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Hayao Miyazaki Is Coming Out of Retirement… Again (Again [Again])

Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli

How do you say “psych!” in Japanese? Master animator and Studio Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki dun got us again, totally convincing us that he was really retiring this time by saying things like “I am done making movies” and “This time is for real.” We believed him like a bunch of fools when he announced a “semi-retirement” following the completion of Princess Mononoke, we believed him when he said he wanted to call it quits after Spirited Away, and we believed him back in 2013, when he declared The Wind Rises to be his final feature. The Boy Who Cried Not Making Any More Movies has pulled the same trick on us all again, with the news that he’ll un-retire one more time for a new feature called Boro the Caterpillar.

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Filed Under: Category: Animation, Movies

This Magazine Kills Fascists: Raging Against The Machine In James Roberts’ ‘Transformers’

Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente / IDW Publishing
Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente / IDW Publishing

James Roberts' work on IDW's Transformers franchise is some of the most explicitly political storytelling in comics right now.

Politics is a core theme of Roberts' entire Transformers work, and while the comics do have some of the best action, romance and comedy, they're also all about refusing to let anyone else make your decisions for you.

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The Blood Moon Rises in Netflix’s First ‘Castlevania’ Poster

Netflix Castlevania Poster
Adi Shankar

At the time Netflix first confirmed an animated Castlevania series on its roster, it was a fair question how the animated venture might handle the video game franchise’s gorier elements. Well, if the first official poster is any indication, things are going to get real red, real fast.

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‘My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea’ Trailer Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

GKIDS
GKIDS

What with social cliques, homework, and hormones, high school is tough enough already. Add to that a massive natural disaster, and it’s a different sort of catastrophe entirely. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea is both exactly what it sounds like and much more than that, an animated riff on the likes of San Andreas that adds an eccentric sense of humor to the genre. The newly unveiled trailer offers a sample of the thrills (jumping across shark-infested waters!) and the laughs (the bookcase-amputation joke is aces) to be had in this odd little festival favorite.

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Survival, Slavery, and Suffering in the Graphic Novel of Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’

Kindred-feat

The graphic novel adaptation of the late Octavia Butler's masterpiece Kindred opens with the main character, Dana, sitting in a hospital bed with her left arm missing at the elbow and the words "I lost an arm on my last trip home" printed in a narration box. It's a sharp, painful opening for a book that deals with slavery, suffering, and survival in one of the most dangerous times in history for Black people.

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‘Riverdale’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 1 Episode 5: ‘Heart of Darkness’

The CW
The CW

This week, we see inside the Blossom family residence, Riverdale buries Jason, Betty goes on a “reconnaissance mission” to Pop’s with a cute boy, and we learn how maple syrup ruins everything. “Heart of Darkness” was written by Ross Maxwell and directed by Jesse Warn.

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CW ‘Vixen’ Series Getting ‘Movie’ Release on Blu-ray

CW Vixen The Movie Blu Ray
Warner Bros.

We don’t yet know if CW Seed’s animated Vixen will return for Season 3 (or another live-action Arrow appearance), but fans nonetheless have a new opportunity to catch up on her adventures. Vixen: The Movie will combine the two animated seasons into a feature-length Blu-ray, with plenty of bonus features.

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Yes, Hugh Jackman Is Done with Wolverine… Unless the Avengers Need a Hand

Logan
20th Century Fox

Logan works on many levels, mostly as a swan song for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. We’ve known for ages that this would be his last run playing the character, and Logan gives him an appropriately melancholy, moving send-off. But, had Marvel and 20th Century Fox been able to reach some kind of deal before Jackman made the decision not to sign on for another movie after this one, his Wolverine might have stuck around.

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Filed Under: , , Category: Marvel, Movies

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