If you’re a screenprint collector, get ready to spend some money. That’s because our friends at Mondo and Huckleberry are both dropping some cool posters tomorrow at a random time. Mondo has the regular editions of Olly Moss‘ Studio Ghibli prints (Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle), and Huckleberry will be selling the Tom Whalen Batman posters (both the regular and variant) that were released at Comic-Con.
Hit the jump for more info on how to buy the posters.
Mondo announced they will release a limited edition Studio Ghibli compilation on vinyl July 26. Featuring performances from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Studio Ghibli Kokyo Kyokushu includes selections from Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Cat Returns, and My Neighbors the Yamadas. Naturally, Mondo recruited Tyler Stout to design three beautiful album covers inspired by Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Mondo will sell one version at Comic-Con tomorrow, and will make all three available at the Mondo site on July 26. Hit the jump for the artwork, tracklisting, and info on how to buy.
This year at Comic-Con, Mondo will be unleashing some fresh madness, although they will be mediating some of it with a pre-sale. In addition to the Martin Ansin‘ Conan the Barbarian poster we showed you earlier today, The Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique has unveiled posters by multiple artists for Pacific Rim, a Drew Struzan poster for The Dark Tower, and Olly Moss posters for Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Ansin, Moss, and Struzan will be in attendance at Comic-Con for autograph signings, and their posters will be available for pre-sale this Friday (follow @MondoNews for the announcement). Those who pre-purchased a poster can pick it up at Comic-Con (and only the person who purchased it). The Pacific Rim posters do not require a pre-order, and will be available on Preview Night (Wednesday, July 17th). Please behave in a calm and orderly fashion.
Hit the jump to check out the posters, and click over to Mondo’s blog for some essential details regarding the pick-up of posters and autograph signing dates. I also highly recommend picking up a sturdy mailing tube (e.g. Yazoo tube) to prevent your poster from getting damaged (the tubes from UPS and FedEx are very risky).
Today’s deal on Amazon is great for fans of Studio Ghibli. Many of the studio’s animated features are 55% off right now on Blu-ray and DVD, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, and many many more. If you’re missing a couple for your collection or have yet to start snatching these up, now’s the perfect time. Click here to check out the deals.
Earlier this year I was able to do a Hayao Miyazaki retrospective through Netflix DVD rentals, but his films lose their cinematic scope on the small screen. Characters in My Neighbor Totoro (tied with Spirited Away as my favorite Miyazaki film), Castle in the Sky, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind soar through the air through massive landscapes and it would be wonderful to see these movies in theaters. Thankfully, that opportunity will come to New York’s IFC Center beginning December 16th when Studio Ghibli and distributor GKIDS do a 15-film retrospective, which will include Miyazaki’s films. The retrospective will run until January 12th, feature new 35mm prints, and will run both subtitled and English-dubbed versions.
But it gets even better. GKIDS plans to bring the retrospective to Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and other major markets in early 2012. Fingers crossed one of those markets is Atlanta. And even if it isn’t, GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US. If these movies swing by your city, make sure you check them out. Hit the jump for the full press release and list of movies playing in the retrospective. Advance tickets can be purchased at gkids.com.
It’s been almost 10 years since David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. made its debut in theaters, but it still holds a very high place in the hearts of L.A. film critics. Here’s is [via Indiewire] the L.A. Film Critics Association’s just-released Best of the ’00s list:
1. Mulholland Dr. - David Lynch
2. There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry
4. Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
5. No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen / Zodiac - David Fincher (tie)
6. Yi Yi - Edward Yang
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – Cristian Mungiu / The Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson (tie)
8. Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki
9. United 93 – Paul Greengrass / Y Tu Mama Tambien - Alfonso Cuaron (tie)
10. Sideways - Alexander Payne
Hit the jump for my thoughts on their Top 10 as well as my personal list for the best of the last decade.