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Review: “Ratchet & Clank” – How to Turn a Video Game Into a Movie

by Christopher Glennonon April 29, 2016
Video games have come a long way in just a few decades, and it’s pretty incredible how detailed graphics look these days. They’re practically cinematic, so naturally, translating a popular video game with a unique look into a theatrical film makes perfect sense. On the other hand, history teaches us that it’s not quite an […]
Daimidaler

Review: Is “Daimidaler” Giant Robot Action or Offensive Sexual Culture?

by Chad Boninon April 27, 2016
Turning lust and love into power and energy would allow the Internet to power itself and the rest of the world, but for the warriors of Daimidaler, it’s the only thing allowing them to power their giant robots against the forces of evil. In this case, the evil forces are an inter-dimensional penguin army bent […]

Thunderbirds Are Go

Review: “Thunderbirds Are Go” is a Retro Rocket

by Ed Liuon April 15, 2016
Thunderbirds Are Go is a revival of the classic 1960’s British TV series, with the marionettes and some of the models replaced with CGI, and some of the social sensibilities updated for a more modern era. Other than that, it is the same show I remember being inordinately enamored of when I could catch it […]
Justice League vs. Teen Titans

Review: “Justice League vs. Teen Titans” – On Escaping Long Shadows

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2016
There are numerous anecdotes of DC Comics editors in the 1950’s and 60’s handing writers a cover and telling them to craft an issue’s story around it. At their best, you’d get a creative breakthrough where the final story felt like it was the basis for the cover rather than the other way around. Unfortunately, […]

Black Lagoon

Review: “Black Lagoon Complete Series Blu-ray” – Anime Painted Black

by macattackon April 8, 2016
Black Lagoon is one of those rare anime series that is more popular on American shores than in its native Japan. Over the years, there have been a lot of debates as to why Black Lagoon is one of the rare shows to join the small pantheon of anime like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun that have […]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Review: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” Blu-ray Continues a Timeless Legacy

by Neo Yion April 5, 2016
Fellow nerds and pop cultural aficionado, I have a confession to make. I am a twenty-nine year old woman who never watched the original Star Wars trilogy until last December. That’s almost three decades of my life without Luke and Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, lightsabers, and anything with the word “Jedi” or “The Force” […]

Powerpuff Girls 2016

Review: “Powerpuff Girls” Returns With A Different Charm

by Todd DuBoison April 4, 2016
In our reboot-loving age, it was inevitable: The Powerpuff Girls is the first Cartoon Network original to return to the airwaves once again in a new package, and not without reason. Craig McCracken’s creation set quite a award-winning standard to live up to, by virtue of the unapologetically silly adventures of its trio of pint-sized […]
The Peanuts Movie

Review: “The Peanuts Movie” – You’re Great in CGI, Charlie Brown!

by Ed Liuon March 15, 2016
There’s a scene in Charade when Audrey Hepburn’s character tells Cary Grant, “You know what’s wrong with you? Nothing.” That’s a perfect summation of how The Peanuts Movie updates the famous comic strip by Charles M. Schulz for modern audiences by changing nearly nothing about it. The execution of The Peanuts Movie is a perfect […]

Open Season: Scared Silly

Review: “Open Season: Scared Silly” – Scarily Unfunny

by Ed Liuon March 11, 2016
Open Season: Scared Silly is what you get when a film franchise originated as an animated star vehicle loses its stars. The original movie was little more than Aston Kutcher and Martin Lawrence playing themselves as a deer and a bear, but the two haven’t returned for the two prior sequels or for this new […]
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Review: “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales” Hits Hyperspace; “Capture the Flag” Doesn’t

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2016
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales appropriates the same irreverent sense of humor of the LEGO video games to retell the stories of the original and prequel trilogy movies, adding in a slight original story as a framing device. Like the video games, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales eats its cake and has it too by […]