Movie of the Day – Lilo and Stitch

What a vastly underrated Disney animated movie.  Lilo and Stitch certainly was one of those Disney movies that might have seemed like a lower tiered Disney release, one not destined to have the trappings of a usual princess fare with some sort of whimsical nature.  No Lilo and Stitch is actually a much deeper animated adventure, one that goes into the idea of family, belonging and friendship.  It isn’t all seriousness, as the movie brings one of the most likeable characters to the screen, Stitch.  Plus this is kind of a girl and her dog bonding happening, which I am a dog person so this speaks right to me.

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Movie of the Day – Despicable Me

Amongst the new batch of movies that are coming out this week, the only thing that looks like it is worth its salt is the newest Universal Animation movie Despicable Me 2.  I must attest I have seen The Long Ranger and just wished they would have shot that horse behind a barn and move on with their lives.  I guess a little lighthearted fun this time around with a sequel to a surprise favorite of mine will surely give some relief  in this weeks release.  But hey, I guess there is no better time than now to go back to the first movie of the series.

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Movie of the Day – Justice League: Doom

I have never actually covered one of these DC Comics releases, I watch them all the time on Netflix and for the most part, a lot of them are pretty damn amazing.  The voice work, story coverage and general love of comics is the potent combination to get me to watch these films in lieu of them never being converted to the big screen.  I will take what I can get personally in terms of comic book movies and if you haven’t looked through the offerings on Netflix streaming for these movies, you are truly missing out on some awesome comic book viewings.  Today, I picked the impressive, although slightly disappointing (story wise) DC Comics release Justice League: Doom which is a loose adaptation of JLA: Tower of Babel.

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Movie of the Day – The Land Before Time

Oh god, before there were like 9 sequels, there was the original Land Before Time, a movie that basically crippled me emotionally as a child as I witnessed a baby long neck lose his mother in a horrific manner.  I realize that there is more to this movie than say the first like 20 minutes of the movie, but every time I tried to watch it as a kid, I just lost it.

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Movie of the Day – The Lion King

This would be my first Disney animated movie that I have chosen for The Movie of the Day post so yeah for me.  I feel that everyone loves this movie so why waste my breath in telling you why it’s a great movie.  Typically I explain the plot, what I like about it and why people should see it if that haven’t seen it already.  But I don’t want to do any of that today.  In fact this is pretty much all I am going to say about it.  I am sure people will say I am phoning it in, but to be honest there is one particular reason that this movie holds a special place in my heart and it’s because of the opening song and sequence.  If you have pets, you will know why this is downright special.

Hit the jump for the reason why The Lion King is today’s selection.

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Summer Movie Spectacular: July Edition

Well, I would have gotten this out earlier, but I don’t have a funny or valid excuse as to why that happened.  Just know that the only movie in July that will ever matter is The Dark Knight Rises.  Now there are other movies out there, which I will cover, but if you aren’t excited for the latest Batman flick, I don’t even want to talk to you.  So below is my list of must see, must avoid and toss ups.  Enjoy!

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Movie of the Day – Fantastic Mr. Fox

I recently got back from viewing Wes Anderson’s latest film Moonrise Kingdom, which will have a review later tonight or tomorrow, and decided to pick a particularly whimsical Anderson film for today’s post.  Now I could have gone with something obvious like The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore, maybe even picking his first film Bottle Rocket, but I wanted something out of the box and unique to the Anderson profile.  I have a certain affection for this film, not only because of the Roald Dahl book the film is based on, but because of the long forgotten art of stop-motion animation.  I adore the craft and technique that is require to make an animated film of this nature, often reveling in the details and subtle movements that are required to make these types of film.  Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stunning example of what imagination, determination and little bit of flair can set apart an animated film from the rest of the CGI pack.

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Movie of the Day – Tokyo Godfathers

While most of my holiday posts have been about the absurdity of Christmas, either from terrorists or being held hostage, I am not a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas movies.  I do have a soft spot for the holiday and I hope that today’s post proves that.  Christmas is about coming together, basking in the essence of life and joy and all the while being a family, whether with strangers or loved ones.  Tokyo Godfathers is one of more heartwarming tales of family and the unexpected gifts and ties that happen in our lives.  While not truly a Christmas movie, it holds true to the themes of the holiday and offers a compelling story that  has far more weight than the typical, formulaic Christmas movies that are out there.

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Movie of the Day – Tron Legacy

There couldn’t have been a movie that was higher on my most anticipated 2010 list than Tron Legacy.  I am a huge fan of the original Tron because of the technical marvel that it was back in 1982.  Now mind you I was born in 1985, so it wouldn’t be until early 90’s before I got a chance to watch this movie on the Disney Channel at my Mexican Grandmothers house one day after school.  In between Telemundo and reruns of Sabado Gigante, I got a chance to watch some television and Tron blew my fucking mind.  I loved the look of the movie, the sound, the spectacle and dudes throwing frisbees at one another.  I even remember seeing the arcade cabinet at local roller rinks and playing the light cycle game.  So holding on to those precious childhood memories into my 20’s, my jaw fucking fell to the floor when I heard that they were doing a Tron sequel and that Daft Punk was scoring the movie.  Like two of your most favorite things in the world just decided to fuck and produce the most kick ass offspring ever.

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