New Podcast Art

I always loved the old show art, especially its old-Western style, and I dearly appreciate its artist for creating it and Adam for commissioning it, but it is outdated and time to move forward. The original work will hang in the Dayton Upstairs Recording Studio, and accompany all re-released Classic episodes of GBU. All new episodes, however, will feature this gorgeous, modern-minimalist art my my friend Eric.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’18: The Christmas Chronicles

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The Christmas Chronicles, one of Netflix’s barrage of original Christmas flicks for 2018, is not good. Directed by Clay Kaytis of The Angry Birds Movie, it is a mostly joyless, sometimes crass, often formulaic, persistently ugly movie with nearly no redeeming qualities. Its creators seemed to have had a hard time deciding between whether it was a kids’ film or something edgier–and it has none of the charm or personality to pull off either.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’18: A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding

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I reviewed A Christmas Prince when it first came out, and while I thought it was just the worst, I could have imagined things still worse and let it pass mostly on its good looks. A Christmas Prince, if you don’t remember, is the schmaltzy ABC Family-style nothing-movie that 53 people watched every day for a while.

The film was vapid, trite, predictably-scripted, poorly-acted, and unsurprisingly, precisely what the average Netflix viewer was looking for. Given that this must have been made on a shoestring budget, it’s hard to deny Netflix their well-deserved win. They gambled on a sure-thing and it paid off.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet

I loved Wreck-It Ralph. It was original, funny, and most importantly very sweet and genuine. It held up on repeat viewings back then, and I watched it again after watching Ralph Breaks The Internet to check that my memories weren’t wrong. They weren’t.

But the fact I had to check at all isn’t a great indicator of Ralph Breaks The Internet‘s quality. And before we go any further, I have to get out ahead of myself and say this is not going to be a negative review.

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GBU Returns With GBU Classic

Not to spoil the fun, but I’ve gotten a new RSS for the podcast, which you’ll find searchable on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, and I’m fairly sure any podcatcher that indexes with Libsyn. Because I’m not made of money, it’s going to take some time to add a few of the classic episodes month by month until the feed is all caught up.

Subscribe now, rate if you want to help, and stay tuned for more.

Ranma ½, The Movie: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China

I’ve wanted to see this film for at least twenty years. It’s horrible.

As I recounted in my review of the Ranma ½ Christmas special, Tendo Family Christmas Scramble, when I was little, our Blockbuster’s limited selection of anime was nearly all the anime I had access to, and among those, I could only take home the ones that didn’t warn my parents about explicit content. Ranma pushed the limits with occasional exposed breasts in the TV show and OVA, but I watched when my parents weren’t around.

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