August192014

Film review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Film review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The Incredible Hulk" theatrical poster.

“The Incredible Hulk” theatrical poster.

The 2008 The Incredible Hulk film, the second work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was supposed to continue the amazing example set by the first Iron Man film (from only a month or so earlier, I might add). It failed miserably.

The cast was full of potential: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as his love interest who happens to be the daughter of…

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August152014

Anime TV series review: Nagi no Asukara

Anime TV series review: Nagi no Asukara

"Nagi no Asukara" cover.

“Nagi no Asukara” cover.

Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea) hit my TV viewing like a bomb last Fall. I was visually blown away by all 26 of its episodes. The show recently finished up in April, and it was for me one of those shows that changes me for having watched it.

Crunchyroll simultaneously broadcast the series as it aired in Japan, so it was a unique pleasure to wait each week for a new…

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August122014

Film review: Walt Disney’s Bambi

Film review: Walt Disney’s Bambi

Original theatrical poster from the "Bambi" 1942 release.

Original theatrical poster from the “Bambi” 1942 release.

It had been a very long time since I saw Walt Disney’s Bambi, and after watching it again recently, I’m sad I haven’t watched it more often. It is truly deserving of the “masterpiece” label often affixed to it, even 72 years after its original release.

After Bambi is born, all the animals are excited to meet him because he is the son of the…

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August82014

Short fiction review: Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes

Short fiction review: Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes

"Burning Girls" by Veronica Schanoes.

“Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes.

Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes had a fascinating premise but was fancy flesh hung on a thin skeleton—aggressive in scope, but falling short.

The story begins in Poland years before the internment of the Jews became routine. Deborah was born into a Jewish family, and her mother recognized immediately that Deborah was special. In this story, magic works in…

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August52014

Film review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Film review: Guardians of the Galaxy

"Guardians of the Galaxy" theatrical teaser poster.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” theatrical teaser poster.

From the trailers, I had not expected much of Guardians of the Galaxy: a fun, brainless summer “popcorn” flick. I should have known better. Marvel again knocks it out of the metaphorical ballpark. They just keep getting better.

The main characters are delightful, from the moment Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) starts jivin’ to 80’s rock and…

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August12014

Film review: The Black Cauldron

Film review: The Black Cauldron

Theatrical teaser poster for "The Black Cauldron".

Theatrical teaser poster for “The Black Cauldron”.

I remember reading one or two of the Prydain Chronicles books when I was younger, and I enjoyed them. Walt Disney’s animated film, The Black Cauldron, is based on the first two books in that series. August marks 50 years since the first book, The Book of Three, was released.

The evil Horned King (voiced by John Hurt) is searching for the Black…

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July292014

Picture book review: Instructions by Neil Gaiman

Picture book review: Instructions by Neil Gaiman

"Instructions" by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess.

“Instructions” by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess.

Instructions by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Charles Vess, is a picture book that originally appeared in the more adult work, Fragile Things, as a poem. However, the success of Blueberry Girl gave them the idea to have Charles Vess illustrate Instructionsas well. You can read more about the birth of this picture book from the…

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July252014

Book review: Beyond the Sun anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Book review: Beyond the Sun anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

"Beyond the Sun" edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

“Beyond the Sun” edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

I enjoy short stories for a variety of reasons. I like quick little bites of story which grab my attention and give me a quick payoff. I also enjoy seeing how well authors can include all the necessary bits of a story and wrangle them into a coherent whole in a short length. It’s not an easy task and not every author is adept at it.

Brian Thomas…

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July222014

Book review: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Book review: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

"All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

“All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

All You Need Is Kill is a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, translated by Alexander O. Smith. It tells the tale of Keiji, a soldier caught in a time loop that repeats every time he dies. The recent movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on it.

As a story, “All You Need Is Kill” was very gripping, with quick pacing, unrelenting action, and an intriguing…

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July182014

Film review: The Three Caballeros

Film review: The Three Caballeros

Poster for the theatrical release of "The Three Caballeros".

Poster for the theatrical release of “The Three Caballeros”.

The Three Caballeros is a sequel to Saludos Amigos, and features Donald Duck receiving gifts from his friends in Latin America. This film is closer to a regular feature than its predecessor due to the overarching plot regarding the presents, but it is still broken into multiple vignettes reminiscent of a Latino Fantasia. It also makes…

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