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The tragedy of having a show as hyped-up as Hamilton, is that very few people actually get to see it. Despite hundreds of thousands people flocking to see Hamilton on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in The West End, in Puerto Rico, and Australia, there are still millions of fans and potential fans that haven’t had the chance to sit in the theatre and see this phenomenon, thanks to high ticket prices, unprescedented demand, and finite seats.  And, now, due to to Covid-19, it is impossible to see any live theatre, now, or in the foreseeable future.


That’s where Disney Plus comes in to save the day. Of course, here in the UK we have not been deprived of online theatre, with countless shows being made available from The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and several other heavy-hitters in UK. And, across the virtual pond, productions such as Falsetto’s, Jesus Christ Superstar, and even Cirque de Soleil have been made available to watch/stream. And don’t get me wrong, I have loved taking my seat on my sofa and watching Frankenstein, The Barbershop Chronicles, and getting my Shakespeare fix in the form of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, but I’m a HUGE Hamilton fan, and when I heard the news that it was coming to Disney Plus, I was pretty excited.

I watched Hamilton as soon as it was available on Disney Plus, and I absolutely adored it. I am incredibly fortunate to have seen Hamilton on the West End twice (it’s that good, – if I’d won every raffle/lottery I’d entered, I would have gone many more times). I never saw the original cast perform, and I just assumed I’d thrown away my shot at that. When I was living in New York, Hamilton was picking up speed and hype, but it wasn’t yet the global mammoth that it is now, I was offered cheap tickets to either Hamilton or previews of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s never-before-seen School of Rock. I chose the latter, and had absolutely no complaints; Alex Brightman is hands-down one of my favourite performers, so much so that I specifically went to see Beetlejuice when I visited New York in February of this year, despite never having seen the film, and it was brilliant. Both that and School of Rock were.

Anyway, back on track; as brilliant as both sets of casts were in The West End’s Hamilton, I would have loved to seen Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr, Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff – I could go on and on and on and on. Disney Plus allows it’s subscribers to do just that, in a way that is just not possible even if you are in the theatre; up close – like, really up close. So up close that you can see Jonathan Groff literally frothing at the mouth during You’ll be Back. There were tons of minute details that you miss watching the show on stage; Hamilton is a show that has so much going from the acting to the choreography to the costumes, that it is impossible to see everything, but watching it on screen allows you to do just that. And if you miss anything, you can watch it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 times. Like I will absolutely be doing. Now, it’s just been uploaded at the day of writing this, so I suggest you “Sit Down, John”, and watch it.

Joe Blogs Film Rating: 5/5

An American Pickle

An American Pickle feels like a cross between a Seth Rogen comedy, and a New Yorker short-story, because that’s literally what it is. Simon Rich’s novella series “Sell Out” is adapted near-seamlessly in this fish out of water (or fish out of brine) comedy about an European Jewish immigrant who finds himself preserved in a Brooklyn pickle factory for 100 years.

The plot is heavily contrived, but that’s not always a bad thing; it requires a healthy dollop of belief-suspension, but if you buy into it, it’s a heart-warming, clever and meaningful film.

The film explores “old-fashioned” beliefs and raises the questions of whether one’s unfiltered “opinions” are hate speech or freedom of speech, and gets a beautiful jab or two at Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement in the process. One can’t help but feel helpless when the protagonist, Herschel Greenbaum, spits out all sorts of horrific insults and mistruths about others, knowing that it’s happening not just in Sci-Fi satire, but in real-life. What’s the difference these days, eh?

On a personal note, this film is one of very few “Jewish-Centric” mainstream comedies. Of course, we’ve had our Yentl’s, we’ve had our Fiddler on the Roof’s, we’ve had our *literally every Woody Allen movie ever*, but watching An American Pickle empowers Jewish actors by having them portray Jewish characters. This seems to be getting more rare by the year, and it’s important. At a time where anti-Semitism, anti-Jewish hatred and general apathy are seeping through regularly (see Wiley), it felt heartwarming to see Rogen’s secondary character – Ben Greenbaum – explore his faith, even if there are a ton of stereotypes peppered in along the way.

If you can buy into two distracting concepts; 1) 100-year-old freezing being totally normal with no side-effects, and 2) Two Seth Rogen’s, then give this film a watch.

Joe Blogs Film Rating: 3.5/5

The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

Finally, the Disney films that I was physically on this earth for at the time(s) of release. The 90’s were a huge decade for Disney, in which some top-notch live-action movies were released alongside some of the most iconic Disney animated films. As there were so many 90’s films (67 – compared to 28 in the 1980’s), I’ve decided to expand the list from top 5 to top 10. I’ve also excluded all Pixar films from the list, too, and my top Pixar films list can be found HERE

Let’s take a look at the top 10 Disney movies of the 1990’s:

  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Charles Dickens, The Muppets, Michael Caine, what’s not to love? I hadn’t actually seen this film as a kid – growing up Jewish meant that I’d missed out on a few of the top Christmas films – but I watched it recently and was pretty impressed.

9.Mulan (1998)

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I like this film a lot. The fact that it’s the 9th best 90’s movie speaks volumes to the sheer, well, volume, and quality, of movies in the 90’s. This film wasn’t received incredibly well by critics, and there were more than a few blunders with casting that just don’t fly when re-watching. I’m really excited to see the deservedly diverse live-action Mulan, and I hope that it improves on the original.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Tim Burton. Danny Elfman. Stop-Motion blended with animation. Terrifyingly creepy characters. It’s… Corpse Bri—-nope. There’s a lot about this film that makes it pretty special, although I’m probably not the only person in the world that mixes this film up with Corpse Bride. 

  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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This film is great in many ways, particularly it’s messages about appearances. It has some great characters, a great villain, and some pretty catchy songs, too.

  1. Cool Runnings (1993)

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This is one of the most catch-phrase worthy films of the 90s, for sure. Cool Runnings is such an inspirational story, and it’s absolutely hilarious too. Great performances fuse with a pretty incredible true story to make one of the most iconic movies of the 1990’s.

  1. Tarzan (1999)

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Alongside being essentially the Phil Collins project, this film had some great original characters, some pretty impressive animation, and is an overall good-quality film.

4. Aladdin (1992)

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Does much need to be said about Aladdin? I’d warn Guy Richie not to adapt it, but I suppose that’s far too little too late. I adore this film, and I’m looking forward to watching the stage production on Disney + soon.

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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This is a tale as old as time. This film has elements of comedy, horror, drama and action, and fuses it all together to make you genuinely invested in one of the most unconventional love stories ever made.

  1. Hercules (1994)

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I debated putting this as my number one film, as I absolutely adore Hercules. It’s the movie that got me into Greek mythology, and it’s the movie that got me into the music of the phenomenal Michael Bolton. It’s so iconic, with memorable characters aplently, but I still don’t know wether my favourite is Hercules or Phil. Regardless, this is one of the greatest Disney movies, not just of the 90’s, but of all time.

The Greatest Disney Movie of the 1990’s: The Lion King (1994)

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Anyone who has been following my blog recently will have seen that The Lion King found a place in my top ten films of all-time. It would be rude not to put it to the top of this list, too. This film is incredibly tragic, yet heart-warming, life-affirming and very creative. Many different types of animals were studied and then characterised to create some world-class characters, and Scar is hands-down one of the most evil Disney villains of all-time. For more on my thoughts on The Lion King, click HERE.

So, there we have it. Joe Blogs Film’s top 10 Disney Movies of the 1990’s. What are your top picks for the 90’s? Let me know by commenting below! 

Click here for the top Disney movies of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.



 

The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

Today, I’m taking a look at the top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980’s, continuing my  chronological journey of Disney movies on Disney Plus. 

The 80’s had a lot of misses, and very few sure-fire hits. Despite that, some top-class classics emerged. Let’s take a look at some of them: 

5th Best Disney Movie of the 1980’s: The Black Cauldron (1985)

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The Black Cauldron is a personal favourite of mine, so much so that I intentionally didn’t re-watch it during lock-down. I know that it’s not the best Disney film, and I know that it’s full-to-the-brim with problems, and I didn’t want to ruin my memory of it. Is it one of the greatest Disney films of all time? No. Is it a critical masterpiece? No. Is it a film that is imprinted and cherished in the memories of millions of Disney fans of all ages? Yes. And, with Disney films, that’s often what matters most.

4th Best Disney Movie of the 1980’s: Popeye (1980)

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I adore Popeye. I was a big fan of the cartoons, and the live-action doesn’t disappoint. It’s so unbelievably 80’s, so over-the-top, so melodramatic. But the hammy, slap-stick comedy works, and who better to lead it than the legendary Robin Williams? Although this film may have wilted at the hand’s of critics (spinach pun, you’re very welcome), it was still relatively popular at the time, and remains in the hearts of Disney and Popeye fans alike.

3rd Best Disney movie of the 1980’s: The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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There are Disney films, then there are sad Disney films, then there is The Fox and the Hound. This film is tragic, but teaches children valuable lessons about celebrating differences, about being inclusive, and – perhaps cruelly – about death and grieving. Despite these important messages and lessons, or perhaps even because of them, this film is powerful, high-quality, and a true Disney classic.

2nd Best Disney Movie of the 1980’s: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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For those who have been following my Disney journey over the past few weeks, the majority of films in my lists have been animated movies. In the late 80’s/early 90’s,  this began to change quite a lot. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, was a monumental film for Disney. It was quirky, incredibly inventive, hilarious and heart-warming. As an early 90’s kid, this film was quite a hit in my household, and I watched it relatively recently, and surprisingly, it nearly completely held up. 

The Best Disney Movie of the 1980’s: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Any Disney fans aware of the release year of The Little Mermaid will be completely unsurprised to know that this iconic Disney movie would be at the top of this list (or the bottom of this page). The film is packed with loveable characters, memorable songs, a brilliant villain and so much more. It is, in many ways, a return to some of the top Disney movies of the 50’s/60’s. Of course, like many Disney films, it hasn’t aged spectacularly well, and there are some quite important points that will need addressing in the upcoming remake. Until the remake comes along and (hopefully) knocks our flippers off – you’re welcome – this film is on Disney + and ready and waiting for you to re-watch.

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The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

Throughout lock-down, I’ve been on a chronological journey throughout Disney films on Disney +. Today, I’m looking at the best Disney films from the 1970’s. As the years went by, Disney produced more and more top-notch films, but that doesn’t always mean they were good. The 70’s, although it produced some classics, were peppered with sub-par and critically bashed films. Despite this, let’s have a look at the best of the bunch:

5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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The effects are so incredibly dated, the movie itself is unbelievably cheesy, and there are tons of other things wrong with it here and there, but it’s not all bad, and it’s known/loved by Disney fans of all ages.

4. Pete’s Dragon (1977)

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The 2016 remake of this film is visually stunning, shockingly tense and pretty damn dramatic, but the original Pete’s Dragon will still always have a place in my nostalgia-filled heart.

3. Robin Hood (1973)

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I still find it odd that despite being set in Medieval Nottingham, England, there are several American accents fused into this British tale, at a time when the accent probably didn’t exist. But I suppose, it’s a cartoon, so I shouldn’t be so picky. Robin Hood may not have been a critical success, but it’s one of my personal favourites.

2. The Rescuers (1977)

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The popularity of The Rescuers didn’t seem to reach the same heights as most of the other films on this list, but that doesn’t stop it from being a high-quality, innovative, quirky and fun movie.

1.The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

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I was read the Pooh books as a toddler, and was first showed this film when I could just about talk, so it’s no surprise that I personally adore this film. Winnie the Pooh is universally loved, and this animation was what elevated it from the cherished British children’s story collection to a global phenomenon.

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The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

For the past few days, I’ve been on a chronological journey through the best films available on Disney +. I’ve already listed my favourite films from the 1940’s and the 1950′s, so today, I’ll take a look at the 1960’s. The 60’s were huge for Disney. In the 60’s, Disney were truly world-leaders on the animation stage, and in this decade, they upped their game with live-action films, too, even merging live-action and animation to create a true classic. So, let’s take a look…

5. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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The Sword in the Stone was a bit like Excalibur; stuck in it’s ways. I know that films from the 60’s aren’t exactly shining examples of how to do diversity in film, but this film really stands out. There isn’t a single person of colour, there are very few women, and it’s essentially just a straight white man fest. Also, the main plot and subplot kind of weave in-and-out in a bit of an odd and confusing way; this film could definitely run smoother. Flaws aside, it’s funny, it’s memorable, and it still provides a lovely little nostalgia hit.

4. The Jungle Book (1967)

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The Jungle Book is wholesome, funny, fun and incredibly poignant. This comes as no surprise, considering that it’s an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s brilliant tale. This film teaches valuable lessons about acceptance, caring for others, and that humans have the choice to be destructive towards or supportive of the animals we share our world with.

3. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

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Just look at this photo! How can you not be in love with this film? It’s just cuteness for 79 minutes. I mean, the writers probably asked “What’s cuter than a dog”, answered “100 dogs”, added in an extra for good measure. Do I love dogs? Yes. Does that make me biased towards this film? Yes. But, film is subjective, eh. Dogs.

2. Greyfriars Bobby (1961)

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If you thought I was finished with the whole “dog” thing, how wrong you were. This film has two things I love: Dogs, and Scotland. I have an excuse for both; dogs are the best, and I’m from Scotland. It’s relatively rare to have Scotland portrayed in Hollywood, and was in the 60’s. In fact, the film suffered a bit due to the inability of American audiences to understand the accents, but it was nice to see a Disney movie about a famous Scottish tale whilst growing up there.

The Best Disney Movie of the 1960’s: Mary Poppins (1964)

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Dick Van Dyke’s “British” accent couldn’t put a dampener on this classic, and that accent was stupefyingly callous, terrible, boring, bad and bogus. You’re welcome. Puns aside, I love Dick Van Dyke, but c’mon. Luckily, Julie Andrews’ performance was spot-on. This film was innovative, and it became to define Disney as truly spectacular at live-action animation blends. This film paved the way for all the live-action/animation fused films we’ve seen since, and it’s definetely one of the best Disney movies of all-time.

The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

So, during lockdown, I’ve decided to take advantage of the vast amount of original titles available on Disney + by taking a chronological journey through Disney’s films.

Yesterday, I talked about my top 5 Disney movies of the 1940’s. You can take a look at this post here.

Interestingly, although the majority of Disney and RKO films in the 50’s were either live-action or blended, the best from the 50’s are all animated. Let’s take a look:

5. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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Sleeping Beauty is a pretty dark film. That isn’t surprising considering it’s based on a medieval fairy-tale, which are notorious for sparking the fear of gd into its young readers. Maleficent is a terrifying and brilliant antagonist, a character who absolutely deserved their own spin-offs – even if it took 50+ years to get them.

4. Cinderella (1950)

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Cinderella is great; it’s visually stunning, the characters are fully realised, this film essentially encapsulates the “magic” that Disney is about, but the overall “message” of the film just doesn’t resonate as healthily as it should today. It’s pretty passive, and it essentially says that if you keep your head down and work hard, then Mr Right will come along and save you. It comes across more of a dated rom-com concept rather than a fantastical fairy-tale.

3. Peter Pan (1953)

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Peter Pan has had some fantastic adaptations over the years, from animation to live-action, even to a pretty stellar Audible original audiobook. Do I think that this film is the best, simply because it was the first? No. Hook took this film, subverted it and will always overshadow this film for me, unfortunately. It’s not all bad though. It’s original, it’s magical and it’s incredibly impressive, especially when you consider it’s from 1953.

2. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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This film is just so sweet and wholesome, and actually helped me get over my childhood fear of dogs. Bearing in mind, I was only 4 or 5 at this time. The research and effort that went into characterizing different types of dogs really makes this film. And the scene pictured above is potentially one of the most iconic film scenes of all-time.

1. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Revisiting Disney: Alice in Wonderland (1951) – That Old Picture Show

Alice in Wonderland was the film that got me going “down the rabbit hole” into reading as a kid. I was fascinated with just how weird and wonderful the film was, and sought out the book immediately. This film is beautiful, and the story is an anthem to outcasts, weirdo’s or anyone who feels “other”, and ironically, that’s why millions of people adore it.

The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

Today, I’m going to be taking a look at some of the best Disney films available to watch on Disney + from the 1940’s. The 1940’s was a break-out decade for Disney, with film production in full-swing pre-war (pre-war for the US, anyway), and continuing throughout WW2 to raise morale for civilians. The fact that some of the Disney films made in the 40’s stood the test of time and are still family favourites today is a testament to the quality and talent of the animators and film creators at Disney back in the day. Let’s take a look at some of the best Disney films of the 40’s:

5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

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This is actually the newest film on the list, coming out right at the end of the 40’s. Personally, I appreciate the mash-up of two classic stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. With narration from two legends in their own right – Bing Crosby and Basil Rathbone – this film is heart-warming, entertaining and an all-round good movie.

4. Dumbo (1941)

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I still haven’t seen Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo, and I really don’t want to. Negative reviews aside, this film is a huge part of the childhood’s of millions of people, and has been for generations – my grandparents, my parents and I all watched this beautiful film growing up when we were kids, and I don’t want to tarnish that by watching a CGI Dumbo.

3. Bambi (1941)

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Despite the horrifically sad events that take place in Bambi, it’s an incredible film. It’s visually stunning, the characters are loveable, and yes, you will cry at a cartoon deer.

2. Fantasia (1940)

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Simply put, Fantasia is excellent. It is so incredibly innovative, and the fact that this film came out in the 40’s is mind-blowing. This film is a visual and auditory spectacle, and it is an absolute masterpiece.

1.Pinocchio (1941)

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Fantasia is near-perfect, but for me, Pinocchio will always be the top of this list. It’s simply perfect. It’s full of optimism, hope and magic, like all good Disney movies. Sadly, it flopped at the box-office at release due to several factors, mainly WW2, and it initially garnered mixed reviews, however, Pinocchio has gone on to become the favourite Disney film for potentially millions of fans.

Disney + has some cracking content, and one of it’s 5 main categories is the stellar and rather comprehensive collection of Marvel films. Today, I’m going to focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collection of 24 films (so far) that tell the collective story of The Avengers. Choosing a top 5 was too tough, so here is Joe Blogs Film’s top 6:

6.Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man was the very first MCU film, and when I first saw that in the cinema, I, like many Marvel fans, had no idea what we were in for. The film was quirky, funny, gripping and had plucked Iron Man out of obscurity to make an incredibly entertaining film. Although it spawned several sequels of it’s own right, I think out of all the Iron Man films, this takes the win.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The First Avenger does a great job of introducing Cap’, but this film makes its mark at the very end, when he wakes up in the headquarters of SHIELD before meeting Nick Fury, who informs him of The Avengers. The confirmation that The Avengers would be 100% happening made people applaud in the cinema, and that doesn’t happen often in Glasgow, Scotland.

4. Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Who doesn’t love Spidey? I genuinely have yet to meet someone who doesn’t. Tom Holland shines as Spiderman in this original re-imagining of a film that has had enough shoddy re-inventions over the years. This film breathed new energy into the Spiderman franchise, and into the MCU in general, after a few films that weren’t up to the usual standard.

3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

With the exception of Age of Ultron, all the films with “Avengers” in the title – were of a very high standard. I do think, however, that when there are too many characters involved, the main story can get diluted, and it can be a bit much. Despite this, Endgame was so phenomenally heart-wrenching, and concluded the “Avengers” series so perfectly, that it has to be mentioned in the list.

2. Black Panther (2018)

Wakanda movie not only moves, entertains and excites, but also disrupts the landscape of diversity in film, and paves the way for Black filmmakers, actors and creatives to make film history? Black Panther does. This film was groundbreaking on so many levels, and has been instrumental in giving the film industry the shake-up it needed. Since the release of Black Panther, thousands of creatives that were previously under-represented in film were given the chance to make movies, and play character’s beyond typical type-casts and stereotypes, and that is so, so important. What’s also important, is that the movie was absolutely brilliant in every way.

1.Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Ragnarok was simply spot-on. It turned the flailing Thor franchise – that felt more like a series of Shakespearean plays than superhero movies – and injected some much-needed humour and self-awareness. Taika Waititi came in and revamped this series to create a truly brilliant movie, and solidifying himself as a world-class director in the process. Ragnarok is a truly brillaint film, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you know what to do.

The Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980's

Disney + is gaining ground in the streaming wars, and it’s recent release of Hamilton has certainly put it “on top”, with a huge spike in membership since the musical’s release. There are five major categories on Disney Plus; Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Today, I’m going to focus on Pixar, and choose my top 7 films available to stream on Disney Plus. Let me start by saying that there are no bad Pixar movies – quality is kinda Pixar’s thing – so let’s pick the best of an already great bunch!

7. Wall-E (2008)

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Wall-E is simply a beautiful film. Who knew that a little robot on wheels would capture the hearts of millions? Pixar did. Despite some flaws in the film, mainly in the form of over-the-top fat-shaming of what future human beings will look like in a futuristic world, Wall-E is visually stunning. And, like every Pixar film, Wall-E is pretty emotional.

6. Coco (2017)

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When Coco was released in 2017, it brought some much-needed diversity to Pixar’s slate of animated films. When America’s President was trying to build walls, Pixar chose a Mexican protagonist to tear them down. With an innovative world, a top-quality list of songs, a heart-breaking story, and a central focus around dealing with loss, Coco is a beautiful tear-jerker that anyone who watches it will “remember”.

5. Brave (2012)

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I’m Scottish, so I’m totally biased when it comes to Brave. At first, I was annoyed at being constantly asked by Americans to say phrases from Brave, but then I saw the film, and didn’t mind so much. It made me feel weirdly patriotic. Brave showcases some top Scottish voice talent including Kelly McDonald as Merida, Kevin McKidd as Lord MacGuffin, Robbie Coltrane as Lord Dingwall, Craig Ferguson as Lord Macintosh, and the legendary Billy Connolly as Merida’s Father, Fergus. I think Brave is constantly over-looked and under-rated, and while there are some better Pixar films, it definitely deserves a place on the list.

4. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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Mike and Sully are far too iconic not to include in the list, and despite the fact that Monsters University is a solid film, the original is better. Pixar are known for their incredible originality, and Monsters, Inc. is no exception. And, like a true Pixar film, it makes you laugh, and it gets you right in the feels.

3. The Incredibles (2004)

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The Incredibles is incredible. It’s super-funny, gets all the beats of a Superhero movie, and was quite the Superhero film in 2004, when Marvel hadn’t quite taken over, and there was a gap of top-notch Superhero films for kids. The Incredibles 2 worked well, as a sequel, but it doesn’t quite live up to the original.

2. Finding Nemo (2003)

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Finding Nemo is near-perfect. It’s wholesome, uplifting, and it’s pretty gripping for an animated film. The story is so pure, the characters so well thought-out, and the themes that are woven through include environmentalism and animal welfare are more prevalent than ever, making this film still pretty poignant, too, which is quiet a feat for an animated family film.

1.Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story 1995, directed by John Lasseter | Film review

Toy Story has to be number one. Toy Story is Pixar, and Pixar wouldn’t be the mammoth that it is today without the phenomenal success of Toy Story. I re-watched this recently, and although the Toy Story franchise – alongside the Pixar slate in general – have utilized and created technologies to evolve as a film company and make consistently great films over the years, I do believe that what Pixar made possible in 1995 with this film was unprecedented, and if Pixar didn’t make Toy Story, maybe animation may never have progressed the way it has – it laid a path for not just Pixar, but all animators, to try and find out what can be possible.

So, there you have it. Joe Blogs Film’s top Pixar films. What films would you put in your top Pixar list? And what ones have you already watched on Disney Plus?

To say that my Dad is obsessed with The Godfather is an understatement. I mean, the theme song played during my parents’ wedding dance…

My Dad was so obsessed with it, that I began to see this film as a forbidden fruit; something that he could watch, and my brother and I had to go and do something else, as “it wasn’t for kids”.

There’s a lot of things my Dad and I disagree on – I’ll treat you like Carlo Rizzi and refrain from discussing family business around you – but one I will talk about is our shared love for The Godfather. In fact, The Godfather has become a family tradition, with it being totally normal to watch or quote it day and night – which sometimes happens.

I first watched The Godfather when I was 10 years old, with my Dad. After years of begging to find out what this mysterious “Godfather” was, when my Mum was out of the house, my Dad decided to let me watch it on the condition that I wouldn’t tell her about it. Responsible parenting? Most definitely not. Did I care? Most definitely not. We watched Part I, and I was gripped. I remember loving it, but I was also incredibly confused; I didn’t understand the reasoning behind all the violence, or half of what was going on, and I was beyond terrified when Jack Woltz woke up next to his prize horse, Khartoum. I’m still haunted every time I hear those iconic, repetitive screams, but it was ten times worse for a ten-year-old.

Khartoum | The Godfather Wiki | Fandom
Poor Khartoum

I wasn’t very good at hiding the experience from my Mum, though, considering I confessed to her my irrational fear of going to sleep in case I woke up next to a horse’s head, and asking her what “sleeping with the fishes” meant. Luckily, I got over that fear, and I have grown to absolutely cherish The Godfather.

The closest I can get to explaining just how much I love this film is by telling you that I was recently asked to be the Godfather to the daughter of one of my closest friends. So, before she was even born, I ordered them this baby grow…

I love the Godfather for so many reasons. Nino Rota’s iconic music, Mario Puzo’s incredible book, Francis Ford Coppola’s world-class directing, and the acting. Oh, don’t get me started on the acting. Just reeling off the names makes me want to watch it again (for about the 200th time – which is a genuine estimate as to how many times I’ve seen the film).

The Godfather himself was played by none other than one of the greatest actors of all time; Marlon Brando. Then, there was Robert Duvall (who I also somehow knew from an early Noughties football film featuring Rangers striker Ally McCoist), James Caan (despite his legendary performance in this film, he’s sadly best known to millennials as the Dad from Elf), John Cazale (from Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon), Talia Shire (also known as Adrian from the Rocky series), Diane Keaton from pretty much everything, and Robert De Niro with his incredible performance in Part II.

Then there was Al Pacino. His performance as the iconic Michael Corleone was so amazing, so breathtaking, that I decided right then and there, at age 10, that he was my favourite actor. A dream of mine came true in 2015, when I was accepted to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. So, I got to study at the home of my favourite actor’s acting coach; who just so happened to play Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II (1974). It’s safe to say I was in my element the entire time I was there.

One day, we were told that an ex-student of Lee Strasberg’s was going to drop in to host a talk. Who was it? None other than Al Pacino. Getting to hear him speak in-depth and candidly about his process as Michael Corleone will forever be one of the greatest moments of my life. I guess you could say, because of that day; “I believe in America”.

I include The Godfather Part II alongside Part I, as I see it more as an extension rather than a sequel. However, I have only seen The Godfather Part III once, and that was more than enough. We do not speak of The Godfather Part III.

Also, a little extra for fans of The Godfather… I’ve seen a lot of The Godfather parodies over the years, but nothing beats this…

So, there we have it. My Top 10, filled with personal anecdotes, a few puns here and there and occasional off-topic rant. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Top 10! Feel free to comment or Tweet me your top films, or where you’d rank The Godfather. I’d love to hear from you! Subscribe to the website to get alerts for my next posts!

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