Author: soulfire

The Lion King (1994)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Lion King (1994)

Director:

Roger Allers

Rob Minkoff

Writers:

Irene Mecchi

Jonathan Roberts

Linda Woolverton

Starring:

Rowan Atkinson

Matthew Broderick

Niketa Calame-Harris

Jim Cummings

Whoopi Goldberg

Robert Guillaume

Jeremy Irons

James Earl Jones

Moria Kelly

Nathan Lane

Ernie Sabella

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Blurb:

Lion Prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

Thoughts:

This is definitely the golden age of Disney. The songs and animation are top-tier. I wish they made 2D animated movies like this still. I actually have a little card of Mufasa roaring that I got from McDonald’s when the movie first came out. I can not tell you why I kept it all this time, except that I was unable to suppress my hoarding tendencies when it came to it.

Anyway, I started watching the movie on Disney+ because I’m lazy but because of my connection the sound kept getting out of sync. So I switched to my blu-ray. The quality was incredibly noticeable and I started comparing it to The Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend watching this in physical format if you have the option. The movie is beautiful.

Elton John did the songs and Hans Zimmer did the score, I’m not sure if you could get a better combo than that. To this day I will randomly start singing these songs. I used to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight on my recorder. It’s my mom’s own damn fault for buying me the Disney recorder and music set.

I chose to watch this movie with my kids because I felt that Mufasa’s death was a good next step in the trauma of kid’s movies. There were tears and screaming. Lots of questions about why I would subject them to this, but hey, at least it wasn’t My Girl.

Disney Toybox Jessie and Bullseye

There’s a new Jessie in town. This is our third iteration of her, though, she looks pretty much the same as the others. This is also the first Pixar figure in half a year if not more. If you weren’t able to or didn’t want to shell out the money for the Toy Story collection this will be a cheaper way to get Bullseye, though the two figures are one of the more expensive at $18.99.

It doesn’t look like they’ve fixed the hat issue Jessie and Woody have had, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy.

Personally, I believe they had extras and decided to repackage, but I have no way to confirm that. Oh well, enjoy.

Speed(1994)

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Speed(1994)

Director:

Jan De Bont

Writer:

Graham Yost

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Dennis Hopper

Sandra Bullock

Jeff Daniels

Blurb:

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Thoughts:

Speed is an obvious movie that I would own. I honestly remember where I was the first time I watched it. I was thirteen or fourteen and I watched a TV recording of it on my grandmother’s little 19 inch TV/VCR. The rest of the summer I went around telling people they were crazy, freakin crazy. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I found out that is not exactly what was said there.

At the time I loved the movie because Keanu Reeves was freaking hot. Now I love it because he’s freaking hot and it’s a legitimately good action movie. It’s the first 90s action movie I’ve watched, that I own, that has that 90s action movie feel. If that makes sense.

You’ve got the explosions and the need to not slow down. You’ve got a pretty boy that isn’t too muscular. You’ve got an attractive and capable woman, who does become a damsel in distress at some point. You’ve also got an unsaturated/filtered look at LA. Putting on my old lady hat for a second, but movies nowadays are all about that blue/brown/green filter and I’m over it.

Speed has a psych-out ending, where it comes to what you’d think is the logical conclusion, but nope there’s even more. You get automobiles and trains, maybe we’ll get an airplane in the sequel (you do not, it’s not worth owning, but I still occasionally watch it).

In conclusion, Speed is a great 90s action movie.

Groundhog Day (1993)

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Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Stephen Tobolowsky

Blurb:

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize until my recent re-watch that I have this entire movie memorized. It would be one of the easier movies to memorize since so much is repeated, but I hadn’t known I could do it before.

Groundhog Day is a fun movie and I can easily see myself doing just about everything he did, although, having this happen while single and with kids is clearly the way to do it. I don’t even want to think about what this could be like with kids.

The humor in the movie is dark, understandably so, and Bill Murray’s sarcastic humor adds to it. I could do without the “romance” in the plot. Rita is boring on so many levels and him trying to be a better person to deserve her rubs me the wrong way. I like to think that she’s the catalyst that gets him on the path but that he ultimately does it for himself and not her.

This is a film I can come back to over and over and I enjoy it each time I do. Groundhog Day is definitely a classic and most years I’m not content to watch it just once. Obviously, not getting rid of this one, and highly recommend it.

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Jurassic Park (1993)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Michael Crichton

David Koepp

Starring:

Sam Neill

Laura Dern

Jeff Goldblum

Richard Attenborough

Blurb:

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Thoughts:

Jurassic Park is a fun movie, but I think John Williams’s score pushes it to be a good movie. I like Steven Spielberg as much as the next person and he’s a really good director, but the music in Jurassic Park is iconic.

There are so many good quotes in this film. My family frequently quotes, “Hold on to your butts.” Because of course, we do.

Nothing really problematic jumped out to me during this re-watch, though, admittedly it’s been a few days since I watched. Well, I do think they put the young girl through hell just for the stereotypical reactions. Still, considering everything else I’ve watched that barely registered.

Jurassic Park is a classic and definitely worth keeping and re-watching.