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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Writing on Oscar Movies

 

This was the year of Scorsese, even if only two people say so — the three-Oscar-winning writer-director-producer of the four-Oscar-winning Parasite, Bong Joon-ho — and me. Tarantino should have swept the Awards, but the Academy still desperately hopes that a sufficient number of sufficiently clever and sentimental auteurs will save cinema from the twin evils of Disney, perpetually snubbed, and Netflix, perpetually snubbed despite throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at winning a Best Picture Oscar.

Recent victorious auteurs include the insightful, but irresponsible enemy of liberalism Jordan Peele, the uninspired, sentimental Guillermo del Toro, his more insightful friend who’s absolutely clueless about the world we live in, Alejandro Inarritu — to say nothing of the other moralistic winners based on the hope that finally Hollywood will fix America’s race problems: Green Book, Moonlight, 12 years of slave…

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In Defense of Adulting at Disney Parks

 

Friday’s New York Post released an article, “Sorry, childless millennials going to Disney World is weird,” commenting on a rant by an angry mom who is clearly morally superior based on her obscenity-riddled Facebook post that has gone viral. The story was that a childless young woman was in line ahead of a mom and her 3-year-old son to get a pretzel, and because it took too long and the mom got frustrated, her child cried. Lady, nobody made your child cry but you, when you told him, “no,” because you did not feel like waiting. Perhaps you should have used this as a moment to teach your child how to wait in line and how to be patient. Rather, you post a vicious attack on Facebook that anyone without a child should be banned, blaming them for entitlement and creating long lines… all while strongly believing you should be able to skip ahead – how ironic.

Johnny Oleksinski laments in his article that people between 23 and 38 (mostly millennials) have an “unhealthy” relationship with the biggest corporation geared towards children in the world. The claim is that adults are “throwing their money away” on frivolous things meant for children. Certainly there are some that are a bit… overboard… on the Disney stuff. You know the ones – they have the full-on Little Mermaid themed bathroom, or Mickey ears for every single occasion… it’s a little weird, but what really is the harm in capitalism?

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In an interview with Reuters (as reported by The Hill), Bob Iger, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company, has proclaimed that “It will be very difficult for Disney to film in Georgia if the ‘heartbeat’ bill takes effect.” (Emphasis below mine). More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Episode #100: Tim Burton

 

Friends, we celebrate our 100th episode with a conversation with Paul Cantor on Tim Burton’s early movies: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and Ed Wood. We start, however, with the new Dumbo and Burton’s attack on Disney, television culture, celebrity, and all that… For more Cantor on Burton and other pop culture writing, here’s the book: The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture.

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In ‘get off my lawn’ news, I am kinda sick of the Nightmare Before Christmas-ization of Halloween. I’ve heard the theme constantly today, and Skellington is the face of Disney’s Autumn/Winter Haunted Mansion for who knows how long? The tedious and forgettable quarter century-old movie (I admire the actors, director, and Oingo Boinger in other […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #14: Richard Rushfield

 

My favorite newshound in Hollywood joins me on the podcast — Richard Rushfield, author of The Ankler newsletter. You will have heard him on the Ricochet podcast a while back and this is your chance to get his views on the conflicts now changing the most splendid and sordid of American industries. We talk Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and the other studios, most of which may not be long for this world. We talk tech disruption and the recovery of memory through the vast number of characters Disney owns — in fact, Disney seems to have copyrighted our memories and fantasies! We talk digital future and business models now. Listen to our conversation, share it, and comment, folks!

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David French of National Review and David French of National Review welcome more good economic news, including weekly jobless claims at the lowest level since January 1973 and the highest consumer sentiment in 14 years. David fights back against the intolerant liberal mob that wants former National Review columnist Kevin Williamson ousted from his new position at The Atlantic in the latest example of demands for ideological purity in journalism on the left. And they fume at a Planned Parenthood chapter in Pennsylvania for not only tweeting that Disney needs princesses that have had abortions, are undocumented, are union members or transgender, but they unload at the radical social justice warriors who insist pushing an extreme agenda in the face of small children.

NOTE: There will be no Three Martini Lunch on Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday. Jim and Greg will be back on Monday, April 2. Happy Easter!

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*This probably won’t be for everyone but I reviewed Coco through a letter to my nieces and nephews. We lost their grandfather this fall, right before its release. He was a man of the Left but a great one nonetheless. I like to think if he paid better attention he would have known better. He […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic that Republicans may soon pass a tax cut and while the proposal is not perfect, it moves in the right direction on a number of fronts. They also react to Disney becoming an even more mammoth presence in entertainment with the news it is paying over $52 billion to buy most assets of Fox. And they discuss the latest hit to the credibility of the Russia investigation, as a recently fired Mueller deputy referred to pursuing an “insurance policy” just in case Trump won the election.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Mouse That Ate Hollywood

 

It’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now but it became official on Thursday morning. The Walt Disney Company is acquiring the majority of assets from 21st Century Fox, thereby creating the world’s largest media company by far. This deal will have regulatory hoops to jump through all over the world and will probably take 18 to 24 months to close.

It’s much easier to list the assets that Disney will not get as opposed to what they do get. Not included in the deal:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Coco: A Movie Review

 

The latest Pixar/Disney film is Coco, which tells the story of a boy who, on the Mexican Day of the Dead, accidentally transports himself in the world of the dead. He then must find his way home, encountering and working with his departed family to get back before sunrise, when he would find himself permanently trapped.

If you have seen the previews, then you should already be prepared for the quirky and colorful animation to come. I must confess that I had my doubts before seeing the movie, fearing that the animated skeletons would be little more than fodder for cheap gimmicks and gags, but the story rises far above that, using the animation merely as the vehicle through which a deeper story is told.

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A touching story that had been in development for a long time apparently. <sigh>. More

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A few years ago, in a whimsical mood while at work, I imitated the strong Indian accent of one of the engineers that worked at my company, much as Peter Sellers had done from time to time on the big screen. My supervisor immediately admonished me for my lack of political correctness. I replied by […]

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Some of the best movies are the ones that provide surface entertainment while having something deeper to think or talk about if you so wish to go that far. As far as Children’s movies go, this movie delivered. Like an onion, every subsequent viewing of Disney’s Moana revealed something a bit deeper than the last. At the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Disney Reaps What It Sows

 

Four weeks ago ESPN personality Jemele Hill took on President Trump in a series of Tweets (condensed into a single quote here):

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me. Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

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The Love Experts – A Belated Review of Frozen When I say belated, I mean two years late (or is that three now). I considered doing a series of all Disney Animated features, or at least the “Princess” movies, but my views can be entirely conventional when uninspired and after re-watching Frozen with my children […]

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I found this story on Fox News this afternoon (Todd Starnes’s column): Disney Goes Gay with First Same-sex Cartoon Kiss. More

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Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color debuted on this day in 1961. Did you tune in to watch? The clip above is from the first episode to air.  More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Should Disney Be Sued for Wrongful Death?

 

GatorEarlier this week we heard of the horrific death of a two-year-old boy by an alligator in a large lagoon adjacent to a Disney-owned resort hotel next to Disney World in Orlando. Can and should the grieving parents sue Disney for wrongful death? From the NY Post:

Witnesses said Lane was giggling and having fun in about 6 inches to a foot of water on the shoreline of the 172-acre lagoon during an outdoor movie event before the alligator dragged him away at about 9 p.m. Tuesday — with his horrified parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, nearby.

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