Mini Review: ‘Cinderella’

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You’ve already seen this movie.

I could leave it at that, but I’ll also add that if you’ve seen  Ever After: A Cinderella Story with Drew Barrymore from 1998, then you’ve seen the entire movie.

This new live-action retelling of the fairy tale classic combines the beauty and magical whimsy of the classical animated film with the sincerity and fleshed out character development of Ever After. Oddly enough, 2015’s Cinderella surpasses neither of these movies.

It plays it safe and matches the original fairy tale formula to the letter. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not funny, though it manages to be charming thanks to beautiful sets, inspired musical scores, and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.

Everything else is sadly forgettable, but that won’t prevent Cinderella from pleasing its many fans. I just wish it could have tried a little bit harder to be a little bit more.

Frozen 2 Is Officially Happening, Which Is Great News (Even If You Hate Frozen)

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Everything happened today.

At a Disney shareholder meeting in San Francisco this morning, Bob Iger revealed a wealth of new information about several big projects, including Frozen sequel (announced with John Lasseter), the release date and director of Star Wars VIII, and the name and cast of the first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One.

I already wrote at length about the latter Star Wars news here, which goes into more detail.

Honestly, it’s the breaking news about Frozen 2 that has me the most excited. Though it’s not the movie itself that has my attention.

See, it’s very surprising that Frozen 2 is being made. Disney has said many times that a sequel would never happen, which baffled many people who think Disney is missing a huge opportunity to milk this franchise to death.

But they’ve “seen the light,” so to speak, and yes, it’s great news for people who don’t care about Frozen. Why?

Because it sets a new precedent for Disney sequels.

Long ago, in a decade not that far away, Disney was completely averse to ever releasing sequels on the big screen. That’s why the Disney Renaissance sequels (Lion KingAladdin, etc) are all shoddy for the most part and direct-to-DVD.

Pixar, however, paved the way for how lucrative and critically acclaimed sequels can be if the studio badly wants to make them with Toy Story. Even the Monsters Inc. prequel and Cars sequel, though not culturally impactful on their own, generated a ton of revenue for Pixar.

If Disney is now OK with making Frozen 2, then that’s great news for Big Hero 6 fans like me who really want Big Hero 7 to happen. Now THAT’S a movie that demands a sequel, and I have zero doubt the talented group behind BH6 would love to continue the franchise if they haven’t already.

So rejoice Frozen fans and non-fans alike. Today’s a good day.

Chappie Review, New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy Theory

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Hey conspirers, this week things had to go a little differently for the show. Due to our busy schedules, the podcast crew was unable to get together, so I’ll be flying solo for today’s short, but hopefully sweet, episode.

You’ll notice right away the audio is a little awkward toward the beginning. Apologies…I wasn’t able to use a microphone, and other excuses happened (but it gets better).

As the title implies, I delve into a review for Chappie that tries to explain the bizarre polarization coming from critics for the movie. I have my own theories about that, so hopefully you can get the big picture. I also share my thoughts on the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer you can view here in case you haven’t seen it yet for some weird reason.

I also talk about my recent Guardians of the Galaxy theory about how “Awesome Mix” tells a hidden story about Peter Quill’s dad. I don’t really talk about the theory as much as I talk about the unexpected reaction I got from it. Take from it what you will, I suppose.

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week and Movie Releases, and if you’re up for it, please rate and subscribe to us on iTunes!

Song of the Week: “Mine” by Phoebe Taylor. Her music is as cool as her hair.

Question of the Week: Do you think it’s smart for D.C. to throw all of their big characters at us so quickly with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice?

If the Avengers Went to High School Together

I couldn’t not share this. Source.

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Several observations:

Sam L. Jackson doesn’t age. Jeremy Renner is much older than you probably thought. My crush on Elizabeth Olsen is unfazed. Everyone hates Bucky.

Soon…

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What is the Best Will Smith Movie? (Podcast)

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Click here to download this week’s episode. Or just press play above.

Hey conspirers! This week on the show, we review Will Smith’s latest movie, Focus. But we also discuss our favorite Will Smith movies and quiz each other on some new trivia for the movie.

So our question of the week is pretty simple! What is the best Will Smith movie in your opinion? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

In our new segment, TWIL (this week I learned), we each bring our own news story in the world of entertainment that you might find pretty interesting. Links below.

As always, we serve up our Netflix Recommendation of the Week and finish the show with movie releases for this coming weekend.

Enjoy the show, and be sure to rate the show and subscribe on iTunes! We always appreciate your awesomeness.

Cool things we mentioned:

Mary Poppins sings Death Metal

Leonard Nimoy’s amazing, final Tweet (RIP)

Ducktales is coming back. On Netflix. Seriously.

Song of the week:

Young Chasers by Circa Waves. Their new album, T-Shirt Weather, has just been released!

What Happened To High School Teen Comedies?

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(Click here to download the episode)

With high school comedy The DUFF releasing this weekend, the Now Conspiring podcast team thought it would be useful to discuss how the whimsical teen comedies we love from the 80s and 90s basically went instinct as we entered the early 2000s.

There’s a conspiracy afoot.

We have a special guest this week! Luis Rodriguez joined us this week to discuss his experience at the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 world premiere, and of course a review. We also review The DUFF and chat about McFarland USA briefly.

Later in the show, we discuss our personal picks for the Oscars, including a lengthy discussion about Aquaman’s new look as released this week for the Justice League movies. Also, what is the hidden meaning behind “Unite the Seven?” Theories!

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, as well as our preview of the new movies coming out this weekend that you should check out.

That song you hear during the top of the show is Passion Pit’s latest single, “Lifted Up (1985).” Their new album, Kindred, comes out April 21st.

Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to rate and subscribe to the show on iTunes if you like us alright!

Cool Things We Mentioned:

7 Epic Aquaman Moments That Need to Be in a Movie

Luis’s Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Reviewhttps://jonnegroni.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/duff.m4a

The New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Story Actually Sounds Promising

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From Comingsoon:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

The movie just started production today, and this is apparently the direction it’s headed in. Honestly, I find the story vastly more intriguing since it focuses on lesser-known pirate lore (unlike the Blackbeard-infested blockbuster from 2011). I’m actually intrigued to see how Disney handles the film as Johnny Depp becomes increasingly more stagnant as a box office draw.

Also, the film is pulling in some great names, including Skyfall‘s Javier Bardem and “Skins” star Kaya Scodelario, who you saw (sort of) in The Maze Runner. That’s not even mentioning that Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Kevin R. McNally (Gibbs), and Stephen Graham (Scrum) will be reprising their roles.

Color me hopeful.