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The Last of Us Part I Review: Play It Again, Ellie

When Naughty Dog's The Last of Us debuted nearly a decade ago in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, it received near-universal critical acclaim. Not only did it win players over with its visceral gameplay and narrative, but it ended up becoming one of the best-selling video games of all time. Frequently cited as one of the best video games ever made, it's grown into a media franchise that practically guarantees success, whether that means crowds that gather for a simple remastered version only a year a

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Tekken: Bloodline’ on Netflix, A Snoozefest of a Video Game Adaptation That Deserved More

When it comes to fighting games, the Tekken series stands tall among the rest of the pack. There are several installments, each one flashier and more complicated than the last. But what has made Tekken such a memorable part of fighting game history over the years has undoubtedly been its commitment to telling engaging stories while serving up tentpole battles and exciting moves. Tekken: Bloodline is Netflix’s attempt at translating the fighter into an anime series. And while it makes a respecta

10 Best Stephen King Books

This article has been updated Aug 31st, 2022 with the latest news and upcoming works of Stephen King. Stephen King is the modern master of horror and an incredibly prolific writer. For almost 50 years, he's been producing masterpieces of the macabre, and there have been thousands of debates over which Stephen King books are the best. Well, we're throwing our hat into the ring with top choices of our own. For our list, we chose from among King's published novels. So, no compilations, novellas,

Beavis and Butt-Head Premiere Review -- First Two Episodes

Beavis and Butt-Head premieres with two episodes on Paramount+ on Thursday, Aug. 4, and then will air one new episode weekly. It truly is the summer of Beavis and Butt-Head. After returning to the small screen from a hiatus that lasted over a decade, the pair starred in this summer’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe , a Paramount+ exclusive that found the teenage slackers doing what they do best: trying to score and being their arrestingly stupid selves. Now, they're back with more misadven

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Case Closed: Zero’s Tea Time’ on Netflix, A Refreshing Slice of Life Detective Saga for Series Fans

Case Closed, also known as Detective Conan to Western viewers, is a massively popular series that follows high school detective Shinichi Kudo (Jimmy Kudo in the English dub), who’s been transformed into a child as a result of investigating a shadowy organization. Over the course of 101 manga volumes and counting and over 900 anime episodes, Kudo checks out a number of difficult situations as a star detective throughout the show, and a man named Rei Furuya is one of the acquaintances he makes alo

Keep Breathing: Limited Series Review

Keep Breathing streams on Netflix on July 28, 2022. The survival drama is a paint-by-numbers formula. Take a terrified individual or group, drop them into the harsh wilderness, and follow them as they fall apart. Sprinkle in some interpersonal issues, and boom! You've got an easy show for just about any audience to follow…But that doesn’t always mean you’ve got something good, and unfortunately, Keep Breathing, Netflix’s latest take on the genre, is serviceable at best. The limited series is a

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Vinland Saga’ on Netflix, An Ambitious Mix of Grisly Violence and Historical Epic

If the thought of cracking open a history book bores you to tears, you may assume Vinland Saga may do the same. You’d do well to ignore any preconceived notions you may hold about this epic historical series, as it’s one of the best available on Netflix right now, as well as an exemplary notion of how best to tell stories spanning large periods of time throughout real-world sagas. Following explorer Thorfinn, the son of a slain warrior, it soars through the 11th century throughout the expedition

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Spriggan’ on Netflix, An Anime That Reminds Us Of ‘Ancient Aliens’

What if an ancient civilization left all their secrets behind for modern humans to find? Spriggan explores this reality in an action-packed throwback of a series that finds an organization named ARCAM fighting to collect a series of artifacts called OOPArts and seal them away from those who wish to wield them for evil. It’s a globetrotting adventure that’s got action, intrigue, and plenty of weirdness to go around. It’s another one of Netflix’s better anime offerings, and it expands upon the ori

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’ Season 2 on Netflix, An Intriguing Story Saddled With Persistently Awful Visuals

Legendary anime franchise Ghost in the Shell marches on with another 12 episodes of its latest installment, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Season 2 picks right up where the previous season left off, or where the compilation movie, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: Sustainable War, was meant to help catch viewers up to. It continues the narrative already established in the first half of the season, with the conclusion here, if you can stomach the abhorrent CG animation that the creative team inexplica

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Bastard!!’ on Netflix, A Raunchy, Leather-Clad Love Letter to Heavy Metal and Dark Fantasy

Heavy metal, sex, and violence? It’s all here in Netflix’s latest ’90s anime reboot. Bastard!! is a dark fantasy series that began as a manga and later debuted as an OVA in the early ’90s. Rife with over-the-top gore and scantily-clad women, it’s also a love letter to heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons, with references and puns to bands like Anthrax and Metallica, and character designs and tropes that pull directly from the popular RPG. In the series’ dystopian world, the evil Dark Rebel Army pl

10 Best Minecraft Toys in 2022

Minecraft is an infinite sandbox in which you can create just about anything you want. As far as video games go, it's more than exciting: it's downright arresting. Put all of your creative powers to good use erecting a huge building, survive the night by staving off monsters, or fly around the world to check out what others have built. There's nothing quite like it. So if you've been looking for a way to bring a little of that blocky magic into the real world, good news! There are plenty of fun

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe Review

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe will premiere on Paramount+ on June 23, 2022. It's been over a decade since we last heard from Beavis and Butt-Head, the teenage slackers who brought us some of the best lowbrow humor that '90s TV had to offer. After the series ended its original run with a seventh season, then saw a short-lived reboot in 2011, these two big-headed but small-brained ne’er-do-wells are back for a sequel to the first Beavis and Butt-Head flick, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Vampire in the Garden’ on Netflix, A Tale of Beauty Among Despair in a Post-Human World

Vampire in the Garden is a breath of fresh air from Netflix. It’s not a one-off film, nor is it another strange CG take on a familiar series. Instead, it’s a heartfelt look at two sides of a war that’s waged on for some time, with a victor that’ll likely never be decided. Combined with gorgeous artwork, excellent voice acting, and an initial episode that’ll set your heart racing, this unique look at two different kind of monsters is shaping up to be a must-watch, even from its initial establishi

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: Sustainable War’ on Netflix, The Uninspired Refresher No One Needed

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War is actually a two-hour supercut of the first season of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, a series that launched two years ago on Netflix as part of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex timeline. It’s meant to condense an entire season of a series into a recap of sorts. That means you could feasibly view the movie instead of the original show to get caught up before starting a new season. Or you could just watch it to relive your favorite moments f

Stream It or Skip It: ‘Pacific Rim: The Black’ Season 2 on Netflix, Coming Back Bigger, Badder, and Darker Than Before

The first season of Netflix’s Pacific Rim: The Black centered on Hayley (Gideon Adlon) and Taylor Travis (Calum Worthy), twins struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic vision of Australia that’s been all but taken over by kaiju, the massive creatures introduced in 2013’s live-action Pacific Rim. Hayley and Taylor spend time trying to figure out how to pilot a massive kaiju they find lying in wait while looking for their parents as well as salvation. But there’s so much more going on than that

Stream It or Skip It: ‘Ultraman’ Season 2 on Netflix, Breathing New Life Into the Character-Driven Tokusatsu Story

High school student Shinjiro Hayata (Josh Hutcherson) has a secret: he’s part of a special line of superheroes passed down to him by his father. He has a variety of superhuman abilities that he can’t control just yet, but when a monstrous threat attacks Earth, he must become the legendary hero Ultraman to protect the entirety of the human race. He dons the Ultra Suit, thanks to the genes he inherited from his father, and uses super strength, high jumps, and a powerful body to fight off masses of

Bubble Review

Bubble is now streaming on Netflix. When it comes to post-apocalyptic storytelling, a common thread is, obviously, how bleak humanity's future is. Whether the end has come by way of nuclear war or ravenous zombies, the doom and gloom factor that accompanies these stories is off the charts. With the wildly imaginative Bubble, a film from a four-way dream team of anime writers and directors, the bizarre threat Earth has fallen under is mind-bending and dangerous, sure. But it's also the key to op

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Bubble’ on Netflix, An Effervescent Take on the Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Genre

Bubble, the latest addition to Netflix’s cadre of anime feature films, is the product of some impressive talent. It’s directed by Tetsuro Araki of Attack on Titan, written by Gen Urobuchi (who worked on Madoka Magica), has character designs by Death Note‘s Takeshi Obata, and music from Promare‘s Hiroyuki Sawano. In short, it was destined for greatness, and it delivers in every way. This sci-fi romance is a tour-de-force with crisp animation, excellent voice acting, and characters that carry the

Shenmue: The Animation Review

The premiere of the dubbed version of Shenmue: The Animation aired on Adult Swim on Feb. 5, 2022. The subtitled version is now streaming on Crunchyroll. Yu Suzuki's Dreamcast classic Shenmue was the most expensive video game ever developed when it debuted in 1999. It – and its sequels, released in 2001 and 2019 respectively – is a sprawling epic composed of RPG systems, open-world 3D areas to explore, and social simulation elements mashed up together to make a captivating story. Now, 23 years l

Belle Review

Academy Award-nominated Japanese director and animator Mamoru Hosoda is responsible for some deeply touching anime films: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children are widely considered to be some of his best, as is his work with the Digimon franchise. Hosoda returns with his ninth feature film, Belle, an interpretation of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. Its heart is in the right place, and it is stunningly animated, but its message is dragged down a bit by some p
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