‘Ponyo’ saves the world

Posted by · 3:00 pm · October 3rd, 2009

Okay, not quite the world, but a very small part of it. The small, picturesque Japanese fishing port that inspired the setting for Hayao Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” has been spared a drastic redevelopment (a landfill and bridge were on the cards, apparently) thanks to the film itself. Variety reports: Miyazaki conceived the idea for “Ponyo,” which […]

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8/14 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:56 am · August 14th, 2009

• Drew McWeeny sits down with animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. [Motion/Captured] • Desperate to get theirs, Warner Bros. imposes a 28-day waiting period on its titles for Redbox kiosks and plans the same for Netflix unless the studio can squeeze some money out of it. [Company Town] • Anna Faris gets hitched. [CNN]

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8/10 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:57 am · August 10th, 2009

• Charles Burress chats up legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki. [Los Angeles Times] • John DeVore goes fly fishing in Vermont for the “A River Runs Through It” Blu-ray junket. [Premiere] • A.O. Scott wraps up the summer with a tired old argument against the dumbed down summer movie season. [New York Times]

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7/16 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:32 am · July 16th, 2009

• Emmy nominations unleashed, Denis Leary robbed again. [Emmys.tv] • Xan Brooks and the “Antichrist” debate.  One more time around. [The Guardian] • Jonathan Romney, meanwhile, tries to break down the mind of Lars Von Trier. [The Independent] • 25 new faces of independent film. [Filmmaker Magazine]

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Disney sends all-star auteur team to Comic-Con

Posted by · 11:00 am · July 9th, 2009

Well, this is impressive. Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis have all lined up to help represent Walt Disney Studios at Comic-Con in San Diego later this month, in the interests of showcasing a range of new and/or revived Disney features at the geek mecca. This is the first Comic-Con for all […]

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McWeeny on Ponyo

Posted by · 4:05 pm · June 29th, 2009

Yesterday was confession time as I got into my own disconnect with the cinema of Hayao Miyazaki, a brand well-respected and certainly cherished the world over but somehow lost on me.  His work “nevertheless represents an imagination that…is a welcome dose of creativity in a business sorely lacking it year after year,” I wrote. With […]

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Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ closes LAFF

Posted by · 11:12 am · June 28th, 2009

I’ve come to the awkward, “I’m the only one” conclusion that, despite my best efforts, the cinema of Hayao Miyazaki just doesn’t paddle my boat. Looking back over the animator’s past works again throughout the week in preparation for this write-up, and having taken in his latest, “Ponyo,” just a few weeks back, I still […]

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6/25 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:00 am · June 25th, 2009

• Eugene Hernandez quotes the industry on Oscar’s move to 10. [indieWIRE] • Christy Lemire goes back to the 2008 Oscar season to point out the obvious films that might have been included in the Best Picture race were there 10 nominees last year. [Associated Press] • Michael Speier and Carolyn Giardnia write basically the […]

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Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ US trailer

Posted by · 9:34 am · June 24th, 2009

I’ll write more about “Ponyo” when the film closes the LA fest next week.  For now, we’ve got a new trailer (that I’ve been rather slow to post).  I imagine most Miyazaki devotees will be head-over-heels in love with this thing.  I don’t count myself in their ranks, though I have the utmost respect for […]

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Raves roll in for Miyazaki

Posted by · 2:37 am · September 1st, 2008

Six days in, and a rather quiet Venice Film Festival has come up with its first unalloyed critical triumph – an animated Japanese re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen, aimed primarily at children still in the single digits. That would be surprising were “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” directed by anyone other than Hayao […]

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Venice puts cinema ahead of stars

Posted by · 10:24 am · July 30th, 2008

There are some major surprises in the competition lineup for next month’s Venice Film Festival, not the least of which are the global flavour and soberness of the lineup itself. In previous years, the Lido has proved a launchpad for starry, surefire awards vehicles (“Atonement” and “Michael Clayton” both made successful bows there last year, […]

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