My Neighbor Totoro (1988) - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Like, you know, whatever.
"The scene where Mei and Satsuki wait for their father at a bus stop in the middle of the woods, at night, during a rainstorm, is heartbreaking. And stark. We’re left with a pervasive sense of loneliness at the thought their father may not collect them. But the sisters are not alone. The forest is teeming with spirits that sweep away the girls’ worries. There’s the school bus in the shape of a cat with a maniacal grin. And then there’s Totoro, with an expressionless, doe-eyed face. Together, the creatures whisk the sisters into a terrifying and whimsical world. All of it done without the benefit of much dialogue."
TRAILER: HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S “THE WIND RISES”
(film footage starts at 1:14, but it’s worth watching the whole thing)
with due respect to GRAVITY, methinks I have a new most-anticipated film of the year. the first film Miyazaki has directed since PONYO, THE WIND RISES will be the legendary storyteller’s first biopic, a reportedly wonderful (if decidedly not kid-friendly) portrait of Jirō Horikoshi, the man responsible for designing the Zero Fighter planes that were used in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
there’s no information regarding a US release, but i’d bank on the film showing up at TIFF in early September…
I’m gonna watch this movie whatever it’s about, whenever it comes out.
This upcoming Sunday is the last of our series of classes on the sublime in film and Howl’s Moving Castle is our last movie. We’ll also show/discuss clips from Wings of Desire, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.
This film and faith class has been more of a challenge to co-lead than the last one we taught (on images of Jesus in film). Still, I’ve enjoyed it.