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As anyone who knows me, or has been following this blog for even the smallest amount of time knows – I am a huge Disney buff. Movies, TV, theme parks, history…no topic is unwelcome. I especially like to learn about the man himself – Walt Disney (he was the topic of a minimum of 3 of my biography projects in school over the years).

Walt Disney Family Museum

Well on my parent’s last trip up to San Francisco, my mom went to the Walt Disney Family Museum and brought me back the documentary Walt: the Man Behind the Myth and the accompanying book! Surprisingly I had NOT purchased this myself on my trip to the museum in 2009 so I was very excited to watch yet another documentary on my favorite historical figure. (In writing this post, I also realized I hadn’t been blogging back in 2009, so maybe I’ll post about my trip to the museum soon!)

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While the documentary spends a lot of time on his various career achievements, it spends equal time discussing his family life – growing up in Marceline, interviews with this daughters about what he was like as a father etc… I especially appreciate the documentary’s ability to discuss ALL aspects of his personality – as the title suggests this is about the man BEHIND the myth.

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The accompanying book is a great little coffee table book as well – a somewhat condensed version of the events of the film.

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I definitely recommend both to any avid Disney fan, or really to anyone wanting to learn more about Walt Disney. You don’t even need to go to the museum (though I HIGHLY recommend going in person) – both the book and DVD are available in their online store.

*Just in case – I was not paid for this mini-review and my mom got me both items! I just like talking about things that I enjoy in case others find them enjoyable as well.

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It’s the start of summer, and that means time for the Summer Blockbusters to start pouring into theaters.

The Stars of Super 8

Movies like Super 8, which I just saw last night. A couple of the Arclight theaters out here had Sneak Previews yesterday so Jeremy, Sam & I went to the still-late-but-not-quite-as-bad-as-midnight-showings screening at 11:30 (where we had a MUCH better pick of seats, to boot).

I LOVED Super 8. If you’re into classic Spielberg films (think Close Encounters or ET or Jaws) mixed with a slightly more modern blow-it-up style (but not in an offensive detract-from-the-story way) I think you’d really enjoy it too. It focuses really heavily on the group of kids, but they all really held their own, and I was cracking up at how true-to-life their interactions were. I’m sure my written explanation won’t do it justice, but there are some great moments where the kids are all talking at/over each other interspersed with an ever-deafeaning chorus of “SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP”s that had me particularly dying. My parents literally told me that I should go into politics this morning because I got so excited ranting about the movie that I wasn’t taking breaths between sentences and I don’t think they got a word in for a solid 5 minutes.

I won’t do that to you poor readers though. Just be sure to stay through the credits if you end up seeing it too — there’s a really good payoff about the film the kids are making in the movie.

Super 8 isn’t the only movie I am or have been excited about this season though. Below, check out the movies that are on my List to See (if I’ve crossed through it, I’ve already seen it!)

Something Borrowed

Bridesmaids

Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Super 8

Green Lantern (Undecided…)

X-Men: First Class

Cars 2

Transformers 3

Harry Potter 7 Part 2 (!!)

Monte Carlo

One Day

Winnie the Pooh

Friends With Benefits

Have you already seen any of these? Excited about these or other films coming out this summer? Let me know!

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On one of the recent sunny warm LA spring days, I decided to head over to Universal Studios to take their studio tour — I’d heard that they had recently completed all the construction on their backlot (they were still rebuilding from the 2008 fire when I went with Arden) and I hadn’t been on it since they added the King Kong 3D experience.

Here are some highlights of the tour — just think of me as your own personal tour guide!

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Arriving at Universal Studios Hollywood

The view on the way to the studio tour — backlot sets below, with Warner Brothers Studios in the distance.

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PULL CORD IN EMERGENCY!

Part of the newest areas on the backlot — the rebuilt city streets. We were told that the new Spiderman movie would be using some of this area for filming!

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The new courthouse, where the courthouse from Back to the Future once stood:

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I was surprised they didn’t rebuild the courthouse in the same look as before, since they continue to make such a big deal out of the fact that Back to the Future shot there, but it doesn’t look like itself anymore. I feel like the original courthouse (below) was just as multipurpose as the new one!

I have never heard Peter Jackson name dropped more than I did on this tour. He probably tied with Spielberg (which is slightly more expected, but still). Way to not be subtle, Universal!

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Seems like something BIG got here before us...

Just another pleasant day in Amityville:

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I’m incredibly proud of this next shot, because I just about jumped out of my skin in the middle of pushing the button.

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JAWS!

Meanwhile, it’s been snowing on the northern parts of the lot in Whoville:

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Some of these tour stops really prove that Universal used to be the King of Horror. Case in point:

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Anyone wanna check in? Seems Norman is helping the last guest out...

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So. Much. Debris.

And just because I like that they added it to their Universal Experience display (not on the tour, but in the Lower Lot area of the theme park):

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I just finished Bossypants and LOVED. IT.

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