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Mania Review: Rio 2 (April 10, 2014) by Rob Vaux
 Did you know that the original Rio grossed over $500 million? Neither did I. I mention that because it’s the only really memorable thing about the first film and the only possible justification for a second. The original movie was slight, but ...

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and The Punisher Blu-Ray Review (March 25, 2014) by Tim Janson
While Marvel has enjoyed tremendous success with their big screen theatrical films, they have lagged in recent years when it comes to animated features.  Marvel had partnered with Lionsgate to produce eight, direct-to-video films from 2006 – 20...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Review Part 2 (March 18, 2014) by Robert T. Trate
Last week Mania brought a review of the first 6 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions (read them here). We left off with a cliff hanger to the Clovis story arc. So now we are back! “The Rise of Clovis” bought a lot of ...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Lost Missions Review Part 1 (March 12, 2014) by Robert T. Trate
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions have arrived. Now the choice, for some, is to watch them one at a time. This way, they can be savored and enjoyed. The other option is to binge watch them all at once, thus getting answers to all those questio...

Mania Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (March 10, 2014) by Rob Vaux
 Mr. Peabody and Sherman arrives as huge surprise: looking for all the world like another cynical studio rehash and ending up as… well, as a cynical studio rehash, but one that abounds with real affection for its subject. The time-traveling do...

Justice League: War Blu-ray Review (March 01, 2014) by Tim Janson
At one point during Justice League: War, Green Lantern turns to Batman and calls him a “phenomenal douchebag”.  Welcome to DC Comics’ New 52 Universe where Green Lantern is an arrogant A-hole, Shazam is an obnoxious teenager, Superm...

Mania Review: The Wind Rises (February 21, 2014) by Rob Vaux
 (Disclosure alert: I saw this film with subtitles, so I can’t comment on the quality of the English dubbing.)I’m a few days from my screening of The Wind Rises and I still don’t know what to think of it. It doesn’t quite rank...

Mania Review: The Lego Movie (February 09, 2014) by Rob Vaux
 Anyone surprised by the success of The Lego Movie probably hasn’t seen any of their Star Wars shorts or the delightful video games that preceded them. An unlikely conglomeration of the ubiquitous yellow bricks and a Star Wars game produced a h...

Mania Review: The LEGO MOVIE (February 07, 2014) by Robert T. Trate
Being that I am Mania’s resident Toy Maniac (see column here), I thought I would give Warner Brothers’ The LEGO Movie a whirl. My history with LEGOs has never been too extensive. The reason for that is how expensive they are. Trust me, if I ha...

Mania Review: Frozen (November 28, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 I think it’s clear that we’re in the midst of a second Disney animated Renaissance, albeit slightly more modest than the first one which began with 1989’s The Little Mermaid. With John Lasseter’s arrival from Pixar, the House...

Mania Review: Free Birds (November 01, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 What a weird little movie this is. Not quite creative enough to be an act of warped genius, too corporate to seize the mantle of real imagination, Free Birds nonetheless makes its mark with a outside curve ball that states definitively "you ain...

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Review (September 05, 2013) by Robert T. Trate
Having just recently turned two years old in 1977, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh would have been an ideal film for me. If only we had the technology and screening opportunities that we do now. My parents needed their night off and probably wouldn...

The Summer of '83: Fire and Ice (August 26, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 Conan the Barbarian created something of a dilemma for Hollywood's evil overlords. Its hard R rating was part of its appeal, but it also kept a huge portion of the marketplace -- namely prepubescent boys -- from plopping down their hard-earned milk ...

BEWARE THE BATMAN: TOXIC REVIEW (August 21, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
Whoa-Ho-Hey, Bruce is making out with a gal named Sapphire! Way to go Brucie! Wait. Why is Bruce wearing that uniform? Is he a security guard? Simon Stagg used to be Bruce's boss? What is this, a flash-back? Alternate universe Bruce Wayne?OH. Whups. That'...

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Blu-Ray Review (August 16, 2013) by Tim Janson
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is the 17th DC Comics animated film from Warner Brothers and is based on the “Flashpoint” storyline written by longtime Flash scribe Geoff Johns.  While it’s titled a Justice League film, that&...

BEWARE THE BATMAN: BROKEN Review (August 14, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
Like most episodes of this show, there is the ongoing plot thread, dealing with Tatsu and her shenanigans, woven through a plot featuring a freak-of-the-week villain, in this case: Humphrey Dumpler.Oh, Humphrey Dumpler. I thought  I recognized that v...

BEWARE THE BATMAN: TESTS Review (August 01, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
Ok, so there are two plots interweaving through the majority of this episode. One revolves around Bruce and Alfred testing (OMG that's the name of the episode!) Tatsu Yamashiro, aka Katana, to see if she would make an appropriate "helper" aka si...

BEWARE THE BATMAN: SECRETS Review (July 23, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
As a long time comic book fan, this show is a puff of fresh air. I really enjoy the new angles that this show is bringing to the Batman mythos, as well as the exploration of some of the lesser known characters. Last episode focused on the Grant Morrison c...

BEWARE THE BATMAN: HUNTED Review (July 15, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
I have no problems with changes in continuity, so let's just get that over with right off the bat. Oh god. That pun was definitely not intended. Unless you want it to be intended. I desire your love and acceptance. But if you are looking for a show that i...

Mania Review: Despicable Me 2 (July 03, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 I enjoyed the first Despicable Me as a mildly effective babysitting movie; I thought its world was too unformed and its scenario too shopworn, but I loved its grumpy villain-made-good Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his three adorable charges. Now ...

Mania Review: Monsters University (June 21, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 I always thought of the original Monsters Inc. as second-tier Pixar: a good film, but not quite up to the same standards as Toy Story or Finding Nemo. Now that second-tier Pixar has become the norm, I find myself warming to Monsters University more ...

My Neighbor Totoro and Howls Moving Castle Blu-ray Review (June 17, 2013) by Kimberly McCall
I suppose it is fair to say that I will never turn down the opportunity to watch a Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo) animated film. They always consist of imaginative tales with bountiful heart and adventure. The problem is, almost all of these magica...

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Unite Blu-Ray Review (May 27, 2013) by Tim Janson
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the dreadful new DC animated film Superman: Unbound which was definitely one of the worst DC animated films yet.  While Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Unite doesn’t technically qualify as a DC Comics release, it...

Mania Review: Epic (May 24, 2013) by Rob Vaux
 Want to see what a bad promotional campaign can do to a good movie? Epic, a surprisingly enjoyable fantasy tale from the gang that made Ice Age, has effectively been hung out to dry by Fox. Its commercials and posters inform no one of what to expect...

TEEN TITANS GO! LEGENDARY SANDWICH/PIE BROS Review (May 01, 2013) by Johnny Destructo
Oh man, this is difficult. I am at a loss for words, which is a rarity, so I'm just going to be as blunt as I can. This show is bad. Not like Michael Jackson's BAD, which at the time actually meant good, or cool. This show is terrible. Not only is it pain...