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The Tiger’s Apprentice Learns Disappointment

In the realm of animated adventures, there is a recurrent exploration of Chinese culture, often centered around the Chinese zodiac and its associated animals. An illustrative example is found in Minions: The Rise of Gru, where the storyline revolves around… Continue Reading →

Robot Dreams Speaks a Universal Language in Silence

As a film critic, I occasionally get the chance to explore movies created beyond the borders of the United States. While some prove excellent enough for me to want to share with friends, I often have a recurring inquiry: Is… Continue Reading →

The Boy and the Heron Flies High for Studio Ghibli

Per Matt Despite its worldwide success throughout the years, Studio Ghibli still feels like it’s got an unknown presence stateside. But not to anime fans! Merely mention Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle or Princess Mononoke and you’re likely to get… Continue Reading →

Disney’s Wish is Exactly What Many Fans Have Hoped For

In recent years, Disney has faced considerable criticism from its fanbase. Many enthusiasts believe the company has departed from its original storytelling roots, becoming increasingly entwined with the current social and political landscape in ways that make some fans uneasy…. Continue Reading →

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Merges Nostalgia with a New Style

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held a special place in my heart during my childhood years. I found immense joy in tuning in to the animated escapades of Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael whenever they graced our television screen. Their courageous… Continue Reading →

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is Only Half the Story

Disney doesn’t have a monopoly over the comic book movie realm. Sony Pictures secured the complete film rights to the beloved Web-Slinger by paying a mere $7 million to Marvel in the late ’90s, which was on the verge of… Continue Reading →

Fire and Water Attempt to Mix in Disney Pixar’s Elemental

Disney/Pixar has recently faced a period of decline. Gone are the days when the studio delivered blockbuster hits like Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles. The once-powerful production company has lost its momentum, releasing films that failed to connect with… Continue Reading →

Disney has Nearly Perfected the Remake Formula with The Little Mermaid

When all ideas of creating new movies are exhausted, Hollywood loves returning to remakes. Maybe it’s been happening for a long time, and I am just now realizing it, but only recently have I seen a deluge of studios taking… Continue Reading →

Here We Go! The Super Mario Bros. Return to the Big Screen!

Being a gamer with a love of film, I wondered how well a movie about the Mario brothers would translate to the big screen. In the ’90s, my life was consumed by the Nintendo Entertainment System. So, in 1993, when… Continue Reading →

The 2022 #HauntLife Movie Awards

I have watched tons of films in 2022. Some good, few great. However, the majority of films were just barely passable as entertainment, let alone being in the mix for the Oscars. Still, it is my hope to at least… Continue Reading →

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