Special Article Index

Crash Course Articles

Crash Course articles are collections of short reviews centered around a common theme, often the work of a single director or films with a common theme of films from a particular area, which I have heretofore neglected for one reason or another and want to brush up on.

Finding Pixar- A Skeptic’s Journey

I spent the entirety of the 2000s avoiding the films of the Pixar Animation Studio for a variety of reasons, but in 2011 I decided to finally give in and give these movies a chance and chronicle my experiences doing so through a series of lengthy articles deconstructing the films and putting them to the tests to see if they lived up to their lofty reputations.

The Journey Continues: Further Skeptical Inquiries into Family Cinema

After I finished my Pixar series I felt like I still had unfinished business.  While I had a pretty good idea of what that studio was all about but I didn’t really know the family cinema context in which it thrived.  I decided to look into the rest of the critically acclaimed family films of that era and to examine movies in pairings that are either linked by common creators or common themes.


Having decided that I had a fairly good grasp on the family movies of today, the next logical step seemed to be to go deeper into the history of American family movies and the ovious starting point for that was the Disney Animation Studios.  As such I decided to look through every one of the core feature length Disney animated movies in sets of five spanning the entire history of the studio.