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  • maleficent dragonWhen I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the first time as a little girl, I was completely captivated. I loved watching the fairies muddle through baking a cake and sewing a dress, Briar Rose and Prince Phillip’s first encounter in the forest, and the epic fight at the end of the film. But, most of all, I loved Maleficent. She could curse a person sixteen years in advance and turn into a dragon! In my mind, that made her the best fairy tale villain.

    I was obviously not alone in that way of thinking, because 55 years later, Disney released a live action retelling of the fairy tale. But this time, they focused on Maleficent, one of the most beloved fairy tale villains. Maleficent strives to do what Wicked, the best-selling novel and the hit Broadway musical, did for the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz: tell the villain’s story, shed light on their motivations, and bring compassion to an otherwise evil character. Critical reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences seem united in finding Maleficent’s story, and Angelina Jolie’s performance as her, mesmerizing.

  • The planning took months, coordinating armed forces of several countries – primarily the United States, Great Britain, and Canada -- and underground forces of others, especially the occupied country of France.  The timing had to be as precise as possible, taking into consideration communication, weather, the phases of the moon, and the tides.  And though we recall the date of June 6, 1944, as key to the success of the Allied Force

  • princess brideIn 1987 The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, opened in theaters to moderate success. Equal parts romance, comedy, adventure and fantasy, it offered something for everyone. Since its release on VHS and DVD, The Princess Bride has steadily become a cult classic based on its imminently quotable dialogue, quirky characters and charmingly bizarre plot.

    The Princess Bride is just one of many iconic movies to come out of the 1980s, a prolific and varied decade that brought viewers a fantastic mix of award-winning classics and cult classics worth watching for nostalgia’s sake. It produced heroes like John McClane and Indiana Jones, and villains like Darth Vader, and it saw the start of some franchises that still continue today and the end of others. For many people, the movies of the ‘80s showed how to do everything, from skipping school to saving the world, with style.

    Below I have listed a few of my favorite movies from the ‘80s. Let me know your favorites!

  • ang leeEach May, we honor the men and women of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who have contributed to America’s rich historical and cultural heritage. First conceived as a week-long event in the late 1970’s, the celebration was extended in 1992 and is now commemorated each year in May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

    There are many people of Asian-Pacific descent working in the American film and television industry and I wanted to take a moment this month to recognize their contributions. Whether working behind the scenes as writers and directors, or lighting up film and television screens as actors and actresses, their talents have helped shape Hollywood into a creative and innovative force. The following list is by no means complete, but does highlight a few of these talented individuals and their contributions.

  • We never expected to see him again.  Like the cowboys in the old movies, Jack Bauer was supposed to just ride away before anyone had a chance to say, “Thanks for saving the world – again.”  Because, of course, he doesn’t expect any thanks.  He’s just doing his job.

    But now he’s back.

    24 has returned with another day for Jack to save the world.  And for all his flaws, I still like having him around to fight the bad guys.