Kansas City’s Power & Light District has been packed with music fans all summer looking for a reprieve from the heat with good music and a cold beer. Canada’s Metric was the latest band to join in the free music summer series in the entertainment district with San Francisco’s Panic Is Perfect opening.
For a film titled, “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1939 classic film gives very little screen time to its title character and its magical realm. It only explores a small chapter of the magical land described in Frank L. Baum’s book series. With “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” audiences finally get a greater look at not only Oz the man, but at Oz the land. With this deeper dive into the fantasy, it becomes clearer what makes both so great.
If only college applications could be this fun: Disney Pixar has unleashed a clever college-themed marketing campaign for its upcoming “Monsters, Inc.” prequel, “Monsters University.”
Disney has announced that there will be a new Star Wars episode in 2015. This announcement comes as part of the entertainment company’s plans to acquire LucasFilm and the rights to the Star Wars franchise in a whopping $4.05 billion deal.
In “Frankenweenie,” Tim Burton revisits his roots and creates a gothic-style story about a sweet misfit. It’s the best film Burton’s had in ages (which is a bit ironic considering “Frankenweenie” is sort of old and not just new; it’s one of his older shorts turned feature length). Yet, even with Burton seemingly back on track with the genre he initially charmed us with, there’s still something missing from “Frankenweenie” and even with all the electrical puns and jokes in this film, that certain spark just isn’t there.
In Disney’s new animated film, one bad guy tries to break free of his villain stereotype and become a hero. John C. Reilly plays “Wreck-It Ralph,” but Ralph quickly learns that his quest to become someone new might not be as easy as he thought.
This summer at the cinema, children have ruled the silver screen. Usually, decent child actors are hard to come by and if it is a child-focused film, the stories are usually about conquering an evil principal or something. Instead, this summer has not only discovered great child actors, but has put each of these actors in films with real heart. The romance of the two youths in “Moonrise Kingdom” melted hearts, the story of Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” moved plenty to tears and now the wide-eyed wonder of Timothy Green joins the list with the release of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
Strong female heroines in pop culture are an exciting trend, but what’s less than exciting is the trend for vulgar, inappropriate humor in children’s films. “Brave,” you let me down.
Before there was “Star Wars,” “Avatar” and basically movies in general, Edgar Rice Burroughs dreamed up a fantastical adventure about an Earth man that finds himself swept into a civil war on Mars. If Burroughs hadn’t written his John Carter/Barsoom series a hundred years ago, it’s hard to imagine any of the modern space opera films even existing. So it’s pretty exciting to see his stories finally coming to life on the big screen.
Arrietty might be little, but she’s taking audiences on a big adventure in “The Secret World of Arrietty.”
“Lady and the Tramp” is a classic love story that’s being released just in time for Valentine’s Day. Unlike many other Disney films from this era, “Lady and the Tramp” is an original tale — no classic fairytales or historical legends served as the basis for the story. Instead, characters and story lines were inspired by the lives of the creators and, of course, their pets. That’s what makes so many of the Blu-ray features on the Diamond edition so special — you really get a good glimpse at the inspirations and the original ideas that led to this story. Did you know that this was originally going to be a short series of adventures? That’s just one of the many fun facts the features reveal about this film.