Monthly Archives: April 2020

I Came in Like a Wrecking Crew

It’s weird how many obscure Mario-related games there are. I’d wanted to discuss a few Japan-only ones that I’ve seen footage of recently, but there were some connections there to games we did get here in the States that I’d … Continue reading

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Ozian-American Studies

The five most recent stories on Hungry Tiger Tales are fairly obscure promotional material for the Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz comic pages. A set of faux news stories about the visitors landing on various planets before … Continue reading

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Sunrise, Sunset

Fiddler on the Roof – I’d been meaning to see this for some time, but the length put me off somewhat. I was familiar with some of the songs (and, in some cases, parodies of the songs), but not much … Continue reading

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Ape Bit Theatre

We all know about Captain Lou Albano on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, and I’ve written about pretty much every episode. I was aware, however, that there had been a cartoon with Mario that I never watched, a Donkey … Continue reading

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Kirby’s Come Undone

One game I’ve been playing recently is Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, the 3DS port of the Wii game that came out some years ago, which I was interested in but never played. Kirby was turned into yarn some time before Yoshi … Continue reading

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Increase Your Word Power

There’s an article in the newest Baum Bugle, which isn’t yet available in physical form, about the magic word from The Magic of Oz, discussed in the context of magic words in the series and other fiction. The writer, Dennis … Continue reading

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Ariel View

I’ve looked at quite a bit of fairy lore over the years, but one character I hadn’t really addressed is Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, largely because I hadn’t read it. I recently did so, and I also found out that … Continue reading

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Damp, Dark, Dusky Dungeons

There are some significant SPOILERS for all three of the films I talk about here, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! The Descent – Beth had seen this before, but she wanted to show it to me because it’s … Continue reading

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Conquer Yourself

My wife has been playing Kid Icarus: Uprising, and there’s a character in it called Dark Pit. A little bit of research reveals that there’s also a Dark Samus and a Dark Link, or rather several Dark Links and Shadow … Continue reading

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An Automated Abomination

Orphan – I’m trying to avoid spoilers for this one, but you still might want to avoid it if this is something you haven’t seen and want to. Films about evil kids are a genre unto themselves. We just saw … Continue reading

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