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10:00 AM on 10.28.2014

Flix for Short(s): Judge Dredd: Superfiend

It's been teased for a few days now, but we're finally getting another taste of Adi Shankar produced Dredd with the (techincally unofficial) Judge Dredd: Superfiend animated miniseries. Although this isn't the sequel we...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

First trailer for Madea's Tough Love

Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.  (Madea's Tough Love releases on VOD January 20th next year.)

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Review: The Book of Life

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pe...

Nick Valdez

11:17 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: Dreamworks panel featuring Home and Penguins

The last true movie related panel of NYCC is now over. The movie stuff wrapped up with Dreamworks Animation presenting a panel for both Home and Penguins of Madagascar for our viewing pleasure. The panel consis...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.10.2014

NYCC: New trailer and toys for Big Hero 6

Disney opened up New York Comic Con with a bang. First they showed off the first trailer for Tomorrowland and then they finally released a trailer for Big Hero 6 that wasn't just a bunch of cute stuff from Baymax. ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 10.10.2014

Flix for Short: The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy was my favorite short from this past year's Oscar nominated animated short films - and I'm excited to say everybody can finally watch it online! Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf fol...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

Flix for Short: There's a Man in the Woods

A short, spooky animation by CalArts student Jacob Streilein about a school teacher, a nasty little boy, and the power of rumors. It's a fantastic way to spend your coffee break. [via Vimeo]

Sean Walsh

1:00 PM on 10.02.2014

First teaser trailer for Pixar's Inside Out

In a rather unexpected move, Pixar released their first teaser for the upcoming film Inside Out, scheduled to tug on our heartstrings next summer. The teaser trailer mentally prepares you for what you're about to see by quic...

Jonathan Wray

3:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Angry Birds cast announced

You weren't excited for it, but some folks out there were. The folks behind the Angry Birds movie set up a challenge to reveal the cast once 1 billion birds were slung in the game. That happened, and now you too can read...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Review: The Boxtrolls

Laika is that rare production company where you absolutely have to pay attention to whatever they put out next. As one of the last few studios that specializes in stop motion animation, their films have garnered a lot of well...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob

In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Newest trailer for Big Hero 6 continues to be adorable

With how each Big Hero 6 trailer focuses on how adorable the main fluffy robot Baymax is, I'm a little worried about the overall film. I'm hoping for a Frozen-esque switcheroo that's mainly to get kid butts in those sea...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Flix for Short: The Planets

The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger s...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye

If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.11.2014

The Wire's Idris Elba and Dominic West reunite, courtesy of...Finding Dory?

Everybody loves crime drama The Wire. Everybody also loves Pixar. Clearly somebody caught onto this, as The Wire vets Idris Elba and Dominic West have joined the voice cast of Finding Dory! Talking to ShortList, Dominic ...

Sean Walsh

11:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Funko releasing Fantastic Mr. Fox toys

Fantastic Mr. Fox has quite the cult following behind it (as do all Wes Anderson movies) so it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Funko, the toy makers who make cult following toys, is releasing some new toys for...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Early test footage for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is very, very different

Before Disney's (through its Touchstone Pictures studio) Who Framed Roger Rabbit? lit up screens with the only time you'll find Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Bob Hoskins share the same screen in 1988, Disney tried to ad...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Flix for Short: Manly

Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan teamed up with his brother Justin Moynihan to create this awesome Cartoon Hangover short film; Manly. In the short we meet Manly, the daughter of the emperor god of ...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

Aardman Animations, the company that brought us Wallace & Gromit and that cute Pirates! Band of Misfits movie, now has a full film adaptation of their Shaun the Sheep shorts. While it has no domestic release date, it's t...

Nick Valdez



The Simpsons Movie is not very good  photo
The Simpsons Movie is not very good
by Nick Valdez

I don't think I'll ever be able to properly explain how big of an influence The Simpsons has had on my life. Rather than learn any useful skills, go out on dates with cute girls, or have a social life in general, I watched episodes of The Simpsons. When I was through with a season, I'd buy more on DVD and watch them again. Basically, I've invested at least 60-65% of my 25 year run into this show. 

That's why The Simpsons Movie was a huge disappointment. Not because I'm a fan who wanted more (I saw this in theaters five times when it originally released), but because I've gotten a fancy education and look at films in a different light. Sure The Simpsons Movie has some good gags and gets a lot of credit for being better than the recent glut of seasons when it released, but it's just not a good movie. 

Watching it again, I can't defend it like I used to. 

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3:00 PM on 08.19.2014

US teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Although there were a few rumblings of Studio Ghibli closing its doors a few weeks back, thankfully none of those rumors came to be as the company's just getting its act together. Case in point, The Tale of Princess Kaguya i...

Nick Valdez