Monday, May 23, 2016

Ponyo Film Review

by The Wanderer

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kazushige Nagashima, Yuki Amami
Series: Studio Ghibli
MPAA Rating: G
Length: 103 Minutes

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Under the Sea

A young goldfish named Brunhilde lives with her father Fujimoto, a wizard/mad scientist that now lives underwater, and is jaded by his years of interacting with humans. After sneaking off from her father one day, and series of chance adventures, Brunhilde ends up in the possession of a young boy Sosuke. After healing a small wound Sosuke receives in picking up Brunhilde he renames her Ponyo, and the two begin a friendship.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Magicians Season One Review

by The Wanderer

Series: The Magicians
Channel: SyFy
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Season: 1
Episodes: 13

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A Book Readers Review

A tv book adaptation is something that always comes as a bittersweet moment for me. It's exciting to see a visual take on something you've loved reading, it's scary knowing that the vast majority of these adaptations won't even come close to catching the magic of its source material. Oftentimes at best they become guilty pleasures, an experience of fandom, fandom that clouds judgment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Film Review

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson
Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 147 Minutes

Wait... This Again?!

"Didn't I already go through this shit?!"

Much to my annoyance, this is becoming somewhat of a tagline for the past few months of my life. I'd hoped going to the theater to see Captain America: Civil War would change things, even if only for a little while, and I'd get to see what Rotten Tomatoes assured me was the smash hit superhero film of the century.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Fool's Fate Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Tawny Man Trilogy Book Three
Pages: 910

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Fitz Gets His

(Spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Trader's Trilogy, Fool's Errand, and Golden Fool are below).

In order to secure a long lasting peace with the Outislands, Prince Dutiful has agreed to bring the Narcheska the head of the dragon Icefyre. For Fitzchivalry Farseer this task puts his loyalties to the test, remove the head of the dragon and remain loyal to the crown, or set the dragon free and fulfill the Fool's prophecy of saving the world.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Golden Fool Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Tawny Man Trilogy Book Two
Pages: 710

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People have to attempt to do right, even if they believe they cannot succeed

(Spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Trader's Trilogy, and Fool's Errand are below).

After thwarting the Piebald's scheme for abducting Prince Dutiful, Fitz has now fully returned into his role as secret assassin for the Farseer's. Amongst his first tasks is teaching the Skill to Dutiful, and trying to put together a coterie for him, all while maintaining the safety of the threatened Farseer reign. While the Piebald's threat still remains at large, Dutiful has other concerns, mainly the arrival of his betrothed, the Narcheska Elliania, and securing an alliance with the Six Duchies greatest enemy from years past.