Discover the hero just below the surface: Meet Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

SNAPSHOTSweet, awkward 16-year-old Ruby Gillman (Lana Condor) is desperate to fit in at Oceanside High, but she mostly just feels invisible. She’s math-tutoring her skater-boy crush (Jaboukie Young-White), who only seems to admire her for her fractals, and she’s prevented from hanging out with the cool kids at the beach Continue Reading

The short and the short of it: Love burns fiercely if shyly in Extinguished

SNAPSHOTIn a world where flames represent love, it’s easy to get your heart burned. (courtesy YouTube (c) Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann) Being attracted to someone romantically is pretty exciting. All those swirly emotions, all that hope, those waves of thrilling possibility – it’s a delight! But sometimes, no oftentimes, Continue Reading

Mini-mass of movie trailers: The Magician’s Elephant, Tetris and John Wick: Chapter 4

As with any storytelling medium, there’s a huge diversity of narrative options in movies. That’s on vibrantly full display with today’s selection which encompasses an animated search for belonging and connection, some tense Cold War politicking bundled up with an origin story and some good old-fashioned, globetrotting shoot-em-up vengeance like Continue Reading

Boldly going animatedly towards … Thoughts on Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3

Star Trek is by and large, occasional episodes of whimsy aside, very serious science fiction. Predicated on the laudably idealistic premise that humanity, some centuries hence, has finally got its collective sh*t together and ventured into the stars where it has associated with likeminded alien species in a bravely enduring Continue Reading

The short and the short of it: Spend some whimsical time with A Tennis Ball on His Day Off

SNAPSHOTA tennis ball reflects on aging, self-improvement, hustle culture, and his own impending mortality. But in a cute way. Tennis Ball on His Day Off is written and directed by animation filmmaker / 3D artist Julian Glander … This was commissioned by and produced by Cody Dematteis at [Adult Swim] Continue Reading