Second Breakfast: On Witches

A few weeks ago an indie horror movie called The Witch (for a full review click here) hit theaters in the US, which means that it only just came out in the UK a few days ago. I saw it, I liked it, and—truly the mark of any good film—it made me think. What did…

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” shows us the dark side of “Magical Girl” anime

Puella Magi Madoka Magica seems innocent enough upon watching the first couple episodes. Even the opening sequence gives us the bubbly, cutesy appearance that is so common in many “magical girl” type anime, that depict younger girls having fun adventures with newfound magical powers. But after watching episode three of this twelve episode Japanese cartoon,…