This week we discuss Maleficent and, since we’re discussing a Disney movie, we brought in a Disney expert – Jim Hill. Jim runs one of the premiere Disney sites on the web – JimHillMedia.com (covering theme parks, films and projects that almost were), a treasure trove of Disney past, present and future with a dash of other animation and theme park news as well. He provides us with the inside scoop on Maleficent and it’s production history.
All this plus a box office report from Kevin and a Video Recovery from Dan.
It’s Reel Spoilers #45 – Maleficent.
You’ve been warned.
Perspective is a powerful tool.
Oftentimes marred by a person’s opinion or emotions, differing perspectives can be deleterious. The inability to maintain the same interpretation of events or words can pit former allies against each other and bring down powerful entities.
On the other hand, being able to view the world from another person’s point of view can bring insight not previously possible. It allows us to perhaps fill in the blanks of our own opinions and views, and reconcile facts and beliefs to a degree we’ve never seen before.
There are always two sides to a story, and oftentimes in a film, we never get to see the antagonist’s. Thus is the story of Maleficent, the eponymous character who played the foil to Aurora in the original Sleeping Beauty. A live-action interpretation of the Disney animated film as well as two literary works (one by the Grimm brothers), Maleficent tries to bring to light the story of the previously reviled evil fairy godmother.
It wasn’t until I was a freshman at Truman State back in fall of 2002 (holy crap, it’s been a while) that my buddy Aric introduced me to one of his favorite shows called “Family Guy.” I’d never seen it before, but after watching my first episode (“Wasted Talent”), I was hooked. The brainchild of writer/star Seth McFarlane, it was raunchy, completely irreverent, and absolutely hilarious. I tore through the three seasons that’d been produced at that point. It would be nearly three more years before I could finally get more. I slowly lost interest as the series progressed, but I can still remember most of the first three seasons by heart.
Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.
It’s a three man show this week as Blake and Dan have gone missing…which results in Kevin concocting his own slash fiction. Plus, somehow Tom finds a way to connect the motivation of Magneto with the philosophical writings of C.S. Lewis.
It’s Reel Spoilers #44 – X-Men: Days of Future Past.
You’ve been warned.
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The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Director: Doug Liman