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STUDIO GHIBLI, TAKE 2: PONYO and THE RED TURTLE

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Hey, Rocky, watch me pull movie reviews out of my hat! This week Steve goes back to the subject of a 2015 column: Studio Ghibli, which has continued releasing movies without even asking him! Are they good movies? Good?—just watch (er, read)!

IS THERE A “PERFECT” MOVIE? Review of “GROUNDHOG DAY”

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Have I written this column before? Have I written this column before? Steve asks, as he takes a closer look at Groundhog Day, a classic “time-warp” movie with Bill Murray.

TOP POST DE ENERO

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TOP POST DE ENERO

ROTSLER REVIVAL: Review of THE FAR FRONTIER and PATRON OF THE...

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Steve looks at two "new" releases--classic SF by the late William Rotsler, multitalented fan, writer and artist.

ME AZAKI, YOU AZAKI, WE ALL AZAKI FOR MIYAZAKI!

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Steve looks at a Japanese anime film by master storyteller and animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Thank You, Hayao Miyazaki

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As we grow older, we are forced to accept the fact that those people who helped to form our childhood are also getting older. We are made to understand that being influential does not make one immortal, at least not in a literal sense. And so, thousands of people the world over are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Hayao Miyazaki is truly, truly retiring this time.

[Title Bump] The Wind Rises: A Review

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Whenever discussing animation, the name that always springs to mind is Ghibli and man behind it all, Hayao Miyazaki. Over the past many decades,...

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part VI (and Final): The Scariest Characters Make...

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The final installment of this year's Ooky Spooky Animanga series focuses on the best scary animanga character costumes, and how to put them together.

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part V: The Japanese Fascination with Spirits

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Every culture has its ghost stories. Here in the West, ours tend toward narratives depicting souls who died violent deaths and have returned to take revenge. Or perhaps we tell tales of those who have died too soon and only wish for eternal playmates. As I briefly mentioned in my post last week, the Japanese have a very rich and far-reaching pantheon of spooks. The majority of these ghosts and their stories grew out of the Edo period (1603-1867; thus why a show like Mononoke asserts itself as particularly Japanese horror), and ghost stories with a certain antiquated style to them, or an air of the past, are usually referred to as kaiden (mysterious or strange recited narrative), whereas more modern horror stories would simply be called hora (a Japanization of "horror").

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part II: The Everlasting Impact of Kiki’s Delivery...

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I don’t think there’s a single thing I dislike about Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

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There are some artists who leave a lasting impression on every life their work touches.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that...

My top 10 SF and fantasy picks for the big-screen treatment

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Science fiction and fantasy are taking over the realm of the Hollywood summer blockbuster, no question about it. Marvel Studios is gearing up to...

Hayao Miyazaki and Epic Fantasy

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Since taking on this blogging position, I have been struggling to find works that would appeal to the audience that Amazing Stories has, particularly...