Blu-ray Today: Book of Life, Spying on Sasha Grey and Playing in Hell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

The Book of Life - For whatever reason, Fox was gung-ho about inviting me to various pre-release events to hype this uniquely Mexican-American animated feature, but less interested in making it easy to see the full movie, or even push it for the Animated Feature Oscar. I wouldn't necessarily put that down to its quality - more likely, they simply didn't know what to do with a film that uses CG to make its characters look like they're literally made of wood, then has the main hero actually die and become a skeletal form of himself quite early on. Not to mention that there's a soundtrack which includes Latin-style takes on the likes of Biz Markie, and Ice Cube plays God (I know they don't actually call him that, but c'mon).

I'm curious to see it some day - maybe it'll get a theatrical rerelease when Pixar puts out their Dia de los Muertos movie.

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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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TR's 10 Best Anime of 2014

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am


While 2014 wasn't exactly a banner year for Japan's animation industry, the humble island nation still managed to crank out more than a few good-to-great anime releases over the past year, be they TV series or movies or anything else in-between.

As the year winds down, let's do the hip thing that all kids these days do on the Internet, and go back and list, in no particular order, the best anime that 2014 had to offer!

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If Ghostbusters Were an '80s Anime

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm


"Are Ryu the Keymaster?" a line I'd totally have put in this fan animation by Nacho Punch. But they were smarter and more grammatical than me.

Yes, it's true. This editor has no dick-tentacle.

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It's Official: ScarJo Is Motoko in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:58 am


Variety has confirmed it. She was offered the role back in October.

I'm not particularly bothered by this, given that it was always likely they were going to go with an American star anyway. More troubling is that the director is Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman, whose track record indicates a director more interested in banging the leading lady than making any kind of coherent story.

Sanders is also reportedly attached to Universal's Van Helsing reboot, which makes perfect sense - I'm guessing a female Van Helsing this time. That he can bang.

TR's 10 Best Manga of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am


It's that time again: time to struggle to pigeonhole a vibrant, diverse corner of the comics world into a neatly-arranged, 10-entry list. It's been another pretty good year for manga in the west; global megahit Attack on Titan has done little but pick up momentum, gathering tie-ins, spinoffs, and an in-production movie, even as the manga itself has been teetering dangerously between stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid. Naruto came to a close in November, Yen Press has been feverishly adding light novels to their already robust selection of manga, and Seven Seas have a bizarre breakout hit in Monster Musume, which has topped the New York Times manga charts no less than six times in 2014. It's a fun read, but it's also a sex comedy that often stops just short of being actual porn, so it's not quite right for this list. What is right for manga's best of 2014? Try these on for size.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Demon Queen Statue With Interchangeable Silicone Boobs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm


Yamato USA's latest figurine, Demon Queen from the light novel Maoyu, has quite the interesting feature...

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Weekstarter: Naked Hermaphrodite Pooh, Bloodsucking Games, Medieval Goats and More

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout

It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.

Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstar

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13 Character Posters for Live-Action Attack on Titan Movie

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am


Dear God, the stuff I've seen just by doing an image search on "Attack on Titan Hans." Y'all are sick puppies, and reading way too much into a buttoned-down nerd girl caressing a giant rocket in her launcher. Here's more fodder, so I guess you're welcome.

And below, 12 more character posters, for characters old and new who'll be appearing in the Japanese live-action movie. Unfortunately none are Titans, so there's no "Gigantor McHugebutt IS...Skinless Dude."

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Blu-ray Today: Miyazaki, Romero, Koenig, Campbell...Thomerson?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - This is what happens when you wait too long to make a sequel, even if it's good. Actors die, tastes change, and the artist/writer everyone once loved for being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism is now hated...for STILL being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism. Never mind that many aspects of this sequel are actually superior to the first - Josh Brolin's Dwight beats Clive Owen's, the 3D is insane, and the city actually feels like more than just a digital backdrop this time around. Audiences by and large weren't into it, and odds are we won't get a part 3.

And as I've said before, I can't really disagree with the reasons why people hate the movie - it's the ultimate power fantasy of emasculated drunken assholes who don't really kick ass but wish they could. But if you ask me, there's nothing wrong with that; I am, at times, one of said assholes, and this is pure escapism for my worst impulses. Bring it on again. As with the original, this disc includes an all-greenscreen version in fast-forward, lasting 16 minutes...sadly, there aren't many other extras, leading one to believe that the usually prolific Robert Rodriguez may be holding out for a double-dip that there won't be sufficient demand to ever make.

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