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Disclaimer: I am not American so I wanted this to be a somewhat global list, so it doesn't include Johnny Appleseed etc.
From the very beginning to her unrivaled success!
Journey to Fearless tells the true story of Taylor Swift, a young girl growing up in Pennsylvania who dreams of become a country singer, who picks up her first guitar at twelve years-old. The young songstress goes onto be known as one of the most successful country crossover artists of all time,releasing multi-platinum albums and taking Nashville by storm.
Overall, Journey to Fearless was incredibly well put together, it effectively gave fans insight into the real Taylor Swift, life on the rode and her early years growing up on the family's Christmas tree farm, as well as her time spent during summers on the shores of New Jersey. The special combines interviews, home videos, photos and live performances from the Fearless tour to present and accurate look into the life of Swift the superstar.
Unlike, many other special, this one is well worth the money. It truly optimizes the lovely young woman Miss Swift is.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Back to the Future meets Tomorrowland
Young Lewis, the struggling scientist attempts to create his own memory scanner, in order to draw out the long-forgotten memories of the mother he no longer remembers. Now living in a state-run orphanage, Lewis begins the progress and after many attempts, fails his creation. Suddenly Wilbur, an odd boy who claims he's from the future whisks him up, and they journey to the forthcoming dimension. Once there, Lewis meets Wilbur eccentric and dysfunctional family, who attempt to make him release his true potential.
I love this film to this day. I am not always the most objective viewer, I tend to see things from a child's perspective, and instead I miss any "goofs" that others will later inform me of. However, the best quality this film has to offer is it's sense of humor, it's so rich and vibrant yet quirky. While it does not feature a performance like David Spade's in The Emperor New Groove, its unparalleled in the sense that it's just all-out goofy. This sense of humor may not appeal to the (adult) masses, it does to children, and anyone who is a child at heart. Another wonderful element is the morals of working towards goals and dreams even when you the odds are against you. To me, it always felt kind of like Back to the Future meets Tomorrowland in a shockingly interesting way. The creative elements used to engineer this future world are magical and I myself wouldn't mind taken a trip there.
Sweet movie, especially for the mother/daughter element!
It's been many years since Ariel left the depths of the ocean and married her Prince Charming; but now their journey continues with the birth of their daughter, Melody. Completely isolated from her family, in order to protect Melody from Ursula the Sea Witch's sister Morgana, Ariel now longs to pull down the castle walls and return to the twinkling blue. By the time Melody has turned twelve, she begins to suspect Ariel is hiding something, and begins her own quest for answers. Making friends along the way and finding out her family's long awaited secret; but at a price.
It's a sweet movie, I love the mother/daughter element because it makes it relatable to the average viewer, and I did understand it from both perspectives. Very good songs, interesting character progression, awesome movie for your own little water babies!
Return to Never Land (2002)
Touching and enjoyable, especially for a sequel!
Young Jane has lost her faith in imagination and Peter Pan with the outbreak of the Second World War II. With her father off at war and her mother distracted by childish stories, Jane feels she is the most mature, and is looking after her family as she promised she would. But after a falling out with Wendy, Jane finds herself on board Captain Hook's ship, heading towards the second star to the right. It's not until Jane let's go of trying to be a grown up does she truly find happiness and magic. The music throughout is very well written and while modernized does still replicate the feel of the original. Ultimately, I feel this was a great carry-on from the original with all the splendor of Neverland and the perils of the island shared between Peter and Hook!
A little person with big dreams!
I have read a few reviews about this Don Bluth classic and I am truly disappointed by its scrutiny.
Bluth's Thumbelina tells the traditional story of the little girl "no bigger than your thumb" and transports audiences into a world of fairies, toads and adventure. While not critically acclaimed, the film features catchy songs, family fun, and the traditional story of following your heart as shared with Hans Christian Andersen readers many years ago. As a little girl I loved this film, it was enjoyable, but also magical - exactly what children love. How could it be better? It's a heartwarming family film that I'll one day share with my own children.
The Lifeguard (2013)
Complex, yet captivating!
When I first saw the trailer for this film, I was drawn in by Kristen Bell's character Leigh's lines, "I am allowed to be confused and stumble once in a while," which highlights a place that everyone finds themselves in at one point in their lives.
While living in New York, Leigh lets her work override her life, completely ignoring the sordidness of her relationships and being in denial about her situation. Her decision to return to her hometown forces shifts between her parents and her friends, creating divides, that she is (for the most part) oblivious to. Her decision to return to the position to a life guard seems to revolve around the idea of reliving the ideal job, however, once she starts hanging around a bunch of misfit teenagers, she transcends back into her past. The relationship she develops with 'Little Jason' is the most complex element of the film, as it alludes to so many different things. There a sense of romance, lust and a maternal nature that left me feeling ambivalent. However, I did recognize that there was definitely love there, which is something very few people have mentioned in their reviews. The other struggling being is that since first seeing Kristen Bell on Veronica Mars I still see her as a teenager.
On first glance its hard to identify with Leigh, you see her as a distraught, downtrodden member of the corporate world, who is hiding behind the allure of yester-year. As time goes on, its easy to recognize that Leigh's plunge down the rabbit hole is a result of not wanting to accept the reality around her - or remove this idealistic memories she has of her youth.
Personally, I believe it is Kristen Bell's relationship with David Lambert's character that make the film. But also leave you with unanswered questions. A film that deserves to be watched; but also considered from various different angles.