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24 Hours of...War

13 November 2011 2:21 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The thing about war movies is, like actual wars, they’re sometimes very long...

Another holiday, another marathon, this one brought to you by the pain and suffering of untold millions! In honor of  Veterans / Armistice / Remembrance Day, here's twenty-four hours of war movies to “celebrate” (by which I mean “only remember it’s happening because the banks are closed.”). You could also look at this as “24 Hours of Being Bummed Out,” but there’s still a post-apocalyptic marathon on the way, so buck up, sport!

8:00 Am - Gone with the Wind - 238 min

I figure the best way to start these things is with an interminably long film everyone’s already seen; that way grogginess, stragglers’ arrivals and breakfast won’t actively interfere with the entertainment. The first time I can remember seeing Gone with the Wind was in fourth grade. Remember “movie day” when you were in school? »

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Movies Edgar Wright has Never Seen - Help him decide what to watch on the big screen

18 October 2011 2:06 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Below you will find a list of movie that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright has never seen. Not long ago Wright went out and asked his friends and fans to recommend some movies they thought he may have missed over the last thirty years of his life. He got recommendations from Quentin TarantinoDaniel WatersBill HaderJohn Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Greg Mottola, Schwartzman, Doug Benson, Rian Johnson, Larry Karaszeski, Josh Olson, Harry Knowles and hundreds of fans on this blog.

From these recommendations, Wright created a master list of recommended films that were frequently mentioned. The director now wants the fans to choose which of the films on the list he should watch on the big screen.

Wright is holding a film event at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles called Films Edgar Has Never Seen. »

- Venkman

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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles

18 October 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Edgar Wright's latest epic project [1] has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December [2] at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check »

- Germain Lussier

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Studio Ghibli Announces Two New Projects Directed By Its Co-Founders

7 September 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Since their foundation back in 1985, Studio Ghibli have risen to become the biggest and best known animated film studio outside of America, earning the only Oscar for Best Animated Feature to be awarded to a film developed outside of English-speaking parts of the world.

As you can imagine, we here at HeyUGuys are big fans of their work, and love this news from TwitchFilm that its co-founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, are each planning a new directorial project.

Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky was the first Ghibli film to be released back in the summer of 1986, and Takahata and Miyazaki then followed this up with the joint release, on the same day in the spring of 1988, of two of their best loved classics, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, directed by each respectively.

Over the years since then, both have made a number of fantastic »

- Kenji Lloyd

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New Projects From Studio Ghibli

5 September 2011 10:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The co-founders of legendary Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, both have new projects in development according to producer Toshio Suzuki via Twitchfilm.

"Spirited Away" and "Ponyo" director Miyazaki's new film is described as autobiographical in nature, but no further details are available. It's unsure if it's an autobiography of his own life, or an adaptation of someone else's.

"Grave of the Fireflies" and "My Neighbors the Yamadas" director is adapting a new film based on the classic 10th century Japanese story "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant. Takahata has been at work on the project for a while now as it was first mentioned back in 2009.

Ghibli's latest film, "The Secret World of Arrietty", will finally score a U.S. release on February 17th 2012. »

- Garth Franklin

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Studio Ghibli Announces New Films from Co-Founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

5 September 2011 9:27 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Not every film from Studio Ghibli is a home run but they're always worthy of attention, especially when they come from co-founders Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).  Miyazaki has announced that he's preparing a new film that's an "autobiography" although he did not specify if it's his autobiography or someone else's.  It's worth noting that last year Miyazaki said he's considering a sequel to his 1992 film, Porco Rosso.  Whatever he chooses, don't expect it any time soon since there's usually a four-year wait between Miyazaki's films (such is the nature of animation). As for Takahata, he hasn't directed a film since 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas but according to Twitch, he's "reportedly working on a new film based on the classic Japanese tale about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant."  That's what makes bamboo so great: food for pandas, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Studio Ghibli Producing A New Miyazaki And Takahata Feature

5 September 2011 6:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Studio Ghibli is one of, if not The, best animation studio ever. I don’t think it’s even disputable. The source of its success is down to the two founding members, Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies).

So it’s been worrying to hear that Miyazaki has, on numerous occasion, threatened to retire. Thankfully Isao Takahata has announced that Ghibli does not just have one of his films in production, but also one from Miyazaki.

Little is known about Miyazaki’s production and it is reported that he is working on a autobiography (whether his own or adapting another’s is unknown), and IMDb is stating he is directing Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie, a sequel to the 1992 film about a fighter-pilot pig. He has talked about this production for a long time but never believed that he would be able to make it. »

- Paul Koren

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Studio Ghibli Announces New Projects for Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

5 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] In the two and a half decades since its inception, Studio Ghibli has consistently put out some of the most beloved classics of animation -- from Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro in the '80s to more recent projects like Ponyo. So the recent announcement of not one, but two new projects, from studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is exciting news indeed. The report of a new film by Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) is especially intriguing since it'll be his first feature since 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas. Read more after the jump. Miyazaki is said [2] (via Twitch [3]) to be working on an "autobiography," but it's not clear whether he's working on his own autiobiography or an adaptation of someone else's autobiography. Either way, I'm excited -- any new work by a filmmaker who's directed as many wonderful movies as Miyazaki has is certainly worth keeping an eye on. »

- Angie Han

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Studio Ghibli Announces Two New Projects From Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

4 September 2011 1:03 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We have some exciting news in the chute for Studio Ghibli fans. Toshio Suzuki, a producer at the Japanese animation studio recently confirmed reports that Ghibli co-founders and animation legends Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata both have new feature-length projects in the works.

Miyazaki, director and writer of Ghibli classics My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, is one of the most influential figures in contemporary animation. At The Museum of Contemporary Art recently, Suzuki said Miyazaki’s current project is an “autobiography”. Anime News Network notes the vague phrasing of the word in Japanese makes it difficult to know whether the film will be Miyazaki’s own autobiography or an adaptation of someone else’s.

Takahata, writer/director of oft-cited saddest film ever Grave of the Fireflies, hasn’t directed a feature since 1999′s My Neighbors The Yamadas. It’s been rumored since 2009 that his next project would be based »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Two New Studio Ghibli Projects in the Works By Its Two Co-Founders

4 September 2011 9:46 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yay, more Studio Ghibli films! As always, we usually hear minor details about their new projects, but have to wait years until they make their way across the Pacific. AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that Studio Ghibli's two co-founders, Isao Takahata (director of Grave of the Fireflies, The Raccoon War, My Neighbors the Yamadas) and the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, are both at work on new projects. Takahata hasn't directed a feature since 1999, but is now working on a project based on the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). Miyazaki has his own interesting new film in development. The updates on these projects come straight from co-founder Isao Takahata himself, who was speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Takahata's new project, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, has been rumored for a while, but is confirmed to be in the works, although "it may »

- Alex Billington

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Studio Ghibli Announces Two New Projects To Be Directed By Its Co-founders!

3 September 2011 5:16 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has recently announced that Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, co-founders of the studio and giants in the animation world, both have new projects that they are working on. Hayao Miyazaki is preparing a new film that will be an 'autobiography'. No further details have been released by the studio, and it is currently unknown as to whether he is working on his own autobiography, or adapting someone else's. Isao Takahata, director of Grave Of The Fireflies, is reportedly working on a new film based on the classic Japanese tale about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant. It has been 12 years since Takahata directed his last feature film My Neighbors »

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Studio Ghibli Video Vault: Grave of the Fireflies

29 July 2011 5:25 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of Studio Ghibli’s latest film, Arrietty, in UK cinemas we’re taking a look back at some of the studio’s classic with a Video Vault series.

Patrick Gamble takes a look back at the 1988 war film written and directed by Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies. Check back over the next week for more in this series.

Grave of the Fireflies appears as somewhat of an anomaly when rummaging through the Ghibli back catalogue. Whilst the franchise’s other serious features such as Princess Mononoke and Nausicca   have tackled adult themes, they have done so through subtle symbolism, softened against a fantasy backdrop. Grave of the Fireflies, however, is so emotionally charged that its raw and unflinching approach in its portrayal of warfare demands it be taken seriously.

Re-visiting this beguiling tragedy for the Video Vault has brought back memories of just how heart-breaking »

- Guest

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365 Days, 100 Films #23 - Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

30 May 2011 11:28 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Grave of the Fireflies, 1988.

Directed by Isao Takahata.

Featuring the voice talents of J. Robert Spencer, Rhoda Chrosite, Amy Jones and Veronica Taylor.

Synopsis:

A boy and his younger sister struggle to survive in war-torn Japan during World War II.

"Yes, it's a cartoon, and the kids have eyes like saucers, but it belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made." -Roger Ebert

Seita is a pre-teenager in Japan who has just lived through World War Two. The film opens on him as he slowly passes away, homeless and starving in a train station. His war is over as he utters “Setsuko” with his last breath. He whispers it in the same way Kane spoke ‘Rosebud’. The camera tracks back as two janitors start to tidy him away. The shot’s increased scope reveals many more like him, supported by the station’s numerous pillars. Commuters consider them a nuisance. »

- flickeringmyth

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Blu-ray Review: My Neighbours The Yamadas

25 May 2011 8:04 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When Studio Ghibli is mentioned, one tends to think, first, of the great films of Hayao Miyazaki whose Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke drew widespread attention to the Japanese animation studio a decade ago. Images come to mind of determined heroines defying gravity as they swoop over bright blue seas and through pure white clouds – and of worlds full of biplane-flying pigs, folkloric forest creatures and bizarre, yet oddly toyetic, seed-planting monsters.

Yet in 1999, whilst riding high off of the success of the action heavy crowd-pleaser Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli made a bold change of direction with the release of My Neighbours the Yamadas – an offbeat and stylised film about the day-to-day life of a family of five, now available for the first time on Blu-ray.

Director, Isao Takahata, had long been a counterbalance against the work of Miyazaki prior to Yamadas, with the tragic Grave of the Fireflies and »

- Robert Beames

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DVD Review – My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

8 May 2011 2:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

My Neighbours the Yamadas, 1999.

Written and directed by Isao Takahata.

Featuring the voice talents of James Belushi, Molly Shannon, Daryl Sabara and Liliana Mumy.

Synopsis:

A series of episodes showing the ups and downs of everyday life for a family living in Tokyo.

My Neighbours the Yamadas was written and directed by Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli with his long-term colleague Hayao Miyazaki. It is a definite change in genre from the popular 1988 film that was his first with the studio, Grave of the Fireflies, a war drama. My Neighbours the Yamadas is a comedy focusing on the lives of a Japanese family who experience many adventures and misadventures. It was released between Studio Ghibli’s international successes Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001).The film received an Excellence Award for animation at the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival.

My Neighbours the Yamadas has a unique visual style, very different from the other Studio Ghibli films. »

- flickeringmyth

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Win Studio Ghibli’s – My Neighbour The Yamadas on Double Play

1 May 2011 4:02 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of My Neighbour The Yamadas on 9th May, Optimum Releasing have given us three copies of the Studio Ghibli movie to give away on Double Play.

The little victories of the quirky Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, are followed in this touching animation from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and Studio Ghibli, the next film from the Studio’s classic catalogue to arrive on blu-ray. The Yamadas navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues! Featuring the voice talents of comedic stars Jim Belushi and Molly Shannon.

Extras: Storyboards (PiP) / Ntv Special Program: Super TV 15 months exclusive coverage: Secrets of My Neighbours the Yamadas »

- Competitons

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Blu-Ray Review: My Neighbours the Yamadas

18 April 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

My Neighbours The Yamadas (Studio Ghibli)

Stars: Havato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Touru Masuoka, Yukiji Asoka, James Belushi, Molly Shannon, Daryl Sabara, LIliana Mumy, Tress MacNeille | Written by Hisaichi Ishii | Directed by Isao Takahata

“The little victories of the quirky Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, are followed in this touching animation from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and Studio Ghibli, the next film from the Studio’s classic catalogue to arrive on blu-ray. The Yamadas navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues!”

My Neighbours the Yamadas was the first anime film released by the famed Studio Ghibli that was completely coloured with computers. »

- Baron Fornightly

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The Bitch Is Back..."Pippi Longstocking" Returns

10 January 2011 9:05 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

That old tomboy heroine Pippi Longstocking is getting a reboot with the help of "Winter's Bone" filmmaker Debra Granik.

Buried within an La Times interview with Granik comes the news that she's co-writing the treatment for a new Longstocking feature film with her producing partner Anne Rosellini.

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren penned the children's book series about a unconventional, assertive nine-year-old girl with superhuman strength who frequently mocks and dupes adults she encounters, especially the pompous and condescending ones.

The character has been adapted numerous times on the big and small screen over the past six decades. In fact in the early 70's, Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away") and Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies") were keen on doing an animated feature film adaptation of the character.

It wasn't a pipe dream either, they did a lot of research, location scouting in Sweden and met with creator Astrid Lindgren. Permission however »

- Garth Franklin

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The best animated films of 2010

3 January 2011 10:32 AM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

I found some good animated films in 2010, but I didn't find ten. And it's likely that only two of them are titles most moviegoers have had the chance to see. My list reflects a growing fact: Animation is no longer considered a form for children and families. In some cases it provides a way to tell stories that can scarcely be imagined in live action. The classic example is the Japanese "Grave of the Fireflies" (left), about two children growing up on their own after the Bomb fall.

The first of my best films, unlike some of the others, was primarily intended for children:

"Despicable Me"

This one begins with the truth that villains are often more fascinating than heroes, and creates a villain named Gru who freeze-dries the people ahead of him in line at Starbucks, and pops children's balloons. Although he's inspired by many a James Bond bad guy, »

- Roger Ebert

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