Indie Spotlight: Rakuen

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXJqi2KmhCw] I’m sure we’re all fans of Hayao Miyazaki, here. That’s the assumption, at least, since I’ve yet to meet anyone who isn’t. And that is why we should all be looking forward to Rakuen, an adventure game inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Miyazaki films, and the definitive retro adventure […]

Discussing Dreams and Reality with “The Wind Rises”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imtdgdGOB6Q] The Wind Rises Release Date: 02/28/14 (US) Cast: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Mandy Patinkin, Stanley Tucci Director: Hayao Miyazaki Studio: Studio Ghibli Distributor: Touchstone Pictures Genre(s): Drama, Anime, Biopic Based On: The life of Jiro Horikoshi and The Wind Has Risen by Hori Tatsuo […]

From Up on Poppy Hill is Charming, but with a Twist!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-vfzhfq5JA] While I’ve seen almost every Studio Ghibli film—you know, the animation studio that brought you films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle—I never got around to watching From Up on Poppy Hill. It’s the most recent release and, more importantly, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, directed the film. […]