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Jusitce League: Flashpoint Paradox
....and Have the Wisdom to Know the Difference.       Sometimes I feel glad that I watch a movie with my glass half full. I did not read the comic crossover series “Flashpoint” …
reviewed Monsters University (2013 film). June 23, 2013
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Monsters University (2013 film)
Prequels always draw a low expectation rate for me. I believe while some prequels can be necessary, most of them are merely made to capitalize on a movie’s popularity and do little to expand on …
reviewed Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. February 25, 2013
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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
The Street Fighter video game franchise may be one of the most successful video game franchises in history. It had spawned numerous video game sequels, countless remixes, an anime series, an American …
reviewed Origin: Spirits of the Past. February 10, 2013
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Origin: Spirits of the Past
People who have been exposed to a good number of anime series or films would know to give the Japanese credit where credit is due. You would have to admit that the large number of Japanese anime have …
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns- Part Two
Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed mini-series/graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” had arguably re-defined the Batman mythos. It was such a monumental undertaking that for its storyline …
Superman Vs. The Elite
Superman has been called “the big blue Boy Scout”. DC comics have always pitched his character who represents truth, justice and the American way. Superman has even been at odds with Marvel’s …
reviewed Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion. January 08, 2013
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Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion
Based on a series of novels written by Tow Ukubata which was later adapted into a manga series, “Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion” is the second part of an intended OVA trilogy directed …
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (Video 2008)
After the events of “Secret Invasion”, the Avengers became the foremost international peace-keeping force in place of SHIELD. Marvel then re-launched some of its “Avengers” books …
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme
I’ve had mixed feelings about Marvel Universe’s line of animated direct to video films, and I do admit that the DCU animated universe has the edge over Marvel when it comes to this medium. …
reviewed Resident Evil: Damnation. September 27, 2012
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Resident Evil: Damnation
The Resident Evil video game franchise has somehow grown into something that can be called under ‘iconic status’ since the first game debuted in 1996. Capcom introduced and defined the survival-horror …
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns- Part One
When Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed “Batman Year One” saw a direct to video movie adaptation, fans knew that a movie adaptation of Miller‘s much hailed “The Dark Knight …
reviewed Starship Troopers: Invasion. August 30, 2012
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Staship Troopers: Invasion
Man had always been in a struggle against bugs. I mean, these days we’ve had to create bug sprays, insect repellents and even some ways to electrify some little flying critters. The book “Starship …
reviewed Trigun Badlands Rumble. August 03, 2012
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Trigun Badlands Rumble
I never really got into the anime series “Trigun”, not because I thought it was bad (I cannot make this call since I only saw a few episodes) but I just had other things on plate when the …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 24, 2012
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I have never been a huge fan of Pixar’s films. I liked them, but I’ve never exactly loved them; save for a select few such as “Ratatouille”, “The Incredibles”, “Toy …
reviewed Mardock Scramble: The First Compressi.... March 14, 2012
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Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (2012)
Inspired by a series of novels by Tow Ubukata which was later on adapted into a series of manga, director Susumu Kudo is primed to jumpstart a new anime franchise with the first part of an OVA movie trilogy …
reviewed Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. March 03, 2012
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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
I may be at a slight disadvantage here since I am not that familiar with Dr. Seuss’ children’s book that had inspired Universal Pictures’ “The Lorax”. Released on March 2, …
reviewed Justice League: Doom. February 29, 2012
Justice League: Doom
DC Animated Universe’s many adaptations of different comic book storylines have resulted with both good and disappointing results. I wasn’t that excited upon hearing about this creation and …
reviewed Summer Wars. June 10, 2011
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Summer Wars
My friend @Madpenguin highly recommended the anime series “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” to me some years ago and that anime proved to be something that defined the magic of Japanese animation; …
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
With the upcoming “Green Lantern” film that is to be released in theaters this month, it is to be expected that Warner would release an animated film to give fans and potential new fans something …
reviewed Kung Fu Panda 2. May 28, 2011
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Kung Fu Panda 2
I have to admit that I was one of those who were pleasantly surprise how “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008 may have surpassed Dreamworks’ much praised animated movie “Shrek”. It was …
reviewed Rio: The Movie. April 16, 2011
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Animated Family films have never exactly impressed me, I feel that they are mostly the type of films that follow a certain formula and sticks to it. Not to say that there hasn’t been some serious …
Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam
Fact: Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics used to outsell Superman in Action Comics back in the golden age of comics until DC (known as National comics publications then) sued the company (Fawcett Publications) …
reviewed Tangled. November 25, 2010
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Tangled (2010)
It has been quite a long time since I’ve seen a Disney movie in theaters. As far as I remember the last great Disney movie I’ve seen in cinemas was “The Lion King” and the rest …
reviewed Megamind 3D. November 06, 2010
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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)
Dreamworks Animation Studios. Many folks see this division of Dreamworks as the poor man’s Pixar. Well, in some ways I do agree but even David can best Goliath at certain times. Let us not forget …
reviewed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of .... September 25, 2010
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Two of the things I like about Zack Snyder: His ability to try and give tribute to the source material he is adapting to the big screen and to ability to give it the respect it deserves (despite some …
reviewed Despicable Me. July 11, 2010
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Despicable Me
Warning: This Review is about an animated film that is so full of “CUTESY” Elements that it may be necessary to have a ‘hurl bucket’ handy. This review is also filled with ‘CUTE’ …
reviewed Toy Story 3. June 25, 2010
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Toy Story 3
The original “Toy Story” revolutionized the way CGI-animation was seen in the U.S. in 1995. The film defined the words “computer generated graphics” with its stellar animation …
Superman: Doomsday
      I'm a comic book fan, I actually own the "Death and return of Superman" in its original comic crossover form. This event in comic history was very significant …
reviewed X - The Movie. April 11, 2010
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X - The Movie
   The 1996 film “X” was based on the unfinished manga that later on inspired an animated series 5 years later. The film was written by “Clamp” and directed by Shigeyuki …
reviewed How to Train Your Dragon. March 27, 2010
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Dreamworks animation has often been regarded as the “Poor man’s Pixar” since its animated films are more or less a hit or miss. Well, after the sleeper hit "Monsters Vs. Aliens", th …
reviewed Astro Boy (movie). March 21, 2010
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   Those who are familiar with Japanese anime and manga would no doubt be familiar with ASTRO BOY (aka. Tetsuwan Atomu) since the character has been around since 1954. The character appeared …
reviewed Monsters vs. Aliens. March 17, 2010
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Monsters vs. Aliens
   Sure, most of us ‘animation fans’ associate CGI animation with animation giant Pixar. But don’t forget, Dreamworks animation also had some success with “Shrek” …
reviewed Persepolis (2007 film). March 02, 2010
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   What I really appreciate about Foreign cinema is its innate ability to make the simplest of concepts powerful without stooping to “dressing up” gimmicks that Hollywood is so prone …
reviewed Waltz With Bashir. February 15, 2010
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Waltz With Bashir
   Back in December 2009, my friend @Christy sent me a dvd of the first animated full-length feature documentary film made in Israel. This film was called “Waltz With Bashir” and …
reviewed Up. February 10, 2010
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All of us have acquired a fondness for CGI-generated animated features ever since the days of “Toy Story” and Pixar studios together with Disney have crafted several amusing animated movies …
reviewed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (mo.... January 08, 2010
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (movie)
   I’ve often said that American animation studios have always stuck to the usual formulas that I feel that they offer little to no surprises to the experienced movie watcher. They do …
reviewed Mushi-Shi the Movie. December 11, 2009
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Mushi-Shi the Movie
   Don’t let the American translation “Bug-master” of its title fool you, writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo’s (Akira) “Mushi-shi” has nothing to do with bugs. …
reviewed Evangelion:1.01 You Are (Not) Alone. November 21, 2009
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Evangelion:1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
   Fans of the fantastic anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION will no doubt embrace “EVANGELION 1.0: You Are Not Alone”. The film is the first series of four films titled the “Rebuild …
reviewed Ponyo. September 20, 2009
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Movie Poster
     Among my favorite anime films are Hayao Miyazaki‘s “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away” (won Best Animated film); those two films are truly masterworks …
reviewed 9. September 12, 2009
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         Based on the award-winning short film by Shane Acker, the CGI-animated full-length feature film “9” intends to expand on its myth and story. Acker himself …
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