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‘Beauty And The Beast’ 3D, The 2017 Disney Movie, Far Exceeded Expectations THOUGH It Is Far From A Classic.

by Anura Guruge


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The official trailer on YouTube.


April 2016 ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ production. Click for lots more pictures.

It was GOOD. Very good, but not brilliant — though another lavish and sumptuous production true to the Disney-trademark.

Though I have seen the 1991 Disney animated version more times than I care to remember and was privileged to see the extremely good ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ version just last year, the ending of this brought a tear to my eye — so much so that the lady seated next to me (a total stranger) whispered to me: “haven’t you seen this before?”. I have. I have, but I am still a sucker for good ol’ fashioned sentimentality.

Kids will LOVE it. No question about that. They will, luckily, not be jaded by having seen the 1991 version which was, of course, a CLASSIC.

So, to keep this brief, let me hit the salient points in bullet form.

  • The infamous ‘overtly gay scene’ is so, so innocuous that it really should have gone unnoticed and uncommented. We see much verse, every day, on the sporting world! Gee. Come on.
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  • The above said, Disney’s attempts to be INCLUSIVE, i.e., having black/colored semi-leading characters (e.g., main singer at the parties), was DISTRACTING and to a colored such as I, INSULTING. This is supposed to be 1600 France. If there were indeed non-white folks in very rural areas, they sure were not prancing around in fancy gowns being the ‘belle of the ball’. That was stupid.
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  • I am a sucker for #D (but also a keen critic) — thought it was spot on. Others may disagree. 3D is so subjective. I am now convinced that one’s ability to truly enjoy 3D movies is connected to how quickly one’s brain is able to process the 3D data. If the brain doesn’t process the 3D data fast enough much of the 3D is going to get lost. That is a shame. Not the fault of the production or the technology. Not sure how this can be addressed.
    I Google “people having trouble seeing 3D movies”. Wow. Appears that it is quite a common problem; 1-in-10. This link, from ‘engadget’ was interesting:
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  • The BEAST looked too much like a docile GOAT! Worst beast I have ever seen. It looked really, really dozy. Very distracting.
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  • Got there 5 minutes before the 2pm start time and told that they only had a few seats left! The theater, for this Sunday matinee (at the Concord, Regal 10), was indeed full. Haven’t seen that around here in 20 years THOUGH we don’t go to the movies that often.
  • Appears that Disney made a very conscious effort not to step-on-the-toes of its animated version — so, for example, the dining table sequence was very subdued compared to what we saw in the 1991 version. That isn’t to say that it wasn’t good. Just got the feeling that Disney wanted to keep a separation.


All said, definitely worth watching. Kids will love it. I will probably watch it again when it is available on TV/online.


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by Anura Guruge


‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (3D) — Spectacular, But I Could “Take It, Or Leave It”.

by Anura Guruge


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No denying that it is indeed quite spectacular. Some of the beasts and sequences really are fantastic and engrossing. Very clever, very dramatic. Kind of over the top. But, cute and some really touching bits.

Not really my cup of tea. I was never a big “Harry Potter” fan. So I was not their target audience. The girls loved it. 

The 3D was STRANGE! Oh! Some very impressive, in-your-face effects. But, other than center, foreground everything else was out-of-focus and blurred. We all noticed and commented on this. Now this could have been the equipment at the cinema we went to, viz. “Regal Concord 10“, in Concord, N.H. We have had issues with their 3D in the past — and once even got a full refund from the manager. 

Lavish, no expenses spared production. Amazing sets, amazing scenes.

If you like this genre of entertainment, this has to be up there — top drawer. You might want to think hard about the 3D. It might be BETTER without 3D!

P.S., Loved the Platypus. BEST part of the movie. Best character. I want one.

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‘Finding Dory’ (3D) — Splendid, Touching Kid’s Movie.

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Disney • PIXAR know the formula and were unlikely to get it wrong. A splendid kid’s animation. Just as it is meant to be. Well crafted story with neat twists and turns and a lovable cast of characters, especially ‘Hank‘ the octopus (or septapus, given he lost a tentacle). Cute, touching and heartwarming. Just when you think you have the ending worked out they throw in a neat, ingenious twist. Slightly educational too — kids are unlikely to forget that octopi have 3 hearts. Lots of positive messaging for kids about aspirations, goals, coping with limitations etc.

The 3D was muted. Nothing dramatic for the sake of showcasing the 3D. But the 3D adds to the presence and texture of the characters. The bulging of Dory’s eyes would not be the same outside of 3D.

Not sure whether it was as good as “Finding Nemo” — but “Nemo”, 13 year ago, was groundbreaking on so many fronts. In the intervening years we have become attuned to the technological and storytelling magic. That it is essentially a sequel to “Nemo” is neat.


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Click to access “IMdb.com” page for “Piper” the PIXAR short.

Piper” the de rigueur 6 minute PIXAR ‘technology preview’ short that accompanies “Dory” is also incredibly cute. As always stunningly showcases PIXAR’s technological mastery.

Full Disclosure: I am a Disney shareholder and owned PIXAR for a very long time before it was acquired by Disney.

P.S., We saw it at the Concord, N.H. “Regal Cinema“, 7:10pm show. Other than us there were just 5 others in the theatre. 


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“Mortdecai” — The 2015 Movie A Mindless But Enjoyable Little Romp Especially If You Are Into Classic British Farce.

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Most nights, between around 9:15 pm to 10:15 pm Deanna and I watch a movie. This is also when I have my dinner. Since we are talking, at most, an hour we never ever finish a movie in one go. Usually takes us 2 to 3 nights to see one from start to finish. Then to complicate matters, earlier in the evening, starting at 6pm we have our ‘Family TV’ hour. Not all the time (since that is also when we watch “Downton Abbey” etc.) we watch movies during that slot too. So we can have two movies going over multiple evenings — with the kids finishing “Out of Africa” last night.

Well we, i.e., Deanna and I, watched “Mortdecai” the last couple of nights. I had found it on Amazon Prime. It was fun. Deanna laughed out loud, quite a bit and that is always a good sign. Amusing. The mimicked accents a bit hard to follow at times. But a jolly Classic British romp, exquisitely filmed.

If you haven’t seen it check it out. Not great, but not half bad. You will have fun. 


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (3D) — Brilliant In All Dimensions.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 having been the last day of February school vacations I took the kids to the 6:30pm showing of “Kung Fu Panda 3“, in 3D, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, New Hampshire — after over trip to Knight’s Pond. I like “Kung Fu Panda”, so I was glad when Teischan chose it out of the list of movies we told her were showing ‘locally’.

It was, as I knew it would be, brilliant. Exactly what a ‘kids’ animation is meant to be: entertaining, visually LAVISH, lots of action, funny, cute, adorable etc. etc. The quality of the rendering is breathtaking. So much detail. The artwork, even with the credits, is WORLD CLASS. 3D used judiciously but with flair. They even did the credits in 3D — showing 3 layers. Very clever. Definitely two paws up. Definitely worth taking the kids — and YOU will enjoy it too.


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Advent 2015 Is Upon Us. Rejoice!

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As a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen I LOVE Christmas and always have. I love everything about Christmas — and I have even been known to go to church on Christmas eve because I love the music and pageantry.

My surrogate father [who I called ‘Ta’ (the first two letters of ‘Tatta’, the Sinhalese (and Yiddish) word for father), and after who I take after the most in terms of personality] was a mainly-white, Burgher Baptist. I used to spend all my weekends and holidays with them — he and his wife (my adoptive mother’s older sister). They had no children and he was a lawyer (the solicitor for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) and she the Deputy Principal of Ceylon’s largest and most prestigious school. I MADE OUT LIKE A BANDIT. I was to learn that Ta shopped right through the year to make sure he got enough presents for me at Christmas! Very early on WE dispensed with Christmas stockings. They were too small. He instituted the notion of Christmas PILLOWCASES — and soon we had to have two. He also did an elaborate Christmas dinner, with all the works, for the entire family — most of whom were Buddhists — on Christmas Day. So I was inculcated into the joys of Christmas since a baby.

Anywho …

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Similar to what I had. Mine had more blue.

I am also very partial to Advent calendars — ever since I encountered them. For whatever reason we did not have them in Ceylon. To be honest I only encountered Advent calendars quite ‘late’ in my life. In my early 20s. Over the years I used to collect fancy Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice, royal blue and gold, 3D Cathedral one. You opened a portal each day. I think we have bits of it still. But since it was made of stiff paper it eventually started to fall apart.

Of late I don’t bother with a calendar for myself. More fun to let the kids enjoy. Yes, I get them — and Deanna — chocolate ones. I buy a LOT of them each year because I LOVE to give them to people. That reminds me. I will have to go to Hannaford and buy 20 – 25 today! Well, the kids end up getting two each. And one for Deanna. So that is 5 straight off the bat. And at Christmas I love to play the tanned St. Nicholas …

A couple of years ago I discovered the LEGO Advent Calendars. Now I get one each year for Teischan. See above.

Given my interest in religion (in particular early Christianity) I do appreciate that what WE mainly celebrate as Advent is the COMMERCIAL Advent as opposed to the Liturgical Advent. And ironically Advent isn’t a countdown to Christmas BUT to the Second Coming of Christ — and there is  BIG difference. Liturgically the Advent does not start on Dec. 1 (unless it happens to fall on a Sunday). Never mind. This year we are close.

Rejoice. Enjoy. Be Merry. The Advent is upon us. 


“Hotel Transylvania 2” — Très Bien, What A Kid’s Cartoon Is Supposed To Be.

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Teischan (9) loved the first ‘Hotel Transylvania‘. She had been asking for a while whether we could go and see the second one. Yesterday I was able to fulfill her wish. We saw it at the ‘Regal Concord 10’ in Concord, N.H.

It was good. Very good — but I knew it would be. Uncomplicated, unadulterated entertainment — which is what these movies are supposed to be.

The quality and rendering, though very good, was not as good as Disney/Pixar (and as a Disney (and Pixar) shareholder I have to say that) and the dialogue lacked the inevitable Disney adult innuendo. But it was fast paced, amusing and cute. Kids loved it and to me that is all that matters.

It was not in 3D. We made the 4pm show, which is, in theory, a matinee. But it still cost, just for the 3 tickets, close to $32. That can get expensive.

But definitely all thumbs up. Go take the kids. They will love it.

Reminded me of “Grand Budapest Hotel”.


Ice Age III: Continental Drift in 3D Puts Disney’s ‘Brave 3D’ In the Dark Ages.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post: Don’t Waste Your Money On Disney ‘Brave’ In 3D – If You Have To See It Skip The 3D. Movie Way Too Dark In All Respects — June 27, 2012.

After the unmitigated disaster that was ‘Brave‘ in 3D that we saw in Hooksett on June 27 we were all leery of going to see another 3D movie — though prior to Brave we have always enjoyed and relished the experience.

Ice Age is a family favorite. I think it is awfully clever. I really wanted to see that acorn coming at me in 3D — we all knowing that that was bound to happen; a move made for 3D.

This time we went to Hoyt’s in Concord, NH. It was more convenient and as far as I could tell they were not showing any 3D movies in Hooksett that day. Maybe Hooksett is experiencing technical troubles or people are just not willing to cough up the extra dough for 3D, especially if they got badly burned by Brave.

Ice Age III continues the magical legacy established by the first two episodes, though this one is probably the most violent of the three and is devoid of any real tear jerk moments. The color and 3D are good. I would recommend Ice Age 3 in 3D.

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Don’t Waste Your Money On Disney ‘Brave’ In 3D – If You Have To See It Skip The 3D. Movie Way Too Dark In All Respects.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


We just got back from seeing ‘Brave in Disney Digital 3D‘ in Hooksett. We were all highly disappointed. By far the WORST animated movie of recent times!

After having seen ‘Puss in Boots‘ in IMAX 3D we have been hooked on 3D — IMAX whenever possible. We saw ‘Tintin’ and ‘Lorax’ in 3D. They were all outstanding. The 3D was breathtaking and the colors were exquisite.

95% of Brave is set in DARKNESS — night scenes, inside a dark castle at night, and within an even darker cottage. 3D doesn’t work when there isn’t enough light for contrast! Disney knew that. Pixar knows that. This was a disgrace.

So this is what most of the movie looked like — in 3D, and I kid you not. My wife spent much of the movie taking off her glasses to make sure that it wasn’t the glasses that was making the picture dark (and yes, polarization does make the picture about 10% darker).

Scotland as seen in Disney’s Brave Digital 3D. Trust me. You are paying to watch pitch black in 3D.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am a great fan of Pixar. I owned Pixar stock when it first went public c. 1995. We have all 3 Toy Stories. I also am a huge admirer of Steve Jobs.

This was the worst digital animation we have seen in 5 years — at least. Nothing stood out. There was no ultra realistic furs, skin, textures or anything else. Just lots of blackness.

So don’t waste your money on 3D. If the kids must see it tell them no 3D on this one. I am kicking myself that we didn’t see Madagascar 3 instead. We will go see that, in 3D, soon.

Hope this helps. Cheers, Anura

P.S., The story line wasn’t that great either. As connoisseurs of Scottish music (oh, and I am an adopted Scot) we can confirm that the music was lame. This really was a missed opportunity. Disney bombed.