If you have seen my blog you can tell that I like Masamume Shirow’s Ghost In The Shell series. Actually, I like Shirow’s work. I also like the original Ghost In The Shell movie, the second movie, the TV series and the original manga and the subsequent follow up manga. So when I heard that Spielberg was making a live action version, I was a bit ecstatic. I didn’t get a chance to see it in the theatres and I just got the DVD.
For two days in December at select theatres.
Spirited Away is considered Miyazaki’s best film. A great thing to take the kids to.
And in some important news, Miyazaki is doing another film.
From everything I’ve seen, unless you are a rabid man hater, no the new Ghostbusters movie is not funny. I’m certainly not going to pay to see it. especially when this seems like the biggest joke.
A friend posted this on Facebook recently.
One of the things I like least about many movies, TV Shows and anime is that supposedly expert military or police forces will bring the wrong tools for the job they are expected to do. Here’s a case in point. This is from the anime Bubblegum Crisis, which was produced in the late 1980’s. The bad guys are humanoid robots loaded with advanced weaponry and armored with exotic materials. The heroes, or heroines in this case are four ladies with heavily armored power suits. Typical anime stuff. Here’s the opening sequence.
Here’s another post on the “controversial” choice of Scarlett Johanssen as Motoko Kusangi in the forthcoming Ghost In the Shell movie. The problem is that when you can’t escape the cultish thinking and progressive grey goo that comes out of the modern university, you self drain any possibility of joy in anything.
Ran into these two wonderful videos about how Miyazaki approaches his work. I don’t have much to add.
I’ve put a bunch of Ghibli stuff up on this blog and I will be putting up more, I suspect.
You can read about how Miyazaki creates in his two memoir volumes, Starting Point.
And Turning Point.
As wonderful as Miyazaki’s films are, they don’t actually represent the full scope of his story telling. The videos barely mention Miyazaki’s manga, you can’t ignore it and understand where the themes for a lot of the movie stuff comes from.
Miyazaki was drawing anthromorphic pigs long before Porco Rosso. Of course the manga and films are not the only homes for Miyazaki’s pigs. They can also be found somewhere in the Ghibli Museum, looking strangely like Miyazaki himself. But I’m not going to say where in the museum the tableau is. You will just have to find it for yourself.
But plan your trip carefully this year as the museum is closing from May 9 to July 15 this year for maintenance.