I, for one, am glad 'Grave of the Butterflies' isn't being screened. It is an anti-Studio Ghibli film as far as I am concerned. The rest (while many include darker themes and in the case of 'Porco Rosso' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' also deal with war and death) are hopeful in their orientation.
I've heard really negative reviews of the current film as well. Which is sad too. Maybe he should have stopped sooner? In a way Ponyo would have been an excellent swansong.
But for a man in his mid-70's, there has to come a time when you put down the big toys (animated features are notoriously hard to create and he has been known to be more hands-on than any modern director).
Whatever he decides to do, his son Goro may have taken up the family business, but nobody should ever confuse the two. It would be like confusing Francis Ford with Roman Coppola.
I've already seen them all, of course, but I may want to check out 'Only Yesterday' again, as we rented a pirated VHS copy of that long ago from Movie Madness - bad picture and sound - and I'm not sure if it has been released on DVD here yet.
I wonder why they wouldn't show Takahatas 'Grave of the Fireflies'? Not exactly a happy film, but still....
The dubbed voices in that were awful compared to the japanese version.
I've actually seen them all, but that Takahata one "Only Yesterday" might be worth seeing again, as I think we rented a pirated VHS copy from Movie Madness long ago and I'm not sure if it is available on DVD yet....
I'd bet you've seen 'Grave of the Fireflies', and I'd also bet you'd agree the dubbing on that, especially the girl, wasn't nearly as good as the Japanese.
I wonder why they are not showing that one, actually.
I dig the dubbed Porco as well; Michael Keaton completely nails it as the main character.
Ponyo isn't part of the retrospective, unfortunately, but anyone with an interest in the rest of the lineup should absolutely check it out. My review from way back when.:http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/ponyo-warm-below-the-storm/Content?oid=2022886
Man, I've been waiting for this new film to get here since last summer.
I wish that I was getting the subtitled version though, though the dubbing seems to be pretty good. I actually prefer the english version of Porco Rosso to the japanese.
You omitted Ponyo...
Did they really just tape a used maxi pad to that guy's skull. I want to see this? Schmader what are you on?
Considering the track record for director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Aliens v Predator), not to be confused with the excellent Paul Thomas Anderson, it's hard to believe anyone would have high expectations for this. A few entertaining special effects on top of poor storytelling and even poorer acting is about all one could hope for.
Robert, keep in mind that the spoiler in question here is that a dude fights a dragon. That's it.
So, this isn't a reboot of 1986's "About Last Night," starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Jim Belushi?
"Exactly, it's actually a pretty good film." This illustrates my point. Whether or not you like a film is subjective. If you don't respect the film, okay, but spoiling shows disrespect for the reader who may have a very different opinion.
There were reviewers in 1980 who hated the entire 'Star Wars' phenomenon, as I recall. That didn't entitle them to reveal to readers that Darth Vader was Luke's father. (Whoops! Spoiler alert! Too late!)
Exactly, its actually a pretty good film.
I think im gonna like this!
i dunno, this review actually makes me want to see it now.
Hey dog, the whole point was to show a lack of respect to "Knights of Badassdom".
If you were really going to watch that and the spoiler in anyway "ruined" the movie for you, then I'm pretty sure this isn't the first time your film preferences have been disrespected.
"No, I understand. It was on purpose." I wish I'd seen that this was posted by the same writer. Otherwise I would have avoided such idiocy.
If you're going to review anything, you'd better understand this: You do not spoil. Not even if you don't like the film or the book or anything. The arrogance of spoiling is beyond comprehension, shows a lack of respect for the reader as well as for the film, and negates any valid observation you might possibly hope to make.
Just a quick note; the PS4 version of this game will not be released until later in 2014.
No, I understand. It was on purpose.
Not that I would ever let myself get dragged to garbage like this, but your review really puts a steak through the heart on this one. At least Winter's Tale sounds so ridiculously bad that it might be fun to go make fun of.
Since this writer can't seem to understand that a spoiler alert goes BEFORE the spoiler, I'm just going to have to regard his byline as a spoiler alert and avoid reading anything beyond that.
a story about toys, sounds like. Why, not just call it Toy Story?
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