The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of DVD, Videos & Movies / Music that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.
The most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything! The 1960s were still the time of the big budget musical, and many of these were set in the steampunk era, both in Europe and North America. In the case of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we are in Edwardian England, in some town not too far from the coast, though we are not sure exactly where, but with the geological references, it looks like it could be in the southern part. This story was an unusual departure from the James Bond/ MI6 stories that Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, and Albert R. Broccoli had been giving us during these Cold War years. I guess they decided it was time for a family film, and they did it on a huge scope. Read more... (901 words, 63 images, estimated 3:36 mins reading time)
The year is 1978, disco might be king in society, but you will not see the members of the band, Mystery, Lex (Giuseppe Andrews), Trip (James DeBello), Hawk (Edward Furlong), or Jam (Sam Huntington) busting down any doors to get into Studio 54. These guys hate disco with a passion. They are all about the rock n roll and they are the most devoted fans of KISS. Well, about as devoted as four teens from Cleveland, Ohio can get, anyway. They have some issues when it comes to getting to see their favourite rock gods. Read more... (725 words, 70 images, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
Even though the only thing this version of Rapunzel has in common with the original Grimm Brothers story is the basic plotline and most of the characters. I love it, though, because our blonde protagonist is a feisty, yet bored young lady coming of age, and does her best to seize an opportunity when it comes climbing through her window. No handsome princes rescuing the fair damsel in this tale, so let me sum it up for you… Vain old lady, Mother Gothel, finds a magical flower that give eternal youth when you sing to it. Pretty nice little plant. Whenever she needs a boost, she goes to the flower, which is hidden under a basket/bush, since it gives off a glow. Pregnant queen is having medical issues, and looks to be close to dying. The king sends his guards out to hunt down the magical flower. Right as Gothel gets a magickal infusion, she hears the guards and runs off, leaving the flower exposed. The guards take it back, and the queen takes it as a herbal tea. She produces a beautiful little girl with glowing golden blonde hair. A few months later, Gothel is wizened with age, and goes to hunt down her flower. She spies the baby princess, and sees that the magic has transferred from the flower into the girl’s hair. She steals the girl away when she finds out that the magick dies when the hair is cut. She takes the girl to a remote tower, and raises the child as her own, shielding her from strangers who might steal her away. Gothel is determined to keep her youth. Read more... (669 words, 58 images, estimated 2:41 mins reading time)
This is a retelling of the tale based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Many stories and films have used elements from this classic tale for years and will continue to do so for years to come. It is a classic good verses evil tale but instead of the gallant knight coming to the rescue it is instead the damsel in a dress that is going to save the day. When you look at fairy tales as a whole it is usually the men saving the women and not the other way around. This one particular rendition by BBC is trippy and would be best seen when you are not thinking clearly and the world is more full of color for you. If you don’t know what that mean then you need to crawl back under your rock for a few centuries. For those that do know, grab your drink and have a pleasant hour getting confused and entertained. Read more... (1010 words, 58 images, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)
One of the best children’s stories of the 20th century gets new life in this 21st century remake. The characters are better defined, given more personality, and updated for a brand new audience. Johnny Depp plays the bizarre genius chocolatier, Willy Wonka, who sends the world into a frenzy after closing his factory gates for a period of years. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) is a very poor kid who enjoys chocolate as a savory treat, and knows how to make it last. This is a very good thing, because he only gets one bar of chocolate a year, on his birthday. Even though Charlie is poor, he has a very loving, big family, so he never really misses all the luxuries he could have.
In a whirlwind marketing scheme, Willy Wonka sends out five golden tickets in random chocolate bars. Whomever finds the tickets gets to take a guided tour of the factory with Willy Wonka, and they also get a lifetime supply of chocolates. What kid would not want that? Charlie is dreaming big these days, thanks to the stories told to him by Grandpa Joe, whom was a very loyal employee of Wonka’s before the gates were closed due to industrial spies. Read more... (827 words, 82 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)