeah? ^^

"You can't shoot, and you can't be seen. Look at you! You look like a monster! We have to blend in!" )
ashkiryn: (tod and copper)
Oh yes. This is happening.

I decided to bump this movie up on my To Watch List....simply because I felt like it. I feel like watching my favorite Disney movie of all time, and damn it, that's exactly what I'm going to do. *nods decisively*

"Copper? You're my very best friend." "And you're mine too, Tod." )
"And we'll always be friends forever, won't we?" "Yeah, forever."
ashkiryn: (maleficent and phillip)
Because I might as well do this now, while the movies are still fresh in my memory. No play-by-play account sort of thing, like I did last time with Snow White, because this time I didn't watch them by myself; Lys and her friend Sarah watched too. Pocahontas was Sarah's choice for a movie, and mine ended up being Fantasia. But even though I couldn't type this post and jot down notes as I watched the movies, I'm still going to be doing this blog thing. Just because I know I'll kick myself later if I don't.

Not that I hate watching Pocahontas or Fantasia, like I do Snow White or some upcoming movies. But still. I need to be SOMEWHAT productive today, even if it's just on a personal level.

Read more... )
ashkiryn: (ienzo/zexion)
I've told myself that at some point, I've got to go through and rewatch pretty much all the Disney movies that I possibly can---because while I love some of them FOREVER AND EVER, and I'm more familiar with others, there are a shocking amount that I haven't seen in pretty much over a decade (I'm 20 yrs old at the moment, so I basically haven't seen some of these since I was a pretty little kid). And I doubt that I've seen some of them more than once, really. Part of the reason for that is because I've purposefully avoided some of the movies like the plague, the most prominent examples being Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio, and I did that for various reasons that I'll eventually get into (because said reasons are tied up in my repressed emotions and things that people like my counselor and doctor tell me that I need to deal with). But I figure that, aside from the repressed emotions deal, it wouldn't be fair of me to continue to dismiss these movies throughout my life without giving them a chance to be seen through my matured, more adult eyes. So, here I am. I'm trying to go in order of when they were released, so first up is Snow White.

Read more... )


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