Review and Analysis: Holidaze (2019)

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Holidaze is an interesting creature, unlike the other works of Vivienne “Vivziepop” Medrano it contains no dark humor, no uh…”adult” themes and language, heck there’s no dialogue either with all the story being told through pantomime and through the music. There’s not as much background information on this short so much of the analysis is going to come from what the short provides. And yet what’s been crafted not only captures the distinct feel Vivziepop has carefully made her image in other such works like Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss, but also the distinct Christmas feel as well.

As always, you can read my review and analysis or watch the short here:

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Review and Analysis: Hazbin Hotel

Warning: The following program and subsequent review contains mature language and adult themes. It is not suitable for viewers under 18.

The story behind Hazbin Hotel is a fascinating one, created Vivienne Medrano (aka Vivziepop), the author and artist of the webcomic Zoophobia, this animated pilot was the culmination of several years of work done by herself, several friends and freelance assistants and a hell of a lot of donations through Patreon. This and a combination of supplementary comics for background and interaction with the fans through Twitch and Twitter to drum up support and interest. Well this pilot went like gangbusters, becoming one, if not the most popular independent animated show to grace Youtube with 40 million views on its upload date alone, even getting official redubs in French and Japanese. And less than a year later it was announced that it would be picked up by the production company A24. Not bad, not bad at all.

But what about the pilot that kicked this all off? Well you can simply watch it here:

Or you can read my long-ass review and analysis. Speaking of which, let’s get to it.

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Review and Analysis: Gargoyles Reawakening

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“You were doing these reviews in February.”
“Hey, I’ve been busy!”

Anyway, last time on-

“Really? Since the pandemic you haven’t had a moment to yourself? For Pete’s sake you took all of August off.”
“Shut. Up. Snake in the Grass!”

Anyway, last time on Gargoyles, Elisa’s younger brother started working for Xanatos, Jackal and Hyena got arrested, the Trio got a helicopter and Spoiler Warning: it never shows up again. Now let’s get on with the recap.

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New In Review: Artemis Fowl

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Artemis Fowl is a science fiction adventure film based on the book series by Eoin Colfer an is directed by Kenneth Branaugh.  It stars Ferdia Shaw as the titular character as well as Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nikesh Patel, Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.

I admit that I’ve never read the books, I was aware of them based on the title but my review will have to be based on what I’ve seen here.

To sum up, this movie is crap.

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Game Review: Streets of Rage 4

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Streets of Rage 4 is the latest entry from Sega’s beat ’em up series released way back in the early 90’s and is an excellent throwback to the genre.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m only a slightly good gamer and though I’ve never played any of the previous Streets of Rage games I have pumped my fair share of quarters into beat ’em ups in the past.

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No joke, this was my jam for many a year.

So transitioning into this game was fairly simple.

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New In Review: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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Before we begin I’d like to talk a bit about character oversaturation.  It’s a recurring thing that often takes place in comics usually when a character starts to become popular, which often leads to the executives demanding that said character appear in as many different books or issues as possible regardless of whether they would fit into the story naturally.  This can cause the character they’re trying to shill out to start to overshadow others even within their own story and then you run the risk of making a once popular character into something that’s overdone, tedious and just disliked.  Which more often than not will cause those in charge to demand their presence in even more stories, television and movies.  At times it feels like they’re slapping you in the face with these characters and demanding that you love them as much as they do.

Both Marvel and DC are guilty of this multiple times, in the 80’s and 90’s you couldn’t seem to get away from Wolverine no matter what corner of the Marvel universe you were in.  And Batman would never seem far away from the action regardless of whether it pertained to him or not.

So with that in mind let’s get to the review.

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Review and Analysis: Gargoyles Long Way to Morning

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Happy Halloween everyone! Before we begin the next analysis I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Gargoyles just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, just last week in fact.  Which would make it the Silver Anniversary if I recall correctly.  Anyway…

Last time on Gargoyles.

Xanatos and the gargoyles duked it out.  Xanatos in a spiffy new battle armor and the gargoyles with just their dukes.

Oh and Elisa got a new partner, a conspiracy theorist named Matt Bluestone.

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“Dork probably believes in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster too.”

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