Casabloga: Bridge to Terabithia

When I started this series years ago (has it really been over five years since my first entry in this series!?), there were a few titles I knew I would never review for various reasons. Some of them were things like the Star Wars and Harry Potter movies. I just felt it’d be wrong to consider them some of the greatest movies of all time. My mind is weird.

But one of them I made sure to never review was Bridge to Terabithia. Reason being that ever since I saw it for the first time in 2007, it’s been one of my favourite films of all time. For the longest time after seeing it, it was actually my number one favourite.

You Don’t understand, I was seriously obsessed with this movie. I bought the original book it was based on and read it, I wrote my own fan fiction (a prequel which explains how everything got there in the woods, but I ended up hating because it took away Leslie’s creativity), and actually wrote letters to some of the cast (I never sent any of them, but all of the letters were rather lengthy).

My point is that I didn’t want to review it because of my own bias. Nostalgia Critic reviewed the film and he tore it apart, and most of the comments were agreeing with him. So it’s definitely not a popular opinion to like this movie, much less consider it one of your favourite of all time.

So why am I doing this? Because it’s my rules, I can change them if I want to. You didn’t even know about that rule until I told you just now!

Last night, I found out that the 2007 Disney/Walden movie I have loved all these years (has it really been twelve years!?) was not the first film adaption. As obsessed as I was back in the day, I never even knew there was a Canadian movie made in 1985. It’s available in it’s entirety on YouTube. It’s just under an hour long, and I watched it last night. Let me tell you my thoughts on that movie.

It

was

awful!!!

The following is from the Wikipedia article for the 1985 version:

The story was based on the death of Lisa Hill, the best friend of Katherine Paterson‘s son David, who was struck and killed by lightning when she was eight years old.


In a 2007 interview, David, who later co-wrote the 2007 movie version, referred to this version as being “like the crazy cousin in a mental hospital that nobody talks about” and goes on to say that “no one on our side was either involved with it or happy with the final product.”

So, it’s so bad that the family had nothing to do with it (and has nothing to do with it). It hurt having to sit through that, because the acting was terrible, writing was terrible, and there’s a part at the end where they had to dub in the kid playing Jess and it sounds like a voiceover.

Tonight, I found out that the good Terabithia is on Netflix. How I didn’t know that already is beyond me, but I decided to watch it since it’s been like six years since I’ve last seen it.

Seeing it after watching the 1985 mess makes me appreciate the 2007 masterpiece so much more! It’s essentially the same story, and even some scenes are word-for-word for the most part. But the 2007 version has much better acting, and is shot better, and everything.

Not going to lie; the book, while really good, is kind of empty. The 1985 film follows the book more than the new one did. But this time it’s actually a good thing. For the 2007 film, they took what the book offered and expanded on the story, added characters and scenes, etc. The original movie actually seems to hurry along as fast as it can. Janice upsets Maybelle, Jess and Leslie promise to get her back, they write a fake love letter, Janice falls for it, cries, Leslie finds out Janice’s father hits her. It goes by that fast. In the new movie, they slow down and what I just described takes at least ten minutes to unfold. If I hadn’t seen the 2007 one already, I would have been completely lost while watching the 1985 one.

The soundtrack is also another thing I love about this movie. The opening theme is incredible, and has an epic sense of wonder to it. If I didn’t know it was from a movie, hearing it by itself would make me want to go on a fantastical adventure. Then you’ve got the songs they chose, all of which seem to feel just right for this movie.

There’s even an all-star cast. AnnaSophia Robb (Because of Winn-Dixie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jumper), Josh Hucherson (Zathura, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Hunger Games series), Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, Elf, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Fire in the Sky, The Unit), Bailee Madison (Wizards of Waverly Place, Once Upon a Time, The Fosters) and Latham Gaines (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, King Kong).

The 2007 film had me bawling the first time I saw it (heck, almost every time I see it). The last half hour was done so well, that it’s literally impossible to not at least feel sad while watching it. The 1985 film was so poorly done that I couldn’t help laughing at how bad it was. Especially at the end. That’s not the reaction you’re supposed to have while watching that.

To end this, I will say that I highly recommend watching the Disney/Walden Bridge to Terabithia from 2007 if you get a chance. As I said, it’s on Netflix.

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Casabloga: The Incredibles 2

It’s been awhile since I’ve written in either of my blogs, so it feels weird that this will be the thing that breaks my blogging silence.

Last night, I was bored and decided to rent The Incredibles 2 on YouTube. Hadn’t seen it yet and wasn’t really eager to watch it. Not that I thought I’d hate it, I am just tired of Pixar sequels and didn’t think they’d be able to top the original. But I figured I’d have to watch it eventually, so I decided to get it over with.

Much to my surprise, not only is a good film (which you probably guessed I thought that by the fact I’m doing a Casabloga post about it and not a Desolation of Blog post), it far exceeded the original! It literally starts where that one ended. I just assumed we’d never find out how the fight with the Underminer went and it’d start a few months later or something. But no, you could remove the credits of the first film and watch these two back to back, that’s how close they happened.

One thing about the film I wasn’t aware of until after I watched it was that it was a little controversial. There are a few minor swear words in the film (like, someone says they’ll “promote the hell out of it”, someone else says, “I’ll be damned”, Frozone says, “What the fu–” and it gets cut off, things like that. Someone tweeted at Brad Bird about it, and I love his response!

He is absolutely right! Just because it is an animated film does not mean it is strictly a kid’s film. This film has surprisingly mature themes. Adults debate politics, Mr. Incredible has a realistic nervous breakdown, he and Elastagirl have marriage issues (subtly), etc. Little kids watching this film won’t be able to comprehend large parts of it. If they wanted to make it strictly for kids they’d have made it a wacky slapstick with superheroes.

But Pixar has been making more and more mature content over the years. Look at Toy Story, then look at Toy Story 3. I don’t know anyone who gets emotional watching Toy Story, but the first thing people talk about when they mention the third one is how emotional they got watching it. Can you have imagined them making Inside Out in the early 2000s? Or Coco? I made this my Snapchat story after watching Coco. I can’t imagine having the same reaction to A Bug’s Life.

My point is that I love this direction Pixar is heading. I never really gave it much thought until I saw Brad Bird’s tweet. It was just “the Pixar thing” for them to get deep nowadays. But looking back, I can’t imagine Pixar making something like the Shrek movies or Minions. Pixar films are usually high quality. I am seriously looking forward to what they’re doing next.

Casabloga: The Aviator

If you’ve been following this blog since 2014, you’ll probably think that I’ve already reviewed this movie. You would be right. When I originally reviewed The Aviator, I was under too much stress from preparing a big move, so I spent a little too much time playing Skyrim. I’d watched the film to take a break from the game (which I was playing to take a break from packing), and ended up deciding to write the review.

Unfortunately, I was too eager to get back to the game that I rushed the review and it was one of my worst ones ever. Second only to my Lion King review. I’ve been wanting to rewrite this for a long time, and now I’m finally doing it. Here is my original “review”, if you want to read it to see what I mean. I didn’t delete it, I just took it off the list and changed the category from Casabloga to Uncategorised.

Anyway, this is in my opinion one of Leo‘s best films. I didn’t know much about Howard Hughes when I first watched it in 2004, but it’s what got me interested in him. After watching it, I read and watched everything I could find one him. The movie took a few liberties, but it’s accurate enough that I like to point to it as an example of how to make a biopic.

Everyone knows that he went mad later in life, but the film does a great job at showing him slowly getting there, even in his younger years. He had one of the most severe cases of OCD that I’ve ever heard of. In fact, when I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 22, I told them that I wasn’t anything like Howard Hughes. The doctor laughed and explained that there are different levels of severity.

Watching the film from the perspective of someone with OCD, I can totally relate to most of the things he does. Most of them are things that just bother me but don’t go as far as to tell anyone about, where he would have entire teams of people make sure everything was exactly the way he wanted. I sometimes wish I could do that, but also realise that’s not exactly a healthy way to live.

I think one of the biggest examples is actually something he does in the movie that makes him seem like a real jerk to most people. There’s a scene where he’s washing his hands and a guy with crutches is washing his hands next to him and asks him to hand him a towel. He says, “I’m afraid I can’t do that”, making the guy with crutches get it himself.

Yes, that seems like a jerk move, but I honestly felt like I understood. Maybe this isn’t why he did it, but in my mind I couldn’t imagine touching the clean towel while my hands still had soap on them. I’d have to wash the soap off first, but then I’d be handing the guy a wet towel. I mean, if that scenario personally happened to me I would just hand him the towel, but I’d have to start over and rewash my hands all over again.

There’s something that happens late in the film that is an extreme version of something I’ve been through. His girlfriend comes over and he has sections of the house roped off, saying “This is the germ-free area. You’re safe here”, then freaks out when she goes into a taped off room. I’ve never roped off areas, but I have avoided using entire counters because I set a dirty pan on it a week ago, and I know that spot is dirty (for example).

But the fact that I can watch this movie and relate to the OCD tendencies is testament to how good of an actor Leo is. I literally believe that this is Howard Hughes, and he is afraid of germs.

Another amazing actor in this film is Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn. Cate is spot-on as Katharine. Here is the first time we see her in the film, and here‘s a compilation of clips of the real Katharine shown at the 2004 Academy Awards to honor her life (she passed away in 2003). The first two minutes is Julia Roberts talking about how awesome she was, because she really was a legend.

But those are just two of the stars in this film. You’ve got Alec Baldwin, John C. Reilly, Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale, Ian Holm, Jude Law, Gwen Stefani, William Defoe, and a much more.

I have to mention the fact that they got the extraordinarily talented Rufus Wainwright to sing Stairway To Paradise. This film is what introduced me to him, and he’s ridiculously talented. He can do pretty much anything. Some of my favourite of his songs include Hallelujah, Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk, and Across The Universe, which is one of the rare good Beatles covers (and yes, that’s a young Dakota Fanning).

I think my only real complaint with this film is that it stops when it does. He flies the Hercules (Hughes hated it being called “Spruce Goose”, so I never call it that), then the movie ends. But he lives thirty more years before dying. I kept waiting for there to be a sequel showing the rest of his life, but by now I doubt they’re going to. It’s been fourteen years, they’d have done it already. Unless they’re waiting for Leo to get to the right age, which makes sense.

Also, I think another reason they stopped when they did is because around that time is when the madness really started to kick in. He spent so long in seclusion, doing business deals behind closed doors, that the public started to wonder if he’d actually died and people were just benefitting off his name. It got to the point where he ended up being forced out of seclusion to prove he was alive.

If you want to know more information on Howard Hughes, I highly recommend this documentary. It goes more in-depth, and actually contains interviews with several people who knew him. You can also read this book for even more information. The author is interviewed in the documentary.

Casabloga: Unfriended

If you’d have told me a week ago that I’d be writing this post, I’d have called you crazy. Heck, if you’d told me yesterday. When I first heard of Unfriended, I assumed it was just a gimmick. There’s no way a movie that’s just a Skype call could possibly be good. The fact that there’s already a sequel just proves it.

But one of my bestfriends saw Unfriended: Dark Web today and posted on Facebook, “I am legit walking out of the theater shaking. “These Unfriended movies are dementedly genius!” (that was his post copied and pasted). I was confused, so I commented saying that I’ve never seen the first one. He and another friend commented that I should. We usually agree when it comes to movies, so I rented it on YouTube and watched it tonight.


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So, as you can see, in less than half an hour I went from thinking it was just a gimmick to actually liking it. Almost immediately, I realised it was something unique.

It uses real sites and programs, such as Facebook, Spotify, and Skype. This was a surprise to me, because usually in movies they use fake ones. Using real things adds to be authenticity and believability of the film.

The entire film is from the screen of the main character, Blaire. It opens with her looking up information on her friend, Laura Barns, who committed suicide a year previously. After a minute her boyfriend calls and the story begins. It’s essentially all in one shot, because it never cuts away from the screen, and instead has Blair switching tabs on the left (she’s using a Mac).

But as boring as this probably sounds, this is actually used to great effect to tell the story. You can see by the way the cursor moves how Blair is reacting to situations. Something will pop up and the cursor will pause, then slowly go over to click it.

I think one of the best uses of this is one scene when the characters in the Skype call criticize Laura, the girl who committed suicide, and Blair is using iMessage with her boyfriend in another tab, telling him they didn’t know Laura like she did, that she had a hard life. When her boyfriend asked what she meant, she types, “When she and I were young”, deletes it, types, “When she was”, deletes it, types “Her uncle”, deletes it, then finally types, “Just family stuff” and sent it. So much is implied by her deleted messages but isn’t explained. We don’t need it explained, and a lesser film would have gone down that road and handled it poorly.

The acting was surprisingly realistic. The group of friends got into a few fights, and there were real tears shed. Then when they were laughing and joking around, it felt like they were actual friends in a Skype call. I believed that we were watching a real group of friends interacting. Even when they were fighting, if something happened between one of them they suddenly stopped fighting and showed genuine concern.

I was legitimately freaked out several times watching this movie. It’s very rare for a modern horror film to scare me, and I think the last one to do so was It Follows.

Pretty much my only real complaint with the film is the very last second. Literally the very last second. they go the jump scare route. But unlike Paranormal Activity’s jump scare ending, it actually makes sense. I just generally don’t like jump scares. But as I said, that’s my only complaint, and it doesn’t ruin the rest of the film. It’s not like it turns out they were actually on an alien spaceship the whole time or something.

I’m now excited about seeing Dark Web. According to my friend, and most of the reviews I’ve seen before writing this one, it’s better than the first. I seriously hope so, because this one was amazing!

Casabloga: Ready Player One

Everyone suggested that I watch this movie because I’ve been obsessed with pop culture my whole life. But I honestly had no interest watching it. To me, it felt like they were just trying to cash grab the whole nostalgia trend.

I just watched it, and I have to say… Of course they did! They’d be dumb not to!

Instead of just throwing every single nostalgic pop culture they could afford into an incoherent non-story like I was fearing, it was honestly one of the most coherent and interesting stories I’ve seen in awhile.

To me, it felt like a cross between The LEGO Movie, Assassin’s Creed (the games, I have yet to see the movie, but I’m sure it’s the same concept), Infinity War (at least during the epic battle near the end, and how it ends), and finally Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (especially how the movie ends). I don’t know if that was the intention, but that’s the vibes I got from the film. Believe me, those aren’t bad comparisons, and I totally mean that in the best way possible.

Especially the Assassin’s Creed element. It takes place in the present, and you use the Animus to go to a realistic game world, and you’re on the run from Abstergo, and even corporation. In Ready Player One, Wade puts on a headset to go to a game world, and is eventually on the run from IOI, and evil corporation.

In The LEGO Movie, the main character meets a tough girl with purple hair, and the two of them end up teaming up to take down the corporation.

In RP1, the main character meets a tough girl with purple hair, and the two of them end up teaming up to take down the corporation.

Again, not saying this to put the movie down. Even something as original as Inception has the same plot as a Donald Duck comic strip. Everything is inspired by something else. That’s not a complaint, just an honest inevitability.

I highly recommend everyone watch this film. Considering I didn’t think I’d like it, I ended up getting excited at several moment, and literally cheering when certain characters appeared.

I only have two complaints. The Iron Giant has a war mode that they never used. During the battle at the end I was expecting him to change, but he never did. The other thing is the Holy Hand Grenade. It’s from one of the funniest moments of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In the scene, they made a big deal about having to count to three before throwing. Wade pulls the pins, then throws it. If they’re going to include a reference like the Holy Hand Grenade, they should get it right!

But honestly, that’s just a nitpick. The movie as a whole was amazing.

Casabloga: Loving Vincent

When I heard that they were making this film, I knew immediately that I had to see it. I’ve been a fan of Van Gogh my entire life, and in fact The Starry Night is my favourite painting of all time. But the moment I officially became obsessed with him was when I watched Vincent and the Doctor, in my opinion the greatest Doctor Who episode of all time.

Loving Vincent is not only the story of the life of Vincent Van Gogh, but also the circumstances surrounding his death. Officially, he committed suicide. However, there have always been rumours that he was shot by someone else and just told everyone he shot himself so no one else took the blame.

But what truly sets the film apart is that it is the first one to be entirely animated through paintings. It consists of over 65,000 frames, every single one of them an oil painting in the style of Van Gogh himself. Not sure what I mean? Here is the trailer:

Not only is the story fascinating, the visuals are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. To be honest, this is the perfect way to tell his story. All of his paintings come alive, because everything he painted was inspired by actual people and places. In fact, Armand Roulin is the main character. Armand was the subject of some of Van Gogh’s paintings. His whole family was.

I feel that Vincent’s story is a very important one to share, because it’s a very relatable story of mental illness, depression, and suicide. He may, in fact, be the most relatable historical figure. That Doctor Who episode really helps to make him feel like a modern figure. As though if he were alive today he’d have had a better life. Not that he wouldn’t still be depressed, just that there’s now treatment for it. Back when he lived, he was just considered “mad” and everyone picked on him. Which, naturally, didn’t help his depression.

At the beginning of this post I linked to a scene from the Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor”. The following contains spoilers for that episode. For context, Amy Pond (the Doctor’s companion at the time) wanted to save Vincent from killing himself. She feels that if he knows how important he is in the present time, he wouldn’t kill himself. Van Gogh never knew he was famous, because that didn’t happen until after his death. So the Doctor uses the TARDIS to bring him to the present (when the video begins) to show him that all of his artwork is on display where all of the greatest works of art is, given it’s own special room. It’s the most crowded room in the museum. The Doctor has the curator (played by Bill Nighy in an uncredited role) talk about how important Vincent was to history, which obviously brings him to tears of joy.

The beauty of the episode, and the reason I feel it’s one of the greatest episodes of the show, is that despite their efforts, Vincent still kills himself. Amy is confused, and the Doctor stresses that they can’t undo all the bad in the world.

Basically, depression isn’t as simple as “Oh, I’m happy now, I’m all better”. Vincent was penniless and (at the time) hated by almost everyone who knew him. You’d think that’s why he committed suicide. So why did Robin Williams do it? He’s the complete opposite. extremely successful and loved by all. He had four films released after his death. Vincent’s suicide makes sense from a logical point of view, so why did Robin Williams do it?

The answer is that depression isn’t logical. Everything could be going right in your life, and yet you still have this dark cloud over you that you just can’t explain or understand. You could be surrounded by everyone and yet feel like you are alone on a deserted island.

This is why I feel it is important for this story to be told.

Loving Vincent is available on Blu-Ray as of today.

If You Know Someone in Crisis. Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Casabloga: This Is Spinal Tap

This is actually going to be a two part review. I was going to do my first double review of two unconnected movies (as opposed to whole trilogies like The Butterfly Effect or comparing a remake like Carrie), but decided to just split them into two separate reviews. So I’ll post this one tonight and the second one tomorrow night.

This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. It follows fictional rock back Spinal Tap, which has been around for over seventeen years (at the time of the film), as they tour America for the first time in years.

It is shot so well that had I not known it was satire when I first saw it years ago, I’d have probably thought Spinal Tap was an actual band that I just somehow missed.

The film has multiple iconic scenes, most famously the “Turn it up to 11” scene. But one of my favourite scenes, one that never fails to make me laugh, is when the band is standing at Elvis’ grave trying to harmonize to Heartbreak Hotel.

As mentioned above, the film makes this feel like a real band. So much so that I’m kind of curious what they’d be doing today. There have been a couple of updates, but nothing as big as an official full scale sequel.

The four main actors went on to become legends in their own right.

Rob Reiner, who both directed it and played the fictional director, Marty Di Bergi, finished the ’80s by directing Stand By MeThe Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally. He started the ’90s by directing the Stephen King classic Misery. He’s done quite a few between then and now, with an upcoming film, Shock and Awe, in the works.

Michael McKean went on to be on Saturday Night Live in the ’90s, as well as appear in numerous films. He currently stars in Better Call Saul as Chuck McGill.

Christopher Guest also went onto Saturday Night Live, but immediately. He’s appeared in numerous films and shows, such as The Invention of Lying and Family Tree,

Harry Shearer, like the other two band members, went on to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live. However, today he is best known as one of the main voices on The Simpsons.

This Is Spinal Tap really set the bar for future mockumentaries. Countless have been made in the over thirty years since it’s release, and there are very few that are even worth mentioning. However, there is one that came out fairly recently which I think is the closest thing to a modern This Is Spinal Tap we could have hoped for. That will be the subject of tomorrow’s review. Never thought I would say this on a Casabloga review, but…

TO BE CONTINUED…

Casabloga: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

This Is Spinal Tap, the film I reviewed last night, is the mockumentary that changed the genre forever. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is the modern day equivalent of it.

The film follows Conner, played by Andy Samberg, the former leader of the fictional rap group “Style Boyz”. It starts some time after the group split up and Conner has released his first album, his second about to come out. There are interviews with actually celebrities, such as Usher, RZA, and Simon Cowell.

Just as was the case with Spinal Tap, Popstar includes full-length songs. One of the funniest songs is called Equal Rights, which ends with a cameo by ex-Beatle Ringo Starr.

Also like the three stars of Spinal Tap, Andy Samberg was formerly on Saturday Night Live. That show is a great pool of talent from which to draw from. It’s honestly not at all surprising that Samberg went on to make this movie, because he was known on SNL for his Digital Shorts, many of which included rap songs he wrote. This one actually went viral when it aired in 2005.

There’s really not much I can say about it that I didn’t say about Spinal Tap. This has been harder to write than I thought it would be, because I’m trying not to repeat myself.

Basically, if you like films like This Is Spinal Tap, you are definitely going to like Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Casabloga: Cars 3

The title of this probably feels like a joke. I never would have thought that a Cars film would end up on my list of the great films of all time. The first film was okay, but was a little over-hyped. The second one is to this day the only Pixar film I have not finished because it was so bad. So when they announced the third one, I rolled my eyes and told my friends, “The only way that film would even be remotely worth it is if there’s a character called Vlad the Impala”.

Then they released the teaser. You have my attention, Pixar.

I’ve been wanting to watch it ever since that teaser released, and I have finally seen it, and it was better than I was hoping. In my opinion, it is the best entry in the entire series, including the two Planes spinoffs (the first was good, the second was better…yes, I watched them).

The following will contain spoilers.

In the subsequent trailers, it was clear that this was either going to be a Rocky V, Rocky Balboa, or Creed story. But it did something I didn’t expect. It starts off as Rocky V, becomes Rocky Balboa, and ends as Creed.

Lightening McQueen’s dramatic crash from the teaser ended up being Rocky’s brain damage from the beginning at the beginning of Rocky V that forced him to retire when he wasn’t ready to. But a younger car, Jackson Storm, is the Mason Dixon of this story that the older car has compete against. In the end, he passes the torch onto Cruz Ramirez, the Adonis Creed of this story.

Right, so the Rocky analogy isn’t exactly perfect, but you get the idea.

I think the reason this one was so good was for two major reasons; 1. While they included Mater, his part was more of a background character. So he wasn’t overused as with the previous two entries. 2) They focused on the right characters. Cruz is a new character, but I feel we know as much about her as if she’d been a part of the story the whole time. That’s how well the character development was done here. When she’s given the opportunity to race, it feels well-earned. Even more so when she actually wins.

I do have to say this; I never thought a movie about sentient vehicles would ever make me cry. There were multiple scenes in this film that had me at least tear up.

I honestly hope they never make another one. End it on a high note like this.

Casabloga: The Lion King

How I haven’t gotten to this one already is beyond me. However, there are several other films that I could probably also say that about, so I don’t feel so bad. The Lion King was recently re-released on Blu-Ray as part of the Signature Collection, and I bought it.

While I’ve seen this movie a thousand times, as I’m sure every ’90s kid has, it was my first time seeing it on Blu-Ray. The movie is as amazing as ever, but seeing it in HD you really get a sense of the amount of effort put into the film. The characters almost look 3D now.

But this isn’t a review of the Blu-Ray. However, I honestly don’t know what I could say about The Lion King that hasn’t already been said, I just really wanted to add it to my Casabloga list.

I’m excited about the upcoming live-action remake. Disney showed the new Circle of Life opening at D23 this year, but has not released the video online yet, even though at least once a week I look for it. I scoured the Blu-Ray hoping they’d release it on there, but they did not.