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Review: “The Boss Baby” Stands on Its Own Two Feet

by Christopher Glennonon March 31, 2017
Babies are loud, irrational, and demanding of time. A stereotypical boss is loud, irrational, and demanding of time. A baby runs a household just like a boss runs a company. You know what would be funny? If a baby actually dressed and acted like a boss but was still a baby. That’s the thought process […]

Review: “Sword of the Stranger” Is Tried But True Entertainment

by macattackon March 29, 2017
No J-pop song opens or closes Sword of the Stranger. There are no celebrity stunt-casts for either the Japanese or English versions. The director, Masashi Ando, was the ultimate workman of the Japanese industry, with a long credit list of storyboards, key animation, and episode direction, but few series or movie direction at the time […]

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Review (Wii U) – Part 2

by Eileen Cruzon March 23, 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is exceptionally well done. The graphics are awe-inspiring and gameplay is solid and reliable. The game doesn’t give you enough opportunities to grow attached to the characters vital to story progression, but it does do an excellent job of otherwise achieving the illusion that Link exists in […]

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Review (Wii U) – Part 1

by Eileen Cruzon March 23, 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is exceptionally well done. The graphics are awe-inspiring and gameplay is solid and reliable. The game doesn’t give you enough opportunities to grow attached to the characters vital to story progression, but it does do an excellent job of otherwise achieving the illusion that Link exists in […]

Miss Hokusai

Review: “Miss Hokusai” Blu-ray – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

by Ed Liuon March 15, 2017
Based on a historical fiction manga series, Miss Hokusai is an animated feature film as unconventional as its title character O-Ei, the daughter of the renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Miss Hokusai blends a realistic portrayal of Edo-period Japan with suggestions of strange, otherworldly forces just outside our field of view, mixing these elements together […]

The Red Turtle

Review: “The Red Turtle” Presents a Beautiful Mystery

by slaion February 24, 2017
Among this year’s nominees for Best Animated Feature is The Red Turtle, a French-Belgian collaboration with some help from Japan’s Studio Ghibli. It tells the tale of a man stranded on a deserted island, and though it would seem akin to Robinson Crusoe, the tale twists into much more along the way. The Red Turtle […]
Oscar Nominated Shorts 2017

Review: The 2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 23, 2017
This year’s animated shorts, presented in theaters and online by ShortsHD, features mostly a somber mix of animated tales with just the one exception from Pixar. There was also another R-rated short among the nominees, which again was screened last for the younger audience to leave beforehand. I’m not sure this year’s mix would entertain […]

Powerpuff Girls 2016

Review: “The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble” is (Overly?) Familiar Territory

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2017
My feelings about Cartoon Network’s 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls is summed up nicely by the fact that my favorite episode on the first DVD, Tiara Trouble, is “The Stayover,” a kid-friendly version of The Hangover where two of the title characters wake up after a sugar-induced bender and have to piece together the […]
Justice League Dark

Review: “Justice League Dark” Crafts a Potent Witch’s Brew

by Ed Liuon February 8, 2017
If you throw a bunch of mismatched stuff into a pot in a kitchen, sometimes you get an inedible mess and sometimes you get gumbo. Justice League Dark makes the ambitious choice to throw video game battle sensibilities, horror movies, and the mystic side of the DC Universe into a big pot and brews up […]