The D-Cast Episode 25

On Episode 25 we review the new Disney film “Alexander, and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and also take your twitter questions regarding all things Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Disneyland.

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The D-Cast Episode 24

Episode 24 of the D-Cast is now live! Listen and Share!

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The Pixar Theory Returns With A New Video!

Nearly a year ago in,  The D-Cast Episode 12, Andy and I covered “The Pixar Theory” by Jon Negroni. A new video has emerged recently that shows the flow and narrates the story for you. It’s a pretty well done video, and we think you should check it out!
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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

The D-Cast Episode 23

On Episode 23 of the D-Cast Andy and Matthew have a zipiddy do da time talking about their Twitter Blowing up,The Dizzies, Guardians of the Galaxy ,Comic Com, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Disneyland and your listener questions.

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The D-Cast Episode 22

This week Andy and Matthew talk about Planes: Fire and Rescue, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Disneyland’s upcoming 60th anniversary and we take your Twitter/Facebook questions.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Planes: Fire and Rescue Review

Andy Reviews Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue

My write up about the Planes movies

My review of the First Planes movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Coming Soon

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Who’s excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ? As you can see below the trailers keep looking better and better. Andy and Matthew will be seeing it together opening night and will post reviews soon after along with Twitter updates. Should be a hoot! Looking forward to July 31! In the mean, time enjoy the latest trailer.

The D-Cast Episode 21

Episode 21 is finally out. Join Andy and Matthew as they discuss all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars including the new Planes movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and their first ever twitter question.

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Maleficent: A Story of Redemption

By Andy Herndon (@andyherndon)

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I once again saw Disney’s Maleficent this weekend, taking my wife with me as she did not get to see it last weekend. I honestly fell more in love with the movie, especially seeing it in 3D this time.

This movie has either been loved or hated, by critics, pundents and movie fans. I tend to be pretty critical when it comes to movies, yet I loved this one so much. There has been much speculation on what this movie was really about. Issues of feminism and the role of evil in the world have all been thrown around in reviews. Many have seen these themes as good things while other have been horrified by them. Then there are the Disney purists who can not believe  the liberties that were taken in this retelling of the old fairy tale.

Let me first address the Disney purists. This is not a remake of the animated classic. This is 2014 not 1957. The story is Maleficent, not Sleeping Beauty. For all the Disney purists that are crying foul right now, all I can say is get use to it. There are many more live action adaptations of Disney animated films, for better or worse. As long as they make money they will continue.

Like I said in an opinion piece a few weeks ago, these remakes are not a bad thing. They introduce the story to a new audience and will also heighten interest in the originals from which they were adapted. I understand many will write off Disney and long for the days of Walt. Yet I believe these movies are in the spirit of Walt, who’s mantra was “keep moving forward”. These remakes pay homage to the past while bringing Disney forward.

The issue of feminist themes  has been a constant refrain I have been hearing from feminists and none feminists who are both love and hate this movie. The ideas of feminism have come mostly, I believe, from the perceived negative portrayal of men in this film.  I just don’t see it. King Stephen is a obsessive twit, jerk and a coward. Prince Philip really isn’t any different than any other 16 year old boy. So where is this negative portrayal of men. King Stephen betrayed Maleficent. He hurt her deeply. Does it matter what Gender Stephan was? We’ve all had friends, family and others betray us. The betrayal is just as hurtful whether it is done by a man or a woman.

Then there are this who say that this retelling of the story is condoning evil. I do understand where they are coming from yet disagree with their reasoning. The argument goes that Disney, in this retelling, is saying evil is okay as long as the outcome is good. I just don’t see that.

The story of Maleficent is complex but so true for today’s society.  Maleficent let herself be defined by her past. We’ve all had those people and situations in our past who have hurt us deeply. These hurts will often stay with us for years. Yet  we can not let the things people have done to us define who we are. Maleficent was betrayed by Stephan. She carried that hurt for so long that it defined her identity. It was through her relationship with Aurora that she was able to break through the hurt, pain and betrayal she felt to get to the person she really was. She finally learned to let go of that pain and love again. Maleficent is a redemption story. A story of how we are not defined by what other people have done to us and our past. A story of how we can overcome pain and suffering to love again!

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