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Howl’s Subtitled Castle.

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061505_howlsmovingcastleWhatever you think of his latest, "Howl’s Moving Castle" (and there is much roiling debate over whether the film marks a decline in quality, whether it represents artistic stagnation, whether it works, political commentary-wise, all nicely rounded up by David Hudson at Greencine Daily), it’s undeniable that Hayao Miyazaki does not get his due in the US. indieWIRE reports that the film opened in 36 theaters over the weekend with an $11,889 per screen average, which is fine for an indie film but not for one that should at least by rivaling "Kangaroo Jack" as something to bring your kids to.

That being said, we haven’t seen the film yet, because we are frightened of dubbing and of children. So we chased down the theaters where the subtitled prints (which are being simultaneously released) are playing (used the phone and everything!). Le voilà:

Opened 6/10:

El Capitan – Hollywood, CA
Loews Dupont Circle – Washington, DC
Coolidge Corner – Brookline, MA
Landmark Kendall Square – Cambridge, MA
Ritz East – Philadelphia, PA
Loews Shirlington – Arlington, VA
Landmark Metro – Seattle, WA

Opening 6/17:

Landmark Shattuck – Berkeley, CA
Kentucky Twin – Lexington, KY
Clearview Clairidge – Montclair, NJ
Loews E-Walk – New York, NY
Landmark Sunshine – New York, NY
Cinema Arts – Huntington, NY
Fine Arts – Scarsdale, NY
Drexel – Columbus, OH
Regal Arbor – Austin, TX
Cinema Arts – Fairfax, VA
Marcus Westgate – Madison, WI

A. O. Scott at the New York Times knows his Ghibli, and in honor of the Museum of Modern Art’s Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata: Masters of Animation retrospective, he dwells on the unique appeal of Miyazaki’s movies:

As a visual artist, Mr. Miyazaki is both an extravagant fantasist and an exacting naturalist; as a storyteller, he is an inventor of fables that seem at once utterly new and almost unspeakably ancient. Their strangeness comes equally from the freshness and novelty he brings to the crowded marketplace of juvenile fantasy and from an unnerving, uncanny sense of familiarity, as if he were resurrecting legends buried deep in the collective unconscious.

He’s also one of the last of the great traditional animators, now that everyone else, including Disney, who’s distributing "Howl" here, has leapt into CG animation. In a short piece in the Sunday NYT, Spencer Morgan reported that many of the kids taken to see the documentary "March of the Penguins" assumed that at least some of the movie was computer animated.

+ Howl’s and dissent. (Greencine Daily)
+ THINKFilm’s Ozon Debut Tops a Cash-strapped Specialty Box office (indieWIRE)

+ Where the Wild Things Are: The Miyazaki Menagerie (NY Times)
+ Try Convincing a Child These Are Real Penguins (NY Times)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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