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Calendar, Night&Day Original Anime

Original Anime

Long before Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli – the production company behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Monoke, and Spirited Away among others – they created Panda! Go, Panda!, two ticklish shorts released in 1972 during the…
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News, Feature Apply Topically: Film Festivals Are Your Local Cure for Seasonal Blockbuster Disorder

Apply Topically: Film Festivals Are Your Local Cure for Seasonal Blockbuster Disorder

What would a summer be without themes? Film festivals provide that hit of curation that just goes so well with the otherwise-aimless days. Here, we gather but a few. At press time, programming details hadn't yet been announced for some…
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Film, "The Wind Rises": A Whimsical History of a Killing Machine

"The Wind Rises": A Whimsical History of a Killing Machine

Isn't it just like humans to invent a thing of gravity-defying beauty and then use it to slaughter each other? Hayao Miyazaki's tribute to Zero fighter-plane designer Jiro Horikoshi has sparked controversy not just for having fictional elements, but for…
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Film, "The Secret World of Arrietty": Little People Leave Big Mark

"The Secret World of Arrietty": Little People Leave Big Mark

Although Japanese filmmaker and animation virtuoso Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) serves only on the periphery as co-writer and production supervisor, his soulfulness still radiates through The Secret World of Arrietty, a hand-drawn adaptation of Mary Norton's ageless kid-lit series The…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Ponyo</i>

Ponyo

The great ocean deep proves a natural canvas for Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away), whose latest feature riffs on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Little Mermaid, albeit with the distinctly Miyazaki-an twist that the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Single-Cel Organisms

Single-Cel Organisms

It’s a crime, frankly, that Pixar will shortly be salivating over a fifth Animated Feature Oscar at a time when Hayao Miyazaki, The Triplets of Belleville, Sin City, Persepolis, and Waltz with Bashir have reclaimed animation for adults. As the…
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Film, Hayao Miyazaki dives under the sea for his latest environmental fairy tale, <i>Ponyo</i>

Hayao Miyazaki dives under the sea for his latest environmental fairy tale, Ponyo

In the same week that the South African import District 9 gives us a Johannesburg beset by alien invaders, the latest film by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki envisions a small Japanese port town turned upside-down by visitors from the bottom…
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Calendar, Night&Day J-Culture

J-Culture

The big-screen release of a new mood-enhancing Hayao Miyazaki film (such as this week’s Ponyo) is big news to the growing cadre of Japanese animation aficionados, who usually rely on DVD for their fix. Since the short-lived anime screening room…
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Film, Summer of Salvation

Summer of Salvation

"The cinema is not a slice of life but a piece of cake," Alfred Hitchcock once said, and if that's true — and who are we to dispute the Master? — then summertime is when we gorge (unhealthily, most of…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to…
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Film, The Wiz

The Wiz

For all their exceptionality, there is also a numbing sameness to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki, the revered animator who has bewitched Japanese audiences since the late 1970s and bewildered American ones since 1999, when Princess Mononoke was among the…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flyaway Anime

Flyaway Anime

Get an extended tour of Japan's powerhouse animation studio at the Berkeley film series "The Art of Anime: Studio Ghibli." Here's a chance to catch up, on the big screen, with Miyazaki Hayao's female-centered parables of toxic apocalypse and environmental…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Dining, Eat Silver-Screen Suppers

Silver-Screen Suppers

Usually I pick the restaurant where I'm going to dine, and then choose my companions, which isn't as easy and automatic a process as you might think: Even beyond the vegetarian/pescetarian/carnivorous question, there are always additional requirements to be taken…
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Film, Alice Unchained

Alice Unchained

I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year. Though it would be a masterpiece in any language, Hayao Miyazaki's animated spectacular (and Japan's highest-grossing film ever) is being…
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Film, Disney Lightens Up <font size=-2>Online Exclusive</font>

Disney Lightens Up Online Exclusive

Sixty years after Walt Disney's plans to expand on the original Fantasia, Disney has finally gotten around to making new musical segments for a reprise of the film's classical-music-cum-animation concept. Cleverly timed and titled to open on the first day…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anime Instincts

Anime Instincts

Japanese anime has apparently gone mainstream enough stateside for the likes of Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, and Gillian Anderson to lend their voices to an American-dubbed, Disney/ Miramax-released version of Princess Mononoke, which was the top-grossing domestic…
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