Next Club Meeting: December 10, 2022, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Anime Viewing Schedule for December 10, 2022

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:10 - 12:05   Made in Abyss: Season 2 Eps 9-10
          12:05 - 12:55   Ghost in the Shell: SAC Season 2 Eps 11-12
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Call of the Night 7-8
          2:20 - 2:45       Lycoris Recoil 9 
          2:45 - 4:40       The House of the Lost on the Cape (Movie)
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Board Room, Second Floor 
From 11:10 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Lycoris Recoil and Made in Abyss

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Which Witch is Which?

A girl wakes up in a secret laboratory and meets Kyung-hee, who is trying to protect her from a gang. When the gang finally finds the girl, they are overwhelmed by an unexpected power. Now streaming online.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Time to Face the Music... One Last Time.

- - Volume 3 - -
Watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 that just debuted at Brazil Comic Con #CCXP2022. Only in cinemas May 4, 2023.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Next Club Meeting is December 10, 202

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K  
"Happy Holidays, one and all!"

  M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the Second Floor.
Hope to see everyone there!

A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Next Great Adventure Begins...

~  W * I * L * L * O * W  ~
Everything You need to Know Before Watching The New Show
Willow is an oft-forgotten cult classic, and we're excited about the new series. in this video we recap the original film and tell you everything you need to know before watching the new series on Disney+.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Is this the end of Indiana Jones?...

INDIANA JONES and the Dial of Destiny
Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the iconic "Indiana Jones" franchise. Starring alongside Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas & more. Watch "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" in theaters June 30, 2023.
Will this be the Dial M for Murder of the Indiana Jones franchise? We'll see...

Thursday, December 1, 2022

"Time for some Season's Beatings!"

-- Violent Night --
To hell with “all is calm.”

From 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Bullet Train and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw comes a holiday action-comedy that says you should always bet on red.

When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.

The film also stars Emmy winner John Leguizamo (John Wick), Cam Gigandet (Without Remorse), Alex Hassell (Cowboy Bebop), Alexis Louder (The Tomorrow War), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise).

Directed by razor-edged Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise), Violent Night is produced by 87North’s Kelly McCormick David Leitch and Guy Danella. The original screenplay is by Pat Casey & Josh Miller, the writers of Sonic the Hedgehog. The film’s executive producer is Marc S. Fischer.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

"Our big adventure begins now!"

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. In theaters April 7, 2023.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

All Sales Are Final...

“At my wife’s insistence, I’m no longer joining the resistance.”
This Star Wars fan built his own X-wing fighter, but unfortunately, his wife had other ideas. Hear his tale in song.

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Magic is Back... with Harry Potter!

Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, combines Hogwarts school life, exploration of the Forbidden Forest, Quidditch tournaments, magical showdowns and much more. An Immersive magical world, with European picture book style, creating a new magical experience. Improve your magic, improve your knowledge, and experience exciting wizard duels. For those who believe in magic, a magical world awaits!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

'Guardians' Christmas Special

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, now streaming only on Disney+.

The Guardians of the Galaxy purchase Knowhere from the Collector and take in Cosmo the Spacedog as a new member. As Christmas approaches, Kraglin Obfonteri tells the Guardians the story of how Yondu Udonta ruined Christmas for Peter Quill in his childhood. Mantis discusses with Drax on finding a perfect Christmas present for Quill, as the latter is still depressed following the loss of Gamora. After brainstorming for ideas, they decide to go to Earth and retrieve Quill's childhood hero, actor Kevin Bacon.

Mantis and Drax arrive in Hollywood, Los Angeles, where they attempt to search for Bacon. After spending time at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a bar, they acquire a map of celebrities' residences and locate Bacon's home in Beverly Hills. Bacon, who is waiting for his family to come home, is terrified by the appearance of Mantis and Drax, and attempts to escape. Police arrive to help, but Mantis places them and Bacon in a trance before taking Bacon with them. As they return to Knowhere, Mantis and Drax are disappointed to learn that Bacon is an actor and not a real-life hero. Later, the Guardians surprise Quill with a Christmas celebration, but Quill is horrified to learn that Bacon has been kidnapped against his will, demanding that he be returned home. On the Guardians' new spaceship, the Bowie, Bacon learns from Kraglin how he inspired Quill's heroism, and decides to celebrate Christmas with the Guardians before returning home.  

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Travel to Alien Oceans on December 16...

AVATAR: The Way of Water
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the Lightstorm Entertainment Production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet. Screenplay by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Story by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver & Josh Friedman & Shane Salerno. David Valdes and Richard Baneham serve as the film’s executive producers.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Sakura Dance!

[MMD KanColle] Mutsuki Type [Whimsical Merci]
Singer: Persimmon Chocolate 柿チョコ様
Motion: moka様
Camera: noR様
Stage: Weeping cherry tree shrine (Nikukyu-sama)
Produced by GO

Thursday, November 24, 2022

'Tis the Season to be Thankful...

May your Thanksgiving bring abundance and joy!
We hope this day brings you reasons to be grateful, as so many are so grateful for you. May your blessings be multiplied this year and throughout your life. 
- From All of Us at the Animatrix Network

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Is it pronounced NAMOR or No-More?

After the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler and Marvel found themselves in the difficult position of continuing an iconic and culturally important series without its main star. The result is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever– a lovely tribute to Boseman, but not without some Marvel-ness to poke fun at! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever does raise some questions. Like how do you actually pronounce NAMOR? How is this guy getting in and out of Wakanda so easily? Why would they go fight the ocean people on their home turf? Is everybody Iron Man now? To answer all these questions, check out the pitch meeting that led to the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Jason David Frank Dead by Suicide

(September 4, 1973 – November 19, 2022)
Actor who played the Green Power Ranger died at age 49
Jason David Frank, who played the Green Ranger and later the White Ranger on the popular 1990s children's television show “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” died on Saturday. He was 49. Justine Hunt, his manager, confirmed his death on Sunday. It was initially reported he died by suicide. Details to be released soon.

Frank was cast in the role of Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. The role was set for 14 episodes. Due to the popularity of the character, he was brought back as the White Ranger and the new leader of the team.

Frank was supposed to be the lead character Adam Steele in VR Troopers (originally called "Cybertron") and shot a pilot episode before being called back to Power Rangers. According to both Frank and Brad Hawkins, Hawkins' character was to replace Tommy Oliver originally as the White Ranger on Power Rangers. However, due to Tommy Oliver's popularity with Ranger fans, Frank was brought back, with Tommy Oliver becoming the White Ranger. Hawkins would take over on VR Troopers. The character Adam Steele was renamed Ryan Steele. After three seasons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers transitioned into Power Rangers Zeo. The transition is part of the annual Ranger suit change to match the annual change of the Super Sentai series. Frank's character became the Red Zeo Ranger (also called Zeo Ranger V).

The following year in Power Rangers Turbo, his character became the first Red Turbo Ranger. During mid-season, Frank and fellow cast members Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise and Catherine Sutherland agreed to leave and were replaced.

After he left the series in 1997, Frank came back to Power Rangers as the Red Zeo Ranger in 2002 for the special 10th-anniversary episode, entitled "Forever Red", in Power Rangers Wild Force, which brought back ten former Red Rangers, and reunited him with Austin St. John.

He then reprised his role in 2004 in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, as the Black Dino Ranger. During his time as the Black Dino Ranger, Frank was always shown in long-sleeved shirts to cover the tattoos on his arms.

This was also the case during "Forever Red" of Wild Force. Being the Black Dino Ranger was a favor to Douglas Sloan. He joked that Saban and Disney are "both the same, they're cheap" but that he was impressed with the production crew for Dino Thunder.

Frank reprised his role as Tommy Oliver (who in turn was the Green Ranger for the episode) in the season finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Frank expressed interest in developing a Green Ranger solo series or feature film after an encounter with Stan Lee at a comic book convention.

Frank had a cameo role in the 2017 film Power Rangers, as a citizen of Angel Grove, alongside fellow Power Rangers actress, Amy Jo Johnson. In 2018, he reprised his role as Tommy in episode 10 of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers. In 2022, Frank revealed that he retired from the franchise. 

He married his first wife in 1994 and the couple had two sons and a daughter. They divorced in 2001. In 2003, he married his second wife, Tammie, and the couple had one daughter. In 2022, Tammie filed for divorce.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Bob Chapek is GONE as Disney CEO...

HUGE DISNEY NEWS! The Disney board has ousted Disney CEO Bob Chapek and is bringing back former CEO Bob Iger for a two year stint to find a PROPER replacement to run the company going forward. Will this be the course correction the company needs, or will it be more of the same?

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Say It Ain't So, Indy... Say It Ain't So!

Does Phoebe Waller-Bridge Replace Indiana Jones?
According to rumor, Indiana Jones 5 is a looming disaster of epic proportions, and the more we learn, the worse it gets! A walk-in source has contacted Doomcock, revealing one of the filmed endings for Indiana Jones 5, along with a report of on-set tensions and arguments between Kathleen Kennedy and James Mangold. Harvey also discusses some of the 4chan leaks that were recently posted from an alleged test screening! If the rumors are true, then it may be so irredeemable, that it could damage the Indiana Jones brand forever!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

What do you get when you mix Fire & Water?

In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Has Disney doomed 'Strange World' before release?

Does Disney WANT Its Next Animated Movie to Fail?!
Is Lightyear to Blame?!

Disney is seemingly letting Strange World freefall with next to zero promotion... and the poor performance of Lightyear might be part of the reason why?! Seems like Disney CEO Bob Chapek really doesn't have ANY confidence in animation these days. So sad.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Anime Viewing Schedule for November 19, 2022

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:10 - 12:05   Made in Abyss: Season 2 Eps 7-8
          12:05 - 12:55   Ghost in the Shell: SAC Season 2 Eps 9-10
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Call of the Night 5-6
          2:20 - 2:45       Lycoris Recoil 8 
          2:45 - 4:40       The Deer King (Movie)
"You're welcome!"
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Board Room, Second Floor 
From 11:10 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Lycoris Recoil and Made in Abyss

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Hong Kong Sci-Fi Action Film Storms Netflix Dec. 2

When a meteor carrying a destructive plant strikes the world, a suicide squad is given hours to save their post-apocalyptic city from total collapse. Starring:Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau.
In 2055, wars have ravaged the Earth with the invention and the prevalent use of military robots, as global warming and disasters have destroyed and polluted the atmosphere entirely. Many people are born with birth defects and die, with sky nets built to protect the remnants of people in Earth. B-16 (now a futuristic Hong Kong city) is bombarded by a meteor during the construction of skynets. Pandora, an alien plant, emerges from the meteor which causes devastation to a 5 km area, and grows rapidly when there is rain. However, it can purify the air. ASU's (a local military force) lead scientist, Dr Chan, finds a way to eradicate Pandora and to purify the air.

Tyler and his friend Johnson Cheng, soldiers working for the ASU, are tasked to neutralize the threats whilst attempting to save the city. Colonel Tam is sent to oversee B-16; but she has a second plan to bomb the entirety of Pandora, which could kill a hundred and sixty thousand people in the area. Cheng heavily opposes the idea of sacrificing the citizens, as Tyler recruits old wartime friend Skunk to combat the growing threat. Privates Connor and Lincoln work with Tyler as Fighters 86, 15, and 46 as they escort the Orca 1 into the operation area. During the mission, Sean Li, the temporary leader of the government, sabotages Orca 1 as soon as the first storm comes, falling into a building which carried the gene missiles within it. 15 and 46 get sabotaged by robots and Pandora, crashing afterwards. Only Fighter 86 survives and finds the area where the pistil is, located at Central Avenue 5.

Lincoln is critically injured as Connor and Tyler try to help him and look for resources at an abandoned hospital, but Lincoln is suddenly snatched and eaten alive by mantis-like creatures. 20 more of them proceed to fight Tyler, as he retreats to a AED room. He finds a girl, Pansy, whose mother has died. Meanwhile, Connor hides in the mortuary, hoping the monsters don't find him. Cheng then drives an armoured car to the operation area, and uses a hatchet to kill most of the mantis-like creatures while Tyler pulls Connor out. Together with Skunk, they escape the hospital and arrive at the building where the Orca collapsed, finding the evidence that Li had rigged the robots and the gene bullets. The team contact Li, saying that they have the evidence of him rigging the robots. Li then proposes a challenge: to beat him, they will have to go against 3 super powerful robots.

Coming to Netflix December 2, 2022.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Next Club Meeting is November 19, 2022

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K  
"Yippee! It's no one I know. Let's eat!"

  M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the Second Floor.
Hope to see everyone there!

A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Monday, November 14, 2022

Something came down from the mountains...

"There is a Trace of Truth in all Fairy Tales..."

Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?
Watch the Trailer