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.
Review by Elliott
When I think of Steven Spielberg, the first movies that come to mind are Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. Serious movies with lots of action sequences and violence. The Terminal is neither of those. I would describe it as a light-hearted comedy with some similarities to Castaway. Like Castaway, this movie features a lot of Tom Hanks. “To much Tom Hanks”, is always the complaint I hear when discussing Castaway, but considering he is my favorite actor, it didn’t bother me in the least. What sets this apart from Castaway is that Hanks is joined by a handful of other great actors. Well that and the premise is totally different. They really aren’t that similar except for Tom Hanks, I just wanted to bring up Castaway… (Watch the Trailer Here)
Review by Gene
Tom Hanks is known for a lot of different roles in his career. An army sergeant, a police detective, a world traveling simpleton and even an astronaut. But a gangster? Road to Perdition won’t top many charts of all-time best gangster films, but it may be one of the most beautifully made. It won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2003, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and also earned Paul Newman a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, being the final screenplay Mr. Newman ever appeared in before his death in 2008, according to IMDb. Road to Perdition tells the story of a hitman and his son, and how the choices they make for themselves have dire consequences for each other. (minimal spoilers ahead)