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Snow White Retelling

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Home

 

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A Twist in Time

You all know Disney’s Cinderella, right? Do you know Cinderella III: A Twist in Time?

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This movie is great! Recently, our younger cousins came over to spend the night and we were planning on watching Disney movies the entire time. While we only ended up watching two before they fell asleep, we had our entire stack of Disney movies piled up and ready to go.

Rachel and I realized that we were missing a handful of Disney princess movies, so in my Disney high, I went on my Amazon app to buy a couple, including this little gem of a movie. It came out ten years ago and played around with the idea of the Stepmother stealing the Fairy Godmother’s wand to turn back time and make it so the slipper fit one of her daughters instead of Cinderella.

It was a fun take on the question all writers tend to ask themselves: “What if?” It was definitely one of the better Disney sequels out there, keeping fairly true to the original animation, music, and voices. If you’re a Disney fan and you ever get the chance to watch this movie, I hope you enjoy it too!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Home

 

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Beauty and the Beast

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Have you seen this movie yet? If you haven’t, please go and see it! It’s marvelously done what with giving it a few fresh takes while also staying true to the original animated film. Below are a few of my favorite aspects about the movie itself (warning — there may be spoilers!):

  • Emma Watson’s Belle was badass. Watson’s Belle, despite the movie’s time period, was a modern woman. Instead of crying on her bed like the animated Belle when she got to her castle bedroom, Watson’s Belle was immediately devising a plan to escape. She was as much of a hero as the beast was in the final fight against Gaston and the angry villagers.
  • Josh Gad’s Le Fou had a fantastic story arc of his own. There was tons of controversy surrounding his character when it was announced that he was to be Disney’s first openly gay character. However, it was a beautifully done arc, with it being subtle enough in the beginning and giving him a fitting ending.
  • I could go on all day about the rest of the casting — honestly, the cast was superb! Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson… Every actor was believable in his or her role and they did so well!
  • The music! The choreography! The singing and dancing numbers were just as magical as the animated movie, especially Gaston and Be Our Guest. There was even music that reminded me of the animated movie, giving an old Disney fan like me a nice throwback. Even the new songs were woven in beautifully.
  • Just everything about the scenery and the story itself… There were definitely questionable moments about the story in the original movie (such as the villagers not caring that their prince is, more or less, a beast for a decade or so and Belle’s mother), but this movie explained it all well. The scenery was gorgeous, both with the settings and the costumes (did you see Belle’s golden ballgown?!).
  • The script itself was very close to the animated movie, but it was updated enough to keep the story fresh. There were plenty of snappy quips between characters, too!

Despite how expensive movie tickets are nowadays, I would totally go and see this movie again in the theaters!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Home

 

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Go the Distance

So, Disney music is amazing.

Disney movies in general usually have those kind of, “Defeat all the odds!” “We can do this!” “I believe in you!” messages, and the music really reiterates the message. Even the villain songs, really — Be Prepared is about ambition for what you want, and Love is an Open Door takes on a new meaning when you realize Prince Hans true intentions, but for him it’s about getting what he wants. I’ve been listening to my favorite songs from the Moana soundtrack on a loop on Spotify for the past couple of days. Have you seen that movie yet? The animation and music are fantastic!

Yesterday I went and saw Disney on Ice with my older sister and our good friend who’s sister in all but blood. Poor Rachel has been sick all week, so she wasn’t able to go (but I got tons of pictures and videos on my phone for her, especially since the show all but encouraged people to share everything on social media). The show was called Dare to Dream, and showcased the Snow White, Cinderella, and Tangled (with little interludes by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, of course) stories.

Honestly, the music and the way the skaters glided across and around the rink, you forget they’re not dancing. The closing number, especially, had many of the princes and princesses come out to dance (including a couple of talented skaters stuck together in a Maximus, the horse from Tangled, costume!).

It’s a bit strange seeing the evolution of Disney movies and their characters throughout the years. There’s princesses like Snow White and Cinderella, who dreamed of different lives, and their wishes came true. Then there’s Rapunzel and, most recently, Moana, who chased after dreams and made them come true.

Those of us pursuing creativity need to do the same.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Home

 

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Homesick

Ever get that homesick feeling for a place that doesn’t exist? That pit of wonder nestled in your stomach for adventure or a new risk? I can just imagine that this is how Bilbo Baggins felt when thirteen dwarves and a wizard invaded his home to invite him on a quest to defeat a dragon.

I’ve just started rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban on my little journey to reread the Harry Potter series before diving into the Cursed Child. The Cursed Child is chilling on my bookshelf, waiting to be cracked open. Who knows, perhaps Rachel and I will read it together, each of us voicing certain characters as if we were on the London stage itself.

We may have the opportunity to go to London with a couple of good friends for the Cursed Child plays, probably next April during the school vacation. Rachel and I have never been out of the United States. In all honesty, the farthest we’ve been away from home is Disneyworld in Florida. Usually we hop a state or two away to a rented house by a lake. London will certainly be an amazing adventure if we’re able to do it.

Not only that, but yesterday Rachel and I were looking at homes, places from some “$50k and Under Places to Buy” list that I found while wandering the Internet. There was one property that was definitely a fixer-upper, but it had 6 bedrooms and we could just imagine what we would do with all that renovating space. A couple of offices here, a video game room there, an aquarium for Rachel in that room…

It made me homesick for a place I had never been. It’s a feeling I get once in a while after a really good reading session, but it’s leaked into reality, and all I can do is tack these on the “Things I’ll Do One Day” goal list.

We’ll see what happens.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Home

 

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Home

 

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Diversity Needed

I’ve done a few posts this year about different reading and writing hashtags on Twitter. Lately a couple of certain hashtags have caught my eye.

Namely, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.

Basically, these two hashtags are promoting fans’ want of Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen to find love with another woman, and for Captain American from Marvel (which is also owned by Disney) to kiss a guy (rather than his dead girlfriend’s niece). Not only have these hashtags been trending, but people are also freaking out over the possibility of a lesbian couple in a scene from Finding Dory’s trailer.

I’m a follower of We Need Diverse Books on Tumblr, and I do my best to branch out regarding ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientations with my reading and writing on a regular basis. Seeing these hashtags trend on social media just solidifies the need to normalize all these beautiful sorts of people.

After all, everyone is diverse and different in his/her/their own way.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Home

 

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