Animation

Grave of the Fireflies – Review

Grave of the Fireflies – Review

Every now and then you come across a movie that puts your life and the issues you deal with on a day-to-day basis into perspective. That happened to me today when I walked into the screening for Grave of the Fireflies. Directed by Isao Takahata, this charming animation from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Arthur Christmas – Review

Arthur Christmas – Review

Ninja elves, a Santa spaceship and a crazy old man riding in a wheelie bin that's being dragged along by a retired reindeer, may not be what you are expecting in a typical Christmas comedy, but this is what makes Arthur Christmas so unique and funny. Arthur Christmas is a fun and festive film, perfect...

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Gotta Catch Santa Claus DVD Review

Gotta Catch Santa Claus DVD Review

If you are getting into the Christmas spirit, don't ruin it by seeing this festive fiasco, Gotta Catch Santa Claus. Given that it was directed by Jin Choi II (Lilo and Stitch) and Peter Lepeniotis (Toy Story 2), it is a big surprise this animation was such a let  down. Produced by Cookie Jar...

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Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D – Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D – Review

As a sequel to one of the best-loved Disney animations of recent years, this film had a lot to live up to, and boy did it ever! A fast plot, great action sequences and a cute and cuddly protagonist, ensured there's something for everyone in this fantastic kung fu animation. The film explores the...

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Howl starring James Franco – A Review

Howl starring James Franco – A Review

Howl started out as a documentary, but the finished product, from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, offers much, much more. This unique mesh of animated sequences, black and white filming and reconstructions of historical events, address both the content and context of Allen Ginsberg's poem, Howl...

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Watchers in the Night: Legend of the Guardians 3D review

Watchers in the Night: Legend of the Guardians 3D review

There's a new breed of super-bird in town, and it's not the plasticine poultry of Chicken Run. Owls are seriously incredible birds to watch, real or otherwise. Their eyes are huge and expressive. Their heads can rotate a whopping 270 degrees, and of course, they fly completely silently. So, what happens...

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