Film Review: Belle

★★★ Stunning animation couples with a story that clearly rips off Disney’s vision of Beauty and the Beast in GKIDS new feature, Belle. The movie seems strictly made for gamers, annoying inaccessible to those without at least a basic knowledge of the Internet’s endless functionality. Written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda (the acclaimed creator of … Continue reading Film Review: Belle

TV Review: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

What better way to start off your 2022 than by spending it at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? This comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary brings back dozens of the cast and creatives behind the juggernaut Harry Potter series, some seeing each other again for the first time since filming wrapped on the final movie more than … Continue reading TV Review: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Film Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog

★★★ Covering Toronto International Film Festival, I was shocked earlier this year to see Clifford the Big Red Dog among the lineup. Before being unceremoniously pulled from release (then subsequently rescheduled to November 10th), I was looking forward to Clifford thanks in large part to a bonkers first trailer. Based on the Scholastic Book Series … Continue reading Film Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Animation is Film 2021: Poupelle of Chimney Town

★★★★ Poupelle of Chimney Town is an absolutely delightful story of a young introverted chimney sweep named Lubicchi and the magical pile of garbage that becomes his new best friend. Set in Chimney Town—“a world of day and night wrapped in smoke”—where the sky is completely covered, the prospect of ‘stars’ is simply a fairytale. … Continue reading Animation is Film 2021: Poupelle of Chimney Town

TV Review: Locke & Key – Season 2

After what feels like a forever-length wait thanks to the 2020 pandemic, Netflix’s horror-tinged fantasy adventure series Locke & Key is finally back for its second season! If you loved the first trip into this world, Bode (Jackson Robert Scott), Tyler (Connor Jessup), and Kinsey (Emilia Jones) are waiting to greet you once more! In … Continue reading TV Review: Locke & Key – Season 2

Film Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion

★★★★ The Muppets may have a wide variety of specials, some fantastic and others not-so-great, but as far as I am aware, this is their first and only horror-centric spin. Based upon the Disney ride The Haunted Mansion, this new special (aptly titled Muppets Haunted Mansion) taps into horror and family elements simultaneously. It utilizes … Continue reading Film Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion