Rosalyn's Blog: July 2014

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Poster

Japanese title: となりのトトロ 
(Tonari no Totoro)

Comments on Movie: My Neighbor Totoro (1989)
"A film that crosses generations and cultural barriers: watching it, it's hard not to feel like a kid again." - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine.

"A classic children's film from the master of Japanese animation." - Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope.

"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy." - Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com.

"What Miyazaki has animated is an idyll, that most melancholic and nostalgic of genres, where landscapes vanish, innocence is lost and death is as much a part of nature as life." - Anton Bitel, Eye for Film.

"As a hangout movie for kids, My Neighbor Totoro pleases with its easygoing pace, curiosity about the natural world, and sweet spirit." - Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times.

"It is imaginative yet so realistic in a way so original that its naivety and novelty still captivates its audiences to date although decades has passed. It preaches us to believe and respect the nature and spiritual world." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Anime Family Fantasy Supernatural Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature

Happy Eid Mubarak 2014

I found this minion on Instagram!! ><
Happy Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends around the world!! ^^
Enjoy your day with your loved ones!! ♥

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Poster

Japanese title: 火垂るの墓
(Hotaru no haka)

Comments on Movie: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
"When was the last time an animated movie changed your philosophical outlook?" - Eddie Feng, Movie Metropolis.

"It holds tremendous power to reduce a grownup into a sobering mess." - Eternality Tan, @Filmnomenon.

"Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation." - Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com.

"The most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen. This is to animation what Schindler's List was to Spielberg – both a long overdue display of artistic maturity and a bold statement of ability." - Ernest Rister, Talkbacker.

"One of the most heartbreaking films ever made! Never underestimate the power of story telling through animation and the importance of film making!" Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Anime Drama Tragedy War Isao Takahata 2D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Castle in the Sky (1986)

Castle in the Sky (1986) Poster
Laputa, Castle in the Sky

Japanese title: 天空の城ラピュタ 
(Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)

Comments on Movie: Castle in the Sky (1986)
"Castle in the Sky is an...uplifting experience. It's the perfect place to view where Miyazaki has been and where he intends to go." - Bill Gibron, PopMatters.

"This movie as whole is the perfect example of Miyazaki’s philosophy: animation is not a goal, it is a means to tell his stories." - Arjan Welles.

"Some of the action verges on the cartoonish, but Miyazaki's extraordinary realism in dealing with his characters is already evident in this fun adventure story." - Jurgen Fauth, About.com

"Something for the little ones that you might even check out along with them." - James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page

"Whether it is a floating castle, a giant airship, a fall through a cave or an overdone comedic fight, the animation shines in every way possible ... Last, but certainly not least, the score supplied by Joe Hisiashi is a perfect complement to what is happening on screen. It matches the emotion of the characters and the viewer at every turn, whether it is a sad moment or one of exhilaration." - Bill Thompson.

"Steampunk, sky fantasy film with rich mythology in it. There are plenty of things that don't make sense but well, good, creative stuffs usually don't make sense!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Anime Adventure Family Fantasy Steampunk Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Poster
A band of young warriors on the wings of their greatest challenge!

Japanese Title: 風の谷のナウシカ 
(Kaze no Tani no Naushika)

Comments on Movie: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
"Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind, is a screen heroine--or, rather, hero--for the ages." - Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com.

"It's not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well." - John Gholson, Cinematical.

"Nausicaä is in some ways a grim and serious film, but it mixes a sweet optimism into its horror-filled lessons." - Tasha Robinson, AV Club. 

"Nausicaä isn't the best of Miyazaki's movies, but that's like saying that Godfather III isn't the best of the Godfather trilogy. It still deserves a place on any short list of all-time classic anime movies." - Theron Martin, Anime News Network.

"A film that represents many things; an ecological allegory on humankind and their relationship with nature; an examination of humanity's ignorance in resolving disputes through destructive means; or simply an adventurous tale filled with harrowing rescues, dashing battles, and gigantic monsters — the thematic quality that Miyazaki offers here is very rich." - Miguel Douglas, iSugoi.

"Studio Ghibli brought the standard for anime films to another level with this film and it deserves a lot of respect. Certainly one of the best adventure films I have ever watched." - Rosalyn Lim.
Genre/Tags 
Anime Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Hayao Miyazaki
2D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Mid July's Update

I have decided that my blog will continue mostly post about animated feature films and will maintain that for a long time. If you do check my posts, there are nearly 700 animated feature films listed in my personal movie marathon and that total will only increase as time goes. ><

I know I have been updating slow in a slightly irregular manner at an average of two animated feature posts per week. I could write fast and update daily if I have the time but I don't :< I always feel time-deprived because of my many life pursuits but I always do my best for everything that I am passionate of so rather than simply posting for the sake of update, I take my time to post.

My posts are not perfect and it is in fact very general because I do not thoroughly write or comment on technical things that every filmmakers should know but still, I do spent a lot of time on writing each posts and paid plenty of attention to details!

Current Contents of the Film Entries: Movie Poster, Trailer, Synopsis, Comments, Personal Thoughts, Who will like it, Movie Details, Official Website, Behind the Scenes, Favorite Character, Movie Quotes.

For the record, I have already watched most of the films listed, majority more than once. Some of these films I have even watched more than 10 times or perhaps nearly a hundred times during my childhood but which it is? You'll find out someday if you keep reading and for this blog, I rewatch these films at least once again before I write on the film entry that is. 

I also try to read up on them beforehand. Searching for movie posters, film critics'/movie reviewers' comments, reading the script for movie quotes and a legit screenplay is about 100 pages, etc, so yeah, I take at least 3 hours on writing each post and that's a decent amount of time consumed. It usually takes longer as I am always occupied, always stopped writing halfway then continue at a later time lol.

Anyway, it's been two months now and I am kind of pleased with my blog. I prioritise my film contents since the creation of this blog so please don't mind my existing blog design! Will try to beautify it and make it more presentable when I can. ^^"

As of writing, this blog has;
16 Animated Feature Entries
24 Animation Studio Entries
1 Invitation to Premiere Screening
73 Facebook Likes
3632 unique visitors
4667 pageviews

Although majority of you don't leave a note or even say hi, I am happy that you guys visited. Apparently one of the top visitors' country is Russia... so огромное спасибо!! 

Thank you so much for supporting my blog in every little ways everyone, really appreciate it!!

I will be "spamming" Studio Ghibli films entries from 20th July 2014 onwards and I am also thinking of giveaways (Totoro Plushie?) so stay tune!! Take care!!

Rio 2 (2014)

Rio 2 (2014) Poster
It's on in the Amazon

Comments on Movie: Rio 2 (2014)
"In spite of some sloppiness this movie earns a lot of good will for having its heart in the right place." - Mathew DeKinder, STL Today.

"A spirited journey, peppered with plucky action, some rousing musical numbers, and a dash of silly slapstick." - Kristy Puchko, CinemaBlend.com.

"The film is at its most entertaining in the musical sequences." - Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald. 

"Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it." - Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times.

"In general, Rio 2 feels less inspired and more forced than its predecessor." - Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun.

"Rio 2 (2014) is fun, adorable and entertaining. It works as a sequel as it follows up the life of Blu and Jewel after the first film." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Adventure Comedy Family Musical Rio 3D Animation Animated Feature

Epic (2013)

Epic (2013) Poster
Discover a world beyond your imagination

Comments on Movie: Epic (2013)
"Although this adventure's premise will appeal to children, and the child within us, the film itself is far too simplistic to be a classic." - Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com.

"Visuals are enthralling enough for little and big folks to offset a predictable, albeit sweet, story." - Claudia Puig, USA Today.

"Beautifully animated forest fantasy for undemanding families." - Bruce Bennett, Spectrum.

"This woodland fairy tale is not nearly as Epic as the title would suggest." - JimmyO, JoBlo.

"Marks an achievement of note, though not of honor: it is the most beautiful boring movie ever made." - Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique.

"Gorgeous visuals as usual but this is truly misleading; an injustice and this film doesn't live up to its title." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Adventure Epic Fantasy Family 3D Animation Animated Feature 

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Poster

When the Earth falls apart, history's greatest heroes will keep it together.

Comments on Movie: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
"Like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing." - A. O. Scott, New York Times.

"The best bits are basic and all but voiceless: those Scrat-intensive set pieces, still inspiredly squirrelly if much too far apart." - Jonanthan Kiefer, Village Voice.

"Will perhaps be a delight for little kids." - Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com.

"It's only a wish that with the inevitable fifth instalment, the screenwriters would work more closely with the directors to create a film that's every bit as heart-warming as it is visually august." - Jamie Neish, EmptyScreens.com.

"Plenty of historical and mystical humour; this film will certainly charm you, if you allow yourself to enjoy the Ice Age adventure that is." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Adventure Comedy Family Ice Age 3D Animation Animated Feature 

Beginner's Acting Workshop with Doppo Narita by The Actor's Studio Academy @ KLPAC

I have at least three news to share, one of it you'd have already known if you've followed my facebook or instagram - I have graduated from Beginner's Acting Course!! Yay!! 

Second news is, I did my first TV Commercial last month and it is airing now. However, I am just an extra, so after all the edits I only appeared for about ~1 second lol.  

Third one, I am invited to Deliver Us from Evil (2014) premiere screening. Thank you, Nuffnang

I know haven't been blogging in several days because I am preoccupied with various other commitments and still is... but that doesn't mean I'll go on hiatus, will be a little slow on updates.

Will blog about them some other day but for today,
I am writing about my 2 months acting course!

** This post is not complete, will edit again at a later time **
** Sorry, not much photos/visuals for now **