My feelings about Maokoto Shinkai’s work are…complicated to say the least. I find his films to be beautiful - but they’re kind of repetitive in terms of tropes. And as someone who very much did NOT like Weathering With You, I did not originally have high hopes for Suzume. I mean, the love interest is… Continue reading “Suzume” is Shinkai at his best
Category: Animation Reviews
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is exactly what you expect. And that’s a problem.
I’m not a gamer. I’ve never been able to get the hang of most games - ask my boyfriend - and I don’t know much about many video game characters. But like most Zillenials…I know the basics about Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame…And luckily, that’s all you really need to know to watch The… Continue reading “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is exactly what you expect. And that’s a problem.
“The Magician’s Elephant” is a boring load of nothing
I am so tired. Part of me just wants to go offline here until the new SpiderVerse movie; but I need to keep my reviewing skills sharp…Especially since the movie is allegedly featuring a jealousy sublot between Miles and Spider-Punk, and involves writers from Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defenders and we all know what a clusterfuck… Continue reading “The Magician’s Elephant” is a boring load of nothing
Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” is a fantastic take on a classic tale
This is a repost. This review was originally published on Dec. 12, 2022. Every year, there seems to be a popular theme or plot device that is used in multiple movies. One could argue that this year was the year of the multiverse. But in the animation industry, it was the year of Pinocchio. For… Continue reading Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” is a fantastic take on a classic tale
“Oni: Thunder God’s Tale” – a Japanese stop-motion treasure
Stop-motion. Japanese mythology. Adorable characters. What more could you want? Oni: Thunder God’s Tale has been on my “To Be Watched” list for ages. (Don’t ask me how long that list is…It’s kind of embarrassing) But it never felt like the right time - even though the series is only 4 episodes long, each one… Continue reading “Oni: Thunder God’s Tale” – a Japanese stop-motion treasure
The final season of “Aggretsuko” filled me with rage
Is there anything more disappointing in a TV show than a lackluster final season? Because -- damn, did Season 5 of Aggretsuko just didn’t do it for me. It was better than Season 4, but that’s such a low bar to clear. I honestly remember very little about what happened last season. None of it… Continue reading The final season of “Aggretsuko” filled me with rage