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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Abridged Movie Redo of the Day: The latest 8 Bit Cinema entry shows us what Princess Mononoke looks like in only three minutes with old video game graphics: Adorable Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of movies by Hayao Miyazaki, here is the cutest My Neighbor Totoro family cosplay ever (via Fashionably Geek): Film History of the Day: Don't have time or money to take a bunch of film studies courses? CineFix swiftly counts down the best film movements to know about: Movie Comparison of the Day: Couch Tomato lists 24 similarities and differences between Men in Black and Kingsman: The Secret Service: Star Wars of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Hayao Miyazaki fans rejoice! Nerdist announced yesterday that a collective Blu-ray boxset is being released in November of the beloved filmmaker’s work. Big news for anyone who’s been waiting to own all of Miyazaki’s films in great quality, especially his lesser known ones.
Amazon will be releasing The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on November 17 and it will contain all 11 of the director’s feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. If the films didn’t excite you enough, then these bonus features surely will, like Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun), a 1972 pilot based on a manga by Tetsuya Chiba that Miyazaki storyboarded, animated, and directed. The set also includes the »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Read More: Hayao Miyazaki Returning from Retirement for Computer-Animated ShortStudio Ghibli fans, rejoice! Nerdist has just announced that you can soon be the proud owner of all 11 of Miyazaki's beloved feature films, as well as bonus items like "Yuki's Sun," a 1972 television pilot animated by Miyaaki, storyboards of anime series "Little Samurai," an uncut version of Miyazaki's retirement press conference and the book "The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki" that explores the themes of Miyazaki's work, as well as the creative proposals for each of his films. The collection will include: "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro," "Nausicaa of the Valley on the Wind," "Castle in the Sky," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Porco Rosso," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" »
- Sarah Choi
Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement following his film, The Wind Rises, and it is tough to see a master like that go, but it seems like his fans are staying together to tribute the Japanese animator.
Vimeo user dono created a tribute to Miyazaki, which combines all of his films in a insanely cool 3D world that makes you feel like you’re flying between them. Set to the score by Joe Hisaishi for Spirited Away, the video takes a look at Miyazaki’s films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Castle in the Sky.
As a giant fan of Miyazaki’s work, it was almost emotional seeing this tribute that seemed to re-imagine the characters in a connected world and allowed you to be reminded of all the great work that he did (plus how amazing Hisaishi’s score is).
Miyazaki recentlty announced »
- Zach Dennis
Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic. Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu Yasujirô-like framing, and unfortunately an occasionally distracting rock 'n roll score, it is a film that you get so deeply lost in that it is difficult to discern beginning, middle or end. While there is a story of sorts, it is in the vein of something similar to My Neighbour Totoro or Only Yesterday, insofar as any notion of a three-act-plot is rendered meaningless in the face of life and the living of it.Famed artist Tetsuzo, a.k.a. Hokusai Katsushika, and his (eponymous) grown daughter O-Ei,...
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Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.
About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.
"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by »
Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”
Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.
But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.
Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”
So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »
- Zach Dennis
When American anime lovers think of Studio Ghibli, the name Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Fans embrace the imaginative writing and direction he’s brought to films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. However, Miyazaki isn’t the only director to have helped build the Ghibli name.
Hiroyuki Morita is the director who brought The Cat Returns to life. Just like most Studio Ghibli films, The Cat Returns sneaks in its fair share of parables and commentaries on the human condition, while simultaneously transporting us to a wacky and outlandish world. However, this one-note film is a little on the tame side when it comes to character depth and Ghibli oddities. While there are moments of chaos, this animated film has a more happy-go-lucky feel to it, much like big brother Totoro. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The Cat Returns introduces us to Haru, »
- Bags Hooper
We finish our double feature with the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki, the fun contrast to last week’s film “Grave of the Fireflies.” The recognizable “Totoro” serves as Studio Ghibli’s mascot, akin to Mickey Mouse and Disney. So, even if you’ve never seen the film, you’ve likely seen this character pop up in something. And now he’s popping up in our podcast. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
“When Marnie Was There,” the second animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World of Arrietty”) feels very much of a piece with other films from Studio Ghibli, from its lush portrayal of the natural world (“My Neighbor Totoro,” “Pom Poko”) to its complex female protagonist (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”). It also, unfortunately, ranks among Ghibli’s lesser screenplays, comparable most notably to Hayao Miyazaki‘s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” a gorgeous film that nonetheless falls apart narratively. Both “Marnie” and “Howl’s” are based on British novels — although, to be fair, so was “Arrietty” — which might suggest that the filmmakers. »
- Alonso Duralde
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …
During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.
Based on a Japanese folk tale, »
- Simon Columb
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
If you've seen Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro, then you're familiar with the famed animation company Studio Ghibli. And if you're familiar with Studio Ghibli, you know that they make gorgeous films. The Us trailer for the latest one, When Marnie Was There, has arrived, and it's just as breathtaking as anticipated. Featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, and John C. Reilly, the story revolves around a young girl who befriends a mysterious girl who lives in a strangely familiar mansion near her new home. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but the movie will be open in limited release on May 22, so we won't have too long to wait! »
One of the best platformers of recent years? Quite possibly. Simon explains why you should play Ori And The Blind Forest...
“We've been working on Ori And The Blind Forest for four years to craft something truly special” - so says the blurb on Moon Studios official website for Ori And The Blind Forest.
Not only is that job done, but it turns out to be quite the understatement.
Ori And The Blind Forest is a 2D platformer featuring the adventures of a spirit called Ori, and set in a forest where the once lush canopy and undergrowth have fallen under a mysterious blight. With no guidance or support, Ori must travel alone in search of answers - and a possible solution to the malady.
Taking on the role of the protagonist, you’ll be performing plenty of running about and jumping about the forest - as you might expect. »
My Girl - 9.10am, Watch
Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).
My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4
In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.
Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa
Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: What if they turned The Wolf of Wall Street into a 1980s sitcom and it had the same theme song as Who's the Boss? Here's the answer (via Devour): Combing adorable characters from Disney-distributed movies, here's a t-shirt design crossing My Neighbor Totoro, Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy (via Fashionably Geek): Combining two Disney princesses (well, one's technically a queen), here's a t-shirt design crossing Frozen and Return of the Jedi (via Geek Tyrant): Speaking of Frozen, here's a cute re-telling of the movie using emojis (via Oh My Disney): And speaking of Return of the Jedi...
- Christopher Campbell
The 18th edition of the Montreal Festival International du Film pour Enfants begins on February 28th, just in time for Spring Break offering a wide range of films for children, teens and families alike. With events at Cinema Beaubien, Cinema du Parc and the Imperial theatre, there is a little something for everyone, with a wide variety of international premieres and showcases.
One of the highlights of this year’s edition of the festival is a showcase called “Focus Japan”, highlighting some of the very best children’s films from Japan. This comes as the Fifem collaborates for the first time with the Tokyo Kinder Film Festival (the next edition in August 2015 will see the fest taking on a new name, Kineko). Focus Japan will feature great Japanese films new and old, including the ever-popular works of Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle »
- Justine Smith
Following on from the UK poster, StudioCanal has now debuted a new trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…
Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
- Gary Collinson
Once upon a time, most movie theaters showed more than a single feature. For the price of your ticket, you’d get two movies, maybe a cartoon, sometimes a featurette. You got good value for your money in those days especially at second or third run theaters or revival houses. This was in the days before DVD, Blu-Ray, or even VHS.
In fact, for a long time, the movie studios only got one bite of the apple. Oh, a few movies might show up again; Disney did a good job of bringing classics out of their vaults. When the movies were sold to show on TV, that would also generate some revenue but nothing like today when a major part of the money made by films comes from Blu-Ray and DVD sales. (Aside: I wonder how true that will remain with Netflix and Hulu, et al.)
The first time I »
- John Ostrander
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