- Once (2006)
- All the President's Men (1976)
- Being John Malkovich (1999)
- In the Year of the Pig (1968)
- In The Mood For Love (2000)
- Hole, The (1960)
- Tokyo Story (1953)
- Ocean’s Eleven Blu-Ray Review
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Gilda (1946)
- Rounders (1998)
- Masque of the Red Death, The (1964)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Fat City (1972)
- Amélie (2001)
- All That Jazz (1979)
- Night of the Hunter, The (1955)
- King of Comedy, The (1983)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
- Sullivan's Travels (1941)
- Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
- Hecklefest Four-Word Film Reviews! August '12 - Week 4
- Playtime (1967)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
- Haunted Castle, The (1921)
- Last Wave, The (1977)
- Naked Lunch (1991) * Weird and Wacky *
- Phantom Carriage, The (1921)
- Lolita (1962)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Genre: Animated Family Fantasy
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne (Orphans of the Storm)
Produced By: Walt Disney (Dumbo • Fantasia)
Overview: When an evil queen learns that princess Snow White has grown to be fairer than she, she orders her loyal huntsman to cut out the young princess’ heart. The huntsman finds himself unable to do so and urges her to flee, where she takes refuge in the home of seven dwarfs.
The premise of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an extremely simple three-act story, probably a wise idea for the first feature film by an animation company who’d been making exclusively short films since its creation 14 years earlier. Snow White was expected to fail, though it ended up being a massive success at the time, still today holding the #10 spot for all time box office grossing films. The incredibly drawn and wonderfully voiced evil queen gazes into her magic mirror, asking who the fairest in the land is. The ominous mirror’s response is the long-ago cloistered princess Snow White. Cloistering is no longer enough for the queen. She decides that now the princess must die. Summoning her loyal huntsman, the queen tasks him with bringing Snow White’s heart back in a box. Shocked, he goes out to do his mistress’ bidding, but when he stalks upon the young girl with his shimmering blade - quite an intense scene indeed, if ruined a little by the princess’ typical shrieking reaction – he cannot bring himself to do the deed. He warns her and begs her to flee to safety. She does so, taking refuge in a woodland house, a four minute’s jog away. There, she cooks and cleans while its diminutive inhabitants come back from working the gem mines. When they return, she requests that they take her in, in exchange for her domestic services. Meanwhile, naturally, the evil mirror tells the queen that the princess still lives. The queen then goes to great and wonderfully-animated lengths to do the dirty deed herself. No more spoilers.
Tack on an abrupt ending that felt, well, tacked on and I’m left thinking of the first Disney feature the same as I was with most of his other traditionally animated productions: like I was a little too old and a little too let down.
Admittedly, a colour production that included scenes which had Snow White - and Ponce Charming *shudder* - in rotoscope, does instill a mild timeless modernity that means Snow White will be around long after I will.
Performance: 7 Cinematography: 8 Script: 4 Plot: 5 Mood: 6
Overall Rating: 60% (White Noise)
With all these other versions of Snow White out there (including the dark Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)) and all those coming out in 2012 (Snow White • Grimm’s Snow White • Snow White and The Huntsman • Mirror, Mirror) this is the year where we should at LEAST give credit where credit is due, with the original first Walt Disney Studio feature film: the 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.