Posts Tagged ‘Wolf Children’

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Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014

Side-Effects

On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.

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My Month in Films: December 2013

December 31, 2013

3-10-to-Yuma

28 films, 20 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves, 1957, USA)
2. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013, USA/UK)
3. Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939, USA)
4. Drug War (Johnnie To, 2012, China/Hong Kong)
5. Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford, 1939, USA)
6. Nebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013, USA)
7. Whisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949, UK)
8. The Titfield Thunderbolt (Charles Crichton, 1953, UK)
9. American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013, USA)
10. Oldboy (Spike Lee, 2013, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012)

December 23, 2013

Wolf-Children

Forgot to repost this during the UK theatrical release, so here it is for the home video release. Following a rewatch, I now like the film a lot more. Love, in fact.

Breakthrough success for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars outside of Japan has seen director Mamoru Hosoda labelled “the next Miyazaki” in certain circles, in regards to being an anime filmmaker of increasing international reach and appeal. Perhaps befittingly, his new film Wolf Children has some similarities in feel with highlights of Studio Ghibli’s output. It combines a high-concept, fantastical premise – like, say, Miyazaki having a literal flying pig as a protagonist in Porco Rosso – with a tender exploration of human growth as found in Ghibli’s more low-key dramas like Only Yesterday and the wonderful Whisper of the Heart

Full review at Sound on Sight

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GFF 2013: The Kids are All Right

January 25, 2013

Girl-Walk-All-Day-Glasgow-Youth-Film-Festival

Taking place in the 11 days preceding the main event, Glasgow Youth Film Festival is an increasingly formidable entity in its own right, and this year’s line-up is no exception. Curated by a passionate programming team of 15-18 year olds, the festival hosts several UK or Scottish premieres of its own, alongside exciting workshops and special events for film fans of all ages.

On the gala front, there’s a special family-catered screening of animation Sammy’s Great Escape (3 Feb), while the opening gala is Disney’s video-game fantasy Wreck-It Ralph (4 Feb), showing in 3D ahead of its UK release later in the month. Closing the festival is the Scottish premiere of The We and the I (13 Feb) from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), an imaginative portrait of New York teenagers on the last day of school…

Full article at The Skinny’s website

Wolf Children reviewed for Sound on Sight

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BFI London Film Festival 2012: Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012)

October 14, 2012

Breakthrough success for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars outside of Japan has seen director Mamoru Hosoda labelled “the next Miyazaki” in certain circles, in regards to being an anime filmmaker of increasing international reach and appeal. Perhaps befittingly, his new film Wolf Children has some similarities in feel with highlights of Studio Ghibli’s output. It combines a high-concept, fantastical premise – like, say, Miyazaki having a literal flying pig as a protagonist in Porco Rosso – with a tender exploration of human growth as found in Ghibli’s more low-key dramas like Only Yesterday and the wonderful Whisper of the Heart

Full review at Sound on Sight

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Scotland Loves Anime 2012: Animation Looks East

October 3, 2012

Following a very successful run in 2011, animation festival Scotland Loves Anime returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh in October for a third year, with even more international and UK premieres than before. Though the festival’s film selection is centred around Japanese animation and culture specifically, its charity organisers Scotland Loves Animation seek to promote animation of all origins as art. As such, the festival plays host to interview sessions with people involved with films in the line-up, as well as an education day for students of animation at Edinburgh College of Art (19 Oct), with input from industry professionals.

Coming from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill (17 Oct, Edinburgh Filmhouse) is perhaps the festival’s most high-profile title. Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, son of Hayao, it’s a low-key coming-of-age tale set in 1960s Japan. Elsewhere in the line-up is a director whose work has received favourable comparisons to Ghibli’s best. Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a breakthrough anime hit a few years back, and his latest film, Wolf Children (21 Oct, Filmhouse), is a tender, deeply moving gem that has received raves internationally. College student Hana falls in love with a man, later discovering he is also a wolf-man. Circumstances lead to her having to bring up their two children alone, unaware of how to raise human kids prone to turning into wolves. Spanning over a decade, Hosoda takes a potentially dubious, fantastical premise and paints a beautiful portrait of parent-child relations, adolescence, and finding one’s own way in the world…

Full article and interview at The Skinny’s website
Also available in The Skinny’s October 2012 print edition.

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My Month in Films: September 2012

October 1, 2012

27 films, 23 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran/France)
2. Woman in a Dressing Gown (J. Lee Thompson, 1957, UK)
3. Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012, USA/China)
4. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik, 2012, USA)
5. The Woman in the Septic Tank (Marlon Rivera, 2011, Philippines)
6. Samsara (Ron Fricke, 2011, USA)
7. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986, USA)
8. A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995, USA)
9. 5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi, 2011, Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel/France/Netherlands)
10. Barbara (Christian Petzold, 2012, Germany)

11. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012, Japan)
12. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright, 2012, UK)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011, Canada)
14. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962, USA)
15. Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012, USA/UK/India)

Best rewatches
Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012, Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France)
Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012, UK)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004, USA)

Best-Worst
Pieces (Juan Piquer Simón, 1982, Spain/USA/Puerto Rico/Italy)
Commando (Mark L. Lester, 1985, USA)