Archive for June, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

| June 11, 2014

It would appear that since World War II, the rise of production and consumerism in America created a supply and demand paradigm which gave way to degenerative capitalistic tendencies.  In short: capitalism gone awry.  The need to make a quick buck cultivated a shortsightedness of catastrophic proportions.  In fact, the catastrophe has manifested itself in […]

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

| June 11, 2014

Co-writer, co-producer, and star Steve Coogan brings his beloved character back for another chapter in the ongoing saga of media personality Alan Partridge in Alan Partridge (the US title, as opposed to the original UK title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa—though it could’ve been called Alan Partridge: Siege Face).  A satire on fame, selling out, corporate […]

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Noah and the Ark

Noah and the Ark

| June 9, 2014

From what I remember learning in catechism class, the entire story of Noah’s Ark is chronicled in only four chapters of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, and its plot-line is simple: Noah, after receiving detailed instructions from Mister Almighty, builds an ark to act as a safe-house against the Great Flood for his family and […]

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True Detective: Season One Review

True Detective: Season One Review

| June 9, 2014

From its original commercial teasers, highlighting its main cast, to garnering the talent behind Sin Nombre and 2011’s Jane Eyre, was more then enough to be excited for HBO’s True Detective. Once it began airing on TV, after the first episode, people knew that this was something special, making True Detective an instant classic, that […]

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The Birdcage on Blu-ray

The Birdcage on Blu-ray

| June 8, 2014

Going in to The Graduate-director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film, The Birdcage, you might expect that it’ll present you with some kind of broadly offensive, garish homosexual stereotype as star Robin Williams prances around as he does in the trailer comically shouting “Fosse, Fosse… Madonna, Madonna.” And then there’s Nathan Lane in the trailras a squealing, […]

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Visitors

Visitors

| June 8, 2014

Godfrey Reggio has made a career out of creating non-verbal films.  This is not the same as silent films, which craft a story through pantomime and text boxes.  Reggio instead edits together these feature length visual poems to try to convey a narrative to his audience.  In my opinion, whatever narrative he’s trying to create […]

Attack on Titan: Part 1

Attack on Titan: Part 1

| June 6, 2014

Every so often, an anime comes along that renews people’s interest in the form, one you absolutely have to share with everyone you know. We’re talking gateway stuff, anime that leads newcomers who had maybe only seen Akira and Dragon Ball Z to suddenly build enormous anime collections in a ridiculously short span of time. […]

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Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]

Space Battleship Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato

| June 3, 2014

Getting into major legacies in any form of media can be quite daunting, whether its a long running TV show or a classic film franchise. As an anime fan, there have been plenty of times where I’ve wanted to get into shows like Gundam or Gatchaman, but there becomes this issue with where does one […]

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