Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Review: “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” – Big, Shaggy, and Charming

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2015
A prophecy is an interesting storytelling tool in a fantasy setting. It is a convenient way to inject exposition quickly and set a ticking time-bomb clock, injecting information as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous advice on mastering cinematic tension. A prophecy also provides an excellent vehicle to communicate character traits, since the way characters will react […]
Song of the Sea

Review: “Song of the Sea” – It Must Be Magic

by slaion March 2, 2015
Song of the Sea is the story of Ben and his little sister, Saoirse, who live in a lighthouse with their father and Ben’s dog, Cú. Saoirse’s mother mysteriously disappears into the sea while giving birth to Saoirse, leaving her heartbroken husband behind with Ben who somewhat blames Saoirse for mom’s disappearance. Six years later, […]

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21

Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Box Set 21 – Talked to Death

by macattackon February 27, 2015
From where we left off in the last boxset, the Fourth Shinobi World War was upon us. Now the war actually begins. Is it the arc we’ve been waiting for since the Five Kage Summit so many episodes ago? Well… Hayato Date, the series director, was in a bit of a conundrum. Around the time […]

Review: “Big Hero 6” Blu-ray – I Am Very Satisfied With My Care

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2015
Superheroes continue to be big business at the box office, even as the stories are beginning to get repetitive and threadbare. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the first animated feature based on a Marvel Comics property, although admittedly an obscure one. If it is somewhat lacking in originality, it more than compensates with an enormous […]


Review: “Jumanji” Season 1 – It’s a Jungle Out There

by Dr. Daedaluson February 25, 2015
Every so often, there’s a complaint from animation fans that American animation is limited to just two genres: superhero shows and comedies. While it’s not entirely accurate, those are undoubtedly the dominant styles. So it’s nice to see a show like Jumanji, which is more adventure and fantasy-based, even if it’s not the most perfect […]
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 […]