Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992) Disney has seemingly always lumbered along plundering fairy and folk tales, sometimes egregiously and other times in a more transformative, artistic manner, and they’ve been a giant in the animation world for probably more than 70 years* now. Ups and downs coloured that dominance of course and Aladdin landed during one of thoseContinue reading “Aladdin (1992)”

Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago)

Mamoru Oshii is quoted as saying that Angel’s Egg “kept [me] from getting work for years” and that makes me kinda sad to read even now, years after his career skyrocketed. Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago) 1985 I do see why it freaked out the studio suits – but it’s a beautiful film that deservedContinue reading “Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago)”

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto) 2000 Even today, nearly twenty years after the release of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, I’m still fascinated by the fact that the English dub was done first. And, twenty years later and I’ve still never heard the Japanese cast 🙂 Finishing the English voice acting first wasContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)”

When can I say something is a classic?

So, when can I actually say something is a classic? The glib answer is whenever I want, of course 😀 But while working on a semi-functional menu for the Review Heap and checking over some of my tags – I saw one that caught my eye: classic. Of course, I instantly began to doubt myself,Continue reading “When can I say something is a classic?”

Memories 1995

Memories (1995) Katsuhiro Otomo had been involved with two other anthologies (and one afterwards) prior to Memories, and while I’m still hunting down Neo Tokyo, I’m pretty confident in saying that Memories will remain my favourite. And maybe there’s a certain amount of nostalgia in that – some of the stuff we see as teenagersContinue reading “Memories 1995”

Metropolis (Metoroporisu)

Metropolis (Metoroporisu) 2001 Metropolis was fascinating and I know I’ll watch it again – mostly for the visuals and direction rather than the story perhaps (which is kinda conventional but not boring by any stretch). But setting that aside for a moment, another aspect that I found really interesting was the many links to oneContinue reading “Metropolis (Metoroporisu)”

Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)

Looking back to another classic for this review – this time it’s Vampire Hunter D which is very much a ‘monster hunting other monsters’ film but while there are definite horror aspects present, the Western and post-apocalyptic/sci-fi elements are just as clear. Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī) 1985 So many of the storyContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)”

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)1984 I suppose you could argue that Nausicaa is not precisely a Ghibli title, since the success of the film was part of what actually enabled Studio Ghibli to be formed in the first place, but it’s always sold and labelled as such andContinue reading “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika)”

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988) Some classics hold their status by virtue of reaching certain storytelling spaces early, by being perhaps more influential rather than brilliant in their own right. I’d argue that the 1988 OVA adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga fits that mold pretty neatly, since so many tropes, settings and ideas have carried forth wellContinue reading “Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)”

My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

Reviewing Totoro is tough because with a film that’s loved by millions and which has enthralled audiences for decades – what’s left to say, right? 🙂 My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)1988 But I love it and so here we go! While Nausicaa is actually my favourite Miyazaki film, My Neighbour Totoro does bear aContinue reading “My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)”