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Entries Tagged as 'Animation'

Mei Actually Met a Ghost — Totoro!

October 2nd, 2011 · 4 Comments

“Actually our work depends on how much we can appropriate from other people’s work! Painting, music, films, literature … it’s all grist for the mill. We think of our work not as individual creativity but like a lifelong baton relay. Your work passes through your body and your life; you transform it into something, and […]

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Tags: Alternate universe · Animation · Bathtub scene · Beasts and monsters · Coming of age · Father/daughter relationship · Mother/daughter relationship · Supernatural

Fighting Imaginary Enemies

May 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Whoever said that talking about politics, religion or sex on a blind date was a bad idea could just have easily applied that rule to movies. Or maybe like Peter Venkman said, it’s more of a guideline than a rule. I caught two movies recently that were the flip side of the same coin: independently […]

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Tags: Ambiguous ending · Animation · Coming of age · Crooked officer · Documentary · Gangsters and hoodlums · Interrogation · Mother/daughter relationship

This New Form of Entertainment, Fantasia

January 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Portmanteau” is French for “coat rack”. Lewis Carroll appropriated the word in 1871 for Through The Looking Glass to explain two words merged into one; “chortle” is a portmanteau Carroll invented, while “Internet”, “blog” and “sexploitation” are three he did not. In the month of January, I’ll take a look at portmanteau films, where we […]

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Tags: Animation · Beasts and monsters · Concert · Dreams and visions · Drunk scene · End of the world · Golden Age of Hollywood · Master and pupil · Music · No opening credits · Supernatural