Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

By Andrew Haas When it comes to the standalone films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor movies tend to be low on people’s rankings. This isn’t to say that these movies about the god of thunder are terrible. Thor (2011) is a decent fish-out-of-water story that features an epic mythology, but while Thor: The Dark World (2013) has its moments, many people thought it … Continue reading Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

From the Vault Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986)

By Andrew Haas When people hear the names Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, they often associate the two with the iconic songs they wrote for Disney animated classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. But before they were the biggest songwriters of the Disney Renaissance, they started in theatre, where they turned a low budget Roger Corman B-movie about a man-eating … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986)

Review: ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

By Andrew Haas Warner Animation Group has really been banking on its LEGO film franchise, and who can blame them? Both The LEGO Movie (2014) and spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) were big hits critically and financially and set a high bar for toy-based movies. But there was still skepticism when they decided to do a spin-off based on Ninjago, one of the company’s themes that … Continue reading Review: ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

Review: ‘It’

By Andrew Haas Stephen King has had an interesting history of having his books adapted to other media. We’ve had hits like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Shining (1980), but we’ve also had misses like Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Dreamcatcher (2003). It seems some stories tend to have better translations than others. Even this year, we witnessed The Dark Tower panned by critics and now we find ourselves facing … Continue reading Review: ‘It’

Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (2017)

By Andrew Haas Hollywood has tried many times to take Japanese manga/anime and bring it to live action American cinema, often to dismal results. Whether they be the mind-numbing Speed Racer or the insulting Dragonball: Evolution, these studio adaptations of overseas properties have been treated like cash grabs while failing to understand why they’re beloved by fans. So there’s a lot of pressure surrounding their latest … Continue reading Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (2017)

From the Vault Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995)

By Andrew Haas Japanese animation, or anime, has grown a massive following in the U.S. over the past few decades. Some features have even played a big influence in Hollywood, and this is the case with the 1995 sci-fi flick Ghost in the Shell. Based on the manga series by Masamune Shirow, this film is often seen in many top anime movies lists and, more notably, … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995)

Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By Andrew Haas I’ve gone on record with disdain for Disney’s remaking its animated library. To be fair, last year’s The Jungle Book did open my eyes to the potential of these new interpretations, but not by much. The remake I was by far the least excited for was that of 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. Not only does that film usually rank among the greatest … Continue reading Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’