Movie review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

This has been a very strange summer at the box office.  Disney, normally a box office juggernaut that makes other studios tremble in fear and shift their own release dates, stumbled uncharacteristically this summer movie season, with a run of underperforming blockbusters. Then, #Barbenheimer took the world by storm, and

Movie review: Disney brings ‘The Little Mermaid’ to live action

I love Disney. The very first movie I saw in theaters was the animated Aladdin. My daughter and I regularly listen to (and dance along with) a Disney playlist on Spotify. I carry a Moana backpack/purse with me everywhere I go. And yes, I’m the type of person who gets

Movie review: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ a decent time at the movies

When I watched the trailer for Disney/Pixar’s new animated film Lightyear, my first impression was that the movie looked fun but I didn’t experience a “jump-out-of-your-seat” level of hype.  That turned out to pretty much summarize how I felt about the film after watching it this weekend. It’s a fun

The Blurred Nerds Podcast 256

On this episode of the Blurred Nerds: This week we kick things off discussing the latest in streaming & linear TV news. Netflix suffers losses and spreads their disappointment around with cancellations and layoffs. Cancellations also hit the DC TV universe. In the second half, we discuss one of HBO

2022 entertainment challenge #1: A short film

It’s a new year, and I’m ready for the first challenge I set for myself in 2022. (A quick recap in case you missed the original blog post: This year I made 10 entertainment goals to stretch myself as a blogger and podcaster, including watching a documentary and a foreign

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Flopcast 501: ABC Saturday Morning 1971 – Funky Phantoms, Secret Chimps

Flopcast episode 501! Let’s wrap up our look at the Saturday morning TV landscape of 1971! ABC’s lineup was probably the strongest of the three networks, but it’s still quite weird. There were classics like Road Runner and Jonny Quest, alongside oddities like Filmation’s Jerry Lewis cartoon, the Rankin/Bass animated version of the

TV review: ‘The Clone Wars’ finale on Disney+ a great end to the series

Even though the Star Wars prequels land at the bottom of my personal Star Wars film ranking, the computer animated Clone Wars series (which started airing in 2008) is actually one of my very favorite things in the Star Wars franchise. Fans have been intrigued by the prospect of the

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ – a (slightly!) belated review

Time always seems to go by quickly, but it goes by even MORE quickly during the holiday season. It always feels like there are lots of movies in theaters between Thanksgiving and Christmas that I want to see, but I never quite make it to all of them. However, even

Tale as old as time: ESO Network chats with Disney animator Tom Bancroft

Beauty and the Beast. The Lion King. Aladdin. Mulan. These iconic animated films are part of the story of the famous “Disney Renaissance,” which propelled the studio back to commercial success and critical acclaim in the ’80s and ’90s. Tom Bancroft played a role in that story too — the

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