12 items from 2014
With The Wind Rises out in the UK now, James salutes the work of its legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki...
The Wind Rises gets its UK release this week, and that's very good news for those of us who've been waiting patiently for Hayao Miyazaki's new movie. Studio Ghibli's latest - a fictionalised biopic of the aircraft engineer and designer Jiro Horikoshi - came out last July in its native Japan. Now, finally, we arrive at the point where we can see the acclaimed anime feature though, indubitably, the experience will be a bittersweet one.
After this one there will be no new Miyazaki films. The man responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away announced his retirement from moviemaking last autumn. Though the animation auteur has made similar statements in the past and subsequently returned to direct again, it appears that »
Kiki's Delivery Service started life as a 1985 novel by author Kadono Eiko, but it was the '89 Studio Ghibli version that brought fame to the little witch, particularly outside of her native Japan. Since that time the book has grown into a series, however it's the Miyazaki animation that remains the most well known. Kiki is one of the most popular characters in the great director's catalogue so it was a cause for excitement when this live-action version of the story was announced, surprisingly with one of the key figures in the late 90's J-horror movement at the helm, Juon's Shimizu Takashi. The film gets off to a positive start with the camera swooping down on the cliffside village in which Kiki is born,...
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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
Feature Ryan Lambie 21 Feb 2014 - 05:51
Our look at geeky crowdfunding projects returns, with a selection of indie films, coding books and other stuff worth your consideration...
Crowdfunding Friday's been off air for a good couple of months now, during which time we've been drinking Tizer and playing a 1990 Game Boy in a cub tent in our front room. But now we're back, having grown weary of Tizer, run out of AA batteries and broken the cub tent by standing up too quickly in the middle of the night.
Cub tent madness aside, we're happy to share with you some of the delectable crowdfunding goodness we've found during our trawls through the internet this week, as well as a great Star Wars-related one we received via the gift of email. If you have a geek-friendly campaign you'd like to tell us about, do feel free to get in touch »
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
This is more like it. Both the teaser and the first full trailer were low on content, but the second trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from Kiki's live-action debut. The effects look better this time out, new characters are introduced and Jiji - Kiki's talkative black cat - gets a lot more screen time. It's still early days on this one but we thought it was worth mentioning because the animated version of Kiki's Delivery Service is such a popular movie around the world. For those that aren't familiar with it, Kiki's Delivery Service is a live action take on Studio Ghibli's 1989 animated feature, directed by Japan's very own Uncle Walt, Hayao Miyazaki. A young girl named Kiki (Fuka Koshiba) must leave her home for a year to begin training in witchcraft. She leaves on her broom, but first says goodbye to her friends and family. »
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. »
"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
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. »
- email@example.com (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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"The Simpsons" is no stranger to homages to pop culture in their couch gags, with "Breaking Bad" being a prime example, but in Sunday's (Jan. 12) episode, the series dedicated a portion of the story to someone special.
During the episode "Married to the Blob," Homer and a new friend have what looks like a wine-induced hallucination that lands them in an anime version of Springfield. In reality, the sequence is a tribute to legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement from Studio Ghibli back in September.
The scene is filled with references to his various movies, including "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Spirited Away." His final film, "The Wind Rises," will be released in U.S. theaters on February 21.
Take a look at the scene above to see how many of the references you recognize. The three-headed bully dragon is pretty fantastic. »
The teaser trailer released in October of last year didn't give much away, but we thought it was worth mentioning because the animated version is such a popular movie around the world. For those that aren't familiar with it, Kiki's Delivery Service is a live action take on Studio Ghibli's 1989 animated feature, directed by Japan's very own Uncle Walt, Hayao Miyazaki. A young girl named Kiki (Fuka Koshiba) must leave her home for a year to begin training in witchcraft. She leaves on her broom, but first says goodbye to her friends and family. Kiki then begins her new life with her trusted cat Jiji. The new film is based on the children's fantasy novel "Kiki's Delivery Service" by Eiko Kadono, first published in 1985 by Fukuinkan Shoten. Filming began on May 25th and the new movie has a Japan release date pencilled in for March 1st, 2014. You can check out the teaser trailer here, »
12 items from 2014
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