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“You’Re Tearing Me Apart, Lisa!”
Another great lineup of midnight movies for the ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ for late July through early September. It’s a typically good variety of titles that will draw the late night movie buff crowd and a couple of retro surprises are to be found. The Midnight Movie experience has always catered to a college-age crowd and that’s the way it should be. When I was that age, in the early ’80s, midnight standards included A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Graduate (1967), Night Of The Living Dead (1968), King Of Hearts (1966), and Harold And Maude (1971). Those last two haven’t shown in many years. King Of Hearts especially seems to have fallen off the cult movie radar , so imagine my surprise when I saw that the Tivoli had Harold And Maude as part of their new line-up. That’ll be some old school midnight fun »
- Tom Stockman
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.
Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping. »
- Tom Stockman
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 30th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Top 5 Of 2015 (So Far)
5. Wolfen (Warner Archive)
4. River’s Edge (Kl Studio Classics)
3. Sullivan’s Travels (Criterion)
2. Blood and Black Lace (Arrow)
5. 3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley)
3. Thunderbirds (Shout! Factory)
2. Classics From The Van Beuren Studio (Thunderbean Animation)
1. Watership Down (Criterion Collection)
- Ryan Gallagher
Though the future of Studio Ghibli remains uncertain, if When Marnie Was There ends up being the revered animation house’s swan song, it will make for a fitting final chapter in the studio’s history, if not the outright best one. While the anime art style and visual storytelling that endeared Ghibli to millions is still present, and arguably its strongest yet in terms of consistency, When Marnie Was There is a minor entry compared to the likes of Spirited Away, or even last year’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
All the same, When Marnie Was There’s place among the Ghibli canon is undeniable. It’s at once a sweepingly elegiac melodrama, and a simple children’s fable, one adapted from the Joan G. Robinson novel of the same name. Ghibli stories split the difference between visionary fantasy and earthy realism, often times within the same movie, »
- Sam Woolf
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
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
“I love a woman who can kick my ass!”
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie screens midnights this weekend (June 26th and 27th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop got its own feature-length film in 2001 aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series’ story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. »
- Tom Stockman
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 16th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Unopened movies Christopher Lee News Thunderbean: Willie Whopper Blu-ray Pre-order Criterion September Line-up Scream Factory to release Army Of Darkness, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood Arrow Video: Zardoz, The Mutilator, Requiescant, The Firemen’s Ball, Closely Watched Trains, Hard To Be A God, Society Masters Of Cinema / Eureka: The Skull Warner Bros. Hammer Horror Blu-ray Box Set Warner Bros Special Effects Boxset (Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young) Sony to release The Last Dragon on Blu-ray Scorpion: Burn Witch Burn Kino Cartoon Classics Announced Kl Studio Classics F/X 2 and The Challenge Universal to put out »
- Ryan Gallagher
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Hayao Miyazaki classic, a couple of already-forgotten 2015 releases, the final season of what could be Aaron Sorkin’s last TV series, and more. Spirited Away (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - $21.96 (41% off) Chappie [Blu-ray + UltraViolet] - $19.93 (43% off) Wild Tales [Blu-ray] - $24.93 (29% off) Run All Night (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (49% off) Unfinished Business [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) The Lazarus Effect [Blu-ray] - $19.94 (50% off) Beyond the Reach [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) My Dinner with Andre [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) - $27.99 (30% off) The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Wild Tales Because it's in a foreign language Wild Tales was never going to be a massive hit stateside, but trust me, this is a movie you're going to want to give a shot as six short stories come together for a wildly hysterical anthology of revenge gone wrong. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Run All Night Sean's review of this one was just posted this morning (read it here) and he seems to have had mostly the same impression I had when seeing it in theaters (read my review here), which is to say it's something of a ho hum actioner, but does sport some solid performances.
Spirited Away (Blu-ray) This is probably my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film and it might have actually been the first of his I saw, I can't quite remember. However, if you're looking to get into the master animated filmmaker's work »
- Brad Brevet
This week, we’ve got another fantastic bounty of genre films hitting DVD and Blu-ray on June 16th, including a ton of cult classics like The Land that Time Forgot, Night of the Strangler and the Tentacles/Reptilicus double feature from Scream Factory.
Fans of Neill Blomkamp also have a lot to get excited about this Tuesday, as there’s a Limited Edition collector’s set featuring all three of his sci-fi actioners, with Chappie finally making his way home this week as well. Echo Bridge has put together two different DVD movie packs featuring a bunch of old-school horror movies, and the recent Blumhouse production, The Lazarus Effect, is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD, too.
The world of Neill Blomkamp is unlike any other. Distinct of story and vision, and for the first »
- Heather Wixson
Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is as much a masterpiece of animated wonder as it is a modern parable.
Push aside the dialogue. Then, let the vibrant visuals draw you into an alternate reality, where gold is a greedy fool’s dream, parents give in to gluttony, and indentured servitude and slavery are all very real. It’s rare, even in live-action films, when a layered story can be engaging without listening to a single word. Now, turn the dialogue back on. And realize that you won’t grasp the full scope of this subversive movie until your second or third viewing.
For the average western viewer, Spirited Away is far from a children’s tale. The story centers on Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is traveling with her parents to their new home. Unfortunately, the parents take a slight detour and stumble on a mystical bathhouse. When food starts appearing out of thin air, »
- Bags Hooper
“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
Hayao Miyazaki‘s films represent some of the greatest animation in cinema, but his ideas are so close to the material in some Japanese RPG video games that it seems only natural to see some of Miyazaki’s work reimagined in video game form. Spirited Away is among Miyazaki’s best work (Ok, I think it is his best work) […]
The post See ‘Spirited Away’ Recreated as an 8-Bit Video Game appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
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! »
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 »
To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise and DVDs!
From Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, The Wind Rises) and directed by Ghibli co-founder the legendary Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies), comes the spellbinding and visionary tour de force The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature), this exquisitely drawn and spellbinding story is based on the classic folk tale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’. Studiocanal are releasing both English language and Japanese versions, the dubbed release features an all-star cast with Darren Criss, Lucy Liu and Chloë Grace Moretz (as Princess Kaguya).
For your chance to win, just answer the question below:
Who voices Princess Kaguya in The Tale of Princess Kaguya? »
- Dan Bullock
To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibl’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to a back-to-back preview screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies! Both films were directed by Ghibli co-founder, the legendary Isao Takahata.
This celebration of all things Studio Ghibli will feature Japanese snacks for attendees, and additional prizes for those who bring along their most prized Ghibli possession or dress up as their favourite Ghibli character! This event will be taking place on the evening Monday 16th March starting at 6.15pm at a London West End location.
- Gary Collinson
Miyazaki Hayao may be done, but that certainly does not mean we are done with him. His enduring legacy will echo across animation forever and what better way to remember the legend than a spiffy box set? Madman proudly presents The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki - available on DVD and Blu-ray, April 15, 2015.Presenting the complete feature-length works of Hayao Miyazaki, world renowned artist, auteur and founding member of the iconic Studio Ghibli. This special limited edition box-set collects Miyazaki's 11 feature films - from The Castle of Cagliostro to the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away and his final masterpiece, The Wind Rises. It also features a bonus disc offering a rare look at some of his earliest works, presented with English translations for the first time.Complete list of...
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