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"Futurama: Bender’s Big Score" Still a Winner for Casual Fans

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2007
I always enjoyed Futurama, but I never managed to get into the habit of watching it. I guess that means it’s all my damn fault it was canceled for disappointing ratings, so maybe this is an incredibly bad way to start off a review of the direct-to-video movie Futurama: Bender’s Big Score. I have ALWAYS […]

"Looney Tunes Golden Collection" Vol. 5: What a Fan-f-f-fanta-fantas-f… Great DVD!

by SB20xxon November 22, 2007
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Looney Tunes has endured for so long. Its only goal is to make the audience laugh, and thanks to its talented animators and directors, it succeeds nearly all the time. Now you can laugh even more with the fifth volume of Looney Tunes Golden Collection, starring […]

"Gunbuster vs. Diebuster": Not Quite a Clip Show, But Close

by SB20xxon November 20, 2007
I don’t know as much about the Gunbuster franchise as others, but as I understand it, Gunbuster vs. Diebuster consists of the two OAVs (one from 1988, the other from 2004) condensed into two feature length films as a theatrical double header. That means this double feature may not be the best purchase option for […]

"Beowulf" Presents Beautiful Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2007
I must confess that I walked into Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf with several pre-conceptions and biases. On the one hand, I have never been too impressed with Zemeckis’ baby technology of motion-captured animation. The Polar Express plummeted straight down the “Uncanny Valley” with its creepy mannequins, and Monster House was solid entertainment with animation that was […]

"Ratatoing": How Low Can You Go? A Lot Lower Than You Want to Know

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2007
You’ll see them in supermarkets and toy stores everywhere: the inexpensive DVDs that are clear ripoffs of whatever animated movie has just hit the theaters. You may have even wondered to yourself, “How bad can they really be?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “pretty damn bad.” With nothing better to do with $8.00, I decided to […]

Sniffing Out the Rat Patootie in "Ratatouille"

by on November 18, 2007
It seems churlish to criticize a movie like Ratatouille, which is so ardent for the culinary arts and so tremblingly tender over the creative ones. It and its creators speak so feelingly of the joy of creating and consuming fine things—which, in this age of McDonalds and rap music, is a rare thing. The movie […]

"Pixar Short Films Collection" Vol. 1: Fun, But Worth the Price?

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2007
They’re the appetizers before the main course or the desserts for the home-video audience. They’re trials for new techniques, new technology, and new filmmakers to stretch their muscles. They’re the often-imitated but never quite duplicated short films of Pixar Animation Studios, and now Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released their first collection of all of […]

"Galaxy Angel Rune" Vol. 4: A Dizzying Mix of Highs and Lows

by SB20xxon November 14, 2007
In any comedy series there will occasionally be lulls when the writing staff either wasn’t at the top of their game or the execution wasn’t fine-tuned to perfection. Galaxy Angel Rune, the sequel to the four previous Galaxy Angel series with an entirely new cast of characters (Apricot, Lily, Anise, Nano-Nano Pudding, and Kahula/Tequila), is […]

"Witchblade" Vol. 2: Titillation and… Character Development?

by SB20xxon November 13, 2007
Don’t let the promo art fool you. Witchblade is more than just a show about a scantily clad babe ripping enemies to shreds with her sharp weaponry. Yes, it does include that, but the appeal of the show also comes from the human drama of Masane and her daughter, Rihoko, trying to make it in […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 1 Part 1: A Solid Chemistry

by SB20xxon November 7, 2007
Good things come to those who wait. A much overused quote, but perfectly appropriate for Fullmetal Alchemist: Season 1, Part 1. While it essentially just repackages the first four DVD volumes, it’s a great package with lots of content and takes up far less space than the volume 1 w/artbox. Plus, FMA just happens to […]