Studio Ghibli Fest Returns for 2018

Last year, the Studio Ghibli Fest, an exhibition of six anime classics, was so popular that additional showings were added. Now comes the announcement for Studio Ghibli Fest 2018, this time with nine films. Each film is shown across three days, two dubbed (Sundays and Wednesdays) and one subtitled (Mondays). Here’s the schedule: Ponyo (10th Anniversary) — Sunday, March 25; Monday, March 26; and Wednesday, March 28 When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, […]

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I Kill Giants Movie Has Release Date

I Kill Giants was an award-winning comic, collected in 2009, written by Joe Kelly (Action Comics, Deadpool), and illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura. Now, it’s a movie, written by Kelly and directed by Anders Walter. The poster and trailer suggest fantasy adventure, but there’s an undercurrent (particularly to those who’ve read the book) that escapism is called that for a reason, that there’s usually something to escape from. Is Barbara really fighting giants? With comics, and now, thanks to CGI, […]

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Neat: The Story of Bourbon

Available digitally on February 20 is Neat: The Story of Bourbon, a documentary about America’s native spirit. (No, not attitude, the liquor.) I recommend having a cocktail in hand while watching, because you’ll want one, particularly when they start mixing up recipes. “Neat” is a liquor served plain, with no mixers, at room temperature, but it also describes this nifty, wide-ranging film. When starting, I had no idea how they were going to fill an hour and sixteen minutes, but […]

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Steven Universe: The Complete First Season

OK, I’m a convert. Now that I’ve watched Steven Universe: The Complete First Season, I get why fans are so dedicated to this show, with its themes of love, family, and acceptance. In that way, this late release (the show is up to season five) worked. I hope there are more coming, particularly at this affordable price. Steven (voiced by Zach Callison) lives with three cosmic warriors, the Crystal Gems Garnet (quiet and powerful, Estelle), Amethyst (laid back and sloppy, […]

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Usagi Yojimbo, Rabbit Samurai, Optioned for Cartoon

The incredibly long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic — most recent issue was #165 in December, and it’s all been written and drawn by one guy, Stan Sakai, with colors by Tom Luth — has been optioned for an animated TV series by the French company Gaumont. Co-producers will include Sakai, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, and James Wan’s Atomic Monster (which is best known for horror movies and the MacGyver relaunch). Gaumont’s President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan, said […]

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is my new favorite of the DCU original animated films. It takes the original source and changes it to make for a better cartoon movie, emphasizing atmosphere over plot (although the story is full of twists, keeping my attention throughout). I previously posted the trailer and plot description, but the high concept is simple: Steampunk Batman fights Jack the Ripper. However, there are a number of deviations from the original comic (which was retroactively called the […]

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Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series

Paramount/CBS will be releasing this week Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series. This sitcom about two men in drag ran from 1980-1982. Its two seasons contain a total of 37 episodes, and it’s best known today for being Tom Hanks’ first major role. Hanks plays Kip Wilson. He and his best friend Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari) work together for an ad agency. When their apartment is condemned, they have to find a new place to stay quickly. Their co-worker Amy (Wendie […]

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Static Shock: The Complete Third Season

Now available from Warner Archive is the third season of Static Shock, the cartoon about the electrically powered teen superhero. These 13 episodes, each 21 minutes, originally aired in 2003 and appear on two discs in this set, as follows: Disc One Disc Two Hard As Nails Gear Static in Africa Shebang The Usual Suspect A League of Their Own, Part 1 A League of Their Own, Part 2 Showtime Romeo in the Mix Toys in the Hood The Parent […]

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