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"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and naïve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

"Porco Rosso": That Magnificent Pig in His Flying Machine

One wonders what Hollywood studios would have made of animated leading man Marco. He’s a short, fat, mustached Italian bounty hunter who just happens to be a pig (literally). Comical hijinks ensue, right? Yes, and fart jokes, thank you DreamWorks. But hold on a moment. Marco’s no comedian, and he’s not even all that sociable. […]

Hayao Miyazaki, Art Spiegelman Among "Time 100"

Animator Hayao Miyazaki and comic book artist Art Spiegelman are two of the the “Time 100,” a list of the 100 most influential people in the world as selected by Time magazine. Miyazaki is the director of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, while Art Spiegelman’s Maus remains a seminal work in […]

Miyazaki to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Fest

Nausicaa.net is reporting that director Hayao Miyazaki will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Venice International Film Festival in August. The director of the festival declared that September 9 will be “Miyazaki Day,” commemorated with screenings of his films.

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