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Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 & Part 2
You don’t need to be a fan of the original Tenchi Muyo series to dig its spinoff series, War on Geminar. The 13-episode blu-ray series follows the exploits of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenchi. The series opens up with a great mech action sequence, introducing us to Kenchi as an assassin. Soon enough, he goes from killer to kindhearted to savior. If you’re not familiar with the world, learning some of the rules of how Sacred Mechanoid masters works may take some time, but it’s a fun journey overall, filled with wild antics. The mech fights in episode one and episodes 9-13 are great to watch.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
- Bags Hooper
Today’s deal on Amazon is great for fans of Studio Ghibli. Many of the studio’s animated features are 55% off right now on Blu-ray and DVD, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, and many many more. If you’re missing a couple for your collection or have yet to start snatching these up, now’s the perfect time. Click here to check out the deals. »
- Adam Chitwood
With news earlier this week that a live-action version of Kiki’S Delivery Service was in the works, I started wondering how Studio Ghibli films would look in the real world. Although the upcoming remake has little to do with the Ghibli adaptation, Ghibli have just released their own live-action short which features the God Warrior that many fans will recognise from Nauiscaa Of The Valley Of The Wind. The short, titled Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo, is directed by Higuchi Shinji, who many will know thanks to his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion. The short shows how we don’t need to rely on CG for a powerful, big monster epic. Seeing Studio Ghibli involved in a Tokusatsu inspired film is like a dream come true, and should certainly appeal to Ultraman and Kaiju fans awaiting the likes of Pacific Rim and the Us reboot of Godzilla.
In other news, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Studio Ghibli is mostly known for making classic anime films such as Castle in Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. As you can see, they are a talented animation studio that makes amazing movies. Well, they've taken their talent and put together an epic live-action short film called Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo, which features a giant monster attacking Tokyo.
The short was directed by Higuchi Shinji who is known for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The project was commissioned by Anno Hideaki, director of the Evangelion series and key animator on Miyazaki Hayao's Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, for the Tokusatsu Special Effects Museum in Tokyo. What makes this short even more awesome is the fact that Miyazaki himself created the design for the giant creature. This is the first live action movie that »
- Joey Paur
Hayao Miyazaki fans rejoice! After several months without any new Blu-ray Disc announcements from Studio Ghibli Av Watch now reports that Miyazaki’s 1992 Porco Rosso will get a high resolution release in Japan on July 17th. Next to other languages the disc will include English subtitles and English audio. Check out the Asian Blu-ray Guide listing for more details.
America’s fascination with all things Japanese long predates Keanu Reeves’s backflips or the recent adaptations of Ringu. The popularity of Japanese pop culture is a huge subject and even tackling Japanese manga and anime is daunting. Experts in the fields of manga and anime will have to excuse the necessary compression needed to introduce some of the history of these – by now – inescapable art forms.
To begin, manga are comics and anime stands for animated film in Japan. Due to its popularity, Disney animation left a big mark on anime on pre-war Japan that anime and manga absorbed. Those incredibly big eyes that Japanese cartoons sport are simply Bambie’s grandchildren in disguise. But there the parallels soon end. Whereas American animators seem to be positively ashamed of the two-dimensional space they are confined to and have been searching ever more novel ways of using 3D, Japanese manga »
- Cath Murphy
Chicago – The torch is being passed at Studio Ghibli from the great Hayao Miyazaki (“Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away”) to his son Goro, who directs this week’s tender “From Up on Poppy Hill,” certainly not one of the best in the Ghibli canon but a well-made, enjoyable melodrama nonetheless. A full awareness that it’s kind of a cheap melodrama (one of the characters even says so) doesn’t change the fact that it is but the young Miyazaki’s visual palette is notably beautiful and the voice work is strong throughout. Briefly, I thought it was sweet, and how many animated films can we say that about nowadays?
Based on a comic and with a script co-credited to Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most important men in the history of animation, “From Up on Poppy Hill” tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki (Sarah Bolger), a gentle girl forced »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The latest anime import from the talented team at Japan’s Studio Ghibli is a sweet, sentimental and beautifully animated coming-of-age story, set at a time when a whole country was trying to find its identity. Written by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill is a charming bit of nostalgia that should appeal to the little folks, too. It’s not among the best works of Studio Ghibli but it is a fine family film.
The underlying theme of From Up on Poppy Hill is the need to remember the past while simultaneously moving into the future. It’s therefore appropriate that this film is the product of a father-and-son team. The movie was scripted by the great Hayao Miyazaki himself, who is listed in the credits as the film’s “planner”, but it also passes the anime torch to the next generation because the film is »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Adapted from the graphic novel by anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle) and directed by his son Goro (Tales from Earthsea), From Up on Poppy Hill is a lush and lyrical ode to a generation pivoting between the painful past and the promise of the future. Set in 1963 in the harbor city of Yokohama, the hand-drawn 2D ’toon captures a moment in time when Japan is still struggling to recover and rebuild in the wake of World War II while eagerly preparing for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Against this backdrop, high schoolers Umi »
Studio Ghibli may easily be called the Disney of Japan. An animation film studio founded in 1985 by Isao Takahta and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has consistently produced brilliant hand-drawn animated films, and its characters have become ubiquitous in Japanese culture. Over the last 25 years, the production studio has released 17 feature films, eight of which are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films of all time. The most recent Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill opens on March 15th to limited release and tells the story of two boarding school teenagers protesting the demolishing of their school’s clubhouse, all against the backdrop of the 1964 Summer Olympics.
To mark the film’s release, here is my list of the top five Studio Ghibli films so far:
5. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
One of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the story of a young witch who uses her »
- Katherine Springer
"One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality." — Penn Jillette
Greetings from the apocalypse! We managed to hold off the Antichrist by electing a pope from South America who looks just like Jonathan Pryce. That's pretty good work. I say Rome, the Americas and all the rest of us deserve an honest weekend off, and what more auspicious time to do that than a Catholic drinking holiday?
Friday, March 15
We're gonna kick things off at the appropriate time to christen any weekend: 4:20 p.m., since that's when "Curly Sue" is on Encore. I know what you're thinking, "Man, that's, like, John Hughes' worst movie," and you're not wrong, but this ersatz comedy about a father-daughter con artist team who sleaze their way into some rich folks' hearts has a little »
- Max Evry
In the world of feature animation, Pixar aside, there are few brands as beloved and treasured as Studio Ghibli. Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, it's his films that best represent the output that has gained the shingle worldwide attention, thanks to movies like "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." But at 72 years old, Miyazaki is passing the torch to his son Goro Miyazaki who directs the upcoming "From Up On Poppy Hill." Co-written by his father with Keiko Niwa ("Tales From Earthsea," "The Secret World Of Arriety"), and based on the Japanese comic, 'Poppy Hill' tells the coming-of-age tale of Umi and Shun, two teenagers in the '60s as Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics. In this wistful, exclusive clip, we see Umi share a story of how her father taught her to communicate and send messages with flags, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Los Angeles — This week's "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, contains all the elements of the classic tale: farm boy, beans, giants, etc. But along for the ride is a new character, Princess Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson.
At the film's start, Isabelle has sneaked away in disguise from her overprotective father, the king, to see what the real world is like. Eventually she ends up finding more of an adventure than she'd bargained for when she's sent skyward into the clutches of some fierce, bloodthirsty giants. Still, she rolls with whatever comes her way and learns not just to survive but thrive – and even find time to fall in love.
Here's a look at five other movies featuring strong princesses:
Chicago – There are still a stunning number of films from the ’90s and ’00s not on Blu-ray but Bvhe recently corrected one of those oversights by releasing the stellar “The Insider,” one of the best films of arguably the best year for cinema in the last two decades — 1999. In a year that included “Magnolia,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix,” “Three Kings,” “Fight Club,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Iron Giant.” “All About My Mother,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Election,” “Being John Malkovich,” and many more, “The Insider” went overlooked by too many people and certainly by history. With perfect technical elements, stunning performances, and perfect direction by the great Michael Mann, this is a spectacular film.
The film has actually been digitally restored, not just transferred to the HD form, and it looks great. I forgot how detailed Dante Spinotti’s Oscar-nominated work was here or how tight William Goldenberg’s editing (he »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley Feb 8, 2013
From silent classics to the present, here's Aliya's pick of 10 foreign-language fantasy films you have to see...
It’s easier to say what fantasy isn’t, rather than what it is. It’s not the robots or interplanetary adventures of science fiction, and it’s not the inexplicable and the terrifying creations of horror. All we can say for sure about fantasy is that, within the world on the screen, anything can happen.
So here’s an alphabetical list of some of the more interesting foreign-language films in which the rules no longer apply. There may be strange happenings and mythical beasts but they are not out to scare us, or to confirm our suspicions that we need to be afraid of the new and the strange. Instead they challenge us to look with, as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio would have it in The Abyss, better eyes than that. »
The Amherst Cinema in Amherst, Massachusetts will screen seven Studio Ghibli films, including From Up on Poppy Hill, in March-April as a part of the theater’s “Miyazaki Festival.” The festival will also screen Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in Japanese with English subtitles.
The film follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school’s clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
North American distributor GKids has acquired the rights the film. GKids will screen the film in Los Angeles and New York on March 15th, 2013. “Big cities” will then receive the film in the following two weeks, and still more cities the week after. »
- Vesna Sunrider
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Running Time: 116 minutes
Extras: Cast and crew interviews, The Making of… featurette, Japanese Promo Video, Japanese Teasers, Makoto Shinkai Featurette
Makoto Shinkai is often heralded as the next Hayao Miyazaki and not in a thieving copycat kind of way. He manages to evoke that bittersweet feeling of loneliness and isolation without despair and depression. Journey To Agartha is his follow-up to 5 Centimeters Per Second, and a worthy one at that. Shinkai admitted he was more interested in making a purely entertaining film this time around, which he mostly succeeds at.
Asuna (Kanemoto/Haag) lives a quiet life, mostly alone since the death of her father and due to her mother’s working hours. One day she comes across a huge monster on a railway line that proceeds to attack her. Suddenly »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
How much simpler can you get than using one line to create a minimalist character protrait? Here's a great series of really cool sci-fi character geek art created by Christophe Louis (Aka Quibe) made with a single line. They feature characters such as Batman, Princess Liea, Doctor Who, Iron Man, Spock, and Princess Mononoke.
Source: io9 (http://io9.com/5976104/one-line-scifi-portraits-are-simply-stunning) »
- Joey Paur
Our daily countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made continues with part 11 out of 30. These are numbers 200-191.
194) Tootsie (1982) Stanley Pollack USA
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Josh brought his Mousterpiece Cinema podcast to Sound on Sight this time last year, starting by reposting his older podcasts beginning with his very first podcast about Cars 2.
One of Ricky D‘s constructive criticisms for Josh on joining the site was that his best podcasts were the ones where he was joined by a guest like Gabriel Bucsko for their podcast on The Muppets film. Since Gabe actually works in Hollywood (an experience he discussed during the podcast on the cinematic atrocity Disney Animated classic Fox and the Hound 2) he is not regularly available to do the podcast. I volunteered to be a more regular co-host, taking the opportunity of Gabe being around to boycott films I had no interest in watching or re-watching like say the Disney Direct to Video Sequels, Midquels and Prequels, or films I couldn’t get my hands on, or allow me to »
- Michael Ryan
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