Tuesday, December 11, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Aquaman'

Jason Momoa is back in "Aquaman," the latest DCEU superhero film. "Aquaman" sends the title hero  across the world on a mission to find an ancient trident, which will prove he's the rightful heir to the throne of Atlantis, and prevent a war between his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) and the surface world. Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman co-star in a film directed by James Wan ("Furious 7").

In his review of "Aquaman" at The Wrap, William Bibbiani calls the film "a weird and wonderful superhero adventure that strives - and almost succeeds - to be the most epic superhero movie ever made." 

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Aquaman" for The Wrap

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Bumblebee'

The "Transformers" franchise starts over from scratch with "Bumblebee," a prequel about the alien Volkswagen Beetle who turns into a robot and befriends an amateur teenaged mechanic, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Together they form a close bond and save the world from evil Decepticons who plan to bring their army to Earth.

In his review at The Wrap, William Bibbiani says "Bumblebee" is "the best Transformers movie so far," going back all the way to the animated feature in the 1980s. He praises the film's 1980s throwback sensibilities and lauds the film for successfully re-establishing the live-action series within a more successful mold.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Bumblebee" for The Wrap

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Canceled Too Soon & Linoleum Knife Present: Our 12 Favorite Christmas Commercials!

Happy Holidays from Canceled Too Soon and Linoleum Knife! As a special treat for our fans, we've made special bonus episode for everyone on our Patreon page, and everyone can listen, whether or not you contribute!

William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold, Alonso Duralde and Dave White have assembled to share their all-time favorite Christmas commercials, and recall how they played when they first came out, and what weird details we only notice now, as adults.

Head on over to our Patreon page to hear the episode, and head on over to Linoleum Knife to check out their wonderful content! You might want to subscribe over there, because they've got a LOT of exciting bonus episodes exclusively for their Patrons!

Give it a listen!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Canceled Too Soon #127: 'Silver Surfer' (1998)

The Silver Surfer is an all-powerful superhero who wanders the cosmos, pondering the biggest philosophical questions imaginable and finding no reason to forgive himself for the atrocities he committed while he was employed by the world-eating deity called Galactus. 

He's one of the weirdest heroes in all of Marvel Comics, so it's pretty weird that he had his own Saturday morning cartoon show, which faithfully adapts the melancholy mythologizing of his comic book series! But they did, and "Silver Surfer" may very well have been CANCELED TOO SOON!

Our MARVELOUS MONTH OF MARVELS, dedicated to failed TV shows based on Marvel superheroes, concludes with this impossibly epic animated series, which painstakingly recreates the iconic art style of Jack Kirby!

Give it a listen!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Mortal Engines'

One thousand years into the future, entire cities roll across the world, fighting and devouring each other. Hera Hilmar stars as Hester Shaw, a mysterious woman who wants to kill the figurehead leader of London, and who teams up with a hapless historian to uncover the secrets of ancient 21st century technology and prevent a giant steampunk war.

In his review at The Wrap, William Bibbiani says "The only rational response to 'Mortal Engines' is 'Wow,'" praising the film's "Miyazakian" imagery and VFX ingenuity, but reserving some critiques for the film's familiar storyline.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Mortal Engines" at The Wrap

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Friday, November 30, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Anna and the Apocalypse'

A sweet little musical about high school kids looking for love and freedom at Christmastime is rudely interrupted by a zombie uprising in "Anna and the Apocalypse," which may very well be the only teen Christmas zombie musical in existence.

In his review of "Anna and the Apocalypse" at IGN, William Bibbiani calls the film "Jolly, gross and pretty darned catchy," praising the film's quirky concept and mostly solid songs, but critiquing the film for sidelining the Christmas theme to the extent that the movie works perfectly well without it.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Anna and the Apocalypse" for IGN

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William Bibbiani Reviews 'The Possession of Hannah Grace'

A troubled woman takes a job in the graveyard shift at the morgue, but one of the corpses isn't what it appears to be in "The Possession of Hannah Grace." The new supernatural thriller evokes memories of "The Autopsy of Jane Doe," and stars Shay Mitchell, Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic.

In his review at The Wrap, William Bibbiani says "The Possession of Hannah Grace" is "a dreary horror thriller, without any of those pesky thrills," and critiques the film for its slow pacing, perfunctory storytelling and ineffectual score.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "The Possession of Hannah Grace" for The Wrap

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