Andrew Raker

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The most effective films tend to forge an emotional connection between the viewer and the characters, making it all the more impactful when tragedy strikes. Yet through these mournful moments comes...
Since the dawn of Disney, animated films have been far more than just family fare. Take 1940s “Fantasia,” for example, which boldly experiments with both style and narrative against the backdrop...
Every decade brings forth its own unique cinematic styles and the 1980s were no exception. In terms of comedy, the output was nearly slapdash in its silliness and yet not without its pointed themes...
If laughter is the best medicine, as they say, then seminal comedy movies are the proverbial panacea for these crazy times. Through the power of streaming, a wide number of these entertaining films...
Stuck at home with about 90 minutes (or less) to spare? There are a number of acclaimed films to help you fill the time. Earning high marks among critics and audiences alike, these titles span...
A tradition unto itself, actor body transformations are also a relatively modern phenomenon. In fact, one might be hard-pressed to find a number of solid examples from before Robert De Niro’s...
From 1934 to 1968, most Hollywood films abided by the Hays Code, a system of self-censorship with scrupulous moral standards promulgated by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America....
In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America replaced the so-called Hays Code, instituted in the 1930s to enforce moral guidelines upon cinematic content, with its own rating system —...
Source: Courtesy of Columbia PicturesCannabis occupies an ever-growing presence in American culture. The first songs celebrating marijuana date from the 1920s and their number has grown exponentially...
Walt Disney Studios may have quality entertainment down to an exact formula these days, but that’s only after decades of practice. Along the way, there have been plenty of box office duds and...
When Pixar’s “Toy Story” first arrived in theaters, the animation studio didn’t know what to expect. To quote executive producer Steve Jobs, “If ‘Toy Story’ is a modest hit —...
From 1934 to 1968, the majority of Hollywood films abided by the Hays Code, a system of self-censorship with scrupulous moral standards promulgated by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of...
If there was a shot heard around the world in the history of modern animation, it arrived on November 22, 1995. That was the domestic release date of “Toy Story,” the debut feature film from...
Since its founding in 1923, Walt Disney Company has gone from a struggling animation studio to a full-blown international conglomerate. Family entertainment remains their signature calling card and...