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Maleficent Poster

Director: Robert Stromberg
Writers: Linda Woolverton (written by), Charles Perrault (based from the story “La Belle au Bois Dormant” by), Jacob Grimm (based from the story “Little Briar Rose” by), Wilhelm Grimm (based from the story “Little Briar Rose” by), Erdman Penner (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, story adaptation by), Joe Rinaldi (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Winston Hibler (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Bill Peet (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Ted Sears (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Ralph Wright (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Milt Banta (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by)
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Runtime: 1 hrs. 37 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

This is not your mother’s fairy tale. Maleficent is Disney’s attempt to go live action with the story they first showed in 1959’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty, itself an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s La Belle au Bois Dormant, which, one step further, was an adaptation of the tale as collected by the Brothers Grimm – which means it was an adaptation of a story transmitted orally. You’d think that an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation (just take a look at all those writing credits above!) might get a little diluted; but, with a message that drastically moves away from the typical Disney paradigm, and a powerful performance from Angelina Jolie, there is nothing diluted about it.

<<Spoiler Alert: There will be minor spoilers regarding thematic elements of Maleficent – bear this in mind before clicking through.>>


Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine
Release Date: April 20th, 2007
Runtime: 2 hrs. 1 min.
MPAA Rating: R




The second installment in the Wright/Pegg/Frost trilogy (or should it rather be called an un-trilogy?), Hot Fuzz moves us away from the zombie killing ways of Shaun and his best friend Ed in Shaun of the Dead (see my review here), and introduces us to PC Nicholas Angel [Simon Pegg], London’s top cop. Unfortunately, he’s a little bit too good (the Chief Inspector [Bill Nighy] tells him he’s “rather been letting down the side”), and therefore gets reassigned to the quiet country town of Sandford, where almost nothing ever happens, let alone crime. Appearances are not, however, what they seem, and Angel begins to smell something foul – and it’s not just the town’s missing swan.


Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki (comic), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt
Release Dates:
July 20th, 2013 (Japan)
February 21st, 2014 (USA – limited)
February 28th, 2014 (USA – wide)
Runtime: 126 min
MPAA Rating: PG-13



Hayao Miyazaki, famed directer of such acclaimed films as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, has publicly stated that The Wind Rises will be his final feature length animated film. At the age of 73, and a career that stretches back into the 1960s, perhaps he deserves a break – it’s just a shame that he won’t be around to produce more films like this one. Click after the break for my full review.