Author Archives: Dan Fischer

The New “Most Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy”: A Review of Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The New “Most Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy”: A Review of Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 1 Anyone who’s lived in South Jersey (or the greater Philadelphia for that matter) has heard of Olga’s Diner. It’s a landmark, even though it was closed for many years. An institution, if you will. Oga’s Cantina is nothing like Olga’s Diner, and it’s a very good thing. Oga’s Cantina looks, feels, sounds and smells like it should. Exactly like it should. Stepping inside truly is like walking into the s Continue Reading

The Circle of Cash Flow: A Review of Disney’s “The Lion King” (2019)

The Circle of Cash Flow: A Review of Disney’s “The Lion King” (2019) 8 *Last week we published a blog from Chuck Guth about how much he enjoyed The Lion King remake. Here is a counter point of the new film from staff writer Dan Fisher! Two varying opinions, but we cover all sides! Enjoy! -M   I’ve been on board with most of the recent run of Disney remakes.  I’ve even reviewed a few of them for this site.  Here’s a brief synopsis of my thoughts on the remakes so far, in n Continue Reading

From Behind the Pass, Aloha Edition Volume 1: Monkeypod Kitchen

From Behind the Pass, Aloha Edition Volume 1: Monkeypod Kitchen 12 I had been told on several occasions that there isn’t much around Au’lani. Not so, at least not anymore. There are tons of shops, both big chains and small mom-and-pops, as well as restaurants. While getting ready for our trip to Hawaii, my wife came across reviews for a place called Monkeypod Kitchen, right across the street from Au’lani. We went on the first night of our trip, our first real meal on the isl Continue Reading

An Open (Love) Letter to an Icon: A Review of “Mary Poppins Returns”

An Open (Love) Letter to an Icon: A Review of “Mary Poppins Returns” 22 A few weeks ago, my wife and I, along with a few thousand other Disney die-hards, attended Destination D.  Among the highlights of the event was a panel discussion with Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the composer and lyricist who tackled the daunting task of penning the music for “Mary Poppins Returns”.  Both told a variety of stories, both from their experiences working on the new film and their personal re Continue Reading

From Behind the Pass: Brunch at Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen

From Behind the Pass: Brunch at Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen 26 Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen is just one of the dizzying food options at Disney Springs (I still refer to it as Downtown privately). It’s become Disney World’s hub for foodies seeking something more refined than theme park pizza and french fries. Being a chef, I’m always on the lookout for eats of all kinds, especially anything “southern”. Southern cuisine is comfort food, and comfort fo Continue Reading

Begin the Begin: A Spoiler-Free Review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Begin the Begin: A Spoiler-Free Review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” 31 *Re-post for those who may have missed it! By Dan Fischer It’s fair to say that my opinion of the latest trio of Star Wars movies has not been kind.  As wildly popular as the franchise is right now, the new movies (Episodes 7, 8 and Rogue One) have left me decidedly under-whelmed.  The performances have been largely uneven, ranging from good (Benicio del Toro) to solid (Daisy Ridley) to utterly horrendous (Feli Continue Reading

Sound and Fury: Marvel’s The Avengers Infinity War (Minor spoilers, plenty of warning)

Sound and Fury: Marvel's The Avengers Infinity War (Minor spoilers, plenty of warning) 35 Let’s get something out of the way. This is just part one. It’s far, far from over. Cries of outrage and anguish rose from the crowd tonight as the credits began to roll. My wife and I simply looked at each other and started laughing. Anyone who went into this thinking this movie would be a one-and-done is going to be more dissappointed then when Frodo didn’t toss the Ring into the fires of Mt. Do Continue Reading
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