Pom Poko

THOUGHTS ON: ‘Pom Poko’ (1994)

As Justin Jagoe and I recently recorded a forthcoming podcast about animated films, this is the first in a series of essays that will focus on outstanding or overlooked animation, as well as Blind Spots.…

Film Misery Writers Give Thanks in 2013

Thanksgiving is a day for eating excessive amounts of food, watching mindless television, and being close to friends and family. It is also a time to offer thanks for all of the things that make…

REVIEW: ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ (2013)

Grade: B- Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is bouncing back after a temporary dry spell which need not be overemphasized. Needless to say there have been more immaculate entries from the studio than Tales from…

New on DVD and Blu-Ray: November 20, 2012

Many great DVD and Blu-Ray ideas to watch while lounging about this holiday week (in America anyway...) The top releases this week: Warner Home Video Signature Collections Warner Home Video is releasing no fewer than…

New on DVD and Blu-Ray: May 22, 2012

It's been a while since we've done a rundown on the week's most exciting Blu-Ray and DVD releases, but with this week's collection of new titles being as exciting as it is, we figured now…

MOVIE LISTS: Ranking the Studio Ghibli Films

Pixar gets all the credit for being the world's most unimpeachable movie studio. Yet movie snobs and all-around animation geeks will tell you that every bit as deserving of kudos for consistent excellence in their…

REVIEW: ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ (2012)

Grade: B Perhaps the greatest achievement of nearly any movie coming from Studio Ghibli is that, despite resting their milieu in the magical and the whimsical and the downright gonzo, the emotions and truths they…