With the recent news that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would be retiring, his Studio Ghibli films will only become more precious to fans. At the same time, audiences will turn a critical eye to the studio’s other artists and directors to see who carries the Miyazaki torch into the future. Some would look no further than Miyazaki’s eldest son, Goro Miyazaki, whose recent effort From Up on Poppy Hill is now available on Blu-ray. The charming tale, itself adapted from the 1980s manga from Tetsuo Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi, is a celebration of love in all its various incarnations and delves into some surprisingly mature material. Fans of Blu-ray extras will be happy to hear that the combo pack comes with over three hours of bonuses. Hit the jump for my review.
With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.
All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.
Hard to believe we’re already half-way through 2013. What’s even more surprising is the number of quality films from the first half of the year that flew under the radar. Want some quirky horror? Check out John Dies at the End and 100 Bloody Acres. Looking for the newest efforts from some up-and-coming writer-directors? How about Zal Batmanglij’s The East or Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong? Perhaps historical dramas like No, Lore and Kon-Tiki are more your style. Whatever your interest, 2013 surely has a film for you, you just might have missed it. Hit the jump for 15 movies from 2013 that deserve another look.
We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully Herbig. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.
- From Up on Poppy Hill, a Studio Ghibli film written by Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, and Anton Yelchin. From Up on Poppy Hill opens March 15th in New York and L.A. before expanding on March 29th.
- Top Gun 3D stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Top Gun 3D will have a 6-day-only IMAX 3D engagement from February 8 – 13th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the films.
With the number of Academy screenings picking up and the holiday season fast approaching, we’re starting to get into the thick of awards season. A full list of the animated films submitted for the Best Animated Feature Oscar consideration has now been unveiled, and it looks like we’ll see 21 films vie for the coveted trophy. The films include the big studio releases like Brave, Frankenweenie, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, as well as Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill and the adult-oriented A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.
It’s been a strong year for animated features, and Pixar is in no way a lock to take home the trophy for Brave given the film’s fairly lukewarm reception. It’s probably safe to assume that Brave will be still be nominated, and I’d venture to say ParaNorman and the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians are also pretty good bets as well. Hit the jump to check out the full list of animated films under Academy consideration, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the Best Animated Feature race in the comments. Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th.
Back in August, we brought you the trailer for Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki. Now, we have word that the English version has a planned theatrical release of March 15th, 2013. Lending their voices to that version will be such top talent as Gillian Anderson, Ron Howard, Christina Hendricks, Jamie Lee Curtis and Beau Bridges, among others. Hit the jump to see who else is joining the party, along with the synopsis for From Up on Poppy Hill.
Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest animated film from Studio Ghibli to grace our shores. Based on a popular manga by the same name, From Up on Poppy Hill follows a group of teens who attempt to prevent their school clubhouse from being demolished by a local developer. The trailer steers away from that plot and focuses on an interesting dynamic between a young boy and girl. From Up on Poppy Hill was released in Japan on July 16th of last year, but will be distributed domestically by GKIDS in March of next year. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.