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Review: "101 Dalmatians" Blu-ray Hits the Spot

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Are you tired of princesses? Then adopt 101 Dalmatians! 101 Dalmatians is an interesting departure for Disney in a number of ways. Many of the previous Disney films before this were adapted from fairy tales. By contrast, 101 Dalmatians was based on a book that was written fairly recently (1956, to be exact), and was […]

Review: "Porco Rosso" Soars High on Blu-ray

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso fits chronologically and thematically between the pre-teen Kiki’s Delivery Service and the very adult Princess Mononoke. The movie’s sense of magical whimsy is tempered by much more adult themes and the spectre of wars past and yet to come, all done with the same mastery of craft that we’ve come to […]

Review: "Tales from Earthsea" - Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form

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Tales From Earthsea has an infamous shadow hanging over it, being the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. At the height of its release, there was a nervous air as Studio Ghibli’s fans wondered if lightning can strike twice from the same family. Whether he expected it or not, there was an immense […]

Review: "The Book of Life" Blu-ray is a Delightful Feast of Excess

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The Book of Life is an exuberant, almost overwhelming riot of a movie that is a blast of fresh air in the increasingly crowded field of kids’ animated feature films. It delivers a carefully calibrated measure of excess, overwhelming audiences with its visual flair and energy by drawing on Mexican folk art traditions, especially those […]

Review: "Blood Lad" Blu-ray (UK Edition): An Otaku Vampire In Demon World

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Staz Charlie Blood is the progeny of a noble vampire bloodline. Although Staz is aware of the common trappings and behaviours his heritage entails, he has no interest in such things and instead uses his power to rule as the fair boss of the Eastern territory of Demon World while building up his apartment shrine […]

Review: "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" - Sink or Swim?

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The good news is that Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is considerably better than Justice League: War. The bad news is that this mostly reflects poorly on Justice League: War. There is a lot to like about Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which brings a new animated version of Aquaman to the “New 52″ inspired […]

Review: "Tyler Perry's Madea’s Tough Love" - A Madea Film For The Chirren

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Tyler Perry is so well known that the mere mention of his name conjures up thoughts of a 6’5 man dressed as an elderly woman.  He rose to prominence through plays about relationships, faith, and the human struggle. Naturally, Hollywood got a hold of them and made a film franchise that quickly downplayed the human […]

Review: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and the Blu-ray - Seasons 1 and 2

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I’ve read a lot of reviews of Batman: The Brave and the Bold by writers (including here) who feel the need to bend over backwards explaining how they can like the show even though it’s not 100% serious in the way that Batman: The Animated Series or Beware the Batman are. I think the fact […]

Review: "Cowboy Bebop" Blu-ray Yields Big Bang for Your Buck

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It’s hard to be objective about Cowboy Bebop. This is the show that helped cement action on Adult Swim years ago (and is still a mainstay even now on the new Toonami block). This is the “gateway drug” for so many fans of Japanese animation. This is the reference point for “good dubs.” This is […]

Review: Amazon's 2015 Pilots - "Buddy: Tech Detective," "Niko and the Sword of Light," "Sara Solves It," & "Stinky & Dirty Show"

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Amazon Studios already shook up the television industry by taking home several Golden Globe awards at this year’s ceremony. They show no signs of slowing down, at least judging by their latest wave of pilots, available via Amazon Prime Instant Video starting today, January 15, 2015. Of the 13 new shows offered, four are animated […]

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