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Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage
You can probably count the number of independent animation studios still making successful culturally specific feature films on a pair of hands, and Studio Ghibli, Aardman Animations, and the Irish production company Cartoon Saloon can be tallied among them. Melding Irish myth with a wash of cinematic reference points that pay homage and inspire in equal measure, director Tomm Moore and his army of inventive artists and animators at Cartoon Saloon have crafted a wonderously imaginative film in Song of the Sea, which lifts from folk stories of the legendary ‘selkies’ that live as humans on land and seals at sea to form a sensorially stunning commentary on the importance of storytelling and unified kinship.
Much like the devastating prologue of Up or the moment of heartbreaking truth in Bambi, »
- Jordan M. Smith
“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age!”
Dazed And Confused plays this weekend (August 19th and 20th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
I graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1979 and Dazed And Confused, which I saw at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton 14 years later, is so spot-on it’s scary. Writer-Director Richard Linklater is one year older than me and his film debut was a nostalgic look back at the final day of school, when the soon-to-be-seniors get drunk and stoned waiting for their first year at the top of the food chain while the incoming freshmen get prepared for a year of getting picked on. A wide range of character drink, smoke pot and have fun talking about what life is about to offer them. I think »
- Tom Stockman
“As a sentient lifeform, I hereby demand political asylum!”
Ghost In The Shell plays this weekend (September 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.
Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell (1995) is one of the ultimate nerd movies. It’s science fiction anime aimed at smart audiences, and one that raised the bar for Japanese animation. Its complex story is set in a society where being a full-flesh human is no longer the norm. Is humanity losing its existence or is it loosely defined? Cyborgs are part human, part machine, and a continuation of a previously “whole” human entity. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a full-replacement cyborg in the national security division Section 9, is investigating a mysterious hacker who goes by the name “The Puppet Master.” It may be apparent throughout the film that many of its aspects and ideas »
- Tom Stockman
It’s been a long time coming, but the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell is finally getting its backside out of bed. Set to be directed by Rupert Sanders (producers lock up your leading ladies), the man behind Snow White And The Huntsman, the film is based on the 1995 anime, and preceding comic by Masamune Shirow. Somewhat before its time, the original anime saw a world that had become completely interconnected and saw a cyborg agent tracking down a hacker known as The Puppetmaster. Along with the likes of Akira and Princess Mononoke, Ghost In The Shell opened up the doors for anime to flood our shores.
Now it looks as though Margot Robbie is in talks for the lead role. Robbie made waves thanks to her stunning role in Wolf Of Wall Street. Dreamworks are behind this adaptation, and having distributed Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence a decade ago, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
“Ladies and gentlemen… The Revolution!”
Purple Rain plays this weekend (September 5th and 6th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.
Purple Rain is pure ‘80s. Prince was at the top of his game in 1984, a musical genius who was bringing together everything from punk to funk to heavy metal in a singular fusion that pointed the way to a race-blind future. Everyone wanted to see this movie, which was not much more than an extended music video. The plot of Purple Rain is hackneyed and has a paper-thin screenplay, Something about Prince as a small-time nightclub star in Minnesota known as ‘The Kid’ who dreams of making it big, but there always seems to be something standing in his way. That’s about it. But the film was outstanding, wonderfully scored and was a huge hit. Prince’s Academy Award »
- Tom Stockman
Spoiler alert! According to the Wall Street Journal, legendary Japanese filmmaker and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November.
This will mark the second Oscar on Miyazaki’s mantle, the first of which was for his 2001 film Spirited Away, which took home Best Animated Feature Film. Here’s an official statement from the Academy about Miyazaki’s award:
“Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for Spirited Away. His other nominations were for Howl’s Moving Castle in 2005 and The Wind Rises last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with Princess Mononoke. »
- James Garcia
One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
“I wonder who the real cannibals are.”
Another awesome line-up of midnight movies including one anime standard and some other cult nuggets make up the next wave of films at the Tivoli for their “Reel Late at the Tivoli” midnight program! It’s a great selection with the usual variety of standards and classics that draw the late night movie buff crowd.
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and We Are Movie Geeks own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) is often there with custom trivia questions about the films and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. I can’t wait to »
- Tom Stockman
Arguably the most respected animator in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki broke the hearts of millions when he announced his retirement in September last year. Then again, he surely deserves a rest: following the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, Miyazaki-san worked tirelessly (perhaps even obsessively) on his films, creating such masterpieces as Laputa: Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke.
Three of Miyazaki's films received deserved attention at the Oscars: Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature in 2002, while Howl's Moving Castle and last year's The Wind Rises - the director's swansong - were both nominated for the same award.
It's now been revealed that Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar at the sixth annual Governors Awards on the 8th November - a fitting tribute to a lifetime of exceptional, »
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.
All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
Carrière, who began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He »
- Michelle McCue
Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara will receive Honorary Awards at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards November 8 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The Academy’s Board of Governors did not award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given out periodically. The last recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will give his take later today. The full release follows:
Los Angeles, CA —The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
- The Deadline Team
With a filmography that includes movies such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has made his mark in the film community, leading to laments at the news of his upcoming retirement. As one of the few filmmakers whose signature style involves hand-drawn animation, Miyazaki’s films have led to a number of recognisable characters, and now Vimeo user whoispablo has brought these characters back in 8 bit form to help bid farewell to Miyazaki. The video can be seen below.
The post Watch an 8-bit tribute to legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
[Press Release] San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2014 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, captures the attention of anime fans and collectors with a special new edition of the acclaimed art book, The Art Of Princess Mononoke, which features a new translation and beautiful hardcover presentation. The edition will debut on August 26th. Viz Media’s Studio Ghibli Library imprint celebrates the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected and released a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases for Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor »
- Pietro Filipponi
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: The Evolution of Robin […]
- Peter Sciretta
The prolific Japanese animation producer Studio Ghibli is to undergo fundamental changes following the departure of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. A staunch advocate of the traditional line drawn approach that grew increasingly old-fashioned with the advent of CGI, Miyazaki wrote and directed the company’s best-known output, with Spirited Away breaking through to win an Oscar in 2003. Reportedly his exit has created too big a gap to fill and long-standing colleague Toshio Suzuki has told Japanese television the development slate will be substantially reconsidered. The expression “housecleaning” has been used and interpreted to mean the close of feature production at Ghibli for good.
Where the studio will head from here is uncertain but with these scaled-back ambitions we could be seeing the death of techniques long-abandoned by Western cinema outside of Disney. Broadcasters such as Film4 in the UK regularly show films like Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo but with »
- Steve Palace
In a recent interview reported on the Mbs-Japan TV program, Jounetsu Tairiku, Studio Ghibi general manager Toshio Suzuki says he was ceasing production of the animated films and was considering the option of disbanding the entire department.
Many news sources and Internet blogs interpreted the announcement to say the house that Miyazaki built is shutting its doors permanently. In reality, the senior staff had decided to suspend production of any more feature films until they can decide what direction to best take the company.
The anime news website Kotaku was able to confirm the real information by taking actual screen grabs of the interview from another source and translating character for character the actual quotes. You can check out the full article here.
Tairiku basically stated that Miyazaki's departure was not a seamless as everyone was led to believe. In fact, the last film Miyazaki himself worked on, The Wind Rises, »
- email@example.com (Jonathan M Cook)
The company will remain, but what's left will essentially be a handful of staff to handle its licensing of brands, and to manage its trademarks and copyrights according to news reports out of Japan (via Oh Totoro and Catsuka). Employees working in other departments (such as TV/music video production) will now be employed as freelancers, reportedly many of them already are.
Aside from maybe Disney/Pixar, Ghibli has arguably been the most acclaimed animated film production studio on the planet. A year ago came word that the company's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was set to retire from filmmaking with last year's "The Wind Rises" being his final work.
The company's first post-Miyazaki work, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," has proven a rare box-office dud. The »
- Garth Franklin
Sadly, early reports that one of the world's most beloved animation studios, Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Studio Ghibli, might shut its doors and stop making films, are true. A news report translation of Studio Ghibli general manager and Toshio Suzuki's TV announcement of the closure has been posted on the Studio Ghibli blog. Suzuki says the Studio Ghibli animation production department will be dismantled. (Toh! ranked the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films here.) Ghibli's newest film, "When Marnie Was There," opened in Japan on July 19. Whispers of the studio's closing have circulated since last year, when powerhouse writer-director Miyazaki (of "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" fame) announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio's general manager instead. So Studio Ghibli will now focus on not making new films but rather on managing its copyrights and trademarks and »
- Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
After rumours suggesting that When Marnie Was There was likely to be the final film from Studio Ghibli, general manager Toshio Suzuki has now reportedly confirmed that the famed Japanese animation studio will be “taking a break” as a production company and will instead focus on managing the trademarks of its impressive back-catalogue of anime movies.
Co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki (who retired from filmmaking last year) and Isao Takahata alongside Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has earned a reputation as the “Japanese Walt Disney”, releasing such classic anime films as Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.
When Marnie Was There was released in Japan last month, and has so far made around $3.5 million at the box office. Ghibli’s previous film The Tale of Princess Kaguya grossed around $48 million, which »
- Gary Collinson
It seems impossible to think that one of the world's most beloved animation studios might shut its doors and stop making films, but that's what one Japanese news site says might happen to Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Studio Ghibli. According to News Cafe, Ghibli's newest film, "When Marnie Was There," might be its last. As a supposed insider tells the website, whispers of the studio's closing have circulated since last year, when powerhouse writer-director Miyazaki (of "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" fame) announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Toshio Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio's general manager instead. "From here on," the source says, "it appears as though this won't be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights." In essence, that would mean that the studio would stop producing new films and simply generate revenue from its library of »
- Jacob Combs
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