18 items from 2010
It’s getting late in the season, and most of you (though probably not as many as you’d think) have already finished all of your holiday shopping. In the last minute rush, though, things get kind of foggy, and you’re more likely than ever to make woefully undercooked decisions that seem borderline psychotic the instant that ripped open wrapping paper reveals them to your friends and family. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t take risks, as most of the best presents are completely unexpected, and demonstrate that you trust in the receiver’s intelligence and sense of adventure (which might be worth it alone). Even if stores have everything on their wish list in stock, you might want to think twice. Titles here are linked to their Amazon pages.
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- JPP Staff
Japanese masters of animation, Studio Ghibli, has announced its next feature, called Kokuriko-Zaka Kara…
Called Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, the movie will be overseen by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Hayao. Perhaps the most reality-based Ghibli movie since 1988's astounding Grave Of The Fireflies, the film is set in 1963, and relates the story of a schoolgirl living in Yokohama.
Goro Miyazaki's last film was Tales From Earthsea, a movie that was greeted with a mixed critical reception when it appeared in 2006, but nevertheless did plenty of business in its native Japan, even knocking Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest off its number one spot on its week of release.
Given that Ponyo On The Cliff took two years to make it to UK shores, »
A number of people have asked Todd and other contributors if Twitch was ever going to do some sort of podcast. While that has not quite come together at this time, there are two of us from these parts that do contribute to the semi-regular Movie Club Podcast. This is a bi-monthy (more or less) in depth discussion of two films, sort of like a book club, only with movies, and recorded for distribution on the internet. There is a rotating roster of contributors - film writers, bloggers, and podcasters - including Swarez and Kurt from Twitch, but also from The Documentary Blog, Film Junk, Where The Long Tail Ends, Row Three and Quiet Earth. Usually, I plug this podcast in our forum, but considering the two films are probably of significant interest to the Twitch readership, and I think this may be one of our better episodes, here it is, »
Cherokee Summer selects her Five Essential Anime Movies...
I must confess that once (and I emphasis on the ‘once’) I was an anime nerd. A big one. I’d watch anything and everything to do with anime, read tons of manga, became obsessed with the Japanese culture, and attended yearly conventions to meet like-minded people who were just as obsessed as me - and also couldn’t string a coherent sentence together without shouting ‘Kawaii’ and various other Japanese phrases.
Thankfully, that time has long gone (and it’s good to get it off my chest too) but something that has remained with me are some of the select anime’s that I watched in my phase (a few being from many years before) that are powerful films in their own right.
Rather than opting for the doe eyed, big chested and short skirted heroine of many anime shows and »
Merlin and The Inbetweeners return, the extended Doctor Who Prom airs, and there's a lot of movies to look forward to as well...
Whether you missed the shorter version on Monday or it only made you want to watch it again, the slightly longer, fuller coverage of Doctor Who At The Proms 2010 airs tonight, Friday, September 10th at 7:00pm on BBC3. By all accounts, including our own, it was something very special and this broadcast adds about a half an hour of extra special to the enjoyment.
If you've stuck with the secrets and sorcery in Camelot for two series so far, you can continue your investment with the third series of Merlin, starting back on Saturday, September 11th at 7:25pm on BBC1. We hope to have weekly reviews of the show, beginning with series opener, The Tears Of Uther Pendragon.
This telly addict is admittedly not the target audience of The Inbetweeners. »
The Movie Club Podcast  is an irregular roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. It's that time again folks. The latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast is now online and ready to be heard, bringing us just one episode away from a miraculous 20 episode milestone! Can you believe it? I can't. This time around, we take a look at two animated films: Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies and Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. In addition to our friends at Row Three  and Where The Long Tail Ends , we also invited long-time listener Anthony to sit in as a guest host to join in the discussion. So did Grave of the Fireflies make us cry like little girls, and did Wizards take us on a bad acid trip? You'll have to tune in to find out! »
Master animator Hayao Miyazaki gave an interview to the Japanese magazine Cut recently in which he discussed Studio Ghibli’s possible future. He talked about his own involvement in Ghibli’s upcoming films – which he hopes will include a sequel to his 1992 feature Porco Rosso – and the possible dissolution of the Oscar winning studio.
The proposed sequel, entitled Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie would put the pig-faced fighter pilot in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. The chance that this will end up being Miyazaki’s next film are probably pretty slim, though, since the director is notorious for getting excited about projects and then moving onto something else before they come to fruition. He personally courted Ursula K. LeGuin for years for the rights to make an Earthsea film, but when she finally signed them over to him, he passed the job on to son Goro (with »
- Ti Alan Chase
The release of a Studio Ghibli animated film is always a hotly anticipated event in Japan. The animation studio, whose head Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) is regarded as the “Walt Disney of Japan,” has been enchanting audiences worldwide since the premiere of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984. Its latest film, The Borrowers, the work of long-time animator/first-time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, bowed recently in Japan. Released over a holiday weekend, the film racked up approximately $15.5 million in ticket sales out of 447 screens and secured 1st place at the box office. The movie is based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers, the first in her five-book series chronicling the adventures of a diminutive family who make their life underneath the floorboards of a large house by borrowing small items from the big people. The film is a breezy, fanciful work which lives up to the Studio Ghibli banner. »
- David Corbin
Spoilers lie ahead for Toy Story 3, as James considers just why it's managed to upset and scare him quite so much...
There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet.
Toy Story 3 is a very upsetting film. It's even more upsetting than last year's Pixar tearjerker, the ‘boy scout, old man and a flying house' adventure story Up. Reflecting on the final instalment of the Toy Story trilogy, I'm left feeling touched, but yet deeply unnerved.
Much has been made of the movie's ability to make the most emotionally-uptight adults cry. Yes! Even big manly grown men are emerging from the cinema weeping like little girls! How shocking!
Because we live in a society that sees tears as alien abominations that threaten all reason and order, Toy Story 3 is probably the most dangerous and disturbing flick currently in cinemas. It's more frightening and potentially »
Cine Darbaar, in collaboration with the embassy of Japan, directorate of film festivals, Japan foundation, is organizing a 3-day animation film festival at Siri Fort auditorium II from 20 - 22 August, 2010. This is the first time that a festival will be celebrating Japanese-Anime, Manga (Comics) and Pop-culture in India. Anime Cine Experience will be bringing the great anime works of Japan with films like The Girl who leapt through time, Grave of the fireflies, 5cm per second, Voices of Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days. In its inaugural edition the festival »
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Now we are around the half way mark at week 26 I’m starting to consider the films which are not on the list and wonder how the voting for certain films was done. For example the Pixar and Miyazaki films are all stunning, brilliant movies and deserve to be in the top 250 movies or there about in terms of animated films but are they really the best animation has to offer? Wall-e was the clear favorite animated movie at the placing of 43 on our list (Now placed at 47 on the current IMDb list) and at the time of writing this post Toy Story 3 has actually got to No. 6 which is incredible.
I’m staggered that films like the stunning »
- Gary Phillips
Silent cartoons, Disney features, Japanese fantasies and Pixar's digital innovations
1906 J Stuart Blackton is credited with being the first to harness stop-motion film-making to basic animation in what is widely said to be the first animated film: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. Blackton drew cartoon faces on a blackboard and filmed them, stopping the camera in order to erase one face and draw another, before filming the new drawing.
1917 Quirino Cristiani's satire El Apóstol (The Apostle), thought to be the first full-length animated movie, is released in Argentina. It ran at around 70 minutes and comprised 58,000 frames, but all known copies of the film were lost in a fire in 1926.
1937 Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first surviving full-length animated movie. It was also the first in colour, and marked the studio's feature-length debut. Disney's wife, Lillian, apparently tried to talk him out of it, saying: »
- Ryan Gilbey
We don't cover video games often here at Cinematical because, well, the site is called Cinematical, but occasionally the worlds of movies and games do intersect. When that happens the union of the two tends to either be A) a terrible game based on a good movie or B) or a terrible movie based on a good game, but from time to time something special does emerge from the marriage. And while no one has played the final game yet, I'm going to brave venturing onto a limb here and wager that Ni No Kuni (Aka The Another World) will be one such something special.
Now if you're wondering what Ni No Kuni is, it's the title of Studio Ghibli's first foray from film and television into video games. And if the idea of a game with an art style inspired by the studio that produced Grave of the Fireflies, »
- Peter Hall
The Movie Club Podcast  is an irregular roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. After a three month break, we are finally ready to release the latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast into the wild. This time around we have once again reconvened with our friends from Row Three  and Where The Long Tail Ends  to talk about two movies that feature "stories within a story"... or something like that. The films in question are Tarsem's The Fall and Wojciech Has' The Saragossa Manuscript. The latter is a little bit tricky to track down, but it's important to note that we watched the three-hour version, not one of the edited cuts. Either way, the surreal visions presented by both films make for some spirited discussion; we hope you'll listen and then jump in with your own comments. »
Few animation studios have been as consistent in their output as Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Founded in 1985, its animated fantasies are made with just the right blend of humour, melancholy and whimsy to make them appeal to audiences of all ages.
And while Studio Ghibli has embraced new technology in recent years - Pom Poko was the studio's first film to use CG back in 1994 - it remains committed to producing animation using largely traditional, hand-drawn techniques.
While readers are sure to have their own personal favourites, here's our pick of the ten finest Ghibli productions...
Studio Ghibli has long been synonymous with its co-founders, the famed Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). Starting this summer, audiences will be introduced to Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a first time director, looking to make his own mark on the Ghibli name. His film, Karigurashi no Arrietty (lit. The Borrower Arrietty) is based off Mary Norton’s popular The Borrowers series of children’s books. For more on the new project, as well as the first teaser trailer, hit the jump.
Arrietty is a project roughly 40 years in the making. Miyazaki and Takahata had talked about making it for years but only recently decided to commit to the project. Though it is somewhat ironic that neither is directing the long-gestating film, Miyazaki defended his decision to defer to Yonebayashi citing the need for a youthful energy in filmmaking. Yonebayashi also cited the recent economic downturn as »
- David Corbin
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie internet site on the web. The list has been much maligned, particularly recently. It is however based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the internet. If you have a real interest in film, chances are you’re a regular visitor to IMDb.com.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year (See below), as it is always ever changing. It’s not as simple as it sounds, »
- Barry Steele
18 items from 2010
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