From the “Quick go now or you’ll miss it!” department, the IFC center on 6th avenue in NYC is showing retrospective of films from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house through December 20th. Now I’m not an anime expert or even that much of a fan by some standards and the chance to see the 35mm version of these films on a movie screen is too good for me to pass up!
I was going to list all sixteen movies with links to the showtimes but instead I’ll post the ones I can actually say I’ve seen, and of course a link to the rest as well (click on the link to see dates and times)
Howl’s Moving Castle, (35mm print) Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Yes I’ve seen this one, I can hear the collective groans of “Who hasn’t” resonating through the blog-o-sphere. Gimme a break people, consider it my gateway drug ok?
Really fun and interesting movie. The castle with its magic doorway and the ability to walk was a wonderful character. I also loved Sophie as the old woman. I must admit though, I saw the English dub.
Ponyo (35mm print), Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
I found this very touching story about a boy who befriends a magic fish a wonderful, moving, wholly enjoyable film. Sosuke is a completely believable little man who just wants someone to play with and is completely fascinated by the magical goldfish named Ponyo. I love the way he completely misses that she’s obviously a girl as well as missing the sizable crush she develops for him from the very beginning. Definitely an all ages film. Again I saw the English dub, seeing a trend here?
Spirited Away (35mm print), Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
This is Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning masterpiece. It was huge! Not going to lie, I have yet to sit through it. But it looks great!
Here’s the link to the rest of the films and their dates and showtimes at the IFC center website.
Be sure to come back and tell me which you saw and what you thought!