[Review] The Lion King: How Simba Changed the Fate of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes 

In case you live in a cave and did not notice—Disney is on a roll with the live-action remakes of our favorite stories. It all started with Alice in Wonderland (2010) which had its strong cast bring over a billion to Disney’s thick wallet, entered a decline phase with The Jungle Book (2016) due to its odd tone and mixed reviews, and in my personal opinion, Disney hit rock bottom with poor casting and several other issues by releasing Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Aladdin (2019)The Lion King (2019) directed and produced by Jon Favreau, however, helped Disney’s magic to reach our hearts, again, just like the 90s. Here, I will explain how Disney finally stopped failing the audiences.


Realism. Once I wiped off my tears coming out of the theatre, I decided to pay my respects to The Lion King (1994) at home and figure out why this animated documentary-like feature film worked so well. The first thing I noticed was Favreau’s attention to detail, and I assure you, he made sure we, as the audience knew about this. Favreau spent valuable effort to walk us through our surroundings, identify the appearance of species of all kinds, and appreciate one of the best (and likely leading) Virtual Reality production techniques within the film industry. Compared to the 1994 version, I could easily appreciate the 2019 feature for its identical yet heightened visuals. As Favreau explains, realism is what makes the film so unique. Ironically, it also produces the magic the previous films missed.


Music. Better yet, the voice actors have done exceptional work: Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) gave us the hurt and careless Simba at the same time. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s vocals (as Scar) were the closest thing to a brilliant Broadway performance. But, the real star in the voice work was Seth Rogen who made us all adore a warthog. Despite the never-ending coverage about Beyoncé’s casting on top of her new album inspired by The Lion King, her voice did not shine in the production. I think we are so used to hearing Beyoncé’s strong vocals that Disney music seemed a bit toned down for her vocals. Nonetheless, Favreau managed to awkwardly insert a short section of Beyoncé’s new original, “Spirit” in the film. If you catch the scene, I am sure you will agree that it just seems like a poor editing job rather than an integral part of the movie. Continue reading “[Review] The Lion King: How Simba Changed the Fate of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes “

What does not sell: Fall Playlist


“Sex sells”. Did I get your attention yet? This has been used so many times as a hook in essays, for top-read articles, in compelling songs for marketing purposes and on steamy scenes of the box office record breaking movies. I’ll take on the hypnotizing melodies of music and the voices that accompany this form of art today. Don’t worry, no sexual talk.

I am back in Canada for another year of university and I barely have time to physically rest. My mind has been busy too, believe me. But, I think I got it down about how to mentally rest… I’ll share my ways with you. You just need to listen.

  • Dua Lipa

We all started getting to know this British girl with an amazing physique through the song ‘Be the One’ (At least I did). Have you ever heard her acoustic performances? Her Etta James cover? I have never been to like rusty alto voices, I love soothing angelic melodies… This girl has it all. She writes and belts out amazing tunes. Listen to her ‘unpopular’ underrated songs.

Begging: All my bones, are begging me to beg for you, begging me to beg for your love. Oh, my lungs, are begging me to beg for you…Begging me to beg for your love.

Genesis: In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth. For what it’s worth, I think that he might’ve created you first… Just my opinion. Your body is the one paradise that I wanna fly to, every day and every night.

Blow Your Mind: If you don’t like the way I talk, then why am I on your mind?

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  • Dardust

I was introduced to the Italian classical band in a festival of my hometown during the summer (Nilufer Music Festival). The band is led by the amazing composer Dario Faini. Let me say this, I was impressed to see unique performances and people that attend for the sake of appreciating music. I appreciated these guys the most. Their music spoke to my heart with no words. It was literally beating the same beats to my heart. You will know when you listen… Every one of their song awakes an emotion.

I recommend, start your journey with: Sunset on M. (From the album ‘7’) and move to The Wolf (From the album ‘Birth’) and one of my all time favourites Lost and Found (please watch the music video for this one). It is an individual journey so you will know the story behind each song, I can’t tell you my own.

  • Odesza

A band that I think does Art. I adore electronic music but most popular electronic is trash -as harsh as this may sound-. Since I discovered them in 2014 (I believe) I have been waiting for a new album. Odesza is my zone out music. I run with this music, I study, I just lay and think about existing and breathe. 2017 is their year. They just released A Moment Apart. Although In Return was on repeat for years, it will be my new sound to write (listening as I write this blog post now). Keep in mind, the band is the music more than the lyrics.

The first song I ever listened by them, Say My Name: Because you got my hands tied. In my defense, I always fall for confidence, and your compliments look good on me…

All We Need: Don’t ask me to commit a thing… If no one gets hurt, what was it worth, what was it worth? What was it worth?

It’s Only: It’s only water. It’s only fire. It’s only love. It’s only slaughter. We’re only liars. It’s only blood.


  • Sam Smith

A Brit that compelled us with his unique character and standing tall in Hollywood for the way he is. His music is pure emotion, love and tears. This is the music that I sing screaming alone in the car, sipping on my coffee on a rainy Sunday afternoon. He is everything. Sam Smith deserves so much more appreciation than he gets.

Stay With Me: Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand but I still need love cause I’m just a man. These nights never seem to go to plan… I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

Lay Me Down: Told me not to cry when you were gone, but the feeling’s overwhelming, it’s much too strong.

I’m way too good at goodbyes: Every time you hurt me, the less that I cry and every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry…