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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Spirited Away

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.

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Posted by Raphael Nora Rose on 02/28/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Spirited Away

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.

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Posted by frankieb on 02/27/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Spirited Away

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.

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Posted by frankieb on 02/27/2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Spirited Away

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

Posted by Andrew Wright on 02/27/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Spirited Away

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...

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Posted by frankieb on 02/27/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “A Room of One's Own

Did they really just tape a used maxi pad to that guy's skull. I want to see this? Schmader what are you on?

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 02/26/2014 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Geological Liberties

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.

Posted by Gza1340 on 02/25/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

Robert, keep in mind that the spoiler in question here is that a dude fights a dragon. That's it.

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Posted by ROM on 02/20/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Garbage Day

So, this isn't a reboot of 1986's "About Last Night," starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Jim Belushi?

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Posted by ROM on 02/16/2014 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

"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!)

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Posted by Robert Triptow on 02/16/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Critical Miss

Exactly, its actually a pretty good film.

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Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 02/16/2014 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Garbage Day

I think im gonna like this!

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 02/15/2014 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

i dunno, this review actually makes me want to see it now.

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Posted by abt on 02/14/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

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.

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Posted by Aestro on 02/14/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

"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.

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Posted by Robert Triptow on 02/13/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Geek Out

Just a quick note; the PS4 version of this game will not be released until later in 2014.

Posted by Graham on 02/13/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Critical Miss

No, I understand. It was on purpose.

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Posted by Denis C. Theriault on 02/13/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Garbage Day

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.

Posted by Gza1340 on 02/13/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Critical Miss

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.

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Posted by Robert Triptow on 02/13/2014 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Everything Clicks

a story about toys, sounds like. Why, not just call it Toy Story?

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 02/11/2014 at 6:42 PM

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