(風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu) The Wind Rises (2013): Movie Review

“I wanted to create something that is realistic,          fantastic,              at times caricatured,                    but as a whole, a beautiful film.” (January 10, 2011 Hayao Miyazaki) I have been a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s work for five yearsContinue reading “(風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu) The Wind Rises (2013): Movie Review”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Released into theaters June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Studios as its 34th full length animated picture, critics, scholars and historians received The Hunchback of Notre Dame with mixed reviews. The largest obstacle that its multiple writers and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale faced was its predecessor. The original novel written by Victor Hugo {Who you will discover is oneContinue reading “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)”

From Far Away (彼方から, Kanata Kara) 1993-2003

This manga, written by Kyoko Hikawa, is one of those few diamonds lost in the shuffle. What makes this story different then others? It is simple; its execution and profundity. This series is only fourteen volumes long, and uses a classic fantasy plot model. It begins with our heroine Noriko, an ordinary school girl whoContinue reading “From Far Away (彼方から, Kanata Kara) 1993-2003”

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Disney released this film into theaters 1989 after a long period of critical, commercial failures . It marked the beginning of the Disney Renaissance where beloved films such as The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Tarzan (1999) have received critical acclaim. I have often asked myself “Why was this film so ground breaking?” When I watched itContinue reading “The Little Mermaid (1989)”

The Man Who Laughs, 1928

Based on Victor Hugo‘s 1889 novel L’Homme qui rit (1889), The Man Who Laughs is an American silent film directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni during the transition between silent films and “talkies” (films with sound). I became interested in this film after I read a review by Roger Ebert, who portrayed it as “a melodrama, at times even aContinue reading “The Man Who Laughs, 1928”