Jan 022015

Adapting musicals is, of course, a tricky business but with the right screen writer, cinematographer and director can pull it off with ease. Films like Chicago, The Sound of Music, even Cinderella prove that it is a task that can be down with grace; even clunkier messes like Sweeney Todd, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables keep honest to their musical roots while being fairly entertaining.

Let’s take a look at Into the Woods.

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Jan 012015

Samurai Jack #11

A review copy was provided by Jim Zub.

Samurai Jack is one of my all time favorite cartoon series, as I’ve discussed before. Sadly, the series ended without a proper resolution, leaving Jack’s quest hanging despite fan interest. Luckily, IDW Publishing started releasing their own Samurai Jack series not too long ago, which seeks to continue the story for the series’ fans while simultaneously allowing a new crop of people to enter this amazing fantasy world.

Jack’s most recent quest follows a story arc known as “The Broken Blade,” in which Jack’s sword plays a pivotal role in his latest attempt to return to the past.

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Dec 312014

This is the Gourmet Age where the world’s manliest heroes search for yet undiscovered culinary delights.

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Review copies of of part 1 (1-25) and part 2 (26-50) were provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

Are you hungry for adventure, Moar Powah readers? Popular Jump manga Toriko by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro has made the leap from the newsstand to the TV screen. How delicious was this transition? How will I prevent myself from making food puns and jokes? Read on to find out.

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Dec 312014


Hello all. It’s Elessar, your friendly neighborhood movie reviewer. [Editor’s Note: He’s not exceptionally friendly, and we’re still not sure what neighborhood he’s from]. Since I missed giving you a review last Saturday, I decided I would give you my top 10 of 2014 in the middle of the week, and a proper review Saturday.

2014 was…an odd year. So many of the big directors were either busy with something else or taking it easy, that it allowed some of the odder, more interesting directors to come out of the shadows and take their shot (although I didn’t get to see either Cronenberg’s or Gilliam’s new movies). As a result, this top 10 is one of the more eclectic I’ve had, and my top 10s tend toward the eclectic side as is.

Not that it wasn’t also a good year. Weirdness tends to breed variety and this year’s crop was pretty exceptional. I normally feel kind of awkward about some of the movies sitting at the bottom of the year, but this year I’m pretty satisfied with the results. So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014.

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Dec 302014

Hey y’all! This week, I’ll be looking at the other side of k-pop around this time of year. Company-wide Christmas songs are fun and all, but sometimes there are too many people to keep track of! And they aren’t the only seasonal music that gets released. Individual groups make Christmas (or winter) songs as well. From what I’ve seen, there seems to be a lot of correlation between themes of loss and nostalgia this time of year, and BTOB’s Winter’s Tale is a perfect example of that. Let’s take a look!

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Dec 302014

Writing yourself out of a corner can be a particularly tricky thing to do, and most attempts are rather sloppy. I think this is not one of the most graceful attempts I’ve seen, but I will give them points for actually trying to end on a high note.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail Volume 13.

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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