Coco vs. The Book of Life

Ever since Pixar announced Coco, a movie inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, comparisons to Reel FX’s 2014 film The Book of Life seemed inevitable. The main plot of both movies takes place on Dia de Muertos, both star a young man who wants to be a musician despite his family’s wishes,…

REVIEW: Castlevania Season 2 (2018)

Yesterday, Netflix dropped season two of Castlevania. The series is based on the video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and season one premiered in July of 2017. I really enjoyed season one, though I found it a tad brief at four 22-minute episodes. Castlevania season 2 contains eight episodes and, beginning where season one left…

REVIEW: Gurren Lagann (2007)

“Who the hell do you think I am?!” is a phrase often heard in Gurren Lagann. Whenever the characters run into a villain trying to take them down, they shout it out as an act of defiance. When I watch Gurren Lagann, it feels as if that phrase is not just for those villains in front of them,…

Top 5 Disney Villains

“Now, shall you deal with ME, O Prince – and all the powers of HELL!” Throughout Disney animation’s long history, their villains have become just as iconic as their heroes. Some even prefer the villains and consider them more relatable and nuanced. Personally, I don’t feel that way, but I do think a movie should…

REVIEW: Star Wars: Resistance – Season 1, Episodes 1, 2 and 3 “The Recruit,” “The Triple Dark” and “Fuel for the “Fire”

*Spoilers* “The Recruit” opens with three pilots trying to deliver Intel to the Resistance. One pilot tells the others to turn back and he’ll do it. Soon, First Order vessels catch up to him and damage his ship, but Poe Dameron arrives and saves him. The young pilot introduces himself as Kazuta Xiono, the son…

You Should Be Watching: Paranorman (2012)

“I didn’t ask to be born this way.” “Funny, neither did we.” Welcome back to You Should Be Watching, where I recommend movies and TV shows that deserve more attention than they’ve gotten. In keeping with the Halloween theme I’ve adopted for the season, this week we’ll be communing with ghosts in the town of…

REVIEW: Big Hero 6: The Series – Season 1, Episodes 21 and 22 “The Bot-Fighter” and “Obake Yashiki”

“All I’m saying is if you like something and you’re good at it, why deny yourself?” *Spoilers* “The Bot-Fighter” opens with Fred, Hiro and Baymax battling a tiny three-headed robot in a diner. Hiro dispatches it, but another robot managed to steal the register during the scuffle. The heroes locate a dog-shaped logo on the…