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The Irish animated film "Song of the Sea" opened on December 19 to strong reviews – as of this writing, 77 on MetaCritic and 95% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Can it surprise in the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature despite flying under the radar? It wouldn't be the first time director Tomm Moore ambushed the Oscars. -Break- Could artsy 'Tale of the Princess Kaguya' take down juggernaut 'Lego Movie' at Oscars? "Song" is reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki films like "Ponyo" and the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away" in its child's-eye-view of a fearsome and visually resplendent fantasy world, in this case drawn from real Celtic myths. And like the most recent animated Oscar champs, "Frozen" (2013) and "Brave" (2012), it has the strong emotional hook of a story of familial love: a young boy, grieving the loss of his mother, must find his way home with his enchanted sister. So the film a »
The rundown of our best movie of 2014 list continues with an appearance from a Peruvian talking bear and two entries from man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch.
We said: "The Imitation Game is an absorbing and thoughtful populist retelling of a desperately sad story. None of the cast puts a foot wrong, but it's the psychological vigour and tangible loneliness of Benedict Cumberbatch's performance that will linger with you." [Ed]
19. The Rover
We said: "Having made his staggeringly assured debut with the brooding ensemble thriller Animal Kingdom in 2010, writer-director David Michôd strips things down to the bone for his sophomore feature, a near two-hander set against all-encompassing desert. The Rover takes place on the Australian outback in a not-too-distant future where »
Tim here. This week's look at one of the 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar contenders takes us someplace entirely new: to a film that might actually be able to swing a nomination. The film is The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the penultimate film made by the late Studio Ghibli, and probably the final work directed by the great Takahata Isao, who hasn't officially announced his retirement, like friend and colleague Hayao Miyazaki; but when a director is 79 years old and has reached the "enormous gaps between features" stage of his career (his previous film, My Neighbors the Yamadas, came out in 1999), it's time to make some assumptions.
If it's a valedictory work that Princess Kaguya is to be, it's a brilliant one, right down to an ending about the pain of saying farewell when we're not ready to. The film adapts "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", a folktale that »
- Tim Brayton
There are no walking houses, magical forest creatures or one-way trains to the spirit world in “When Marnie Was There,” but that doesn’t mean Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature — and some fear its last — isn’t brimming over with its own unique sense of enchantment. In this demurely Japanese adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s decidedly British ghost story, a withdrawn teen befriends a mysterious blonde girl who may or may not actually exist. Following news of Ghibli maestro Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, this lovely and relatively low-key drama from potential successor Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“Arriety”) has cast the studio’s own status into question.
A strong box office showing would have gone a long way to encourage the Ghibli team to keep the pipeline open, but local interest has been disappointingly soft for “Marnie” (whose $31.1 million domestic showing pales compared to the $120-220 million Miyazaki pics earn), and »
- Peter Debruge
Hayao Miyazaki is a master animator who has given the world some timeless classic films through his Studio Ghibli production company. The company was the brain child of Miyazaki, and in the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a younger Miyazaki gives a “love it or leave it” speech to his the employees of his newly formed studio.
“Basically, our foremost objective here is making good films. No guarantees of lifetime employment here. But companies are just a conduit for money. Success isn’t our priority. What’s important is that you’re doing what you want, and that you’re gaining skills. If Ghibli ceases to appeal to you, then just quit. Because I’ll do the same.”
I love Miyazaki’s vision for his company. The second part of of the clip you’ll see is a some kind of wild party, and Miyazaki is singing about »
- Joey Paur
Yesterday, anime director Hosoda Mamoru announced that he is working on a new film, and later that evening he already released a teaser for it. And though it only shows a few snippets here and there, it sure looks like The Boy and the Beast will be vintage Hosoda already. After he left Studio Ghibli due to creative differences with Miyazaki Hayao, Hosoda made two excellent films through Madhouse: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. These were such a success that he founded his own company, Studio Chizu, and the first film it produced was The Wolf Children. Hosoda has always been hinting that the financial success of this film had ensured a future for Studio Chizu, and that a new project...
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Like mecca for animation buffs, the Ghibli Museum is reason enough to visit Japan.
As Variety’s resident toon aficionado, my pilgrimage began with an invitation to attend the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival (this year’s theme: animation). John Lasseter, who produced opening night film “Big Hero 6,” used his own trip to Japan as an excuse to check in with Hayao Miyazaki, master Japanese animator and head of the Studio Ghibli toon studio.
For those of us without a direct line to Miyazaki, however, the Ghibli Museum provides the next best thing.
Despite its solemn-sounding name, the Ghibli Museum is neither a stuffy, hands-off exhibition space nor a full-blown amusement park, but an enchanting cross between the two. Conceived by Miyazaki as a place where fans of his films (which include “The Wind Rises” and Oscar winner “Spirited Away”) could discover the craft that goes into making them, the »
- Peter Debruge
Where to begin? This past few days saw an influx of "Best of" lists, which will probably continue until and beyond year's end. Let's kick it off with Cahiers du Cinéma's Top Ten:
1. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
6. Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier)
10. Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo)
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
7. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
8. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
See the rest here. »
Hayao Miyazaki is a master of animation who has brought us so many incredibly anime films from his Studio Ghibli production company. Some of those films include Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo. Today we have a wonderful clip for you to watch from a documentary called The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and the clip features the master at work. It shows Miyazaki animating the last shot of his final feature length film, The Wind Rises. As a huge fan of animation and the work of Miyazaki, seeing this was a really nice treat. Thanks to /Film for the video. Here's a description of the doc:
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential »
- Joey Paur
Tuesday December 9 is a great day to be a fan of Studio Ghibli. It’s the day Mami Sunada‘s documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, hits all your big digital VOD platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Playstation, Xbox, and Vudu. That means you can sit back and be a fly on the wall of […]
The post Exclusive: Watch Hayao Miyazaki Animate Final Shot of ‘The Wind Rises’ in Documentary Clip appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, an outlaw who stumbles upon a special orb that it seems everyone in the galaxy is after. He inadvertently teams up with a few other alien misfits (Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) to save the world from some super bad dudes. The Blu-ray looks great, and it's full of cool little details, like the graphics that pop up when you pause the movie, as well as the regular old featurettes, commentaries, and so on. And, if you think the cast has amazing chemistry in the movie, just wait until you watch them go Unscripted.
- Jenni Miller
In November 2014 Japanese Cinema lost two of its greatest: Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara. Since both legendary actors have had a great impact on the world of Japanese film and have starred in countless classic productions, I felt the need to write a short article about the matter and salute these two great actors.
On the 10th of November 2014, Ken Takakura passed away at the age of 83. He was known as the “Japanese Clint Eastwood”. Starting his career in 1955, Takakura became mostly known for his portrayal of tough but disciplined gangsters in the 1960s and 1970s. Most famous of these films is his performance as gangster Shinichi Tachibana in the Abashiri Prison series (1965-1972). This lead to him eventually working together with Sydney Pollack for the film The Yakuza (1974), his first international production.
The films of Hayao Miyazaki – rerunning on Sbs – are an antidote to the expensive reboots and absurd storylines Hollywood is serving up
Watching the current barrage of sci-fi movie trailers, it’s hard not to let out a hideously outdated analogue sigh before breaking into a strobe-lit panic attack.
The new year offers both Jurassic World and Terminator: Genital Synthesis (or however you spell it), essentially making a trip to the cinema in 2015 an expensive resuscitation of your VHS collection. Soon you’ll be telling me the next big thing I should be getting excited about is a new generation of genetically modified Pogs.
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- Jazz Twemlow
When you think of the films produced by Studio Ghibli, certain images inevitably spring to mind. A cat bus bounding across the fields in My Neighbour Totoro. A warrior leaping from rooftop to rooftop in Princess Mononoke. A little girl soaring high above the clouds on the back of a dragon in Spirited Away. These are moments of pure cinema, full of imagination and wonder. How appropriate, then, the title of this new documentary, that offers an unprecedented look into Studio Ghibli’s inner workings. If you’re a fan of the Ghibli canon or of Japanese animation in general, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a must. Beautiful classical music accompanies the doc’s opening shots, as the camera floats gently through the company corridors and gardens, passing over pin-boards covered in hard-drawn sketches and storyboards. It’s a serenade to an animation house whose body of work easily measures up to the likes of »
- Tom Clift
As the Hayao Miyazaki Complete Collection arrives on Blu-ray, we look at the legendary animator's rise to international success...
When Hayao Miyazaki stepped into a Tokyo conference room and announced his retirement from feature filmmaking on the 6th September 2013, it marked the end of a career which stretched back to the early 1960s. Through such films as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, Miyazaki entertained and beguiled a global audience with his lighter-than-air storytelling and captivating characters. Somehow, his films managed to be both universal and deeply personal.
Miyazaki's work is brought together for the first time in The Hayao Miyazaki Collection, which serves as lasting and handsomely-presented tribute to the 11 films he made between 1979 and 2013. But how did Miyazaki, born to a well-to-do family on the 5th January 1941, become one of the most respected animators in Japan?
Miyazaki grew up in the post-war comics boom led by the father of manga, »
Rumors of the closure of Studio Ghibli are not true, but it seems that Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro director Hayao Miyazaki may be done with feature filmmaking for good. In a career that spanned over thirty years directing features, Miyazaki refined his own storytelling and helped change the world’s idea of what stories […]
- Russ Fischer
Tokyo – Bunta Sugawara, who rose to fame in the 1970s playing wild-at-heart gangsters on the mean streets of post-war Japan, died on Friday at age 81 of liver cancer in a Tokyo hospital, the Toei studio announced Monday.
Born in Sendai, in northern Japan, in 1933, Sugawara entered the Shintoho studio in 1958 after leading a scuffling existence on the fringes of Tokyo’s underworld that furnished material for his later roles. When the studio went bust in 1961, he left for rival Shochiku, but his career was treading water until former-gang-boss-turned actor Noboru Ando helped him join the Toei studio in 1967.
After that he rose to stardom in Toei’s signature yakuza films, culminating with the lead role in Kinji Fukasaku’s 1973 “Battles Without Honor and Humanity.” Based on a yakuza’s memoirs of a gang war in Hiroshima and the nearby port of Kure, this film and its four sequels marked a »
- Mark Schilling
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. That hectic time when you suddenly need to buy gifts for all your loved ones. Fear not! Cinelinx is here to help you with our holiday gift suggestions for both cinephiles and gamers.
The holidays are fast approaching and you need some suggestions as far as what gifts to give movie and game lovers. We admit, movie and game lovers are not always the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck! Our talented staff of cinephiles and gamers have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie and game related gifts we’d love to receive this holiday season. Allow us to help you find the ultimate gift for that media-obsessed person on your list!
Gifts For Cinephiles
Time Bandits Criterion Edition Blu-Ray - Any cinephile worth their salt knows that the »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
As we head into December, year-end articles are already starting to appear around the web, and while you’ll have to wait a little longer to check out We Got This Covered’s own coverage, the revered Sight & Sound is getting a head-start, having just unveiled its top 20 films of the year.
112 Sight & Sound contributors and colleagues collaborated to put together the list, which includes a mix of familiar titles, like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman and Richard Linklater’s list-topping Boyhood, and unfamiliar ones, like Portugese director Pedro Costa’s Horse Money and Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso’s Jaujau. Some of you may raise your eyebrows at the inclusion of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which arrived stateside last year, but Sight & Sound is a U.K. publication and the film was released earlier this year across the pond.
Sight & Sound ended up with multiple ties in its list, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) Gone Girl (David Fincher) Mommy (Xavier Dolan) Noah (Darren Aronofsky) Samba (Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache) How to Train Your Dragon 2 »
- Ryan Adams
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