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V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
She can make snowflakes. Can a Frozen Blizzard at Dairy Queen be far behind?

Film Review

Frozen

Classic fairy tale takes Disney to a winter wonderland

Frozen is a heavily rewritten take on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 tale. Those familiar with it won’t find a lot of the original story left standing. That might not be a bad thing.

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V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013
“Train robbers? Where?”

Film Review

The Lone Ranger

How the West was lost

The Pirates of the Caribbean crew reunites to show us how the West was lost in The Lone Ranger

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V.22 No.11 | 3/14/2013
Franco is such a great actor, he’s also playing the monkey.

Film Review

Oz the Great and Powerful

James Franco books a return trip to Oz in Sam Raimi’s fantasy prequel

The massive success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland three years ago kicked off an at-times wearying string of fairy tale updates (Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Slayer, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”). That film’s $330 million domestic box office certainly incentivized Disney to come up with more family fantasy reboots. Oddly enough, instead of dipping into the deep well of already Disneyfied fairy tales, the company has decided to go with a story made famous by crosstown rivals at MGM.

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V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
Red hair and archery? She’s Black Widow and Hawkeye all rolled into one.

Film Review

Brave

Disney and Pixar crown a medieval princess for the 21st century

In its surprisingly short existence (Toy Story came out in 1995), Pixar Animation Studios has rewritten the book on animation in general and computer animation in particular. When the plucky little company entered the big time less than 20 years ago, digital animation was a soulless enterprise suitable for trendy soft drink commercials and little else. Pixar not only contributed to a great leap forward in technology, it revitalized the animation industry by refocussing on the art and craft of storytelling.

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V.21 No.10 | 3/8/2012
It’s like   Avatar  , but with green people instead.

Film Review

John Carter

Get your ass to Mars. ... Or not. It’s a long way and not always worth the trip

John Carter is a perfectly good action adventure. Unfortunately, it’s probably not good enough to revive a nearly 100-year-old franchise that’s had little success breaking out of its literary roots. Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ swashbuckling source novels may be more impressed than they’d have thought, but it seems unlikely that the general public will soon be consumed by John Carter fever based on Disney’s fair-to-middling fantasy flick.

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V.21 No.4 | 1/26/2012

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The Daily Word in paper clip root canals, WikiLeaks on TV and Disney’s hairy employees

In the news: 84th Academy Awards, stabbing a figurine, Wake Technical Community College, Newt Gingrich, 15 percent in taxes, controversial TV show, more than ten minutes, abortion is safer, paper clips, beat up with two black eyes, beards and goatees, Graphic anti-abortion ads, Puppy Bowl VIII

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V.20 No.48 |

News

The Daily Word in Pearl Harbor, occupied housing, Mumia and Justin Bieber

In the news: 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, dropped the death penalty on Mumia Abu-Jamal, Occupiers succesfully "liberate", overrules her own experts on the morning-after pill, Justin Bieber steampunk Christmas, DIY animatronic firebreathing pony, Wrap your presents in hamburger, Gulf oil spill, Procatinator, Albuquerque Pride director is headed to the White House, science fair, Salvador Disney, Interwebs were atwitter, vaccine for Ebola, Great Danes love kittens, thieves are after your toilet paper, thieves are after a romantic dinner at home

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V.20 No.42 |

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The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips

In the news: Gaddafi, Elephant Butte killer, "foreigners only" DMV, Declaration of Independence, State Fair, Tattoo Barbie, world, "Mexican", capture or kill, Disneyland, 1600s, antidepressants, Cranberries single, multiple personalities

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V.20 No.39 |

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The Daily Word in election results, rain and scoopable chicken

In the news: here, foiled, good news, It totally rained yesterday!, death-penalty sentence?, triple the budget, attack, Bad news for fans of blowjobs, New Black Panther Party, hunted, Frankenstein's birth, quasicrystals, iPhone, video, food insecure, animated classics, cancelled, scoop-shaped chicken nuggets, rejected, bad deal, microphotos, interesting?, last, legal battle, TV show?, Happy Birthday Larry Fine!!!

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V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

Jazzed

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho

Bobby Shew and John Proulx jazz up Disney

When the folks who book the Music in Corrales series approached Grammy-nominated, world-traveling jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew to open their 25th anniversary season, Shew was happy to accept. First of all, no flying: He can practically walk from his house to Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, where the concerts are held. Second, he could work with Grammy-winning L.A. pianist/vocalist/composer John Proulx (rhymes with Shew) again. The two of them established a good rapport when they fronted a tribute to Chet Baker for the series a couple of years back, and they could team up once more with bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Cal Haines. But what to play?

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V.20 No.6 |

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The Daily Word 02.16.11: Missing Giant Cactus, Burning Hot Nacho Cheese

In the news: Yemen, Lybia, Iran, Bahrain, killed, giant fiberglass cactus, refuses to compensate, legalize the killing, sexually assaulted, Patriot Act, ease penalties, Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, incorrect, hot nacho cheese, Birthers, Wrestlemania, bent out of shape, Murdered over autocorrect, Is this Coke's secret formula?, fake friend, worst video game in the world, specializing in cybercrime, threatening felony libel lawsuits for negative reviews, denounce the KKK?, FMB, OOOOH, BURN!, graphic design, Happy birthday Hugh Beaumont!

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V.19 No.48 |

News

The Daily Word 12.3.10: Gay birds, neutron bombs and the felonious Dick Cheney

In the news: toilet paper, murder, neutron bomb, cell, House, remains, close, charges, makes, killed

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009
“C’mon. Everybody does it, lady. ... I’ll give you some beads.”

Film Review

The Princess and the Frog

Disney is back to form with clever updating of classic tale

A few years ago, Walt Disney Pictures tried to declare an end to “traditional” hand-drawn, 2-D animation. Then they bought out cutting-edge 3-D animation studio Pixar, which promptly took over all cartoon-related duties at Disney. Pixar seized the opportunity to announce that the death of traditional animation was greatly overstated. (God love those Pixar people.) So here we are, several years later, ready to ogle the first honest-to-goodness Disney toon in the classic mold in many a moon: the fairy tale-informed The Princess and the Frog. Ignoring ill-advised computer-animated experiments like Meet the Robinsons and Bolt and direct-to-video junk like Bambi II and The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove, this is the first time Disney’s looked like Disney since ... 2002’s Lilo & Stitch at least.

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