Studio Ghibli: A look back at Hayao Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli: A look back at Hayao Miyazaki

The Venice Film Festival took a sad turn this September. It was announced that Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese director behind the Oscar-winning Spirited Away and other animations like My Neighbour Totoro, is retiring. Koju Hoshin, the president of Studio Ghibli announced that The Wind Rises would be his last film. Talk about the...

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Goro Miyazaki to adapt 1980s manga

Goro Miyazaki to adapt 1980s manga

Goro Miyazaki, son of the now-legendary Hayao (Spirited Away), is turning 1980s manga Kokurikozaka Kara into his latest animated feature. But will Dad like it? For a man who makes shedloads of money from directing internationally popular anime, Goro Miyazaki is a pretty reluctant fellow. Initially, he had dreams of going into landscaping,...

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The Academy Award contenders

The Academy Award contenders

More than any Awards Season in recent memory, this year has been unpredictable. Speculation has only been that, with surprise wins cropping up all over the place. So with the 86th Academy Awards being held this Sunday and it's still difficult to name who the front runners are. To educate you a little on some of the more notable nominations...

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The Best Films of 2013

The Best Films of 2013

Another year passes - another year of watching films and writing about them. But which did we enjoy the most? It is only two and a bit months until the movers and shakers vote for their favourites at the Oscars, but here are our top films of 2013. John Parrot's favourite films of 2013 One of my favourite films of the year has to be...

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Gordon-Levitt and Blunt voice The Wind Rises

Gordon-Levitt and Blunt voice The Wind Rises

The English-language voice cast for Disney's 2014 much anticipated release The Wind Rises has been announced. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Elijah Wood are among the actors lending their voices to Hayao Miyazaki's final animé feature for Studio Ghibli. Gordon-Levitt portrays the main character Jiro Horikoshi, a young Japanese...

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Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Another day, another Ghibli anime for Blu-Ray. This time we're going back to 1989, when Hayao Miyazaki took inspiration from a novel by Eiko Kadono, and decided stereotypical broomstick wielding witches with black cats, evil plots and spine-chilling cackles were yesterday's news. Take away the schemes and cauldrons, and you're left with Kiki's...

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From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

You know how some movies make you roll your eyes, because those goggles which are too firmly attached to your eyes, are clouded with cynicism? Well, From Up On Poppy Hill is an animation which could very easily smash a hole in them and make you aww out loud. In public. From the makers of Spirited Away and released for the first time in UK cinemas,...

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Castle of Cagliostro – Review

Castle of Cagliostro – Review

If your experience with Hayao Miyazaki’s animated feature films is limited to the likes of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle, then Castle of Cagliostro will show you a side to the director you aren’t familiar with. His first feature film, made in 1979, is a continuation of the hugely popular Lupin III animated...

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My Neighbour Totoro – Review

My Neighbour Totoro – Review

The wave of Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray releases is gaining momentum in 2012. The creators of Spirited Away have just released My Neighbour Totoro for the first time, an enchanting tale which will make even the most hardened adult wish for childhood again. That, of course, director Hayao Miyazaki’s speciality. He has the uncanny ability to...

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Edible Cinema presents Spirited Away

Edible Cinema presents Spirited Away

Bombay Sapphire are back supporting innovative cinema for the second 'Edible Cinema' event, which will feature a screening of Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away alongside a number of tasty treats this weekend! The upcoming Edible Cinema event promises audiences a unique cinematic experience this Saturday 25th August at 4pm...

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Howl’s Moving Castle – Blu-ray Review

Howl’s Moving Castle – Blu-ray Review

What makes a good animated movie? If you're looking for crazy ideas, happenings that would be impossible to film in live action, imagination and a whole lot of heart, then you can tick every box on your check-list with Howl’s Moving Castle. Directed by Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki, the film is one of the finest pieces of animated work...

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Tales From Earthsea – Blu-ray Review

Tales From Earthsea – Blu-ray Review

It’s not unusual for a novel to be adapted into a film, but it’s always interesting when a classic is adapted by Studio Ghibli. Epic in telling and stunning in execution, this animated adaptation of Tales From Earthsea has just been released on Blu-Ray for your enjoyment.  And we think it’s a worthy addition to your...

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Whispers of the Heart Blu-Ray – Review

Whispers of the Heart Blu-Ray – Review

Famed Japanese animation greats, Studio Ghibli are releasing their 1995 effort Whispers of the Heart on Blu-Ray. Animations from the famous studio are generally worth a look, and Whispers of the Heart is no exception. A sweet tale grounded in reality, a young girl named Shizuku finds that every book she checks out from the library...

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