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Movie Review: The Wizard of Oz

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 There's No Place Like Home...And No Movie Like This One.

There's some movies that I adore too much to even attempt to review. The Wizard of Oz is one of them, it being the first live action movie I ever saw, and one which I can happily credit many of my favorite childhood memories to.

Released in 1939 to critical acclaim and great financial success, The Wizard of Oz has become a great American classic, a cultural institution and a rite of passage for the young. Nearly 75 years have passed since this magical movie first captivated audiences, but its legacy lives on.

So great has been the impact of this movie, that there have been innumerable spin-offs (Wicked), prequels (Oz The Great and Powerful), sequels (Return to Oz) remakes (The Wiz, The Muppets Wizard of Oz, Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz) and TV shows (The Wizard of Oz: The Series, The Witches of Oz). Still, the original classic shines brighter than all these, and simply because it's amazing.

Based on L. Frank Ba…

Movie Review: Tangled

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When one says "Disney", there's a few specific images that come to one's mind. Princesses. Music. Animation. Fairytales.

With Tangled, Disney's 50th Animated Classic, all of the above elements shine in unison. Tangled is indeed, a grand, spectacular return to Disney's classic roots, with plenty of modern twists and sensibilities.

Following a creative and financial slump in the early to mid 2000s, Disney seems to be on a high at present. Recent animated movies from the Mouse House- such as Meet The Robinsons, Bolt, and The Princess and the Frog have been well received and have performed quite well at the box office. But the 2010 release of Tangled exceeded all expectations. The movie garnered critical acclaim (a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a rare feat these days) and set the global box office on fire, with a worldwide collection amounting to nearly $600 million- impressive for an original animated film that doesn't have the Pixar name attached to it.…