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text 2014-11-16 04:03
Worst Movie of the Year

Nothing in this movie made sense. Nothing. A big pile of stupid wrapped in a huge budget. If Michael Bay directed fairy tales, this is the movie he would have made. My nine-year-old daughter was screaming about plot holes throughout the entire film, and you know what, she was right. None of the character's motivations made any sense. There were zero rules behind the "magic". And, to top it all off, the movie contradicted itself constantly. 


Kids are not stupid. I wish more filmmakers would realize that even the little ones deserve good storytelling. 

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text 2014-11-04 21:51
Guess what's on Vudu today...



When my children were young, I purchased almost every new Disney release. I enjoyed watching the movies just as much as the children. Maybe more. I will admit, I love animated feature films. They make me happy and I probably laugh a little more than a grown-up should but...so what. 


Why do I want to see Maleficent so bad? Well, when I was a little girl, my mother read my brother and I bedtime stories. I'm sure I picked the story of Sleeping Beauty more than my brother cares to remember but I loved when my mother became the character of Maleficent. My mom was a genius when it came to character interpretation. She didn't just read to us. She acted out each character of every story. Maleficent was a particular favorite of mine. Naturally, I want to see this cherished childhood memory come to magical, animated life. I'm sure my mother could've given Jolie a run for her money.

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video 2014-07-23 14:05
Horns: A Novel - Joe Hill
The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty - Walt Disney Company,Disney Storybook Art Team
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola

Daniel Radcliffe is going to lead in this movie Horns based on the book with the same name.


This is the third movies that I like with horns on the main character. Maleficent is one. Hellboy is the other.


The horns played against the tradition that representing the devil or Satan as the bad guys. 

Horned characters give a little bit more "defiance" against authority, and if it turned out to be not bad, it give us the audience a way to feel good about the supposing bad guys.


As it is Daniel Radcliffe, it is hard not like it. 

Should give a more words than this but I'm being distracted. No one read this anyway but me. So I would wait a bit later for further analysis. 



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text 2014-06-16 15:24
From Toothless to Smaug to Maleficent: 10 of Our Favorite Dragons in Pop Culture

Daenerys’ roaring children, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug, Toothless’ reappearance on the big screen: dragons are definitely in style this season! Fire-breathing, scaled, and generally-winged, dragons have been a big hit in myth and fiction for centuries. These days, they’re taking popular fiction and the big screen by storm. You can even check out this reference guide to compare the size of your favorite dragons! Here are 10 of the most beloved dragons in pop culture; which are your favorites?


Smaug: Deadly, uncaring, and a definite hoarder, Smaug has been terrorizing us since we read The Hobbit as kids, saw the Rankin and Bass animated feature, and most recently in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He may be able to smell a burglar, but seeing into the shadow realm? Good luck finding Bilbo now!


Toothless: Made famous by the Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon and the forthcoming sequel, this dragon started out on the pages of Cressida Cowell’s books. Toothless, the most house-cat-like dragon we've ever seen, makes life a little more interesting for Hiccup and the rest of the Vikings, ultimately changing how dragons and humans get along forever!


The Game of Thrones Trio: Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon - how awesome are these three? Both in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the Game of Thrones show, these are probably the most famous dragon siblings in the world. Yes there are other dragons alluded to in AsoIaF/GoT, but these three are the last dragons – the children of a species long thought dead. Plus they have a princess as their mother, which is a pretty fantastic reversal of that traditional dragon-princess relationship.


Kazul: A unique member of the dragon community in Patricia C. Wrede’s The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Kazul has no problem taking a human princess under her (literal) wing and enjoys a good batch of homemade cherries jubilee. She’s also an aspiring King of the Dragons when we first meet her because, as Kazul herself explains, “Queen of the Dragons is a totally different job from King, and it’s not one I’m particularly interested in.” ”‘King’ is the name of the job. It doesn’t matter who holds it.”


Falcor: The famous luck dragon of Fantasia (or Fantastica, in the original The Never-Ending Storynovel) is one of the more personable dragons in our line-up. He speaks, gives sage advice, and has no real aversion to being a mount for Atreyu (and later Bastian). While he's less of a scaly fire-breather then the others on this list, having a luck dragon with you really is the only way to travel.


Elliot: Also known as “the dragon from Pete’s Dragon,” there is some debate as to whether Elliot is imaginary, since Pete is the only one that can see him. Elliot helps Pete escape one of the scariest “families” in Disney family films and helps re-unite Pete's new family with those they’ve lost. Oh, all while evading a snake-oil-selling duo that’s recently turned to dragon poaching.


Mushu: “I'm travel-sized for your convenience!” Mushu is a tiny dragon in Disney's Mulan trying to prove himself by helping Mulan protect China and her family's honor. He winds up causing more trouble than he resolves, but he's a devoted friend and helper nonetheless.


Maleficent: The horned sorceress we remember from Disney's Sleeping Beauty makes a comeback this spring with her own movie and a telling of her side of the story. In a signature move in the animated feature, Maleficent transforms into a magnificent dragon breathing green fire and wreaking havoc on that fairy tale kingdom. The new movie tells us more about who she is, her dark powers, and more!


Mad Madam Mim: Often forgotten amongst the dragons is the giant pink/purple dragon that Mad Madam Mim becomes in Disney's The Sword and The Stone. She's a terrible monster to fight, and while merlin does defeat her, that doesn't mean she isn't just as fierce as the other dragons on this list!


Tiamat: No, not the draconic goddess from D&D, the baby dragon purchased from a seedy magic shop in Bruce Coville’s Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Even as a hatchling this little spitfire is fiercely loyal to Jeremy, swooping in to protect him and avenge any wrongs done to him. In the end their attachment to one another is so strong that a dimensional rift can’t truly keep them apart.

Source: quirkbooks.com/post/toothless-smaug-maleficent-10-our-favorite-dragons-pop-culture
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review 2014-06-05 04:46
Maleficent is magnificent
The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty - Walt Disney Company,Disney Storybook Art Team

This colorful book is based on the movie and is nicely done. The other one, probably a more adult version that I don't have, would probably be nice too.


The story. If you have seen the movie, you will like this one.


If you haven't seen the movie, it is still a simple, and a different take on the old fairy tale. 


A nice twist.


Like Frozen, it take a villain, give the character a back story, in explaining their action. 


This is explaining how the "dark faerie" turned dark, and in her anger, put a curse onto a baby.


I wouldn't like it if it is not this way.


The innocent girl is a bit too naive in this one. Maybe give her a bit more spirit and less trusting would be even better.


The story is a bit too straight forward, to the point of predictable. 


Once the story is set up, we kind of know the ending.


Also, add the remorse for the king would even be better. Give him some back story and so he is not totally disgusting.


It is an easy read, suitable for children. 


Still a 5 stars read, as there isn't a lot of children book that put that much efforts into making. 


10 bucks well spent. 


Go read it. 

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