My Top 10 Films of 2016

Below is a video of my top 10 favorite films of 2016. Now 2016 was pretty good for films there was some that I truly enjoyed while others were meh. Overall it nakes me excited for 2017 because I know after watching several movie trailers movies this year are gonna kick ass.

Disney: I understand now pt. II

Cinderella  would have to be one the most popular fairytales of all time. I have seen many adaptions of these one fairytale, the most popular ones being disney.  As a little girl I hated the original three disney princesses which are Snow White,Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty. They were weak to me, they were the damsels in distress who needed a man to rescue them or get them out of a situation.  It wasn’t till I saw the 2015 adaption of Cinderella for my birthday that I finally understood Cinderella.

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Cinderella starts off as this young girl bright and beautiful with a beautiful and happy family. One day her mother becomes ill and eventually dies leaving the father to find a mother figure for his daughter. So he remarries a woman named Lady Tremaine who brings her two daughters and her cat named Lucifer into the marriage. At first Lady Tremaine seems kind to Ella until her true colors are revealed when Ella’s father passes away. Tremaine treats Ella as a servant girl in her own home and the stepsiters begin calling Ella ‘Cinderella’ due to the fact she normally sleeps by the fire and the cinders or ash usually is left on her fair face.

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As Cinderella tries to keep a positive outlook, the royal palace decides to throw a ball for all eligible young maidens to attend so the prince can choose a bride and marry. Lady Tremaine and her daughters head to the ball and prevent Cinderella from going by ripping up her dress which her friends (birds,mice etc) help create. Distraught Ella runs off crying and thus appears her fairy godmother who gives Ella the chance to go to the ball, however the magic she placed upon Ella will only last till midnight (magic always comes with a price )

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Cinderella arrives to the ball and everyone is mesmerized by her including the prince whom see had met before (in the 2015 adaption). He takes her hand and they have a beautiful dance meanwhile Lady Tremaine is highly upset because she was hoping that Prince Kit (in the 2015 adaption he is known as Kit but in the original he is just known as Prince Charming) who fancy one of her daughters. When Kit and Ella finish dancing they go out in the garden to a swing and just talking and get to know each other a little more. Soon the clock strikes midnight and Ella quickly flees the castle leaving behind only one shoe. When Ella gets homes she revels in her brief moment of freedom which is soon interrupted when Tremaine returns home from the ball. The prince who wants to marry the beautiful young woman from last night finds her slipper is encourage by his father who with his finally breath gives his son permission to marry. Kit then becomes king and decrees that every maiden in the kingdom try on the slipper.  Ella upon hearing the news heads to her room to fetch the other slipper when Lady Tremaine realizes that Ella is the mysterious lady from the night before, destroys the shoe and locks Ella in the attic.

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The Grand Duke arrives and Lady Tremaine convinces the duke to reward her with the title countess and advantageous marriages for her daughters. The duke takes the shattered glass to Kit hoping her will forget the mystery girl but Kit is determined to find her.  The officers eventually arrive at the Tremaine estate and the shoe that Kit has neither stepsister can fit it so he begins to leave. However they stop when they hear Ella singing “Lavender Blue’s” through a window that the mice have opened.   Lady Tremaine tries to stop Ella from wearing the shoe on the grounds that she is her mother and Ella responds that she has never been or will ever be her mother. Ella and Kit are reunited and even without the shoes Kit recognizes her. Kit leaves with Ella after forgiving her stepmother who along with her daughters and the grand duke leave the kingdom never to return. At the wedding Kit and Ella are crowned king and queen and become the land’s most beloved monarchs ruling with courage and kindness that Ella promised her mother.

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Now for the longest time I never understood Cinderella till the 2015 adaption. Ella was taught by her mother to always have courage and to be kind and throughout the film the audience sees Ella do just that. Lady Tremaine is very hateful toward Ella mostly because of her youthfulness and beauty. Like most fairy tails that involve a young woman and an evil witch or stepmother beauty and youthfulness happens to be the villains main weakness (Snow White) and I believe that has something to do with how we as women feel as we get older. Instead of cherishing the knowledge and wisdom we have gain throughout our years and passing them on, we become envious of younger women especially when our spouses are attracted by these women of youth. The fairy godmother is seen a hope for Ella, this godmother is the reason Ella is able to attend the ball where just one dance changes her entire future. I realize that in the both adaptions of Cinderella that the prince is not just taken away by Ella’s beauty but by her kindness which radiates from every pore of her being.

 

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So now I truly understand Cinderella’s story in every single adaption she has had. Her courage and kindness allows her to strive under the hatefulness and wickedness of Lady Tremaine and her daughters who are know as the ugly or evil stepsisters. It is not because they are ugly physically but it is because their hearts are vile. So in the next part of my series I will be discussing the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan.

Disney: I understand now pt. 1

You think I’m an ignorant savage
You’ve been so many places,
I guess it must be so
But still I can not see
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you dont know
You dont know

I have been on this earth for twenty-four years and I have seen almost every single Disney film that has been produced. I love Disney, the films bring a loving warm sensation to my heart. As a child many of the disney films I had watched held message or just somethings I just didn’t understand as a child but now that I am older and rewatched some of my favorite disney classics I see my childhood in a whole new light. In part 1 of my Disney: I understand now series I will take a look at my top 10 favorite disney films of all time and discussed what I learned as an adult that I didn’t understand as a child.

When it comes to Disney movies some are popular than others and for girls Disney Princesses is a very popular franchise. Like some disney films the stories which are told are adapted from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christensen, Mythology or a famous novel..now in the original.version of these stories not all of the characters have a happy ending and contains many adult themes. So Disney takes those stories and re-tells them with a more cheerful tune and gives it a happy ending, however some of the adult themes stay intact.

Let’s take a look at Disney’s 1996 film, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The film was adapted from Victor Hugo book of the same name that was published in 1939. The film is considered to be one of Disney’s darkest animated films as its narrative explores such mature themes as infanticide, lust, damnation, genocide, and sin.  The film was also the first—and only—Disney animated feature to have a major focus on traditional religious faith; pre-Reformation Catholicism. Also there was what many view as attack on the Christian Right in the film, due to its strong theme of “religious and moral hypocrisy” – religious figures doing immoral things under the name of religion.

Now let begin’s with the first theme, Infanticide
The film begins with Clopin who is the narrator  telling the story of Quasimodos’ parents and their encounter with Frollo. Frollo then proceeds to tell his soldier to take the gyspies to the Palace of Justice. The gypsy women is holding a bundle in her arms, Frollo assumes that it is stolen jewels and she runs away; a chase ensues. Quasi’s mother is eventually  killed by judge Frollo who takes a look at the bundle that was in her hand, he realizes that it was a baby but due to the child’s deformity Frollo refers to the child as a monster and decideds to drown him. When stop by the arch deacon,  he tells the deacon that “I’m sending it back to hell where it belongs” – whoa, that was pretty harsh.

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Now the second theme explored is Lust. This sinful emotion arises when during the feast of Fools when the gypsy Esmeralda is seen doing a sensual dance and Frollo becomes entranced.  This is taken for Disney Wikia

The song “Hellfire” was intended to contrast the song “Heaven’s Light”, which was a song that was sung by Quasimodo moments earlier, expressing his feelings of love for Esmeralda, while Frollo sings of his lust for Esmeralda.

This song is considered to be one of the darkest songs in any Disney film, depicting Hell, damnation, the christian religion, and lust, four subjects that are generally considered to be inappropriate for young children.

The feeling is so strong for Frollo that he is determine to have that he is litterally setting Paris on Fire.

Guard: Minister Frollo, the gypsy has escaped.
Frollo: (speaking) What?
Guard: She’s nowhere in the cathedral.
She’s gone.
Frollo: But how? I… Never mind. Get out, you idiot! I’ll find her! I’ll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris!

(song resumes) Hellfire
Dark fire
Now gypsy, it’s your turn
Choose me or
Your pyre
Be mine or you will burn
(Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy))
God have mercy on her
(Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy))
God have mercy on me
(Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy))
But she will be mine
Or she will burn!

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Now the film deals with other themes such as damnation which is seen in the begining of the film where Frollo to atone for his sin of killing the gypsy mother takes Quasimodo as his son and in the hellfire scene where Frollo fears for his soul because of the sin of Lust brought on by the gypsy Esmeralda. Genocide is another as well with Frollo wanting to exterminate the entire gypsy population believing them to be heathens and witches. There are other themes but I can’t mention them all but this movie is definitely one of disney more mature films and I loved it as a child even though I did not fully understand it except that Quasi being deformed was constantly told by Frollo that he was ugly and that no one would accept him. When he is crowned the king of fools during the festival his brief moment of happiness is ruined by Frollo’s guards as they start a fiout and began throwing food at him and runs back to the safety of the cathedral. 

However my favorite scene in this entire film would have to be when the little girl approaches Quasimofo and hugs him, oh that scene makes my heart melt so much. The Hunchback of Notre Dame to me is truly an underrated Disney movie and if you have not seen it, go to netflix or ask a friend and watch it you will not be disappointed.

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