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Getting the Kitchen Craft Right in "Ratatouille"

by Ed Liuon June 13, 2007
The New York Times‘ Dining and Wine section has taken a look behind the scenes at Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille (registration required), detailing how the crew of the movie were compelled to observe and eat at many fine French restaurants and work with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller to get the food preparation right for the movie. […]

"Tachigui": Oshii Scams the Audience

by on May 28, 2007
Tachigui, Mamoru Oshii’s latest film, is a “mockumentary” of such deadpan humor I had to lean over when it was done and ask my theater companion—who’s lived in Japan—how much of it was true. “Not a word of it!” he shouted, and began waving his arms furiously. That, in a nutshell, may be the reaction […]

"Shrek the Third" – No More! Please, No More!

by on May 19, 2007
Suit up, gentle readers. The following words will be as fair as I can make them, but I definitely cannot promise you that they will be kind. In 2001, we were given a film that its makers originally intended to stand alone. As in, no planned sequels. Shrek – or maybe we should call it […]

"Negima" Mahou Sentai NegiRanger, Move Out! Final attack!

by on May 17, 2007
Tragedy strikes Negi’s class at Mahora Academy, as one of their own is killed in their prime. With emotions raging, some look to accept it as a part of life, others hope to change it with a deal with the devil. Some look to science, and, thanks to a time machine, this superpowered class can […]

"Tokko" Vol. 1: Good Plot, Not So Good Execution

by SB20xxon May 7, 2007
In the right hands, Tokko would probably be an excellent show. The plot is actually fairly interesting for what is essentially a zombie movie mixed with a supernatural thriller. The problem is a presentation so flawed that it actually hampered my ability to get into the show. The plot of Tokko concerns a recently graduated […]

"Hare+Guu" Vol. 7: The Mansion Family

by SB20xxon May 1, 2007
I’ve not seen volumes 5 and 6 of Hare+Guu, so I was a bit perplexed when I started the seventh volume and found Hare, Guu, and Weda living in an entirely new location. It turns out Weda has moved from her jungle home back to the city mansion where she lived as a youth. This […]

"My-Hime Vol. 7": Great Box, Great Finale

by SB20xxon April 22, 2007
One the 2006 titles I was most anticipating was My-Hime, a school-based melodrama with fantasy/sci-fi and mecha elements. Though the series started a bit slow, it eventually became very interesting. The large number of characters, each with his/her own unique looks/quirks and intertwined relationships, paved the way for numerous plot lines, and the action started […]

"Sonic the Hedgehog": A Fan Looks Back

by on April 14, 2007
It’s a reviewer’s job to be objective, but you, the reader, are going to have a hard time perceiving my objectivity this time. As anybody with half a brain and the ability to Google can discover, I am, or at least was, a major Sonic SatAM fanboy. I haven’t been an active fan for quite […]

"Sonic The Hedgehog": A Classic, Or a Sign of Bad Games to Come?

by on April 14, 2007
Mobius is in a state of war. Julian Kintobor has usurped the throne of the Kingdom of Acorn and re-christened its capital “Robotropolis” and himself “Dr. Robotnik.” Using stolen technology, he is out to turn his enemies into mindless slaves and pollute the planet. One force stands in his way. The Freedom Fighters, with the […]

"BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo" Volume 1: Is Illumitoon a "Bo-nafide Protector" Of These Rights?

by on March 26, 2007
Czar Baldy Bald hopes to rid the world of hair. To accomplish this, he has sent squadrons across the world to rid the scalps of the populace of their follicles. One man stands in his way, though, and that man’s full name is complicated. He is BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo. Along with his friends Beauty, Don Patch, […]