The Painter and the Thief
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For some reason, I never saw Meet Me in St. Louis when I was younger. Maybe you had to grow up with it to truly appreciate it. It definitely has some charming moments, but it also has some head-scratching ones, as well. The Halloween scene, in particular, had me quite perplexed. Tootie is an adorable character, but she's also kind of a psychopath. Nevertheless, you gotta love Judy Garland, and it also gave us Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Pete's Dragon may be a little slow, but this memorable movie was one of my favorites when I was a child. What kid doesn't like to imagine having a magical dragon as a best friend? Plus, the songs are catchy, whimsical, and even touching. This is a Disney classic that should be revisited every so often.
American Animals offers a unique experience in storytelling. This film blends documentary-style interviews with a dramatized version of the actual events in a way I've never seen before, highlighting the unreliable nature of our memories. Plus, the story is one you need to see to believe, as this insane heist was carried out by college-aged amateurs. I'll be thinking about this film for a while.
I was worried that this movie would be severely outdated watching it decades later, but Sister Act still holds a lot of charm. It's a silly movie, that's for sure, but the cast seems to be having so much fun that it's difficult not to get caught up in it all. I'm not a Catholic, I'm not even a big Whoopi Goldberg fan, but I had a good time watching Sister Act again.
From the animation to the writing, it's pretty obvious that The Return of Jafar had a much smaller budget than Aladdin. Around one-tenth of the budget, to be precise. The story is bland, the jokes are lazy, and Dan Castellaneta is no Robin Williams. The only real legacy this film has is that it was the first Disney direct-to-video animated film, which isn't exactly something to be proud of.