Rosalyn's Blog: August 2014

Tales from Earthsea (2006)

There was a time when humans and dragons were one.

Japanese title: ゲド戦記
(Gedo Senki)

Comments on Movie: Tales from Earthsea (2006)
"Abstruse and confusing, Tales from Earthsea's story grows increasingly blurry the closer it gets to what should be a deeply satisfying conclusion." - Tom Keogh, Seattle Times.

"Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice.

"Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation." - Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media.

"The art is okay but the screenplay is beyond terrible." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Fantasy 2D Animation Animated Feature

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Poster

Japanese title: ハウルの動く城 
(Hauru no Ugoku Shiro)

Comments on Movie: Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
"An eye-popping, mind-bending phantasmagoria from one of the greatest living film artists." - Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Jones' book is a charming and thoroughly absorbing treat." - Tasha Robinson, AV Club.

"There is no story, or rather, there's no force to the story, which meanders almost casually this way and that for no apparent reason." - Stephen Hunter, Washington Post.

"This magical anime film follows an unusual adventure infused with romantic conundrums." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Family Fantasy Romance Steampunk Hayao Miyazaki
2D Animation Animated Feature

The Cat Returns (2002)

The Cat Returns (2002) Poster
Journey to another land.

Japanese title: 猫の恩返し 
(Neko no Ongaeshi)

Comments on Movie: The Cat Returns (2002)
"Has its whimsical charms, especially for cat fans and children. But there's little tension or opportunity for emotional involvement in the brief story, and despite competent animation the cats are rarely anthropomorphised to good comic effect. One for anime - and animal - lovers only." - Anna Smith, Empire Magazine.

"While the cats in this film are sentient, their attitude and egocentric behavior is strictly feline." - Uri Lessing,

"The plot to The Cat Returns is also not as textured and layered as that of Spirited Away, and in a way makes the film a more accessible one, especially to younger audiences. Also thrown in are a number of slapstick scenes that border on the verge of being out of place, but will not fail to put a smile on most audience lips." - Soh Yun-Huei, FilmsAsia.

"Have some adorable and eccentric cats which can be an enjoyable watch for feline lovers but looks like experimental cartoon from decades ago which it's not." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) Poster
The tunnel led Chihiro to a mysterious town...

Japanese title: 千と千尋の神隠し
(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Comments on Movie: Spirited Away (2001)
"A movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune.

"Spirited Away, which was even more popular in Japan than Titanic, is the most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." - Peter Rainer, New York Magazine.

"A genuinely magical experience that both adults and children will enjoy. See it; you'll be glad you did." - Matthew Turner, ViewLondon.

"The animators create a complete world in both the characters and the meticulous backgrounds. It's rare to see a fantasy world so compellingly real or detailed." - Scott Hamilton and Chris Holland, Stomp Tokyo.

"Nothing short of breathtaking. One of those films no matter how many times you have watched it, in your childhood or present time, that is always enchanting as it would never fail to captivate you." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Family Fantasy Horror Supernatural Hayao Miyazaki 
Halloween 2D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite 

Worldwide Giveaway #1 - Results

This worldwide giveaway event has ended.

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) Poster
The Up and Downs of Life

Japanese title: ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん
(Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun)

Comments on Movie: My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
"Endearing, charming, funny and heartfelt tale that features a very unique animation style. It is a feel good story, but more than anything it is a slice of life and a reminder of why the little moments are what make life so great." - Bill Thompson, Bill's Movie Emporium.

"Infectiously funny, sweet and beautiful, My Neighbors the Yamadas is a beautiful love letter to family. Its simplicity and elegance make it all the more wonderful and profound." - James Ewing, Cinema Sights.

"The film takes its cue from the cartoon strip, having no central narrative and consisting instead of a series of wryly amusing observations about family life, organised into titled chapters that are summarised by Haiku poems from the likes of Bashō, Santōka or Buson." - Slarek, Cine Outsider.

"Despite the inclusion of a few genuinely compelling sequences, My Neighbors the Yamadas essentially comes off as a series of short films haphazardly jammed together, and it seems entirely probable that the movie would be best served by a viewing in separate installments." - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

"Impressive artwork. This beautiful pastel colored film full of family gag is never shy to depict the antics of the characters and the daily crisis of family lives." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Comedy Family Isao Takahata 2D Animation Animated Feature  

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Japanese title: もののけ姫 

Comments on Movie: Princess Mononoke (1997)
"Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get." - Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times.

"On its most obvious level, Princess Mononoke is a yarn about a heroic quest into the realm of the supernatural, a storytelling mode as familiar as the legends of Beowulf, Siegfried or Hercules." - Andrew O'hehir,

"Brooding, occasionally bloody and often abstract, it explores animation's dramatic potential in wondrous ways." - Susan Stark, Detroit News.

"Epic, mythic, simply terrific, Princess Mononoke brings a new kind of animation experience to the American moviegoing mainstream." - Jay Carr, Boston Globe.

"A great epic film in animation. Vivid, imaginative and well thought out." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Epic Fantasy Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature  

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Whisper of the Heart (1995) Poster

Japanese title: 耳をすませば 
(Mimi o Sumaseba)

Comments on Movie: Whisper of the Heart (1995)
"This urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. It's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists." - Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly.

"Sweet and well-observed, Whisper of the Heart is about self-discovery and little else." - Marty Mapes, Movie Habit.

"Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them." - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine.

"The film's such a perfectly delightful little rom-com that it pretty much ruins all other romantic comedies for me." - Noel Vera, Critics After Dark.

"It doesn't at all feel dated, though how well it will age remains to be seen." - Aaron Wallace,

"Beautiful nostalgic and realistic depictions of Japanese lives and dreams. If you watch this, you may be able learn something invaluable from all of the characters." Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Drama Family Romance 2D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Pom Poko (1994)

Pom Poko (1994) Poster

Japanese title: 平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ
(Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)

Comments on Movie: Pom Poko (1994)
"Pom Poko is weird, peculiar in cultural folklore, superstitions and traditions, but it has heart and moral issues that demand attention. Its unique narrative style, pacing and themes do make it a typical film for kids, yet for the young demography the moral lessons will go a long way." - Le Apprenti, Movie Vault.

"An excellent contribution to Ghibli's legacy of pro-environment fables about the magic of the natural world and the emptiness of crowded cities." - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy.

"By no means a particularly good film...But as a cultural curiosity and a showcase for stunningly bizarre animation, there's nothing else quite like it." - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine.

"Deeply affecting and visually mesmerizing." - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher.

"This bittersweet animation is both blissful and depressing as it shows that ultimately nothing can be done to undo the actions of human beings to return the nature back to what it was; even with the Tanukis dying, trying to make a change." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Comedy Drama Fantasy Isao Takahata 2D Animation Animated Feature

Worldwide Giveaway #1 - I love Studio Ghibli

I love Studio Ghibli, what about you?

Hello everyone, this is the first worldwide giveaway on my blog for fellow film lovers!
Anyone can join, no matter where you are originated from!

Porco Rosso (1992)

Porco Rosso (1992) Poster

Japanese Title: 紅の豚
(Kurenai no Buta)

Comments on Movie: Porco Rosso (1992)
"Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism." - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times.

"Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface." - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine. 

"Only wish that more films like these, animated or not, were made in today's mass-production environment." - Lindsay Mayer,

"Underrated and exciting." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed. 

"This film is complex, just like the human society is. Even so, Porco Rosso (1990) is enchanting as it champions love and honor." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Fantasy Romance Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature

Only Yesterday (1991)

Only Yesterday (1991) Poster

Japanese title: おもひでぽろぽろ
(Omohide Poro Poro)

Comments on Movie: Only Yesterday (1991)
"It is the most singularly mature, adult-oriented of all Ghibli's theatrical features" - Timothy Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy.

"It's a story of self-discovery, like many others, but what makes it so memorable is how real the characters feel and how relatable they are." - Kaikyaku, The Nihon Review.

"Everyone should have a chance to see this work of art. If you're lucky enough to find some way to watch it, please do." - Luke Schwiebert.

"Steeped with nostalgia in every scene; it is impossible to talk about this film without saying the word dozens of times." - Aaron Pinkston, Battleship Pretension.

"Lovely story of a woman who rediscovered herself. A real life drama in animation, this film certainly shows that animation aren't just for children." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Drama Romance Isao Takahata 2D Animation Animated Feature

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Poster
I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.

Japanese title: 魔女の宅急便 
(Majo no Takkyūbin)

Comments on Movie: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
"Isn't about drama, it is about falling into the lives of these characters and enjoying every moment of your time with them." - Bill Thompson, Bill's Movie Emporium.

"You can really appreciate what Miyazaki was trying to achieve with this simple but beautiful tale." - Andy Webb, The Movie Scene.

"None of the adventures in this vignette-oriented tale truly deal with the supernatural. Substitute witch-in-training for any other coming-of-age tale and you'd have the same storyline." - Bill Gibron, PopMatters.

"In a striking departure from most children's films, Kiki faces no villainous figures and her only real obstacle comes from within herself." Aisha Tariq, The National. 

"It should be noted that whatever fans feel about these musical alterations, none of them were done without the permission of Studio Ghibli." - Jon Turner, Anime English Dub Reviews.

"Sweet but not bewitching for a witch fantasy film." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Drama Family Fantasy Hayao Miyazaki 2D Animation Animated Feature