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Top 25 Movies of 2009 #11 - 20
And we arrive at day two of my listed look back at 2009 with the movies ranked #11-20. If you missed yesterday's installment featuring my Honorable Mention choices and spots 21-25 you can click here and start there and continue to this list afterward. Once again, before we get started, here is the schedule for the next few days:
2009 "Best Of" Schedule
Monday, Dec. 28: Honorable Mentions and #21 - 25
Monday, Dec. 28: Nominations for RopeofSilicon Users Top Ten andlaquo; Updated
Tuesday, Dec. 29: Movies #11 - 20
Wednesday, Dec. 30: Movies #1 - 10
Thursday, Dec. 31: Round 2: You Vote for the Best Films of 2009
Monday, Jan. 4: The 2nd Annual RopeofSilicon Awards
Today's ten films include a couple I had a hard time keeping out of spots nine and ten on my ultimate top ten list of 2009, and are major reasons this list grew from the usual ten selections to twenty-five. »
- Brad Brevet
With the success of Star Trek, Avatar and District 9, It's been a high-profile year for science-fiction, but has the quality matched the publicity? What new paths might the genre explore in the next decade?
Earlier this year, sci-fi actioner Pandorum proved that you can concoct an entertaining - if rather artistically bankrupt - thriller in space by splicing together bits of other popular genre flicks: in this case, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Brit horror flick The Descent. Looking forward to next year's crop of sci fi movies, I wonder if Repo Men might follow a similar route.
The film is not, as its name suggests, a sequel to Alex Cox's wry 1984 punk cult classic, but rather an original piece based on the 2009 novel The Repossession Mambo, by Eric Garcia. I say original, for Repo Men seems to have grabbed elements of every sci fi flick from Gattaca to Minority Report, »
- Ben Child
Last week we asked you what the best anime film of all time was, and the results were pretty interesting. It's not so much that the winners were unexpected per se, but the top 3 choices were more closely matched in votes than probably any other poll we've had previously. Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke ended up on top with 21% of the votes, while another Miyazaki film, Spirited Away, was #2 at just shy of 20%. (Clearly we're going to have to do a showdown between all of Miyazaki's films at some point in the future.) Akira followed immediately after that, with Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll rounding out the top 5. I was a bit surprised to see Rintaro's Metropolis relegated to last place, but I suppose given the competition it's understandable. Do you concur with these results? 1. Princess Mononoke -- 21.4% 2. Spirited Away -- 19.9% 3. Akira -- 19.6% 4. Ghost in the Shell »
Director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, has revealed that he will be directing his first feature-length flick since 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas. Takahata, who also wrote and directed the tear-jerker Grave of the Fireflies, will be taking on the classic folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, or Taketori Monogatari. According to Asian Pulse, "Taketori Monogatari has directly and indirectly inspired many Japanese manga and anime, such as Sailormoon and Inuyasha. This beloved story is considered to be the oldest surviving example of Japanese narrative... A little baby is found inside the stalk of a glowing plant by a bamboo cutter. He takes her home, and raises her with his wife as their own daughter, and they give her the name Kaguya-Hime (radiant-night princess). She grows into a beautiful adult woman, with many suitors, even the Emperor of Japan - and she rebuffs them all. »
- Jenni Miller
Adam reviews the latest animated film from Hayao Miyazaki.
Ponyo is positively gorgeous to look at, and adding to its awe inspiring grandeur is the fact that it was all hand drawn. That's right. In this day and age of computer generated animation, Miyazaki still prefers the old school approach. The underwater vistas and numerous shots of waves crashing on the beach are simply astonishing.In terms of story, Ponyo is quite often more strange than it is magical. While it certainly has elements of Disney favorites such as Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and Pinocchio, tonally speaking, »
By Austin Lugar
Hayao Miyazaki is truly a director unlike any other. His ability to create his own unique magical world is a feat worth remarking on. ‘Ponyo‘ is his tenth feature film and it is now one of my favorite along with ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ and ‘Spirited Away.’
For in his latest cinematic beauty, he throws the audience in right away with practically no introduction to the magical surroundings. Much like Wall-e, Miyazaki has a long wondrous stretch of story without any traditional dialog. It opens with a wizard fish man (Voiced by Liam Neeson) and a large school of goldfish, the largest fish being Ponyo. Ponyo breaks away from her father/wizard and ends up close to the shore where she meets a young human named Sosuke (Voiced by Frankie Jonas, the real fourth Jonas Brothers. Sorry, eight-year-olds I’ve lied to. »
- Austin Lugar
Director: Hayao Miyazaki Writer(s): Hayao Miyazaki Starring: Japanese version: Yuria Nara, Hiroki Doi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, George Tokoro, Kazushige Nagashima English version: Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Laraine Newman, Madison Davenport, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Lily Tomlin Ponyo (referred to as Brynhildr by her father, Fujimoto) is a fish girl who lives in an aquarium in her human (?) father's underwater castle with numerous smaller fish sisters. She is driven by an unyielding desire to see and experience the world that her father is trying so hard to protect her from – a world run by environmentally careless humans. Ponyo escapes her father’s grasp and ends up stuck in a bottle stranded on the shore of a small fishing town. Sōsuke – a five year-old boy who lives on a cliff high above the sea – rescues Ponyo; they are instantly enamored with each other and their fates permanently entwined. »
- Don Simpson
No one's more highly regarded in the world of animation than Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, the director behind such classics as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke (to name just a few). If you live in Sydney, here's your chance to see his latest masterpiece, Ponyo, a sweet childhood fantasy about a little fish who wants to become a human girl. We've got 15 double passes to give away to a special preview screening at the Dendy Cinemas in Newtown next Monday, August 24, at 6:30pm. »
Ponyo swims into theaters today, and as the latest film from director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, who gave us such landmark titles as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, this little fish finds itself in a very big pond, and in some highly esteemed company.
The movie tells the story of a magical fish, who yearns to leave the ocean and visit the human world. To this end, she sets out on a quest that nearly takes her life. She is rescued by a human boy, Sosuke, who takes her home in a bucket, and promises to take care of her. When Ponyo’s father, Fujimoto, a once human mad scientist who fell in love with the sea, learns of it, he is furious, and comes to take her back. But Ponyo is too much like her mother, and will not be contained. She is determined to become a human girl, »
- E. Douglas
What struck me first about the animation in Ponyo is how traditional it looks. Not really dated, but certainly old fashioned in the classic sense. It would appear that Studio Ghibli don’t really alter the look and method of their productions. Of course, they don’t need to, when they’re maintained at this quality. It goes without saying that the animation is superb. Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki once again devises spectacular visuals and imaginative fantasy elements to compliment his timeless stories.
The template behind Ponyo is familiar to most. It’s the story of a sea-creature who falls in love with a surface-dwelling boy, to the disappointment of her father, who she then escapes from and defies by transforming into a human girl. This isn’t The Little Mermaid, however, as Miyazaki merely uses that basic template to inspire an original tale that’s less about romantic pursuit as it is about… »
- Arya Ponto
When Disney released its take on Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Little Mermaid” back in 1989, some purists griped that in excising most of the story’s agony and tragedy, Disney lost the story’s heart. Those purists won’t be any more comfortable with Ponyo, another animated take on the story, this time from Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki. It’s aimed at particularly young audiences—in the Miyazaki oeuvre, it’s much closer to My Neighbor Totoro than Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke—and it barely has conflict, let alone a sense of menace or threat. It »
Hayao Miyazaki's last three films (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle) platformed in America to mild success. For his 10th and latest movie, Ponyo (the story of an ocean goldfish and her quest to become human), Disney will be granting it a more confident, nationwide release this Friday. Frankly, the more opportunity America gets to see a Miyazaki movie, the better: they expertly breach multiple genres and fulfill the visual promise of hand-drawn animation. But they also feel deeply personal. Always directing from his own scripts, Miyazaki can take any story and mold it to his likeness, creating »
29 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
London -- This year's Ghent Film Festival will draw on the output of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli with the Belgium event playing host to a retrospective from the Studio's founder directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
Organizers said Wednesday the retrospective will reflect this year's Asia theme for the festival, which runs Oct. 6 - 17. It also ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary -- Provincial Center of Art and Culture.
The Ghent Film Festival will include "Spirited Away" and "Howl's" as well as "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," from Miyazaki, as well as "Pom Poko" by Isao Takahata, "The Cat Returns" by Hiroyuki Morita and "Tales from Earthsea" by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son. »
- By Stuart Kemp
Just by himself, John Lasseter is enough animation genius for one room. Moderating the Disney/Pixar animation panel this morning, Lasseter knew he was in complete control of the crowd-- "Time for a sound check. Is this shirt loud enough?" And while the crowd ate it up when he presented footage from Beauty and the Beast 3D, The Princess and the Frog and a teaser for Toy Story 3, the real gushing started when Hayao Miyazaki joined him on the stage. Miyazaki, the Japanese animation master behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and his newest film Ponyo, is making his first trip to Comic Con, and the crowd reception may guarantee that it won't be his last. He received the biggest standing ovation I've seen yet, as thousands of American fans finally got to express, in person, how much his work has meant to them. Lasseter, who »
Yep, next week is Comic-Con. It'll be an exciting time for everyone, even if you're not going to be there in San Diego. One extra special event that I wanted to make mention of is a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's new movie Ponyo that our friends at HitFix are hosting. They've partnered with Disney to present the English dubbed version of Ponyo on Friday, July 24th, starting at 8:00Pm. Best of all, though, is that the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki himself will be there. He will be introducing the film alongside of HitFix's Drew McWeeny - which is very rare occurrence and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don't miss this screening! "It's been ten years since Hayao Miyazaki came to America to promote Princess Mononoke, the first of his films to get a major push theatrically here," McWeeny explains on HitFix. "This is a family movie in every sense of the word. »
- Alex Billington
We just posted the details of our special Comic-Con screening of Hayao Miyazaki's magical new film "Ponyo," and I couldn't be more pleased to be part of the event. It's been ten years since Hayao Miyazaki came to America to promote "Princess Mononoke," the first of his films to get a major push theatrically here. That was through Miramax, back when they were a Disney company, and since then, the Studio Ghilbli deal has moved over to the Walt Disney label, where they've been slowly but surely putting out most of the Ghibli library on DVD with new English-language dubs. Honestly, »
I just got my copy of the Japanese Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – Miyazaki Anime to Tomo ni Ayunda 25 Nenkan Blu-ray Disc that not only includes the incredible anniversary concert of Hayao Miyazaki’s favourite composer Joe Hisaishi but also a nice surprise for those of us who cry themselves to sleep every night because there’s still no Studio Ghibli film available on Blu-ray Disc.
The bonus feature consists of selection of music videos with scenes taken from some of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterworks (sadly not from Totoro, Laputa and Spirited Away) in HD quality! While these videos have been encoded in 1920×1080i and sometimes show compression artifacts and edge enhancement effects (especially Kiki), they are the closest thing to a Blu-ray Disc preview for Studio Ghibli films we currently have. So this is what we can at least expect quality wise for next year when the studio starts to »
My introduction to the work of Hayao Miyazaki was a crash course right around the time Miramax was getting ready to release "Princess Mononoke" here in the Us. One of the regular contributors to AICN, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, was a raving Miyazaki lunatic, and he had spent months trying to talk Miramax into letting AICN have one of the one-on-one interview spots when Miyazaki came to La. He finally talked them into it... and then couldn't make it to La for the interview. He was gutted, and I still feel bad about it. He really should have been the one to sit »
Richard Kelly didn't exactly set the world on fire with Southland Tales, but his previous film Donnie Darko is one of my favorite movies of all time and I'm hoping this new film is more along those lines. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, The Box stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple whose financial problems can be cleared up quite simply. If they press the button on a mysterious box then they will be given a million dollars but someone they don't know will die. Sounds like a classic Twilight Zone moral dilemma, and Matheson did pen a few episodes of the series. We can find out what's in the box on October 30.
I really like the look of this animated feature since it doesn't look like Disney's typical work (they're releasing it here in the States) and it looks kind of »
- Matt Bradshaw
tuesday thursday top ten: for the listmaker in me and the listlover in you
What follows is a reworking of a post originally published in 2007. It's two years later and you know what that means: Pixar has given us two more classics. Up brings their feature film count to ten. You know what Ten means: Top Ten Time!
Pixar by Preference
Pixar's only dud. Chief among its problems: the anthropomorphics were forced. Let me get this straight: Cars as bugs on windshields of cars as cars who act like humans and they even sleep in hotels for cars -- What? What? It's not quite Shark Tale in the realm of painful "they're just like us!" pandering but it's not 'good' either. I would give it a second chance except it's also Pixar's longest feature... too long by about 23 minutes. Thankfully, they seem to have reversed their bloated running time trending. »
- NATHANIEL R
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