Hayao Miyazaki

Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Tribute to Japanese Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki

Japanese director of magical animations such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, has a new film in… Read More

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Ghibli Releasing First Post-Miyazaki film, ‘Marnie’

When preeminent animator and director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement last September, it wasn’t quite clear how Studio Ghibli would… Read More

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Why Does Miyazaki’s Final Film Have Such Terrible Female Characters?

With the exception of a limited New York/Los Angeles run in November, Hayao Miyazaki’s latest — and final — movie won’t go into wide release in the United States until February 2014. This weekend, however, I was lucky enough to catch a screening of The Wind Rises at the New York Film Festival. As one would expect from the filmmaker who brought us Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, the fictionalized story of Japanese engineer Jiro Horikoshi is stunningly beautiful and deeply moving, although unlike most other Miyazaki films, the universe it depicts is largely historical reality rather than fantasy. There’s another major difference between The Wind Rises and Miyazaki’s other work, however: it’s completely missing three-dimensional, complex women — precisely the type of character the animator, director, and screenwriter has focused on in the past. [Warning: spoilers abound after the jump.] … Read More

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Hayao Miyazaki Announces Retirement

It’s being reported this morning that director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and filmmaker behind gorgeous films such… Read More

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50 Science Fiction/Fantasy Films That Everyone Should See

Last week, Flavorwire published a list of 50 science-fiction and fantasy novels that everyone should read – an article that prompted some great discussions in the comments. Since you’re all so wonderfully geeky, we’ve decided to follow up with a list of 50 essential sci-fi/fantasy films, for those who prefer the celluloid to the… Read More

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Here’s the Japanese-Language Trailer for Miyazaki Biopic ‘The Wind Rises’

Fast forward to 1:14 in the video above and find the first full-length trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s highly anticipated The… Read More

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Anime Films for People Who Hate Anime

Despite anime’s popularity amongst Western audiences, the Japanese genre is still a divisive topic with cineastes. Dismissive audiences often perceive an impenetrable generational/cultural divide and associate anime with hentai and its lurid subgenres like lolicon and shokushu goukan. Some moviegoers will never get past visions of rampant tentacle sex and their own pop culture blind spots to appreciate anime for what it can be: artistic and expansive animation that has the power to portray fantastical worlds with conviction. Several anime titles are set to release this month, and we wanted to offer ten recommendations that even the staunchest haters can appreciate — a variety of emotional, action-packed, and beautifully composed works that make great introductions to the genre. Feel free to leave your own recommendations, below. … Read More

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Characters from Miyazaki Films in Real Life

Hayao Miyazaki has a pretty spectacular — and often absurd — imagination, at least if the weird, wonderful characters in his Studio Ghibli films are any indication. But what would these bizarre creatures look like if transported into the real world? Andrew Michael Golden, whose work we recently spotted over at io9, attempts to answer that very question by transmogrifying those beloved characters into flesh and blood (er, sometimes). Click through to see the results, and then head on over to Golden’s website for comparison photos and even more transformations. … Read More

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15 Unforgettable Summertime Coming-of-Age Movies

Because the summer is finally in full swing (and we’re still looking for new ways to discuss Moonrise Kingdom), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite films from the season notorious for oppressive family vacations, summer camp, post-grad crises, and extraterrestrial visits — all wonderful expositions for growing up. At the same time, some of our favorite coming-of-age films illustrate that brief window of having zero responsibility, suggesting that maybe it’s endless hours of conversation and neighborhood adventure with friends (or whoever’s house is in biking distance) that have the most profound effect on us.

But whatever the premise, we generally seem to enjoy these stories (even the terrible ones — thank you, TBS) because they evoke recognizable parts of ourselves, either making us extremely nostalgic or thankful for the periods we’ll never have to revisit. And they can help those of us still trying to grow up feel not so alone. You can click through to see what we’re talking about, and we hope that you’ll share the coming-of-age films you love most in the comments, because gosh, doesn’t all this talk of childhood have you feeling warm and sappy and like sharing? … Read More

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