RPG Metanoia (2010)

“Metanoia” refers to a moment of spiritual growth brought on by an act of penitence and true remorse for one’s actions.  As curious as naming a fictional video game after a Christian theological term may seem, it seems more curious that the main character of this film does, in fact, undergo such a change.  Perhaps […]

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Ratchet & Clank (2016)

If you’d asked me to name the best videogame film adaptation, I probably would have ducked the question by answering Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, which, while an incredible (if silly) film, isn’t actually based on a videogame, just on the whole notion of gaming. On the whole, most of the ones I’ve seen seem to […]

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The Vanishing Shadow (1934)

My Dad grew up during the Great Depression and he fondly remembered going to the local theaters for the Saturday morning matinees, where they’d always show two pictures, a few shorts or newsreels, and of course, a chapter of a serial. These were sort of the precursor of television:  cheap, quickly made, and churned out […]

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Lately, it seems like Pixar has been stuck in a rut of endless sequels and dubious choices (with Inside Out one of the few bright spots) while the Disney animation department has turned out the sort of films we really expect from Pixar.  Which is certainly the case here. What makes this even more interesting is the presence […]

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Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)

There’s a line in Star Wars that is almost guaranteed to get a laugh from even the hardest hard-core fan, when Ben Kenobi comments about the wreckage of the Jawa Sandcrawler, “And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.” In fact, the late Roger Ebert had the meme “Stormtrooper Marksmanship […]

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Yak [The Giant King] (2012)

(aka, The Robot King) Apparently, Americans are idiots. Or at least that’s the impression one gets from our film industry. Case in point: Yak, an animated version of the Indian classic, the Ramayana, filmed in Thailand. There are in fact two separate English language versions of this film, the second of which was made for the […]

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