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Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 119 minutes
Disney and Studio Ghibli proudly present Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s (Best Animated Feature, 2002, “Spirited Away”) unforgettable animated adventure “Howl’s Moving Castle” in high definition, on Blu-ray for the first time ever — on May 21, 2013.
The fantastic new Blu-ray Combo Pack release lets “Howl’s Moving Castle” soar like never before with a breathtaking new HD digital transfer of the fantastic animated adventure that celebrates the power of love and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Brimming with a blend of imagination, humor, action and romance, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is the story of Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer), a diligent teenage girl working in her family’s hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she »
- Jess Orso
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
The title of this week's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Climb," has a dual meaning (and neither of them are related to the Miley Cyrus single). Figuratively, some continue to climb the ladder of power, as Varys and Littlefinger come face to face, and Tywin has a tête-à-tête with Lady Olenna. Literally, Jon Snow and the rest of his Wilding camp are faced with the daunting task of scaling the Wall. The adventure ultimately brings Jon and Ygritte even closer together, but they're the only ones who are getting any action these days. Sansa is filled in on the news that she's not going to wed her top crush, Loras, and I have a feeling Shae's not going to be putting out for Tyrion anytime soon. Let's break down all the big moments we'll be talking about until the next episode when you read more. The rock-climbing date from hell. »
- Becky Kirsch
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
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
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.
The story follows a young witch who leaves her family and travels to the big city on a mandatory year away from home to prove her independence.
She ends up using her magical powers to support herself by operating a broomstick powered courier service. The film was based on Kaidono Eiko's novel which has since spawned both manga and a stage musical.
The report also says that "The Grudge" director Shimizu Takashi has come on board to direct the big budget project. The work itself, though loved by kids, is one of "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro" director Miyazaki's least lauded films.
Source: Twitch »
- Garth Franklin
As most of you know, everyone at Collider are huge fans of Mondo. It seems like every time they put out a limited screenprint that blows us away, a short time later, they do it again. This probably explains their ever growing fan base, and why their posters sell out in minutes. For more on Mondo, here's our previous coverage. You can also check out everything they've released on their website. Be warned: some of their older posters are rare and expensive. A few days ago, I got on the phone with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. During our hour long conversation, we talked about a wide variety of subjects. Hit the jump if you're curious about upcoming gallery shows, if they're going to be at Comic-Con, the status of Drew Struzan's Dark Tower print, Olly Moss' Spirited Away, future Mondo Mystery Movies, new licenses, if they'll being doing more HBO prints, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Director: Junji Nishimura
Running Time: 325 minutes
Nura is a young boy who is three quarters human and 1 quarter demon. Given certain, usually stressful, circumstances his demon side is unleashed. Fortunately he lives in a house full of demons who are all part of the Yokai Clan. Nura is expected to one day succeed his grandfather as head of the Yokai clan, but Nura isn’t exactly sure that’s what he wants.
Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan has a wonderful main character for us to follow, as he is completely devoid of any ambition in terms of becoming a hero, at first. He isn’t exactly a Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter, who embrace their powerful sides and go into strict training regimes. Nura wants to be a normal human being, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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
"From Up on Poppy Hill," the latest hand-drawn Studio Ghibli animated feature, might have failed to grab an Oscar nomination last year, but it's an exquisite and engaging movie about young love and preserving the past. Gkids is expanding the film theatrically next month. (See "From Up on Poppy Hill" trailer below.) Written by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away") and directed by Goro Miyazaki, "Poppy Hill" marks the first collaboration between father and son after they had a brief falling out when Goro decided to helm "Earthsea" and Hayao didn't believe he was ready. However, the elder master had no objections to his son directing a more grounded and cross-generational story of Japan in transition as it prepares for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. While less fantastical than the typical Miyazaki movie, "Poppy Hill" is no less elegiac about honoring beauty, friendship, and tradition. The quaint Yokohama seaside town circa 1963 is »
- Bill Desowitz
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
From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arrietty) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up on Poppy Hillcaptures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling »
- Pietro Filipponi
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