Tag Archives: Hayao Miyazaki

From Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Hearta story about a girl in junior high who dreams of becoming a writer...

Nishi: It’s a special kind of rock called a geode. Hold it close to your eye and look inside. That’s right, like that.

Shizuku: Wow. Look at that.

Nishi: Those crystals are called beryl. There are pieces of raw emeralds deep inside them.

Shizuku: Aren’t emeralds worth a lot of money?

Nishi: Sure, but they need to be cut and polished first. When you first become an artist, you’re like that rock. You’re in a raw, unnatural state, with hidden gems inside. You need to dig down deep and find the emeralds tucked away inside you. And that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve found your gems, you have to polish them. It takes a lot of hard work. Oh, and here’s the tricky part. Look at the crack in the geode.

Shizuku: Okay. Nishi: You see that big green crystal there? You could spend years polishing that, and it wouldn’t be worth much at all. The smaller crystals are much more valuable. And there may be some even deeper inside that you can’t see.

I highly recommend all of Miyazaki's films. I'll be doing a blog post about them in the future...

 

The Secret World of Arriety (2010)
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
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Based on the book The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this charming tale about tiny people who live off the leavings of household inhabitants is beautifully brought to life by the wonderful Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

While not as exciting as some of Miyazaki's other works, the film is reminiscent some of the older Studio Ghibli movies, with a focus on domestic details and the not insignificant trials of everyday living. The art and scenery are lush and gorgeously painted, and there's little a child would find frightening. A must see for Miyazaki fans, naturally.

Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Directed by Drew Goddard
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Joss Whedon's much-anticipated horror/slasher flick does not disappoint, blending classic horror tropes and plots with Whedon's trademark wit and sociological insight. I can't give out many details about this movie without spoiling it. Suffice to say, if you're a fan of Whedon, you should go see this.

 

 

Shattered Glass (2003)
Directed by Billy Ray
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The true story of former disgraced journalist Stephen Glass is one that every journalism student should watch. Hayden "Anakin Skywalker" Christensen plays the erstwhile Glass,  who fabricated many of his stories and eventually got caught. It's a cringeworthy precautionary tale, and watching Christensen really flex those acting chops as a charismatic pathological liar makes you realize how wasted he was in the Star Wars franchise.