Disney’s Cinderella: Classic or Played Out?


Cinderella 470 widthWalt Disney Pictures is known for their breathtaking re-imagining of classic fairy tales and stunning original songs. Many such tales were inspired by the dark stories of the Grimm Brothers. Somehow Disney has managed to take such grim (pun intended) stories and make them fun and child appropriate. Their latest projects of old favorites have been total let downs. If you do not feel the same as I do, then you should probably stop reading. If you are willing to hear me out, well then, you have a great sense of humor and an open mind.

Based on the trailer, this new live-action Cinderella, unlike the very successful Maleficent, does not put a spin on an old favorite. It is a retelling of a classic, which is nice, but let’s face it; it’s been done before. I guess I just expect more from such a ground breaking company known for blowing our minds. Disney has been on a hit or miss trend with movies; making masterpieces like Frozen and Big Hero 6, then crashing with Cars 2 and Into the Woods. Albeit Into the Woods did get nominated for a few awards, because apparently anything with Meryl Streep in it automatically deserves an award. Well, I beg to differ; that movie was annoying with hidden messages that would give children nightmares if they only knew what they meant, and I am not alone. Reviews on the Internet Movie Database say “The extreme efforts and [the] great acting of individuals could not make up for the horrible script, pedophilia and rape undertones, and horrible moral guidance” and described it as “a very poor film for children, annoying and maddening for adults.”

Furthermore, the only reason I am considering watching Cinderella is the fact that there will be a Frozen short featured before the film. But does anyone want to pay $11 for a five minute clip and a remake of a boring tale? I don’t think so. Hopefully their new movie Inside Out will be more original. I have high hopes for this one to remind me of why I used to love Disney. Check out the trailer here so you can be excited too and see what original storytelling can do. However, in this “new” tale of Cinderella there is nothing that makes me wonder or curious. I have no “Ooh” or “Aah” moment, especially with the most important props. The dress is relatively ordinary in comparison with the others seen at the ball, so I highly doubt it helped get the prince’s attention. The glass slippers are pretty, but are they enough to hold our attention as we re-watch this tired tale? I guess all there is to do is hope the acting and magical effects can carry this movie to success. If not, I’m afraid Disney is continuing their sink or swim production ideas.

Bottom-line, Disney needs to step up their game if they are to compete with Dreamworks, who by the way is producing fan favorites like Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon—also blockbusters. Their newest film, The Book of Life was a hit as well. I only say this because you are better than cheap remakes Disney. What do you think about the movie? Was I too harsh? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out the trailer for Cinderella.

When Sierra isn’t watching Disney movies she’s a DJ for KSSU Sacramento States only student run radio station. 

Hi, I’m Brandi Marie & I’m Your New Favorite DJ


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Hey, World.

My name is Brandi Marie Hill (don’t mind the last name…nobody really uses it), and I am super duper excited to be a DJ at KSSU! I’m not quite done with my training process yet, but hopefully will be soon. Just a fair warning, here’s what you can expect from me…RANDOMNESS. You will never know what you will hear on my show. I will be talking about anything and everything and playing anything and everything. I may be playing R&B one week, Indie the next, Rock the next, shoot I may even have a show dedicated completely to Disney songs (and yes, I have seriously considered doing this). Even though my taste in music is super random, right now I have a thing for remixes and covers. People just have a way of doing things better than the original artists nowadays. So expect to hear a lot of those as well.

Anyway, do you want to know the title of my show? My random and awesome future show?? Drumroll, please. (bumbumbumbumbum)

Eargasms & Glitter Showers

Now, before you become overwhelmed with confusion and secondhand awesomeness let me explain where the name came from. My best friend and I were brainstorming potential titles for the show and this just came out of the air, but something about it stuck with me.

Eargasms = Good Music. I’ve got lots of it. Or at least I like to think so. Hopefully you guys will think so too.

Glitter Showers = This is where the randomness comes in. Random topics, rants, anything and everything.

See? Totally sensible.

But on a serious note, I feel super blessed to be able to be involved with so many cool people and I am really thankful for the KSSU staff for giving me this opportunity. Everyone at the station seems really chill, and I cannot wait to get to know everybody and for everyone to get to know me. Keep an ear out for me;  I can’t wait to reach you. 🙂

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xoxoBrandiMarie. ❤

Brandi Marie is going to be a DJ with Sacramento state’s only student run radio station KSSU

Oscar Winner Predictions: The Typical and The Unusuals


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The Oscars are going to be on this Sunday, and it’s always great to predict the winners and see how wrong you are. There may be confidence in a nominee winning in a category, only to find out that you were completely wrong and some random nominee took it. So here is my list of my predictions and the out-of-left-field winners.  If more than half of my predictions are right, you might not be seeing me around for I will be joining the Illuminati.

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Interview – Phil Demmel of Machine Head


Phil Demmel is a guitarist that I have looked up to for quite some time. Demmel is the lead guitarist of one of my favorite bands, Machine Head, and I has been a massive influence my my musical writing style.

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Demmel is also a massive inspiration to me for a very different reason. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart condition called vasovagal syncope. Around this some I just happened to listen to Machine Head’s 2007 album, The Blackening, and found comfort in it. As I stewed in my own depression surrounding the difficulties of dealing with my heart condition, videos of Phil fainting on stage began to surface on YouTube. Machine Head would soon announce that Demmel’s condition was the same as mine.

Discovering that one of my musical heroes shared my condition made it much easier to deal with it. I had wanted to talk with Phil about it ever since.

On November 26, I got my chance to talk with him about the band’s recent tour difficulties, the band’s recent free agent status, and our heart condition.

Read and Listen to the full interview after the jump.

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Movie Review: The Muppets


I love the Muppets. Now I’m not referring to this movie just yet, but the Muppets in general. Growing up I watched the VHS tapes of the all the movies from the first one all the way to ‘Muppets In Space’, now there is a new theatrical movies known simply as ‘The Muppets’. This movie is a nice homage to the original Muppets Movie. They have a few references to it and the comedy style, although perhaps not as low-key witty, was still there. This movie, as the original features a plethora of celebrity guests, from Jack Black and Dave Grohl to Mickey Rooney and Sarah Silverman. Although it was nice to have this array of celebrities, I feel they were not properly utilized as they were so masterfully in the first one, watch Steve Martins performance in the first movie, #tremendous. [Read more…]