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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 In this demurely Japanese adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s decidedly British ghost story, a withdrawn teen befriends a mysterious blonde girl who may or may not actually exist.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
Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement." Additional Tfca awards include another Best Actor win for Tom Hardy in "Locke" and a much-needed nod to Isao Takahata’s stunning animated drama "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Along with its award winners, Tfca named Denis Villeneuve’s "Enemy," Michael Dowse’s "The F Word," and Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy" as its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. “In an exceptional year for Canadian cinema, we’ve chosen three boldly directed films that are so dissimilar it’s almost hard »
- Matt Patches
Tokyo — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday.
A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), which includes directors Yoji Yamada, Isao Takahata, Sumiko Haneda, Yasuo Furuhata, actresses Shinobu Otake and Sayuri Yoshinaga and producer Jiro Shindo, issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that the law will “threaten freedom of expression” and “take away the right to know.”
Organizations and groups representing journalists, lawyers, broadcast workers and other professionals have issued similar statements opposing the law, which gives government bodies great latitude to classify information as state secrets, while levying punishments on those who leak such secrets to the public.
The film group also expressed concern that the law might »
- Mark Schilling
Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.
Taking place at Brisbane’s City Hall, this year’s ceremony saw Nuri Bilge Ceylan scooping his third Apsa for Achievement in Directing for Winter Sleep, while Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse) and Lü Zhong (Red Amnesia) won Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress, respectively.
Other winners included Dong Kinsong for Achievement in Cinematography for Black Coal, Thin Ice, Nima Javidi taking home Best Screenplay for Melbourne and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya winning Best Animated Feature Film.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk commented: “This evening’s winners have displayed cinematic excellence through their films and they should be congratulated on their achievements. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are a unique testament to the vibrancy, diversity and divergence »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
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
Born an American of Japanese decent and soon quarantined to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in northern California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as child, Jimmy Teru Murakami was permanently scarred by the experiences he and his family endured during the war. Decades later, after he had been nominated for a pair of Academy Awards for his shorts The Magic Pear Tree and The Snowman, as well as having collaborated with Roger Corman on the sci-fi feature Battle Beyond the Stars, Murakami confronted the realities of nuclear war by stretching the boundaries of traditional animation with his bracing blacker-than-black satirical comedy, When The Wind Blows.
Based on Raymond Briggs’ brutal graphic novel of the same name, the tale follows a senior couple who lived through World War II as part of the British army and fought the good fight, now elderly, living rurally and long out of the loop of real world politics. »
- Jordan M. Smith
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
“Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making epic of childhood, won four prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday: best picture, director, actress for Patricia Arquette and editor for Sandra Adair.
The IFC Films release, a critical favorite ever since its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was also tapped for picture and director honors by the New York Film Critics Circle. The Gotham group also honored Arquette for her turn as a college professor and mother of two in “Boyhood,” but for supporting actress, not lead.
Running a close second among the group’s favorites was Wes Anderson’s 1930s mittel-European caper pic “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which was honored for Anderson’s screenplay and Adam Stockhausen’s production design. The Fox Searchlight release was the runner-up for picture and director.
- Justin Chang
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, »
The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).
Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:
Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The Boxtrolls – Focus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli
Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release »
- Amy Richau
Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.
Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards
Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation
The Book of Life - Reel FX
The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Animated Special Production
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC
Dawn of the »
Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category »
- Matt Patches
Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:
Best Animated Feature
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Animated Special Production
- Patrick Hipes
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
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
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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The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness screens on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 Pm at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Get ticket information here
Director Mami Sanuda’s new documentary may have begun as an overview pf Japan’s leading animation company, Studio Ghibli, but it quickly evolves into a fascinating, intimate portrait of legendary director/storyteller Hayao Miyasaki. We first meet him on a typical work day, briskly walking the area adjacent to all the much-younger working artists. No private, plush office for him, though his simple desk and chair are next to a window. Quite a nice view, but the studio structure itself is quite pleasant with bright white walls, massive windows that let the sunlight stream in, and opulent landscaping (even a rooftop garden). But Miyasaki doesn’t spend much time up there. Wearing a »
- Jim Batts
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
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