Cartoon College Shows Life at Center for Cartoon Studies

Cartoon College is a new documentary about The Center for Cartoon Studies. That school, founded in 2005 in White River Junction, Vermont, accepts 20 students a year to work towards a Master of Fine Arts degree focused on the comic medium. The film’s directors, Josh Melrod and Tara Wray, shot from 2007-2010, exploring “what it takes to make it in the world of indie comics”. They describe the graduates as “ready to face the uncertainty of a career in one […]

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Think Like a Man

Thanks to a preview screening, I had a chance to see Think Like a Man Wednesday night. Loosely based on the Steve Harvey self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the movie is a predictable romantic comedy that makes heavy use of character stereotypes. Still, if you expect nothing more than a competent entrant in the genre, it’s enjoyable enough for an evening. I haven’t read the book, but the film treats Harvey as a genius and […]

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What’s Your Number?

I’ve wanted to see What’s Your Number? from the time I saw the first trailer for it. I’ve liked Anna Faris ever since The House Bunny, and of course, I’m a big Chris Evans fan, given how many comic book films he’s been in (Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Losers, Scott Pilgrim) and that he looks amazing in all of them. The premise is this: Ally (Faris) has a loser boyfriend (Zachary Quinto). He leaves the same day she gets […]

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Cars 2

I was curious to see this latest Pixar movie. It’s the worst-reviewed of any of their films, and the first one in a long time that KC and I didn’t see in the theater, knowing it would be available on home video soon enough. And here it is! Cars 2 wasn’t what I expected, and I’m glad I saw it, but I recommend it only with caveats, so that viewers are aware how it differs from the usual Pixar film. […]

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Tron: Legacy

I was lucky to get to sample the five-disc (!) combo pack version of Tron: Legacy (list price: $80), even though I’m not able to evaluate the 3-D capabilities. There are four discs for the new movie — one each Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3-D, DVD, and digital copy — plus a Blu-ray for the original Tron. Personally, I would have rather had Tron on DVD also instead of the digital copy of Legacy, but I don’t have much reason to watch […]

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Tron: The Original Classic

Computer geek that I was, I somehow missed ever seeing Tron. I should have checked it out before now, just because it’s historically significant both in terms of its use of computer graphics and in how culture views and portrays hackers. The upcoming release of Tron: Legacy means that Tron: The Original Classic is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. In addition to the two-disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), the movie is available as a single-disc DVD. […]

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

This post-apocalyptic environmentalist fable, by Hayao Miyazaki based on his manga, drops you into another world from the start. Nausicaa is a beloved princess in a village threatened by the Toxic Jungle, where giant insects menace her people and everyone outside must wear a mask to protect them from poisoned air. The beginning is slow-moving, as we and Nausicaa explore her world and she narrates to us what she’s seeing and doing (a characteristic other cast members share, with the […]

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Lennon Naked

I don’t know very much about the life of John Lennon; it’s KC who’s the big Beatles fan. I was interested in seeing this more because Christopher Eccleston (the first modern Doctor Who) plays the lead, and when I first saw the DVD cover, I didn’t recognize him, he’d done such a good job of projecting the artist. Lennon Naked is a BBC production that recently aired on PBS. The film is about 80 minutes and opens with a disclaimer: […]

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