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  • DAICON IV Opening Animation
  • Project A-Ko
  • California Crisis: Gun Salvo
  • Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie

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  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

  • Dick Tracy

    ★★★½

  • Killers from Space

    ★★

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  • Project A-Ko

    Project A-Ko

    ★★★★★

    A-Ko's very near and dear to my heart. It was the first anime I saw with explicit knowledge of it BEING ANIME. I'd seen some of those localized shows from the early 80s (Voltron being my favorite), but that was no different from Muppet Babies or Superfriends in my mind-- it was all goofy stuff I absorbed at an impressionable age. But THIS was the first thing I rented knowing full well that I was getting into that weird shit…

  • California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    ★★★★★

    Just realized I never posted a link to my review of this thing over on my blog.

    I will champion this strange, apparently unfinished (yet still commercially released in Japan) OVA oddity until the day I die. If anything, it works better NOW than it likely did then, because it's playing with a whole bunch of filtering of nostalgia and foreign pop cultures in ways that feel very much in the vein of more recent trends. It does for 50s…

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  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★★

    That sure was some Bob's Burgers.

    That's a good thing.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    Sure, in a lot of ways this is a rehash of the first Top Gun. Cruise is the best at what he does, but has That Attitude about it that runs counter to The Military. Somethingsomething getting the young hot shots prepped for a Big Mission. Stuff with a bar and playing sports on the beach. Rivalries, animosity, and the resolution thereof. Stuff blows up. Planes fly.

    But while all of that back in the day was a bit weightless…

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ½

    The kid who voiced Peter Pan and starred in a bunch of other Disney movies around that time, got dumped by the studio when he got too old, turned to drugs, and died in squalor in his early 30s. Then, 50-something years later, Disney makes a movie about how Peter Pan grows up and turns into a criminal that kidnaps Disney characters to force them into some sort of cartoon slavery.

    We know Disney's evil in that existential, intangible, "too…

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    ★★★★

    As far as long-running cartoon franchises that take old, apocryphal entries and loosely work them back into the "canon" go, I dug this more than Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

    It's a far more herculean effort to take a character like Flim Flam and make him bearable than it is to do something similar with a character like Broly.

    Also, there's some genuinely fascinating stuff going on in here with the character dynamics of Fred and Daphne, given that Fred was…