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Media Update 4/23/20

April 23, 2020


The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head

I heard about this movie through an interview on the DefunctLand Youtube channel. It sounded like the filmmaker was as big a fan of the Disney parks as any of us. This was a labor of love and a story about Disney and its mythology and its effect on people’s lives. Every year, Walt Disney’s head is unfrozen for 72 hours so that he can look over company details and approve things and offer constructive criticism. Of course, the executives will not let Walt actually see the park he founded. Enter a bumbling low-level employee who gets caught up in an adventure. The movie is a light-hearted comedy romp with heart. It depicts Disneyland lovingly but also for what it is. It depicts Walt as he was as well. Walt Disney’s head is played by Ron Schneider who is most famous for playing the Dreamfinder on the original Journey to Imagination ride and around the park. Daniel Cooksley plays the protagonist and he is endearing as a dad who is trying to figure things out. Kate Jenkins plays his snarky daughter and she is great. I definitely recommend this movie.


Escape from Tomorrow

This movie was a bit more controversial since it is filmed in both Disneyland and Disney World (though it is set in Disney World). It is more controversial because it depicts Disney in a decidedly negative light. During a visit to Disney World with his family, a man starts to witness the dark underbelly of Disney. Soon he is caught up in a conspiracy full of horror and mystery. Honestly, none of the acting is especially good but that seems to be by design. The movie is a surreal horror movie much like Suspiria but mixed with The Third Man. While a lot of the darkness is hearsay and provably false, the movie does accurately depict a dysfunctional family’s visit to Disney World. That part was almost as disturbing as the supernatural/science fiction elements. The whole thing definitely gave me a creepy, crawly feeling. In its way, though, it also was a love letter to Disney. I recommend this movie to horror fans and fans of absolute weirdness.


The Florida Project

This movie was somehow more uncomfortable than the horror movie above. This movie does not really have a plot so much as a character arc similar to Moonlight. The movie follows a six-year-old girl who lives with her very young mother in a motel just down the road from Disney World. The movie is set during summer vacation and since her mother cannot be bothered to watch her most of the time, the girl and her friends run wild over the local motels. She gets into all sorts of trouble as she schemes and causes mischief. The cast is made up of unknowns but a lot of the acting is pretty good. Brooklynn Prince is both cute and grating as a six-year-old terror. Bria Vinaite is great as her troubled mother, obviously somebody who had a teenage pregnancy and is not equipped to handle a child but she loves her daughter all the same. Willem Dafoe is so good as the manager of the motel who spends a lot of his day watching out for the little girl and defending his motel and the people in it. The movie is very dark but it has a lot of heart. I ended up pretty much crying at the end. I recommend this movie even though it reinforced me not wanting any children of my own.

Music of the Week:
Jonathan Young – HELLFIRE

Sofia Carson, R3HAB – I Luv U

Sorcey – One Little Spark

Dada – Dizz Knee Land

Kellie Coffey – Promise

Weekly Update:
-This week’s theme is “Filmed Guerilla-Style in Disney Parks”
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Elementary Season 1
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!
– I watched more Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2
– I watched more My Hero Academia Season 1
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I started Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I finished Community Season 6
– I finished The Imagineering Story
– I finished watching McMillions
– I finished Tiger King
– I finished Descendants Wicked World


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