When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî, 2014)

The latest film from Studio Ghibli was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who previously directed The Secret World of Arrietty (2010). This one is slightly more reminiscent of the studio’s more offbeat realistic teen dramas such as Only Yesterday, Ocean Waves, or Whisper of … Continue reading

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

This is a film for children, as you could tell by the (largely tedious, for this adult) trailers that showed ahead of it. (Shouldn’t a “trailer” actually follow something else?) There were, however, no kids in the audience of the … Continue reading

The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti, 2010)

The latest Studio Ghibli film to hit the American shore is this adaptation of Mary Norton’s children’s fantasy, The Borrowers, about a family of doll-sized people living under the floorboards of a human house. Arrietty is the spunky adolescent daughter … Continue reading