20 items from 2014
The master of Japanese animation marks a departure from his Studio Ghibli style with The Wind Rises, which deals with Japan's prewar history
It seems like yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki, the master of Japanese anime, was making his Us debut with The Princess Mononoke, a lush, deeply imagined environmental allegory. That 1997 movie was the first time many American filmgoers entered Miyazaki's world of myth, magic and lyrical, finely detailed imagery; happily, there are now generations of children who have grown up cherishing such Miyazaki classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle the way their parents did Snow White, 101 Dalmatians and The Aristocats.
With The Wind Rises, which has earned an Academy Award nomination for best animated feature, Miyazaki has made a departure from the themes and visual language that have constituted the house style of his Studio Ghibli. The digression feels all the »
- Ann Hornaday
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
Earlier this month, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, writer and director of such masterpieces as Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, announced his final retirement (this isn’t his first). How fitting that his final feature takes up his favorite thematic motif, that of magical phenomenon and fantastic human achievement – flight. Oddly, for the first time in his lengthy career, Miyazaki has embraced the more realistic storytelling of his partner Isao Takahata, yet he hasn’t abandoned the lyrically imaginative storytelling he’s known for. With Studio Ghibli’s signature hand drawn and heartfelt feel, The Wind Rises fictionalizes the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer behind the famed Japanese Zero fighter jet, and blends his tail with that of Tatsuo Hori, author of the novel from which the film’s epithet originates.
Set on a grand »
- Jordan M. Smith
All controversy aside, if this moving story of a pre-war airplane engineer is the animator's last film, it will be our loss
The Wind Rises, the new film from 72-year-old Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, takes its title from a line in a Paul Valery poem ("The wind is rising! We must try to live!") and is inspired by the life of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi who designed Mitsubishi's A6M Zero fighter. It's probably the gentlest animated feature about an armaments designer you'll ever see.
"Poor countries want airplanes," Jiro (Hideaki Anno) is told, as they watch oxen haul the latest prototype out onto the field for testing. Lacking the power of western engines, Jiro and his fellow engineers must instead work with everything at his disposal – flush rivets, split flaps, retractable undercarriages, the lightest aluminium alloy – to reduce the drag on that aircraft and pluck it into the vast, »
- Tom Shone
The 73-year-old Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki says The Wind Rises is his final film, and if that’s true — we can pray it ain’t so, but he doesn’t seem the type to make rash declarations — he’s going out on a high. The movie won’t, I’m afraid, appeal to kids the way Ponyo or Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro does. It’s monster-, ghost-, and mermaid-free. It centers on grown-ups and is gently paced — maybe 15 minutes too long, I’d say, but you can forgive those longeurs when the work is this exquisite. It’s romantic, tragic, and inexorably strange, a portrait of a young Japanese man who dreams of creating flying machines and the Imperial Empire that funds his research. His country will take those machines and send them off to rain death and destruction on its enemies — but that’s not something »
- David Edelstein
On February 21st, The Wind Rises, director Hayao Miyazaki's 11th, and supposedly final, feature film hits American theaters. The movie is a departure for the legendary animation auteur, whose films are often fantasy tales set in imaginary worlds. This time around, he's produced a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautical designer behind the Mitsubishi A5M and its descendant, the A6M — the plane used by the Japanese air force in the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Miyazaki tells it, Horikoshi was largely peaceful in nature, and merely »
The Austin Film Society has a few more screenings of the restored version of Herzog's Nosferatu this weekend. You can catch it this evening and again on Sunday at the Marchesa. The same can be said of Truffaut's Bed & Board, while the acclaimed new release Let The Fire Burn screens on Tuesday for Doc Nights. Richard Linklater had to travel to Berlin for a screening of his new film Boyhood, so he's recorded a special video introduction to Wednesday evening's 35mm presentation of Valley Girl and Lars Nilsen will hold down the post-film discussion with Louis Black.
The Alamo Ritz is bringing West Side Story back to the big screen for the next week, just in time to get you ready for Valentine's Day. They'll be screening a 70mm print, presumably the same one that played last year which was in absolutely beautiful condition. Also at the Ritz this week: »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Feature James Clayton 24 Jan 2014 - 06:03
Inside Llewyn Davis leaves James pondering the role of cats in films, and whether the Coens can make him learn to love the furry moggies...
Llewyn Davis is a New York musician pawing around the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene. He's a pretentious mewling creative-type who can't connect with others around him, and he's caught up in the questions of artistic integrity versus commercial success. He's a lost soul with some hair going on. Llewyn Davis has a lot in common with a certain Barton Fink, and in my mind I can picture the forlorn pair performing "Man of Constant Sorrow" as a duet.
In spite of their similarities, though, the lead of the Coen Brothers' fresh folk yarn is arguably better off than John Turturro's doomed screenwriter. Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) has something that Fink lacks and that is a pet. »
The Simpsons is paying tribute to Oscar-winning animator and director Hayao Miyazaki with a scene incorporating characters from some of his films. Miyazaki announced at the Venice Film Festival that his most recent release, The Wind Rises, would be his final animated film. Video: 'The Wind Rises' Trailer Bids Farewell to Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki The sequence (embedded below) features the following Miyazaki characters: Catbus (embodied by Otto) from My Neighbor Totoro, the scarecrow Turnip-Head (Moe) and the castle (Kwik-e-Mart) from Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki the witch (Patty and Selma) from Kiki's Delivery Service and No-
- THR Staff
Matt Groening and Hayao Miyazaki are two names that do not often appear next to each other, although they are among the world’s most influential artists and animators. Groening’s The Simpsons has sustained for 25 seasons on American television and been a watershed for both small-screen comedy and animation around the world. Meanwhile, Japanese filmmaker Miyazaki’s work, which includes Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, has also reached a world-wide audience. His dazzling stories are frequently touted as some of the greatest animated films of all time. Alas, Miyazaki announced his retirement from making films in September, while The Simpsons continually seems to be on the cusp of its own final season.
Although the worlds of Homer Simpson and Totoro seem very distant, a reference-filled sequence from this Sunday’s Simpsons episode, “Married to the Blob,” is a sumptuous tribute to Miyazaki’s films. In the scene, »
- Jordan Adler
The Simpsons is a legendary American cartoon. Studio Ghibli is a legendary pillar of Japanese animation. It stands to reason the two would cross paths eventually. Movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away are as good as any live action film you will ever see. So what happens when The Simpsons [&hellip
The Simpsons Studio Ghibli Opening Is Brilliant »
- Remy Carreiro
"I am ruined by whimsy!" Nice one, Apu. With legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement last year, the animation community has started working in tributes to his work. The latest comes from The Simpsons, where an entire scene featured in the middle of an upcoming episode pays tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films. It's actually a very charming, adorable tribute that intertwines perfectly with the crude humor of the show itself. Aside from obvious references like the Catbus and Howl's Moving Castle, there's tons of other nods involving many of the Simpsons characters. See the video below. Here's "The Simpsons" tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, and anime, from Fox (found via SlashFilm): The video seems to be featured as a teaser for an upcoming episode, but I can't find out which exact episode it's from. (Will update when I found out more information.) The references in »
- Alex Billington
I stopped watching “The Simpsons” a long time ago, though when I catch it on TV (mostly by accident), I still spend a few minutes watching it. Not that it’s actually still funny or anything (I think it stopped being that a long time ago), but you gotta appreciate it for what it’s done for animation, and there’s a certain nostalgia factor at play. Lately, though, the show has become more known for its various tributes, such as the recent one to Guillermo del Toro. And now this latest episode, which features a brief nod to the works of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who last year announced his retirement from directing with his final film, the controversial WWII drama “The Wind Rises.” Fans of the director will recognize some of his more famous films here, from “My Neighbor Totoro” to “Kiki’s Delivery Service” to “Howl’s Moving Castle. »
This Sunday, January 12th's episode of "The Simpsons" will feature a new couch gag from Bill Plympton and a tribute to another distinctive animator -- Hayao Miyazaki. The clip from the upcoming episode below, which Fox describes as a "tribute to anime," is clearly a specific salute to the Japanese master, whose recently released "The Wind Rises" is also his final film before retirement. Check out the "Spirited Away"-style street, the "My Neighbor Totoro" Otto Catbus carrying Ponyo and more -- how many references to Miyazaki films-by-way-of-"The Simpsons" can you spot? We've included an annotated version from Slate below the original if you'd like a guide.
This Sunday, January 12th's episode of "The Simpsons" will feature a new couch gag from Bill Plympton and a tribute to another distinctive animator -- Hayao Miyazaki. The clip from the upcoming episode below, which Fox describes as a "tribute to anime," is clearly a specific salute to the Japanese master, whose recently released "The Wind Rises" is also his final film before retirement. Check out the "Spirited Away"-style street, the "My Neighbor Totoro" Otto Catbus carrying Ponyo and more -- how many references to Miyazaki films-by-way-of-"The Simpsons" can you spot? We've included an annotated version from Slate below the original if you'd like a guide. »
Fox's "The Simpsons" pays homage to the works of Hayao Miyazaki in this Sunday's new episode. Fox’s Animation Domination channel has posted a clip from the episode in which Homer and another character start hallucinating elements from "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki’s Delivery Service," "Ponyo," "Porco Rosso" and more. Check it out below:
- Garth Franklin
The Simpsons pay tribute to legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in their next episode, and the scene released below (which appears to take place during yet another drunken night out for Homer) is crammed full of references to many of their classic movies. Miyazaki announced his retirement last month, but the animation house he co-founded with Isao Takahata is thankfully going nowhere, and his final movie – The Wind Rises – is still set for a UK release.
In the clip, Otto is the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro, The Kwik-e-Mart stands in for Howl’s Moving Castle, and a number of other Simpsons regulars appear as characters from across Studio Ghibli’s history. “Married To The Blob” airs this Sunday in the Us and also features an appearance from comic book legend Stan Lee and author Harlan Ellison. That scene can also be seen below. How many Studio Ghibli references can you spot? »
- Josh Wilding
In recent years, The Simpsons have become bolder in their opening sequences. No longer content with a single couch gag at the end, they've given over their entire opening sequences to the parody of popular culture, from Game of Thrones to Guillermo Del Toro. Now it's the turn of Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli and it's most famous founder, Hayao Miyazaki, writer/director on teh likes of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away. It's a wonderful little piece that pays tribute to movies that don't fail to enchant those young and old, referencing the above mentioned films (Otto as the Catbus from My Neighbour Totoro is inspired ), and others such as Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service. Check it out for yourself below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The long-running animated show will tip its hat to the legendary Japanese filmmaker in this Sunday's new episode 'Married To The Blob'.
The above preview clip sees Homer encountering homages to Miyazaki's famous characters and movies, including Spirited Away's No-Face, Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service and the Catbus (in the guise of Otto) from My Neighbour Totoro.
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Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
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20 items from 2014
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