Sept. 24, 2002, 5:10 p.m. CST
by OK Then
...Although at least there were a couple of posters for Iron Giant here and there. I'd like to see Olivia Williams get some more exposure, but this doesn't look like the vehicle.
Sept. 24, 2002, 5:12 p.m. CST
because the (admittedly deserved) plague of negativity on the Superman board was overwhelming...in any case, just as a plea, everyone, do American pop culture a favor...when Disney expands the number of theaters showing Spirited Away, TAKE YOUR KIDS...doesnt necessarily mean the ones from your loins....any kid you're close enough to to take to the movies without the biological parents filing for a restraining order....take 'em....theyll thank you for it later as opposed to the emotionally bankrupt crap being forcefed to them on Saturday mornings. for now, thats all i have to say. Revolution is still my name....whew....good to write positive things after the dual heart attack that was the Superman script and the Emmys.
Sept. 24, 2002, 5:19 p.m. CST
by Radagast T Brown
I mean, every time I've tried to sit a girl down and show her this "really cool piece of Japanese animation you've just gotta see!," she's either rolled her eyes and sulked or run screaming from the house.
Sept. 24, 2002, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Sod Off Baldric
That flick just looks superb. I really hope it opens up in my neck of the woods sometime soon. Also, BELOW sounds interesting, and I really want to see it. I loved PITCH BLACK, and am very interested in Twhohy's follow-up film.
Sept. 24, 2002, 6:21 p.m. CST
...for Spirited Away. Below sounds cool but I'm kind of surprised and not by Four Feathers, because while Elizabeth was beautiful it did seem to have an odd kind of structure thing going on. In any case, I thought Pitch Black was awesome. One of the few cases where that kind of washed-out, glaring light look it had actually worked and served the story. But the girl pretending to a boy was bullshit.
Sept. 24, 2002, 6:43 p.m. CST
i'm a sucker for pretty much anything Aronofsky touches, and Below looks to be no exception. that's why it's terribly depressing to see it locked up in the attic like a retard circa 1952. as for Spirited Away, i can't possibly say how much i'm looking forward to this. only thing is, it'll probably be another six months before it opens anywhere close to where i live.
Sept. 24, 2002, 7:22 p.m. CST
...the Superman talkback was gonna drown everything else in this column. Fortunately, we now have here. ANYWAY...SPIRITED AWAY really grew on me. The first time I saw it, I was cheating (no dubbing or subtitles...long story.) When my (second! The first was screwed) DVD showed up, I knew what the film looked like, but not what was going on. Man, what some context will do for a movie! PRINCESS MONONOKE was great, but basic and straightforward in its narrative. SA is much more symbolic, and as much impact as it had on this white guy in Ohio, I can only imagine how it must have felt to the Japanese as it tapped into their cultural memory of spirits and folklore. Which leads me to...do you think people will have a problem understanding or accepting this? (Minor spoilers) There's an awful lot of vomiting from No Face, and that Stink God is pretty foul. Are Americans gonna accept this in a serious film that many (most) are going to go into expecting a children's film? We're a pretty (snap) judgmental people, and the nasties coupled with the symbol-reliant narrative may leave some poeple wondering just what they're watching. The failure of REIGN OF FIRE (people complained that there weren't enough dragons...it's not ABOUT the damned dragons!) has dulled my faith in American cinematic acceptance somewhat.
Sept. 24, 2002, 7:23 p.m. CST
by The Feral Kid
Go see Wes Bentley's last movie (to the best of my knowledge it was) "The Claim" directed by one of the great film stylists Michael Winterbottom - I haven't see "24 Hour Party People" yet though. But "the Claim" is amazing with a mis-en-scene very much similar to the opressive atmosphere of Presbyterian Church in "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" where luck is the furthest thing from everyone's mind and survival is only motivation. The actors do some of the best acting work of 2000/2001, especially Peter McMullen as "the mayor of Casterbridge" character. And also an amazing tribute to "Fitzcarraldo" which uses the themes of that film to further those of "the Claim," but in a different light. Overall, a very overlooked film that many will see as boring and depressing. See it if you love "Chinatown" (and not just the reputation of "Chinatown")
Sept. 24, 2002, 8 p.m. CST
This was my favorite 2001 release with its original version and the English version will probably end up being my favorite 2002 release. It's just an amazing film that screams -- WATCH ME! There's so many beautiful images and it ilicits the entire range of emotions in a person. It's done very successful thus far (a whopping 1,200 avg per theatre on a Monday when the next highest is 400 and most are in the 60-100 range) and with its still perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and near-perfect on Metacritic (98/100), here's hoping Disney keeps it around for awhile instead of ushering it out quickly like Mononoke (8 weeks then gone)
Sept. 24, 2002, 8:31 p.m. CST
and Moriarty is being much to kind to that rank snoozefest. I agree, you'd be much better off renting "The Claim." You've all seen the shot in the commercials of the British square being attacked on all sides by the Mahdi's forces? Well, you've seen the best part of that turkey.
Sept. 24, 2002, 9:46 p.m. CST
I know the Halloween competition is unusually fierce this year (Ring, Ghost Ship, Red Dragon, Rules of Attraction etc. etc.), but my god, show SOMETHING, motherfuckers.
Sept. 24, 2002, 9:51 p.m. CST
by Fred Asparagus
Moriarty has my highest respect, from among those responsible for this page. But every once in a while, he betrays that respect, so to speak. Last time, it was the whole XXX "no, we weren't bribed to give this movie good reviews" item. Today's example is the assertation that Hayao Miyazaki is some one thousand times more talented and/or accomplished than Walt Disney. I enjoy Miyazaki's works, perhaps more than most. Proof lies in my VHS collection of fansubs, the DivX encodes that replaced those, my Princess Mononoke DVD, and a handful of Ghibli-related soundtracks. I won't suggest anything mathematically improbable along the lines that Walt Disney is one thousand times "better" than Miyazaki, but one has a choice: 1) A producer / writer / director of what is ultimately anime, meaning the characters have key design similarities from film to film (tell me they don't), who the majority of the time designs the main protagonist to be a young individual who is atypically capable and determined, and whose personality ultimately defines whether the movie in question will be serious or lighthearted. Padzu from Laputa is essentially a clone of Conan from Future Boy Conan. Also keep your eyes open for what I call the "Miyazaki touch", which entails some sort of BANG within the first five minutes, followed by at least a half-hour of exposition. A tried-and-true formula. 2) The usherer of colored animation and complicated techniques for art's sake. The inventor of the concept of surround sound, in ~1939 in fact, well before stereo was anything more than conceptualized. A man who, when you get right down to it, did not have anything to work from, so invented most of it. At the end of the day, I can say I've watched Fantasia more than any three Miyazaki movies, and I think that's a statistic that counts.
Sept. 25, 2002, 12:19 a.m. CST
Do you not have it? That's my favorite is all.--------How 'bout that $400,000 gross in one weekend from less than 50 screens(I think). I hope that boads well for a wide release or possibly just a good number. Remember, Disney, My Big Fat Greek Wedding built up word of mouth, let this do the same. Don't fret, it will.
Sept. 25, 2002, 1:05 a.m. CST
Hey, someone who is more geeky than I: please ramble off a list of things TWOHY has written/directed. I know he did THE FUGITIVE, PITCH BLACK, ARRIVAL. . .but I know he's done more. Someone help me out here. I want to see everything the guy does. He rocks. And its always a shame to see an Olivia Willams performance get passed over. Almost as much a shame as Gyllenhall's performance as DONNIE DARKO. Man, you want a creepy movie? Go rent that! That demonic bunny gave me nightmares for weeks.
Sept. 25, 2002, 2:16 a.m. CST
Check this list: (http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen/theaters.php) It's mostly complete for this Friday (September 27) but more theaters are expected for October 4. They're not listed because, well, theaters don't always plan two weeks in advance.
Sept. 25, 2002, 3:52 a.m. CST
Caught this flick four-five months ago in New Jersey, one of those test nights they do. Was wondering what happened to it. I dug that they never explained too much, that you had to think and figure out shit for yourself. Scarey too, especially when they go out diving in the night water with depth charges going off all round them. Never seen anythign quite like it.
Sept. 25, 2002, 5:16 a.m. CST
by Lance Turk
I'm not going to get into Spirited Away. But I saw it last weekend at my local movie house (great having a ritz here) and there were two comments I heard after the movie that say it all. As soon as the credits started to roll a 6-7 year old child shouted out, "That movie was long!" And on the way to my car I overheard an older husband and wife talking about it saying, "That movie movie felt like 2 and 1/2 hours."
Sept. 25, 2002, 10:16 a.m. CST
From a Miyazaki fan: saw it last weekend, really enjoyed it. Now the movie DID feel long, there were things that could have been cut or moved along faster (OK Miyazaki we are aware you know how to animate a girl walking up or down stairs realistically.) Other than that I was blown away continually by the originality of the character designs. Against my will, I was moved by the ending and wiped a few (well many) tears away. Will probably go see it again. As far as comments after the movie, I heard kids saying only positive things. Advice to fellow geeks: don't feel you have see this on a huge big screen in digital like I did, I have a feeling this looks better on your standard-issue movie screen in ?analog? format.
Sept. 25, 2002, 5:57 p.m. CST
BELOW and THE RING sound like films I want to see in theaters. At my age, that's rare. I usually wait for the video.
Sept. 25, 2002, 8:45 p.m. CST
...but there are some Disney studio films, both old and new, I like just about as much, just in different ways, and I consider comparisons between Disney and Ghibli to be pretty much "RINGO to ORENJI" (apples & oranges). I do agree that it isn't fair to compare Hayao Miyazaki with Walt Disney, but that's because Hayao Miyazaki is an actual director for the full length features (plus producer and/or character designer for a lot of the other Ghibli projects), while Disney was mainly interested in animated shorts, and he only directed shorts in the earliest years of his studio and was only a producer on the feature films and most animated shorts after 1930. Also, excessive adulation of the guy just makes my stomach nervous... I think my favourite piece of video I have ever seen of Miyazaki was giving a speech at Hideki Anno's wedding reception because he seemed like a normal (albeit hard-working) human being, not the god walking the Earth. I just hope I don't find SPIRITED AWAY to be as disappointing (compared to the hype I've heard) as I found MONONOKE to be (good film, but about my least favourite Miyazaki-directed Ghibli film).