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“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.
Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping. »
- Tom Stockman
Though the future of Studio Ghibli remains uncertain, if When Marnie Was There ends up being the revered animation house’s swan song, it will make for a fitting final chapter in the studio’s history, if not the outright best one. While the anime art style and visual storytelling that endeared Ghibli to millions is still present, and arguably its strongest yet in terms of consistency, When Marnie Was There is a minor entry compared to the likes of Spirited Away, or even last year’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
All the same, When Marnie Was There’s place among the Ghibli canon is undeniable. It’s at once a sweepingly elegiac melodrama, and a simple children’s fable, one adapted from the Joan G. Robinson novel of the same name. Ghibli stories split the difference between visionary fantasy and earthy realism, often times within the same movie, »
- Sam Woolf
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Disney•Pixar released their new animated film, "Inside Out," into theaters today, June 19th, 2015, and all the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that most of them thought it was the greatest film on Earth, giving it an overall 93 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan. We've supplied blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it an excellent 100 score, stating: " The level of invention is so high, and the density of detail is so great, that it’s impossible to absorb everything in a single viewing." Matt Zoller Seitz over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 100 grade as well. He stated: "The best parts of it feel truly new, even as they channel »
- Andre Braddox
Annecy, France — Underscoring its ambition for Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast,” French studio Gaumont will release the much-awaited title on 200 screens in France on Jan. 13.
Screen count is six times the number of locations in France of Hosoda’s latest film, “Wolf Children.”
The U.S., U.K, Canada, Germany, Spain, Italy, Benelux, and Switzerland will also see the film released theatrically with the same ambition, making “The Boy and the Beast” a breakthrough film for Mamoru Hosoda, said Yohann Comte, deputy head of international sales at Gaumont, which handles international sales, after a Work in Progress screening of ‘Boy” at France’s Annecy Festival.
At the Annecy Work in Progress session, Gaumont sneak-peeked for the first time a five-minute promo of “The Boy and the Beast” — to the delight of a fan-packed auditorium.
Seji Okuda, “Boy’s” producer at Nippon Television and deputy head of international »
- Emilio Mayorga
2015 is the rare year with not one but two Pixar films: this weekend’s Inside Out, and this fall’s still-mysterious The Good Dinosaur. Most of what we’ve heard about the latter so far has had to do with its offscreen woes. The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled for release in 2014, but was yanked off the […]
- Angie Han
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Hayao Miyazaki classic, a couple of already-forgotten 2015 releases, the final season of what could be Aaron Sorkin’s last TV series, and more. Spirited Away (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - $21.96 (41% off) Chappie [Blu-ray + UltraViolet] - $19.93 (43% off) Wild Tales [Blu-ray] - $24.93 (29% off) Run All Night (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (49% off) Unfinished Business [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) The Lazarus Effect [Blu-ray] - $19.94 (50% off) Beyond the Reach [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) My Dinner with Andre [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) - $27.99 (30% off) The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Wild Tales Because it's in a foreign language Wild Tales was never going to be a massive hit stateside, but trust me, this is a movie you're going to want to give a shot as six short stories come together for a wildly hysterical anthology of revenge gone wrong. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Run All Night Sean's review of this one was just posted this morning (read it here) and he seems to have had mostly the same impression I had when seeing it in theaters (read my review here), which is to say it's something of a ho hum actioner, but does sport some solid performances.
Spirited Away (Blu-ray) This is probably my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film and it might have actually been the first of his I saw, I can't quite remember. However, if you're looking to get into the master animated filmmaker's work »
- Brad Brevet
This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as many people believe, but Laputa: Castle in the Sky, though it had been the success of Nausicaä which allowed its creative team to start an animation studio of their own. In those 30 years, Studio Ghibli managed an unbelievably high general level of quality, with almost each single movie an artistic triumph, even though it would take some time for commercial success to arrive at its gates. Two of its founding fathers are among the best directors alive today, worldwide, in animated films or otherwise: Miyazaki Hayao...
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We finish our double feature with the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki, the fun contrast to last week’s film “Grave of the Fireflies.” The recognizable “Totoro” serves as Studio Ghibli’s mascot, akin to Mickey Mouse and Disney. So, even if you’ve never seen the film, you’ve likely seen this character pop up in something. And now he’s popping up in our podcast. Enjoy!
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The post Sketchy Episode 173 – ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Ryan Clagg
“When Marnie Was There,” the second animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World of Arrietty”) feels very much of a piece with other films from Studio Ghibli, from its lush portrayal of the natural world (“My Neighbor Totoro,” “Pom Poko”) to its complex female protagonist (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”). It also, unfortunately, ranks among Ghibli’s lesser screenplays, comparable most notably to Hayao Miyazaki‘s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” a gorgeous film that nonetheless falls apart narratively. Both “Marnie” and “Howl’s” are based on British novels — although, to be fair, so was “Arrietty” — which might suggest that the filmmakers. »
- Alonso Duralde
Studio Ghibli and its catalogue of extraordinary animated films has been built on the back of two men: the creator of its most beloved characters and star of the studio, Miyazaki Hayao and the often over-looked, but no less talented, Takahata Isao. Last year saw the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement and the release of his last film, The Wind Rises, followed a few months later by Takahata's latest, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Takahata may not have announced any desire to quit, but his advanced age (the director is now 78), and the length of time it takes him to put a film together leaves a question mark over the artist's ability to helm another feature length work. Regardless of whether we've seen the last...
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Ohhhhh my goodness this is gorgeous!! If you love animation, or Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli, or Syd Mead, or anything like that, this is a must watch. There is a short pitch video/trailer going around the web that has earned quite a bit of buzz (Open Culture states the "internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film") because it feels so much like a classic Hayao Miyazaki animated film. Titled Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, which translates to Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies, this stunning Vimeo video plays like a trailer for this film about a boy who lives in a village on a giant tree. It was made by Gwenn Germain as a project for the French art school Créapole. If anything, it's just an impressive concept. More info from Vimeo on Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux: »
- Alex Billington
Developed by Swordtales
Published by Versus Evil
Available on PS4, PC
This review is based on a Beta copy of Toren, which was received by Sound on Sight a week prior to the release of the game. Please note that the final product may be slightly different than the version which was tested for this review.
Toren is a great example of what can happen when a creative team over-reaches, and Brazilian developer Swordtales has clearly over-reached with their first major release.
Right from the outset Toren comes across as a high concept, low execution adventure. Going through the information provided by the publisher, Versus Evil, quickly confirms the influences which are almost immediately apparent in the game design: Japanese artist and animator Hayao Miyazaki (visible in the wolf garb that the main character dawns in the prologue), Shadow of the Colossus and Ico (clearly demonstrated by the cryptic »
- Mike Worby
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Watch an adorable all-kid version of Avengers: Age of Ultron via DreamWorks TV: And if you thought that was cute, check out this all-kitty version of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via Neatorama): Also cute: this piece of fan art by Laura Garcia of Margot Robbie's incarnation of Harley Quinn from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (via Geek Tyrant): The trailer for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie gets the Lego re-creation treatment: Cosplay of the Day: You ought to be impressed with this robot costume even if you're not familiar with Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky (via Fashionably Geek): In honor of this...
- Christopher Campbell
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Some leftovers from Star Wars Day include the following version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer made out of paper (via Film School Rejects): And here's another take on the Force Awakens trailer made with 16-bit graphics (via Geek Tyrant): Now that you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, you should watch this breakdown of all its Easter eggs (via Slashfilm): Setting trumps character in a series of prints by artist Bill Mudron paying tribute to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Below is one for Princess Mononoke, and others can be seen at Design Taxi. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy help mental_floss list 20 facts about the...
- Christopher Campbell
The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, is one of animation’s most admired and successful directors. At the age of 72, he announced his retirement, but his films continue to inspire cinephiles and artists world-wide. Now, the films of Miyazaki are spotlighted in this amazing series of prints inspired by Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui and illustrated by artist Bill Mudron. You can pre-order the prints here. Enjoy !
The post Hayao Miyazaki’s films reimagined as woodblock prints appeared first on Sound On Sight.
Hayao Miyazaki‘s films represent some of the greatest animation in cinema, but his ideas are so close to the material in some Japanese RPG video games that it seems only natural to see some of Miyazaki’s work reimagined in video game form. Spirited Away is among Miyazaki’s best work (Ok, I think it is his best work) […]
The post See ‘Spirited Away’ Recreated as an 8-Bit Video Game appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
While famed Japanese production house Studio Ghibli is in the midst of a major transition period with nobody seeming to be sure what - if anything - will be the studio's next steps in Japan following the retirement of co-founder Miyazaki Hayao that doesn't mean they're not keeping busy with other things. No, as it turns out the studio embarked on their first ever European co-production back in early 2014 with minimal fanfare and very little public notice.The film in question is Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle, the debut feature from the director of Oscar winning short Father And Daughter. The story goes that Miyazaki was so taken by de Wit's short that he reached out to Studio Ghibli's international sales agents, The Wild...
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The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on Us writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.
Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.
It marks »
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