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Review: "Michiko and Hatchin" Part 1 Is So Good, It's Outlawed

Michiko and Hatchin

Welcome to the sunny seas and shining sands of this land where escaped prisoner Michiko seeks out a girl named Hana, claiming that Hana’s father Hiroshi was once her lover. Everyone believes Hiroshi to be dead, but Michiko believes her former love is still alive. Hana is quickly nicknamed Hatchin, and joins Michiko in the […]

Review: "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!" Offers a Fun Trip Up Nostalgia River

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Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez only produced four theatrical Peanuts movies, and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a solid contribution to the animated Peanuts body of work, even if I don’t think anyone would consider it among the best of them. It is definitely one of the better animated Peanuts productions […]

Review: "Pom Poko" Blu-ray - The Tanuki are Restless

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I need to clear up one thing before we get too deep into things. Tanuki are not raccoons. They’re a type of dog that lives in Japan and looks kind of like a raccoon, but they are in no way related to North American raccoons, despite Disney’s insistence on calling them raccoons in the dub […]

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 […]

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