Anime, Blu-ray, Cartoons, Movies, TV

DVD Day: March 2nd, 2010

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?? Ponyo
Hayao Miyazaki’s latest movie, about a little fish-girl-thing, which I didn’t actually see in theaters. By all accounts I should be okay with that.

? 2012
Things go boom.

? Where the Wild Things Are
The beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak comes to life via Spike Jonze. I know it’s very hipster-y, but I have a very high tolerance of Jonze, Arcade Fire and melancholy.

? Clash of the Titans and The Neverending Story
Both on Blu-ray, maybe for the first time, maybe not, too busy to check.

? Doctor Who: Dalek War and Remembrance of the Daleks
First one contains “Frontier in Space” and “Planet of the Daleks,” episode 67 and 68, and the latter is 152.

? Bitch Slap
A modern homage to Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill, meaning it’s a terrible movie starring women with extremely large breasts.

? Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess
A DVD which is the utter diametric opposite of Bitch Slap.

? King Arthur and the Knights of Justice: Complete Animated Series
I have no recollection of this cartoon other than someone in my past being incredibly vocal about its awesomeness. Dude, whoever you are, congratulations.

? Ninja
This is a ninja movie about a ninja played by a man named Scott Adkins. I have given you all the information you need to know about this movie.

? Gentlemen Broncos
The critically panned movie about Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords being a sci-fi author who steals some kid’s book idea. I really like that premise, but it’s directed by the guy who did Napoleon Dynamite, which I loathed. Too bad for both of us.

? Various Miyazaki
Looks like Disney/Buena Vista is re-releasing several Hayao Miyazaki DVD special editions today, and I thought I’d weigh in quickly. My Neighbor Totoro is probably Miyazaki’s masterpiece, and the finest young children’s film ever made (like 2-6 young) I’ve said it before, but no nerd child should be without this movie. Castle in the Sky is a wonderful adventure and one of Miyazaki’s finest; I prefer it over the less epic Kiki’s Delivery Service, although it’s perfectly fine. Unfortunately, my personal favorite Miyazaki film Porco Rosso doesn’t seem to be on the re-release list today, but it couples Miyazaki’s incredible art, animation and storytelling with the most adult –and yet perfectly kid-friendly — story he’s ever done. Although it’s still currently available, so why not give it a try?

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.