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Hayao Miyazaki

Five Movie Franchises That Deserve the Lego Game Treatment (photo)

Five Movie Franchises That Deserve the Lego Game Treatment

Anyone who’s ever brought and played through a licensed property or movie tie-in game–especially the ones aimed at kids–knows that they are the devil’s own coding. The shoehorned sensibilities, unoriginal design and general trying-to-hard vibe not only make you want to smash whatever console you play them on, they drain any enthusiasm you might have […]

What’s Your Favorite Miyazaki Film?  (photo)

What’s Your Favorite Miyazaki Film?

When it comes to animation for grown ups, no one can really compete with Hayao Miyazaki. The compelling storylines, complex characters, and beautifully rendered scenes make him the earned him international critical praise and fans of all ages around the globe. With Miyazaki, it’s not whether or not you like him (because you’re not dead […]

What to Watch on IFC: October 4-October 10 (photo)

What to Watch on IFC: October 4-October 10

Fall is here, the weather is getting a serious nip in the air, and the rain is getting biblical. If by “biblical” you mean, Seattle like. October has some treats and some tricks. We started Indie Screams, showing your favorite horror films through out the month of August. In conjunction with it, we have an […]

Studio Ghibli + Level-5 + Playstation 3 = “Ni No Kuni” Gorgeousness  (photo)

Studio Ghibli + Level-5 + Playstation 3 = “Ni No Kuni” Gorgeousness

Studio Ghibli’s best known for turning out charming and wondrous hand-drawn projects like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro”. Every time a Ghibli movie premieres, it’s generally regarded as a masterpiece. The animation house co-founded modern master Hayao Miyazaki may not have released as many movies as Disney, but their batting average rivals that of […]

Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’: A New Alice in Wonderland (photo)

Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’: A New Alice in Wonderland

I’m just going to say it: Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best cinematic storytellers in the world. His movies create fantastic worlds where anything can happen and usually does. Magic exists side by side with the workaday world and none of the denizens seems to particularly mind if a girl walks out of the […]

No Country For Foreign Blockbusters (photo)

No Country For Foreign Blockbusters

Even though it’s made $100 million in the rest of the world and is based on a global bestseller, it took months for Swedish murder mystery “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” to find a U.S. distributor. The film was finally picked up earlier this month by Music Box Films, known for previously saving the […]

Putting a Fine Point On It (photo)

Putting a Fine Point On It

Twelve years ago, Paul Verhoeven, ever the cynical prankster, turned Robert A. Heinlein’s jingoistic ’50s sci-fi novel “Starship Troopers” into a plug-ugly satire of homicidal xenophobia, making his whitebread human “heroes” even more grotesque than the giant insectoid creatures they regularly slaughtered. Trouble was, mainstream America didn’t really get the sick joke, even when Neil […]

Battle of the Bands (photo)

Battle of the Bands

This week offers animation from Asia, science fiction from South Africa, horror from Europe and romance on the home continent. Download this in audio form (MP3: 16:23 minutes, 15 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Bandslam” Despite the odd detour to pen such fare as the unpleasant 1993 remake of “The Vanishing,” […]

Comic-Con: Wild Things, “Hex” and Miyazaki (photo)

Comic-Con: Wild Things, “Hex” and Miyazaki

“This is getting weird…I like it,” Josh Brolin said midway through the audience Q&A of Warner Bros.’ presentation of “Jonah Hex.” Sitting alongside director Jimmy Hayward and co-stars Michael Fassbender and Megan Fox a mere 48 hours after the film wrapped production, Brolin was clearly enjoying the moment, teasing the audience that the only comic […]

The Many Mutations of Ron Perlman (photo)

The Many Mutations of Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman has done Ibsen, Chekov, Pinter and Shakespeare, but since his burly physique first filled screens in 1981’s “Quest for Fire,” the 59-year-old actor has become known as someone who can give strong performances under layers of facial prosthetics. (See also: “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and the TV show that launched his stardom, […]