Mononoke on the big screen would be awesome.
Recently watched films:
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga - ***
Series 7: The Contenders - **
The Island President - ****
The Friends of Eddie Coyle - ****
The Proposition - ****1/2
It was def awesome on opening night back in 1999.
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Nausicaa on the big screen was a breathtaking experience.
Nausicaa is a masterpiece. My favorite Miyazaki - Totoro and Spirited Away are close seconds.
Ha .. I think I saw Spirited Away about six times on the big screen the year it came out. And I never do that. (Usually two, maybe three max if I really love it.) I'm sure the dragging-the-kids along thing is partially to blame, but still ... that's no doubt my record for contemporary films.
And I would've taken Dally as well, if he'd have let me !
My friend didn't like Nausicaa or Laputa.
She liked Howl's Moving Castle and The Cat's Return alot.
*lol* I'm not sure if I've ever shown her Spirited Away!
Though I'm sure she knows and loves Princess Mononoke.
I liked Ponyo very much. Maybe not one of his best (overall), but it's so damn cute!
Love is old, Love is new
Love is all, Love is you
While I've been in a very small minority of fans of Goro Miyazaki's debut feature Tales From Earthsea, his follow-up effort From Up On Poppy Hill represents a big leap forward for the filmmaker in terms of telling a concise and direct story. Written by his father, this stands apart from most of Hayao's work in that it has no supernatural elements whatsoever, putting it alongside other realistic Ghibli releases like Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday, and Grave Of The Fireflies.
The stakes aren't very high, as the story revolves around the blooming of young love between two teenagers, with the main subplot about an attempt by students to preserve an old house used for extracurricular school activities that's scheduled to be torn down. Taking place not too long before the 1964 olympics in Tokyo, the period detail is subtle but puts the viewer easily in the mindset of the era. A time of change, but also still nursing wounds from the recent Korean War.
There's an interesting twist that comes about 1/3 of the way through that makes this a little more unique than your standard puppy love romance, and this really had me guessing most of the way through as to what would happen.
The animation isn't astonishing in its creativity, but the Ghibli standard of attention to detail is as rich here as it's ever been. The music is not by Joe Hiasashi but I found it pleasant regardless, alternating between a piano score and some more retro songs.
I can't really find anything negative to say, and while this doesn't reach the heights of the great Ghibli wonderments, for what this is it's pretty much perfect.
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So I just started a new job so I unfortunately missed 3 of the films that I most wanted to see: Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke and Castles in the Sky. All three of which I've never seen.
But so far I've watched Spirited Away (DEFINITELY, not the first time I've seen it), My Neighbour Totoro (second viewing) and Porco Rosso. Spirited Away, blew me away, like it always does and it looks so good on the big screen. It's fantastical and creative, yet the emotion feels real. My Neighbour Totoro is cute and perfect for what it is, it is a really strong film but it does feel slight, not to say it isn't a good film. Porco Rosso was really incredible, it is a beautiful film and a testament to old Hollywood in addition to aviation.
Interesting. I never noticed this. One IMDB poster posted this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes...e#LocalizationHarvey Weinstein, Miramax's chairman, wanted to edit Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable. Miyazaki says his producer sent Weinstein a katana with a message stating "No cuts," in response
Producer saved the film.
Spielberg vs. the Industry. Who Will Win In The End?
Lol. Nice story. I bet Weinstein was confused. "Is he saying cut it or don't cut it? Whatever, this katana is fabulous"
They're trying to do a stage version of Mononoke in London, which I feel could either be the world's best or worst idea. Either way, I'm sad that I a) do not live in London, and b) it's sold out anyways. I'd be very interested to see one of Miyazaki's worlds on stage though, since they're so unique and brought to life so effectively on film.