Jirô Horikoshi: Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.
Review by Elliott
This movie marks the end of Hayao Miyazaki’s directing career, at least of full length animated films. If you don’t recognize his name, you may be familiar with some of his works such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, or Spirited Away. For years he has worked with Studio Ghibli to create beautiful anime movies and Disney has helped to bring those great films here to the states. As of late, I’ve been delving into the world of anime so I have been interested in seeing this movie. However, I’d forgotten about it until the other day when my brother-n-law recommended it to me. Unlike Miyazaki’s other movie’s I’ve seen, this one has very little action and zero fantasy. It trades those in for historical fiction and drama. It is beautiful and thought provoking and held by many as his masterpiece.
Guest Review by Tyler Smith from More Than One Lesson
I just finished watching Steve James’ superb documentary Life Itself, about the life and career of film critic Roger Ebert, who died last year. As the closing credits started to role, my eyes began to well up with tears. Within a few moments, I was crying harder than I have in many years. But they weren’t necessarily tears of sadness, but seemed to be a mixture of emotion. That’s the kind of film this is; it is happy, funny, mournful, fatalistic, and hopeful.
Review by Derek
I vaguely remember when, as a child, my parents took me (along with my siblings) to Florida for a family vacation. This was pre-Universal Studios. We went to Busch Gardens and Disney World, which for most kids probably would have been the highlight of the whole ordeal. But for me, it was two other stops that have created the longest-lasting memories of that time: Gatorland and Sea World. Continue Reading