Gladiators of Rome

Review: “Gladiators of Rome” Needs More Training

by Todd DuBoison February 24, 2015
“So why do you need a personal trainer for? You wanna beat somebody up, get the girl, and live happily ever after? One of those deals?” That fourth wall-shattering, imperfectly written line really exists in Gladiators of Rome, and it aptly symbolizes the simplicity and indifference to internal logic that characterizes the rote zero-to-hero story […]
Watership Down

Review: “Watership Down” Criterion Collection Blu-ray Gets a Carrot

by Dr. Daedaluson February 23, 2015
There are some films which you enjoy while you’re watching, and immediately forget about once they’re over. Then there are films like Watership Down which stay in your consciousness for a while afterwards. What sets a movie like this apart from others? On the surface, Watership Down is a relatively simple tale: a group of […]


Review: The 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 20, 2015
For the past 10 years, ShortsHD has made all the short films nominated for the Academy Awards available for viewing across the country just before, and sometimes after, the Oscar broadcast via local small theaters for the general public to watch and enjoy. I myself only discovered the joys of watching their releases a few […]

Review: “A Certain Magical Index” Season One – Overstuffed

by macattackon February 19, 2015
A Certain Magical Index is a true phenomenon in Japan, having spawned multiple spinoffs (one of which, a manga called A Certain Scientific Railgun, has gotten a two-season anime adaptation in its own right). It has become a franchise on the level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of how sprawling it has become, […]

Beware the Batman

Review: “Beware the Batman: Season One Part Two” Blu-ray Embraces the Darkness

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2015
I am not sure what level of corporate dysfunction led to Warner Bros paying for an entire 26-episode order of Beware the Batman and then failing to air it to completion on a cable network which they also own (at least until the show returned to the air in late-nights, where it was a notable […]
Michiko and Hatchin

Review: “Michiko and Hatchin” Part 1 Is So Good, It’s Outlawed

by Chad Boninon February 12, 2015
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

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2015
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 […]
Pom Poko

Review: “Pom Poko” Blu-ray – The Tanuki are Restless

by Weathermanon February 10, 2015
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 […]

101 Dalmatians Winter Run

Review: “101 Dalmatians” Blu-ray Hits the Spot

by Dr. Daedaluson February 9, 2015
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

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2015
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 […]