Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My current movie watch list...

Movies I currently have and need to watch.  :(  Not enough hours in the day.  Feel free to let me know if there are any I need to bump to the top of the list or avoid completely.

Albert Nobbs
All About Eve
All the King's Men (1949)
All the King's Men (2006)
Another Year
Before Night Falls
Brand New Day
The Castle of Cagliostro
Chilsom '72
A Chorus Line
The Dead Girl
The Future
The Gay Divorcee
Guys and Dolls
The Hudsucker Proxy
In Cold Blood
Cowboys and Aliens
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
The Insider
The Interrupters
Into the Abyss
The Iron Lady
Joyful Noise
Justice League: Doom
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Little Shop of Horrors
Martha MarcyMay Marlene
Me and Orson Welles
Paradise Lost
Paranormal Activity 2
Red Beard
The Skin I Live In
The Sitter
Source Code
The Swell Season
Tales from Earthsea
Thunder Soul
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
X-Men: First Class
Young @ Heart

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty (2011) 5/5


My heart is stronger! Now that you're in it.

 Everyone likes to blame video games, movies, television, and other pop culture for the downfall of western civilization. Everything from obesity to low scores in science and math are attributed to what kids are doing while sitting in front of screens. It's too bad that no one really wants to do anything about it. Thanks to Hayao Miyazaki and his contemporaries that formed Studio Ghibli, for the past thirty years Japanese children have been treated to entertainment that respects them as much as adults. Is it no coincidence that over the same time Japanese young people have consistently pulled away from the rest of the world in test scores? While Pixar has made great strides at closing this gap over the past decade, American children are still getting their mindless helpings of Spongebob, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Transformers. Don't get me wrong, I love children's fare as much as the next guy, but there is simply something about the magic of the Studio Ghibli films that maintain innocence for children and maturity of content.

 This film very loosely adapts the 1952 novel, "The Borrowers". It feels quite a bit like Miyazaki's earlier work "My Neighbor Totoro" and is probably the studio most accessible work ever. It tells a very simple story in an absolutely beautiful way. What more do you want from a film?