Monday, January 27, 2014

A Conference Call in Real Life

posted by Tripp and Tyler

What if people a things behaved as the participants of a business conference call meeting.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What Disney Characters Would Look Like In Real Life

Posedt by Casey Chan on Sploid, Jan 14, 2014

Artist Avalonis (Karen Graw) created through photo manipulation trickery “real life” portraits of 32 famous Disney characters.

See Avalonis’s Deviant Art site:

1) Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel, Tiana, Charlotte La Bouffe, Esmeralda, Frollo, Quasimodo
2) Giselle, Jane, Tarzan, Cinderella, Belle, The Prince (Beast), Gaston, Jafar
3) Mulan, Alice, Jasmine, Aladdin, Aurora, Prince Philip, Maleficent, Cruella Deville
4) Meg, Hercules, Pocahontas, Snow White, The Evil Queen, Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Disney Dream Portrait Series - part 5

Celebrity photographer Annnie Leibovitz continues her fantasy series placing celebrities in the roles of beloved Disney and Pixar characters. The series is a collaboration with the Disney Parks that began with the 2007 promotion “Year of a Million Dreams”.

This month, Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain portrays Merida from the Disney•Pixar film “Brave”.
The Disney Parks Blog announced that the image will appear in the February Issue of O – The Oprah Magazine later this month. [article]

August of last year, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson portrayed Princess Tiana.

Completing this blog’s reporting of the Annie Liebovitz series is this image from 2009 of young performers Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron enacting the climactic scene from “Sleeping Beauty” in their respective portrayals of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip.

Part 1: (2007) Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella;
David Beckham as Prince Phillip;
Beyoncé Knowles and Alice, Lyle Lovett as The March Hare and Oliver Platt as The Mad Hatter;
Rachel Weisz as Snow White;
Roger Federer as King Arthur;
Julie Andrews as Blue Fairy and Abigail Breslin as fairy-in-training;

(2008) Jessica Biel as Pocahontas;
Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan, Gisele Bündchen as Wendy and Tina Fey as Tinker Bell;
Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin;
Whoopi Goldberg as Genie;
Julianne Moore as Ariel. Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, Brendan Hansen, Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans as Mermen and a Mermaid

Part 2: (2011) Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen with Alec Baldwin as the Spirit in the Magic Mirror;
Penelope Cruz as Belle and Jeff Bridges as the Transformed Prince;
Queen Latifa as Ursula;
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow with Patti Smith as Second Pirate in Command
Part 3: (2012) Jack Black, Will Farrell and Jason Segel as the Hitchhiking Ghosts;
Russell Brand as Captain Hook;
and a scene inspired by New Orleans Square.

Part 4: (2013) Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

5-Point Movie Review, 2013

In 2013, I was fortunate to view a least 20 motion pictures in the theaters. In a fancy way of saying “This is what I think of that”, I posted my own movie reviews with the tag of “5-Point Movie Review”. The five points are five characteristics of the film watching experience that most affected my personal enjoyment of said film.

Each is awarded a base grade utilizing the standard five-level grading system from “A” to “F”, “A”-being best and skipping “E” (because obviously “F”= “Fail” makes better sense than “E”=“Fail”), that I grew up with in school. While the base grade is applied as objectively as possible, admittedly this first step technically isn’t objective at all. Still, colloquially, this is what the base grades mean:

“A” = Better than the material suggested.
“B” = They did make the movie they wanted.
“C” = They didn’t make the movie they wanted.
“D” = They were incapable of making the movie they wanted.
“F” = They shouldn’t have made this film.

Each of five points/ characteristics may up-grade or down-grade the score, with the basic criteria:
+1 = Good job, worth seeing.
par = Meets expectations = 0 grade movement.
-1 = Detracts from movie watching experience.
Occasionally I’ve assigned either a +2 or -2.
There are 13 distinct levels on the grading chart, comprised of “+” and “-” levels respectively above and below the top 4 base grades. “F” is it’s own lonely level. Since by this structure there is nothing higher than “A+”, mid way through the year, I imposed the rule that in order to be awarded with the necessarily up-grade to “A+”, the review must begin with the base grade of “A”, not to receive any negative points , and have received at least 2 positive points.

THE “A”s:
Iron Man 3, This Is The End, Gravity

This Is The End, Gravity, Thor: The Dark World (each 3 points up)

A Good Day to Die Hard, The Lone Ranger (both 3 points down)

Thanks for watching.
Have and Happy New Year.
– Bryan

The Hobbit 2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [PG-13]
Directed by Peter Jackson

Grade B+
Up-graded from B.

par: Cast and performances.
+1: Smaug (CGI Dragon, Benedict Cumberbatch (voice)).
+1: Elves fight choreography (featuring Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Elvangeline Lilly)).
-1: Pace.
par: Franchise serial installment.

Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful [PG]
2013 Disney
Directed by Sam Raimi

Grade: D+
Down-graded from C

-1: Cast (James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora).
par: Comedy from a talking monkey, Finley (Zach Braff).
par: Score (Danny Elfman).
par: Oz vs. the Wicked Witch of the West.
-1: As a pre-quel to “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).