"Ratatouille" Is a Film That Really Cooks

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2007
There ought to be a word for an expertly cut trailer that includes all the best scenes from an otherwise terrible movie. This phenomenon seems to be occurring more and more often as the average film gets worse and worse, to the point where a good trailer simply isn’t enough to sell a film. It […]

"Ratatouille": Animation’s Finest Chefs Save Us From All The Fast Food

by on June 26, 2007
It’s getting to the point where one might barely associate the output of this wunderkind studio with the rest of the animated medium. There’s other quality work out there, but there’s also so much sheer junk being foisted on us. But while there is no true Pixar formula (you know, other than just doing everything […]

"Tokko" Vol. 2: Deepening Plot, Same So-So Presentation

by SB20xxon June 25, 2007
I wasn’t too impressed with first four episodes of Tokko (review here), but I’ll say that the second volume manages to top it. The show still isn’t particularly frightening, but I realize now the show isn’t really focusing on trying to be scary. Instead, it concentrates on Ranmaru and his detective work, as he tries […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 6": Sex For the Eyes, Food For the Mind

by SB20xxon June 23, 2007
In the final volume of Gonzo’s Speed Grapher, Japan is in a state of turmoil. All the major leaders of Japan are locked in the underground sex club, essentially leaving the country without a government for the moment. Suitengu is behind this, of course, as he’s determined to get revenge on the government for selling […]

"The Third" Vol. 2 Announced By Kadokawa and RightStuf

by SB20xxon June 23, 2007
The second volume of the sci-fi anime series The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye has been announced for a 9/25/07 release date. It runs 100 min. and is priced at $24.98. Both English and Japanese audio tracks are available. Special features include an art gallery, character bios with commentary by Megumi Toyoguchi, and […]

"Ramen Fighter Miki" Vol. 1: More Details

by SB20xxon June 23, 2007
Media Blasters announced the first volume of the anime comedy series Ramen Fighter Miki: 9/18/07. It runs 100 min. and has a MSRP of $19.98, and will only contain Japanese for an audio track. Special features include the Star Ranger Opening and Voice Actor Fights. [Source: RightStuf ]

"To Heart Vol. 1": There May Be "New Feelings," But Not in This Corpse

by on June 20, 2007
Akari and Hiroyuki have been the best of friends throughout their school years, but now they’re in high school. Akari seems to want more out of their relationship, but Hiroyuki tends to forget the romantic moments they’ve had in the past, and only sees Akari as a good friend. These two and their friends Shiho […]

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 […]