Goodbye, Annie

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No “Tomorrow” as LIttle Orphan Annie ends today.

The Alcott Analysis: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is in interesting entry in the world of long-form cinematic Batman stories for a few different reasons. First, it manages to do what the Tim Burton movies were unable to — make Bruce Wayne/Batman the protagonist of his own story. Second, it’s primarily a detective story as opposed to an action story. Third, at least half of the story is told in flashback, a parallel-action setup ambitious for an animated movie thought of as primarily for kids. Lastly, the story it tells is rather emotional and internal — Bruce/Batman broods a lot in this movie, even by his own standards. The action sequences feel perfunctory and tacked-on. The two that come to mind — a truck chase and the explosive finale — are poorly motivated and don’t advance the plot in any meaningful way.

MORE SCOTT PILGRIM: Video game gameplay montage

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A Scott Pilgrim video game is coming from Ubisoft later this year as a downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN. The game has been created with a retro 16-bit look and a soundtrack by chiptune band Anamanaguchi.

Rating: Awesome.