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In today's roundup of news and views: Genevieve Yue on the importance of the academy to experimental film, Steve Presence on the Radical Film Network, Slant on Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist and Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura (1960), The Dissolve on Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Nastassja Kinksi and Mario Monicelli in New York and early word on forthcoming work from Clio Barnard and Ulrich Seidl. Plus, while Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman head to television, Paul Schrader's planning a ten-episode Web series. » - David Hudson »
Riveting behind-the-scenes documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films directed by anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. By distinguishing Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli, the production company he co-founded, writer/director Mami Sunada presents Ghibli as an institution that has grown beyond Miyazaki's personal vision, juxtaposing Miyazaki's tireless perfectionism with his employees' unsentimental feelings about their own work. Filmed during the production of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki's final feature-length project, this doc presents Ghibli as a creative collective united by what an unidentified employee calls a common need to make superior art. "What's important here is doing what you want," he says, before adding »
Almost every winter my family and I travel up to a cabin in Wisconsin Dells, and it serves as a great middle ground for our cousins who live in Iowa. The task predictably falls to me to bring some movies for the weekend. One of the films I wanted to introduce to my extended family was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.
Within about 15 minutes of the movie beginning, my uncle was out. “That movie’s just a bit too weird for me.”
As a newly minted teenager, it’s safe to say I probably didn’t even understand the concept. Too weird? If a movie told a story and was interesting, could it also be weird? Nerdy kids at school were weird. Bugs and vegetables looked weird. And anything weird was not typically a good thing.
In fact, I had already seen many classically weird movies. The bitingly sarcastic Wicked »
- Brian Welk
A new U.S. trailer has arrived online for director Mami Sunada’s documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, which follows Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki over the course of a year – which just so happens to be the same year that anime legend Miyazaki announces his retirement. Check it out here after the official synopsis…
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 “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to its choices for cinematic achievements each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. takes its fair share of knocks. But in the foreign-language film category, the HFPA’s roughly 90 voting members seem to get a little more credit for picking the best of what the world has to offer.
Through a looser set of rules and a different nomination process, the HFPA often recognizes films that aren’t even eligible for the Academy Award.
“We approach it very liberally,” says Serge Rakhlin, chairman of the HFPA’s foreign-language film committee. “Producers can submit films; directors can submit films — there’s no limit on films from a particular country.”
Rakhlin highlights one of the biggest differences between how the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences go about selecting films: the HFPA doesn’t limit each country to one film per year in the category. »
- Christy Grosz
★★★★★There is a scene part of the way through Hayao Miyazaki's exceptional Spirited Away (2001) in which the young girl, Chihiro (voiced by Rumi Hiiragi) helps to bathe an odorous spirit that frequents the bathhouse in which she is forced to work. Her tenacity in serving a customer that everyone else has shunned is rewarded when the spirit is revealed to have been a polluted river spirit in need of cleaning. The sequence echoes the entire film's perfect blend of Miyazaki's recurrent themes in a beautifully realised world of traditional Japanese myth. This is a magical, joyous, complex and heartstring-tugging masterpiece of cinema.
- CineVue UK
You can’t talk about great animation studios without mentioning Studio Ghibli. The first trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has arrived and offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films. Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio […]
- Germain Lussier
This year, the legendary animation director Miyazaki Hayao got an honorary Academy Award for his stellar work in film. For the past thirty years he has been responsible for a string of films which range from very great to awesome, and the studio he co-founded may have the strongest track record in the history of cinema. His insistence that he is really, truly retired from feature film directing is earned but still a shame to hear. It is therefore strange to think of him as a struggling artist, who ever had great problems to get even a single project greenlit or financed. However, this was exactly what he was at the end of the seventies. Lauded by colleagues, the public hadn't yet embraced Miyazaki, and...
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Three beloved films from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki deliver truly amazing video and audio in exceptional Blu-ray releases.
Princess Mononoke, The Wind Rises and Kiki’S Delivery Service were directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by his renown Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The trio, from Walt Disney Pictures, is a nice sampling of Miyazaki’s art. Kiki’S Delivery Service is one of his earlier, more children-oriented films. Princess Mononoke is a more mature fantasy with environmental overtones. And The Wind Rises, which Miyazaki believed would be his final film as a director, is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero plane.
The Wind Rises – 2013
Inspired by the aesthetics of design, and the freedom of flying, Jiro Horikoshi only dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age, and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering »
- Tom Stockman
Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has released a trailer.
Her filming happened to coincide with the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement after the release of The Wind Rises.
The documentary spotlights his feelings surrounding his decision to quit filmmaking.
Miyazaki has revealed that he will continue to make short films for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has received a limited release in the UK and will arrive in Us cinemas on November 28. It will arrive on VOD on December 9. »
With Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement and Studio Ghibli's future being called into question, it’s been a gloomy year for the animation industry. While this may not be the end of the studio, it feels like the end of an era. For nearly 30 years the studio has been turning in one animated classic after another. At least now we can catch a glimpse of magic behind the legendary studio and its two resident masters at work. Mami Sunada's ("Death of a Japanese Salesman") documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" provides a rare look at the inner workings of Studio Ghibli. It follows Miyazaki as he completes his final feature, "The Wind Rises." You also follow the studio’s other master director Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”) as he simultaneously works on his own swan song, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." Here's the official synopsis: Granted »
- Anthony Nicholas
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the famed animation house Studio Ghibli. There is a new trailer for the upcoming theatrical and VOD release, as well as a new poster. 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 "other director" Isao Takahata - over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare "fly on the wall" glimpse of the inner workings of one of the...
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"As for me, I'm done making movies." Here's something to make you smile. GKids has released an official Us trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about legendary animation house Studio Ghibli in Japan. From director Mami Sunada, the doc provides an unprecedented inside look at the inner workings of Ghibli and the daily life of animator Hayao Miyazaki, who has officially retired from making features. I've seen this documentary and it's absolutely wonderful, I was refreshed and felt so happy by the end. There's a certain magic to Studio Ghibli and they capture some of that, then again I just could go on spending days watching footage of Miyazaki-san smile and laugh. This doc is a real gem - don't miss it. Here's the official Us trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness doc, direct from GKids: Description: Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, »
- Alex Billington
It Happened One Night (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray It's a busy week for new releases of 2014 movies, but I have to start with the one new release this week I hope all of you at least give a brief moment of your time. I've watched Criterion's new Blu-ray release of It Happened One Night and gone through half of the special features and it's a great release, well worth your money and with Barnes & Noble having their half-price event right now you can save $8 compared to the Amazon price, just click here.
22 Jump Street For whatever reason I thought this had already been released, but I guess not. Nevertheless, here's the sequel to 21 Jump Street, a movie that's filled with jokes about how it's a sequel to 21 Jump Street. Go ahead, buy it, I'm sure those jokes will never get old.
The Dark Half I already reviewed this Blu-ray (read that »
- Brad Brevet
Ken Takakura, who first rose to stardom in the 1960s playing yakuza outlaws, but later became Hollywood’s go-to actor for made-in-Japan films, died on Nov. 10 at age 83 of malignant lymphoma. A private funeral had already been held when the Japanese media broke the story today.
The legendary actor most recently starred in “Dearest” and Zhang Yimou’s “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.” Western audiences best know Takakura for his roles in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” and 1992′s “Mr. Baseball.”
Born on Feb. 16, 1931 in Fukuoka, Japan, Takakura entered the Toei studio in 1955 after graduating from Meiji University. His breakout role was as an escaped prisoner in Teruo Ishii’s 1965 hit “Abashiri Prison,” which was loosely based on Stanley Kramer’s 1958 “The Defiant Ones.” The film spawned a long-running series, while Takakura churned out hit after hit for Toei in the remainder of the decade and beyond. Usually playing »
- Mark Schilling
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
"22 Jump Street"
Can Chris Miller and Phil Lord make anything entertaining? When "21 Jump Street" the movie was announced, it seemed utterly ludicrous, if not downright insulting. Yet here we are enjoying the sequel, digging on the continued doofy adventures of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum). What's next, a dazzling movie about Legos?!
"20,000 Days on Earth"
This documentary about writer and musician Nick Cave is just as weird and wonderful as its subject. It's a must-see for fans of Cave's oeuvre, but even if you don't know a Boy Next Door from a Bad Seed, you'll get a kick out of this strange film. Featuring appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Warren Ellis, and Blixa Bargeld.
"The Wind Rises"
Master animator »
- Jenni Miller
Above: the November/December issue of Film Comment is upon us, featuring pieces on Interstellar, Inherent Vice, and Adieu au langage. The full program for BAMcinématek's 6th annual Migrating Forms festival has been announced. Soon-Mi Yoo's Songs From the North will be the opening film (check out our interview with Soon-Mi here), and Notebook contributor and friend Gina Telaroli's Here's to the Future! has its world premiere on December 13th. The full details can be seen here. The first reviews are in for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. Here's Justin Chang's take for Variety:
"Although Steven Spielberg was set to direct before exiting the project last summer (just a few months after Kyle’s death in Texas at the age of 38), “American Sniper” turns out to be very much in Eastwood’s wheelhouse, emerging as arguably the director’s strongest, most sustained effort in the eight years since his »
Last year the world was saddened by the news of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement - just as his acclaimed (and final) animated feature "The Wind Rises" had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Even more shocking was the news in August this year that Studio Ghibli itself would be restructuring and essentially getting out of the animated feature business. Ahead of his acceptance of an honorary Oscar, The Los Angeles Times asked Miyazaki about the company's future. Sadly, the news still appears bleak:
"At this point, we're not making a new film. I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters. That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features."
Asked if others at the studio could continue on their legacy after he and partner Isao Takahata leave, »
- Garth Franklin
Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.
A total of 90 films have been selected for the second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Dec 1-6) at the Cultural Village Katara in Doha.
Ten of these features are by first and second-time filmmakers including Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai, Antboy by Ask Hasselbalch, #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On a Dictator by Joe Piscatella and the opening night world premiere of Speed Sisters by Amber Fares.
Other highlights of this year’s feature film line-up include the Mena premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, produced by and starring Salma Hayek-Pinault. The animated feature, which is the Festival’s closing night gala presentation, is an adaptation of Gibran’s book directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), featuring sequences by directors including Gulf animator Mohammed Saeed Harib.
Special guests confirmed to attend the festival include a delegation from Kahlil Gibran »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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