Sabrina Down Under

This coming Tuesday, the forgettable TV movie Sabrina Down Under will be available on DVD. (Why? Probably trying to cash in on interest in live-action Archie properties now that Riverdale has launched.) This 1999 film was the second companion to the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, which ran for seven seasons from 1996-2003. Both of the TV movies aired on The Wonderful World of Disney. This one consists of Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) going to the beach and learning […]

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The Image Revolution: A Documentary on the Publisher’s Spectacular Launch & Subsequent Changes

I’ve never been a fan of the art style popularized by the Image Comics founders, because I’m a story-first reader of comics, but I can’t deny that their actions, self-centered and egotistical as they might have been, changed the comic industry. If you’d like to see a thorough (if congratulatory) summation of the founding of the company, what lead up to it, and what happened after, check out The Image Revolution, an hour-and-20-minute 2013 documentary with participation from all of […]

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Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

Sccoby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery must have done well, since there’s now another cartoon team-up of the two properties. Only this time, they’re racing! Off-road! In “extreme” vehicles customized to reflect their drivers, kind of like a wrestling-flavored Wacky Racers. ScoobyDoo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon is out this Tuesday, August 9. Los Matadores (El Torito, Diego, and Fernando) drive a truck with a giant bull head, for example, complete with ridiculous horns. Rusev and Lana have the “Moscow Express”, […]

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Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages is a documentary on DVD that feels as though it fell through a time warp. From the Comic Sans lettering used on the menu to coverage of topics just about anyone the least bit interested in the medium is already aware of, I was surprised to learn the DVD was released this month, because it feels as though the movie was made at least a decade ago. (Probably both of those statements are true. […]

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Review by KC Carlson Inspired by the 2010 book of the same name (but different subtitle: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made The National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz), Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a 2015 documentary film starring all those (surviving) writers and artists discussing what made that magazine so special and so iconic for a sliver of time during the 1970s. That film, which I was lucky […]

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Love & Mercy

Review by KC Carlson I pretty much knew what I was getting into when I began watching this movie. I own most of the Beach Boys’ (and Brian Wilson’s solo) albums in multiple versions/formats. I have also read at least a dozen books and watched several documentaries about BB/Wilson history — so I already had a pretty good idea what it was going to be about. So my reasons for watching were a) how exactly were they going to attempt […]

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Finding Neighbors

I was given a copy of Finding Neighbors, which comes out on DVD next week, to talk about because its protagonist is a middle-aged blocked graphic novelist. Sam (Michael O’Keefe, Caddyshack, Homeland) had early success, with his award-winning work turned into a movie, but now finds it difficult to write anything. His wife (Catherine Dent, The Shield) is sympathetic but has her own job and activities. Sam finds himself distracted by a new young neighbor (Julie Mond) who for some […]

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The Age of Adaline

I was deeply curious about The Age of Adaline, with its premise of a near-immortal woman who stops aging in the 1930s. Like a lot of people, for me, the idea of more time is appealing. The nature of scheduling to the overbooked is a tricky thing, and coincidentally, I didn’t see the film previously because I couldn’t find the time to make it to a theater while it was playing. I’m glad I didn’t, since it’s a piece I […]

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