18 items from 2011
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? »
Edgar Wright's latest epic project  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  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
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
"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
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
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
 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  (via Twitch ) 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
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
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
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 »
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.
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 »
Grave of the Fireflies, 1988.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
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. »
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.
- Robert Beames
My Neighbours the Yamadas, 1999.
Written and directed by Isao Takahata.
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.
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 »
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!”
- Baron Fornightly
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
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:
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
18 items from 2011
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