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Review: ".hack//QUANTUM" (UK Edition): Hate the Game, Not the Player

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I’ve never quite gotten into online gaming. Maybe it’s a side effect of growing up in the 16-bit era, but you’re more likely to find me enjoying a good solo storyline driven game than putting the time and bandwidth into leveling up a character. Definitely more Elder Scrolls than World of Warcraft. Though maybe if […]

Review: "The Cat in the Hat" Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Not Much Fun for a Rainy Day

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Back in June, I had many kind words for the program and few for the Blu-ray of Green Eggs and Ham. The situation is somewhat reversed for the latest Dr. Seuss Deluxe Edition for The Cat in the Hat: my major gripe that the earlier disc was far too short has been addressed quite nicely […]

Review: "ParaNorman" is Frighteningly Good

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If there is justice in the world, LAIKA’s newest movie ParaNorman will make the studio a star in the league of Pixar. A self-styled zombie movie for kids, ParaNorman may ultimately be much more conventional than 2009’s Coraline, but this also means it’s far more accessible. It has the same stubbornly independent streak as a […]

Reviews: "American Dad Vol. 7" Waves A Different Flag Than Expected

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Good morning, USA! Hyper-patriotic Stan Smith has returned with his family for another volume of this Seth MacFarlane comedy, but as time goes on, Stan’s family grows. His daughter Hayley has gotten married, his son Steve gets a clone, Roger marries a redneck (and dates Steve’s friend Snot), and Francine rejoins the workforce … at […]

Review: "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute" - No Magic Here

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The Smurfs were a European phenomenon long before they were a success story as American collectibles and iconic Saturday morning TV stars. They were introduced in a comic album titled The Flute with Six Holes, as supporting characters in Peyo’s quasi-medieval comics about a brave knight named Johan and his loyal and diminutive squire Peewit. […]

Review: "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding" Is a Date You Should Save

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Bronies. If you follow cartoons and aren’t already a brony yourself, you’re probably sick of hearing about them, but let me indulge everyone else. A brony is an adult male fan of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. I guess I’m one. I’m 36, I like the show, and I started a brony group here […]

Review: "Black Lagoon Series 1 & Series 2 (UK DVD Editions)": Can't Keep A Silencer On This

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Rokuro Okajima is a young man at the end of his rope: After getting through college he has found himself seemingly trapped in a menial job within a Tokyo conglomerate, and things look set to end in a pitiful whimper for him when, during an assignment to transport an important disc across the South China […]

Review: "Cat Planet Cuties" Scratches Playfully

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They’re coming to visit us! The Catians are Earth’s first contact with an alien species, and they look a lot like us. Except for the cat ears. And cat tails. And apparently predominantly females that can go into heat. They’ve fallen into the lap of Kio Kakazu, a guy who just likes to make films […]

Review: "Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand" Stands Above the Live Action Movies

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I felt a little bit of trepidation when I first saw the box of Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand. The character designs looked like the characters in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Bayformers. The first Bayformers movie is the only movie that I’ve ever walked out in the middle of, and seeing the rest later on cable […]

Review: In "Fractale," Sometimes the Little Victories Are the Sweetest

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Some adventures are grand, sweeping affairs featuring hundreds of characters in massive worlds full of daring escapes, massive armies and all the other fun stuff: See Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. etc. etc.  Others are more intimate adventures where a few people achieve a personal triumph on a much smaller scale: more Niea_7 […]

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