Over the past few years, Disney is intend on using our childhood memories to bring us once more to the movie theaters. This weekend, the reboot of Dumbo (1941) was released.
Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) has just returned home from fighting in World War I, sacrificing one of his arms in the process of fighting for his country. His wife died during the war, leaving his two children Milly (Nico Parker, Thandie Newton‘s daughter) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) motherless. Stuck in the past, Holt is unable to move forward until his boss and circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) puts Holt in charge of the elephants. One of the female elephants has just given birth, the newborn elephant has unusually large ears that allow him to fly. After the circus has a bit of success with the new elephant, named Dumbo, V.A. Vandervere (Michael Keaton) takes notice of the little elephant. He wants to add Dumbo to Colette Marchant’s (Eva Green) aerialist act. But Vandervere’s plans are not completely altruistic; he has some plans up his sleeve that are questionable.
First of all, I have to give kudos to the screenwriters. Not only did smartly remove the racist caricatures of the crows, but they used Dreamland as the background for the second half of the movie. Dreamland is not a well-known subject unless one is well versed in the history of New York City or early 20th century amusement parks.
I haven’t seen the original animated film in quite a few years, but I feel like this reboot is close enough in narrative to its predecessor. What is nice about this film is that not only is not the typical slightly out-there Tim Burton film, but it speaks of animal cruelty and gives Milly, as a budding scientist, her due.
I recommend it.
Dumbo is presently in theaters.
For many New Yorkers, Coney Island (otherwise known as the People’s Playground), is more than the beach, the boardwalk or the amusement park. It is home and the site of fond childhood memories.
Back in November, the Brooklyn Museum premiered its newest exhibit, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Containing photographs, films clips, art and artifacts from Coney Island’s past, this exhibit, takes the visitor back in time. The multi-media exhibit is a feast for the eyes, the ears and the memories.
I grew up near Coney Island and have many happy childhood memories there. As an adult, I go to Coney Island to play, to relax and to remember.
I highly recommend this exhibition.
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 will be at the Brooklyn Museum until March 13th, 2016. The Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY.
The MTA is raising the fares, again.
I get it. The MTA needs to pay their bills and their employees. The trains and buses run 24/7/365. You can get on the train at Coney Island and ride all the way up to the top of the Bronx on one fare. There are very few public transportation systems in the world than run all day, every day and you don’t need to pay based on your destination.
The people who run the MTA know that we need them. New York City would become paralyzed, on multiple levels without the trains and buses. The MTA is the the lifeblood of this city.
I wouldn’t mind a fare hike if the service was improved somehow. Or the buses and trains were cleaner. If they are going to raise rates, I need to see that the money I pay them to get me around town is going toward something useful.
But if they are going to raise their rates because they can’t control their finances, that is not my problem and I should not have to pay more to fix their problem.
Not one red cent.