Opinions: RIP Isao Takahata

I learned of the unfortunate death of animation director Isao Takahata, one of Studio Ghibli’s premiere creators and a legend within the medium for his stunning film Grave of the Fireflies. Fireflies is perhaps the most tragic and gutwrenching film I’ve ever watched. It cuts to the bone and truly showcases the devastation wrought by…

Opinion: My favorite films (and my least) of 2017

Today I’m ready to talk some movies. Or at least make a valiant attempt to, at least. SPOILER TOWN BELOW. What were the five best movies I saw this year, as well as the worst? And I have to tell you, picking these was not a simple task! Especially once I got to #5. A…

Opinion: Here’s a little ditty about me and Richard Kiel

The name Richard Kiel may not immediately ring a bell for you. Perhaps you watched some TV or movie from the 1970s — he appeared as a special guest often in those days. If you’ve seen the two Roger Moore 007 movies Moonraker or The Spy Who Loved Me you’ve definitely seen him. Cast as…

RIP C. Martin Croker

Learned today that the voice and animator of one of my favorite cartoons back when I was a teen passed away a few days ago: C. Martin Croker, one of the creative leads of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Not only serving as one of the creators of the concept, not only working as one…