Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)‘Frozen’ is a terrific movie that’s highly enjoyable through character, song and humor  What it is, is just as impressive as what is has accomplished on a larger scale since its Thanksgiving debut. From box-office records to powerful girls and entertaining boys, ‘Frozen’ is already a new kind of Disney classic.

Minor spoilers after the jump.

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The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

Side note: There is a reasonable argument to be made that any episode in a series has individual value that might not coincide with the bigger picture. Surely, Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s famous fantasy novels each have their own merit. But shot simultaneously, overlapping stories that are separated in the books and a decade of being viewed in marathons or sequenced airing, the three films are now best reviewed as one. Which is why this review focuses on the movies, though credit to Tolkien, where appropriate, is given.

Packing eleven hours of film, the extended editions of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ are long. Really long. almost painstakingly long. The story of Frodo and the Ring is a grand one, set in an extensive en elaborately described fantasy world. The details of Middle-Earth earn a careful, considerate treatment such as this one, but solely due to the effort Tolkien and Jackson put into its universe. Storywise, in a day and age when consumption is decisively quick, Frodo’s quest is too simple to take eleven hours. Lees verder “The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)”

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)There are few films that transcend beyond art, scope and financial success. They’re set free into the world and quickly stop being the work of their creators. They fall into the lap of the audience that embraces them like they do a dear pet. They become a part of their lives and remain that way forever because they defy time or pop cultural skepticism. They’re classics. True genre defining films whose few flaws are forgiven for the entertainment, and consequently sentiment, they bring. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for its few flaws, is a classic. It only just became an adolescent, with the fine age of twenty-one, but much more like a person this masterpiece, that confirmed Disney’s return to the throne of animation, is like a rose that never ages. Fresh, romantic and magical. Lees verder “Beauty and the Beast (1991)”

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)As one of the most important films in animated history, ‘The Little Mermaid’ has some weight to carry as the years progress. The film that rejuvenated the Disney brand and ringed in a new era of animation certainly should hold up as well as some of the other classics. It both does and doesn’t. Ariel and her friends are still a prime example of the musical/animation hybrid that now defines Disney. However, in a increasingly more savvy, post-Shrek and Pixar world, the tale of the red headed beauty might be a little too sweet.
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Nederland Serieland

Het kijken van een serie is niet langer beperkt tot de woonkamer. Steeds meer websites, diensten en apparaten maken het mogelijk om series te kijken waar en wanneer het de gebruiker uitkomt. Nederlanders willen meer series zien, praten er graag over en willen er veel over weten. Door de omarming van het publiek lijkt het entertainment genre uit de kinderschoenen gestapt. Hoe zijn series op eens zo populair geworden? Lees verder “Nederland Serieland”

The Show of a Lifetime

On one of my walls in my college dorm room there’s a huge poster of a surfer walking on a beach at sunset. It says ‘It’s nothing like where you live. And nothing like what you imagine.’ The air of exclusivity and subtle teasing that surrounds the poster mixed with a gorgeous backdrop is exactly what made me so invested in the show it advertises. Ten years have come and gone since ‘The O.C.’ premiered on FOX in the autumn of 2003 and to me it’s as brilliant, influential and beautiful now as it ever was.

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The Vampire Diaries – Season 4

The fourth season of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ contains all kinds of new components. The opening has changed into a more generic introduction to the show (don’t worry, they change it back later on). The show is losing some of its steam because it’s using a lot of familiar tricks (understandably so considering this is the fourth season of a show that packs more story than any other show out there). Oh, and the main character is very much dead. Season 4 feels fresh and vibrant. Because “losing steam” on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ means that it’s still pretty much the most daring, fast-paced, ahead-of-the-curb drama that is on the air, there’s still enough to enjoy. The visual effects rival that of ‘Game of Thrones’, the bloodshed and death count puts ‘Dexter’ to shame and the risk the writers dare to take make any show look like child’s play. And yet, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is still seen as that teen show about a girl in love with two vampires. Which is true. But if you judge a show by its premise, you’re going to miss out on the most fun you can have on network television. Lees verder “The Vampire Diaries – Season 4”