{film} song of the sea

Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. —Song of the Sea‘s lines borrowed from “The Stolen Child” by William Butler Yeats The Secret of Kells‘ (2009; my review) Tomm Moore returns with another visually stunning…

{film+book} howl’s moving castle

of note: in my desire to compare book and film, I have to spoil the book a bit, but only a bit. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is inarguably one of Studio Ghibli’s finest and best-known films. Its direction/screenplay is by the masterful Hayao Miyazaki. We have seen it countless times, enjoying the unusual story of a…

{film} Brave

There are many things to commend Brave (2012). Commentary regarding the music has run rampant. The voice talent was brilliant. And the story has you laughing uproariously, tense and dread-filled, and you very well may cry. The daughter was the only dry eye in our particular row. <shockingly spoiler-free review to follow> Set in Scotland…

{film} the secret world of arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) is a sweet little Studio Ghibli film. Inspired by The Borrowers books by Mary Norton, Hiyao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa infuse their own take on the little people who live beneath the floorboards and within the walls. Hiromasa Yonebayashi makes his directorial debut for Studio Ghibli with the telling…

{film} tales from earthsea

“It is not my book. It is your movie.” –Ursula K. LeGuin to Mr. Goro Miyazaki. For a long while now I thought Studio Ghibli could do no wrong. Their resume is that impressive, isn’t it? I’ve seen several of their films, both subtitled and dubbed. And then I saw Tales from Earthsea (2006) last week. When I…

{tv} Eden of the East

Back in June, Sean and I came across Eden of the East : The King of Eden (2009) on Netflix. The film was the first of two created to finish the story captured in an 11-episode Japanese television series created, directed, and written by Kenji Kamiyama. My mini-review is here. Last week we noticed that…

[film] L’Illusionniste

Few backdrops are prettier than those found in Sylvain Chomet’s British-French animated film The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste, 2010). I am already planning to re-watch this lovely comedy/drama so as to not have to mind the mostly silent characters’ expressions and gestures; which, admittedly, have a captivation all their own. Here are links to both Roger Ebert’s…

Eden of the East and Appleseed

I will wrap up what turned out to be a week in movies with two anime that Sean and I recently found Streaming on Netflix: Eden of the East: 1 (2009) and Appleseed (2004). Both of these were found via “related” or “recommendation” in connection to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (which we highly recommend); then there…