Aladdin (2019)

I did myself and this film a favor, I think, by not revisiting the original Aladdin first. I know that if I’d watched the 1992 classic before seeing the 2019 remake, or if I’d even watched it before writing this review, the new movie would seem worse to me. My memories of the original aren’t enough to color my opinion here, because as was the case with Dumbo, I haven’t seen the original on which this new remake is based since the 1990s.

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GBU Season 2, Episode 8: The Rocketeer

This was an awkward recording and you can hear it in every cringy moment on-mic. I thought about pretending that wasn’t the case, but in the spirit of living up to the Candid Podcast name (which means less than nothing, by the way) I figure, let’s just come out and acknowledge it.

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GBU Season 2, Episode 7: Sleepy Hollow

Let’s try this again.

My friend Cea came into town and brought with her a copy of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and half the cast of Harry Potter. Based on the short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, this adaptation was a movie! From the early 2000s!We watched it, and had opinions!

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Sleepy Hollow

Sometimes you write a blog entry while thinking you’re connected to your college’s wifi, but you’re not, and when WordPress gets locked up trying to update, you mean to hit Command+A to select everything for copying, but you accidentally hit Command+W because you’re frustrated, and close out of your unsaved blog post, and you tell yourself there’s no fucking way I’m going to sit here and write that all again right now, which is also why you never finished Final Fantasy VII after you got stuck in the desert swamp with the Basilisk because you accidentally saved there, and you promise yourself that at some point you are going to write the post for Sleepy Hollow, it just can’t be right now, but you know in the back of your mind that there’s no way this post is ever actually going to get written, and you’re not proud of yourself, but you pack up your shit and go home because it’s been a long day.


Disney’s 2019 remake of Dumbo, the problematic but otherwise lovable 1941 classic, is a perfect example of why these remakes should not be made.

I had low expectations going into Dumbo for a variety of reasons. While I haven’t seen any of the “live-action” (read: CG+) remakes of Disney’s remarkable older films before this one, popular consensus has been that they have been all over the place in terms of quality and worthiness to exist. Lindsay Ellis made an excellent video essay last year about the Beauty and the Beast remake, which I can’t recommend enough. In it, she details the ways in which, on paper, it is a shot-for-shot remake (so why should it exist at all?) and in practice, it misses the point or over-explains things that don’t need to be, and makes for a great exercise in cinematic uselessness.

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