The Little Mermaid vs Sleeping Beauty

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and it was the first film to begin the modern classic era of Disney (which I believe stopped with Mulan). I rented this movie from the local video store and at the end I felt as though my heart was being wrenched in my chest. At that time I had never seen such a romantic film. The fact that she had to try and get Prince Eric to fall in love with her when she was unable to speak looked like a lot of effort that it couldn’t be anything but true love!

For ten years I placed The Little Mermaid at the top of the Disney ladder as the greatest Disney animation of all time. I was (am) a sucker for romantic story-lines.

Ten years has passed and I find the story is ridiculous. Prince Eric had to fall for Little Mermaid solely on her superficial looks. In THREE DAYS. He really fell head over hills with the mysterious singing voice. The film seemed to rush ahead more than I remembered.

I guess I have a thing about princesses with beautiful singing voices because the other Disney movie that I fell in love with was Sleeping Beauty. Prince Philip, like Prince Eric was attracted to the mysterious singing voice in the forest. I like how they did not declare their love for one another during the dancing and singing scene as another film may have suggested. Nevertheless, they were very attracted to one another and there was definite chemistry between the two, at least as much chemistry as two drawn humans could be without it being too cheesy.

That is why I am comparing the two. I treasured both films as a child but as a adult I believe Sleeping Beauty wins for its music, artistic detail, innovative sound production, and characters.

Princesses:

Ariel is naive, immature and impulsive while Princess Aurora at the same age is elegant, classy, and graceful.

Villains:

Let’s face it. When compared to Maleficent, Ursala is like Santa Claus. She’s evil but she isn’t as scary as wicked Maleficent who still chills me to the bone.

Prince:

They’re both amazing. It’s a tie.

But I prefer Prince Phillip. Shhh.

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Make sure Santa Clause doesn’t fall off the roof!

It’s time for the Christmas post of the year. Last year I chose to recap Christmas holiday specials of 90s Tv Shows. Today, I decided to talk about the movie ‘The Santa Clause’ staring Tim Allen. Yes, you should know that movie by now. I’ve been putting this post off for a few weeks, but now it’s time to put my mind back into my childhood and discuss what it is that Kids love about this film.

Charlie must stay with his dad for Christmas. Scott Calvin and Laura Calvin Miller are seperated. The first thing they do is argue about when is the right time to tell Charlie that Santa Claus isn’t real. Neil, Laura’s current husband told him that there’s no such thing as Santa. It seems that Charlie likes Neil way more than his own dad.

Scott (Tim Allen) really wants Charlie to believe that there is a Santa Claus. “What about people that don’t have fireplaces, how does he get into their house?” I wondered about this question myself.

In the middle of the night, Charlie hears noises on the rooftops. When they check it out Scott finds a man dressed in a Santa Claus costume trying to get into the chimney. At the sight of Scott, the ‘burglar’ falls of the roof. They hear jingles on the roof and find a line of reindeers!

Holy cow! That WAS Santa and his reindeers. I was astounded. Scott puts on the Santa suit and helps Santa deliver the presents. When he approaches a house without a fireplace, he gets sucked down a pipe and a fireplace magically appears. Answer solved!

The reindeers take Scott and Charlie to their new home; The North Pole. The elves and Santa live in a big beautiful mansion. Nothing like what I expected. I thought the workshop would be more taditional; like the one in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

They both wake up in Calvin’s house. Laura and Neil pick up Charlie and are worried that Charlie actually believes that a dream where his Father is Santa, actually happened. The scene where Neil tries to get Charlie to find Santa nonesence is gold.

Neil: Have you ever seen a reindeer fly?
Charlie: Yes.
Neil: Well I haven’t.

Scott begins to put on weight and grow white facial hair at an immense rate. Laura and Neil do the most horrible thing. They take Charlie away from Scott and suspend his visitation rights. Scott takes Charlie along with him to deliver the presents and the police are out to get him.

Scott finally returns Charlie home. When Laura comes to realize that he is Santa, I just wanted to cry, Neil’s reaction is just hysterical.

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I knew there was no Santa when I used to watch this every year as a child, but this movie made me wish there was a Santa. My parents laughed at me that I actually believed in Santa Clause at age 5. I was crushed. Thanks Mom and Dad!

I’m an adult now, but this movie still impacts me. It gives me the Christmas spirit. It is the only movie that has ever given me this type of spirit as a child. Checking the IMDB rating, I don’t think this movie is for the critics. They have no idea how this movie affects children. As Charlie said, “It’s okay Neil. You were just denying your inner child.”

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

P. S. May I just say the soundtack/score of this film is perfect!

“I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Do you? Do you, really? What are you, some kind of stalker? Last summer was awesome. I went overseas, ate some good, cheap food. Did you follow me all the way there too?

I know, this post is two weeks too late! I’ve had a pretty stressful halloween week that I forgot to post this. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ was released in 1997, staring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Freddie Prince Jr.

PLOT:

Four smokin’ hot teenagers [best cast ever] are driving towards the beach at night to celebrate their high school graduation. They accidentally hit a man and they believe he is dead. They freak out and decide to throw him down a lake instead of calling the cops or ambulance. However, when the ‘dead man’ was in the water, he latches out and becomes alive! Instead of saving him, they drown him even more so that he is dead.

*I much prefer Ryan Phillippe over Freddie Prince Jr., but Ryan acts like an ass hole in the movie.

After a year has passed, the gang receive a letter that says ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and they go on a hunt to find out who wrote the note. All they know is it’s some person hiding under a fisherman’s hat, and using his fisherman hook to kill everyone.

The first time I watched this (2005) I laughed throughout the whole move. They call this a scary movie? The Ring, now that’s some scary shit. Anyway, I recently watched it again and I don’t know why, I actually got scared. I guess the second time I knew that it wasn’t scary, so I watched it in a relaxed manner. I put myself in their shoes and being chased after a stranger (happens a lot in my dream) is scary as hell. This isn’t a ghost that will just give you a scare, but a person that can cause you tremendous amount of pain.

What I wanted to blog about was the trend it caused at school. Everyone kept saying ‘I know what you did last summer’. I knew it was a movie, but I hadn’t seen it at the time so I just thought “okay”. Four years after the movie was released, I gained an enemy in high school because she believed I turned her friends against her (she actually did that herself but whatever). She wanted to get back at me so she left me an anonymous note that said “I know what you did last summer”.

I knew who it was from and I just thought, “oh god, this is so lame. Are you serious?” It’s like us still quoting from Austin Powers. I was sooo scared. This will only work if I actually did something horrible last summer. Come on now.

I’m sure you all have your “I know what you did last summer” stories of your own.

Baby Luck can get you Anywhere

I was surprised to find out that Baby’s Day Out was a bomb at the box office. This was one of those movies that my school teachers decided to repeatedly play on the last day of school before school holidays. It wasn’t a problem as the response of the class was overwhelmingly positive. I bet my teachers grew tired of this movie.

Baby’s Day Out was written by John Hughes who is famous for his 80s brat-pack movies such as The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles. It stars twins Adam Robert & Jacob Joseph Worton as Baby Bink Cotwell. Baby Bink belongs to a rich socialite family in New York. He lives in a mansion and is mostly taken care of by his nanny. He loves to read ‘Baby’s Day Out’ with his nanny.

 

You dress your baby boy like a girl, Mrs. Cotwell!

 

Mrs. Cotwell decides to get his photograph taken for the social newspaper and hires a downtown photographer to take it. The photographers turn up in the worst disguises ever. He even ask to be alone with the baby. I don’t think it’s a good judgement call to leave your child with three creeps but Mrs. Cotwell does what she’s told. When she returns her baby has disappeared and a ransom note of 5 million dollars is left behind.

 

Do you take pictures or play golf?

 

I find it amusing that the baby doesn’t shed a single tear at the fact that he’s being taken away from familiar surroundings and away from people he recognises. The three dinguses take him to his apartment. Dingus no. 1 falls asleep besides the baby which gives him the chance to escape. Baby Bink enters locations and vehicles that he sees in the book ‘Baby’s Day Out’. The kidnappers chase after him, and in result; many slap-stick sequences ensue.

He takes the bus.

A department store’s care centre.

A ride in a taxi cab.

The Zoo – I really hope this is just a set because if animals are to be caged it must be outdoors with plently of room to roam around!

At a downtown park . . .

. . . And a building construction site.

The slapstick comedy isn’t particularly funny, but it’s entertaining because these guys deserved everything that was coming to them. If you enjoy watching Home Alone, you’ll definitely like this movie. I really hope no one missed out on watching this when they were a child. It’s light. It’s fun. And the baby is the cutest, baby, EVA!

 


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I got weepy at the end when the mother finds her child. I’m beginning to think I’ll cry at any movie about a mother and her baby. I consider this movie to be THE BABY MOVIE. An underated classic of the 90s.

Utahraptor spielbergi?

Hahahahaha…

That can not be the scientific name for the six-metre tall Velociraptor. Is it?

Here’s the low down:

Steven Spielberg wanted the scariest dinosaurs in his movie Jurassic Park. Velociraptors were only discovered to be only 1.8metres tall, but they would look too wimpy onscreen so he made his Velociraptors 6 metres tall. Not long after in Utah, USA 1992, scientist found a 6 metre tall ‘raptor’ just like the ones in the movie! They decided to call it Utahraptor because it was found in Utah. These raptors were super deadly, maybe even more so than T-Rex.

They didn’t live during the same period, but they were the most feared. What happens when these two monsters meet?

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The Utahraptor vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex

Size –
Utahraptor: Six metres long.
T-Rex: 5.4 metres tall.

Weight –
Utahraptor: Nearly a tonne.
T-Rex: Six tonnes

Best Features –
Utahraptor: Huge (38 centimetres) curved hind claws.
T-Rex: Huge, strong jaw and massive neck. Bite-and-shake action twice as strong as any other predator.

Speed/Agility –
Utahraptor: Runs on two feet. Top sprint speed: 64 kilometres per hour. Tail can do quick flips for easy turning and jumping. Climbs trees. Can’t dig.
T-Rex: Runs on two feet. Top sprint speed: 64 kilometres per hour. Stiff tail, good for flipping and turning quickly. Can’t climb, but large feet great for digging prayer out of borrows. Good swimmer, but kind of slow.

Senses –
Utahraptor: Excellent vision. Long snout means good sense of smell.
T-Rex: Great at smelling out a meal. Fantastic vision and hearing.

Smarts –
Utahraptor: Huge brain: much smarter than most other dinos.
T-Rex: So-so-sized brain; smart but no rocket scientist.

Strengths –
Utahraptor: Sharp teeth and long jaw good for quick, snapping bites. Mascular neck can jerk head and up for fast tearing action. Long claws on all toes good for grabbing, tearing.
T-Rex: Huge teeth look like elephants tusks and can cash through ribs, shoulder blades and skulls.

Weaknesses –
Utahraptor: Can’t move fash in forest. Lack of swimming skills makes it vulnerable in swampy areas. Small hind feet make walking in mud hard.
T-Rex: Can’t move quickly in dense forest. Slow on attack. Tiny arms.

Yes it’s been over a week since my first Dino post. But I swear this is the last dinosaur post. Dinosaurs are just so cool right now (90s).

This is what I think will happen. Utahraptor quickly climbs up a tree and jumps on top of T-Rex. He claws his eyes out and his back. T-Rex in pain, swings his head from side to side. He runs into a lake. Utahraptor has trouble moving but manages to claw into T-Rex’s body. T-Rex bites his tiny head off. Utahraptor Dies.

Sounds about right? Anybody think T-Rex is no match for clever Utahraptor?

Source: Disney Adventures Oct/Nov 1993

Dinosaur Theme Park

 Jurassic Park (the film based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same title) was released in 1993 and is one of Steven Spielberg’s most entertaining movies of all time. John Hammond wants to open a park filled with cloned dinosaurs, but must have a safety inspection first. Computer Architech Dennis Nedry (played by favourite 90s fatty actor Wayne Knight) gets bribed to steal dinosaur embryos to deliver to Hammond’s rival. Accordingly, Nedry shuts off the security system; allowing dangerous carnivorous dinosaurs to escape out of their cages. This is where the fun begins.

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I was petrified when I watched this movie for the first time. The beginning was light and fun, even included a cartoon explaining the cloning of their dinosaurs. I didn’t understand a thing but it was still cute to watch. Once T-Rex came into the picture, it was time to hide under the covers.

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I watched this again and the dinosaurs still looks real as they did the first time I saw it. So many films these days use computers to generate animals and other creatures but it ends up looking like a 3D animation. Examples are the two Chronicles of Narnia films. For some reason it works for Jurassic Park. The sound effects used in Jurassic Park are spectacular. The screech and growls of these dinosaurs are just scary. You MUST watch this with surround sound.

The scene that frightened me the most and still does a bit, is the scene in the kitchen. Tim and Lex (Hammond’s grand children are trying to get out of being dinner (or was it breakfast/lunch, who knows) to two hungry Velociraptors. Tim and Lex are only kids, so this is pretty much a nightmare come true for them. They’re only in a kitchen for Pete’s sake; there isn’t much space for you to run or hide.

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[Excuse the poor quality]

My other favourite scene was when Tim, Lex and Alan Grant get up close and personal with a Brachiosaurus in a tree. The dinosaur sneezed all over Lex. Cute.

Girls can play football too!

Two brothers go head to head at Pee Wee football when the star football player brother doesn’t include the nerdy brother’s daughter into his team. You see the girl is one of the best players who tried out, but he didn’t want her because she is well, a girl.

I thought I never watched this before. I just saw it this morning. When I watched the intimidation scene with white foamy drool escaped from their mouths, I definitely saw this before. That was the only scene I remember clearly.

I never knew Devon Sawa is in this. From there you can tell he would grow up into a handsome guy. He did, but now . . . he’s losing his looks. But he looks great here. Maybe he should lose some weight.

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Anyway, this children’s flick was a lot of fun. The main character Becky O’Shea is really good at football and makes her dad couch a team going against her uncle’s. When Junior Floyd joins the team, she gets gaga for him and decides she should be a cheerleader instead of a football player. Junior don’t do for tough tomboys.

The storyline is simular to Mighty Ducks. A crap team tries to beat the best team there is. But in this one they grab any kid anywhere to join the team. They don’t even have to like football. I had a lot of fun watching this.

6.5/10