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Studio Ghibli

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In this episode we will not just discuss the magical work of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, or the mediocre work of everyone else - we will look at how their careers developed in contrast to each other from their first double feature, to their last.

That is to say, the 1988 double feature that in so many ways showcased what Studio Ghibli could do:

  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • Grave of the Fireflies

And the studio's, at the time, proposed swansongs of 2013:

  • The Wind Rises
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Almost every film before, in between and after will also get a mention - some in detail - as we marvel at just how these two giants of cinema changed the landscape of anime.

We will also push the arguably already accepted claim that Studio Ghibli - rather than being the Japanese Disney, really was a platform for two great artists to develop their own unique style - screw everyone else!

The fact that the studio has been withering away, is as such no true fall - but a showcase of how it truly was Takahata and Miyazaki holding it all together - and with the older Miyazaki coming out of retirement - and the lesser Miyazaki (Goro) seemingly fumbling into 3D, Studio Ghibli is at an odd place in its own history.

But regardless of where they may go, and if this is really the end - it has been an incredible journey. One we hope to pay tribute to and honour.

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Episode 11 · 7 months ago

Please Do Disturb: The Most Disturbing Films We Have Seen

In this episode we will explore the idea of "Disturbing Cinema", and try to figure out exactly what disturbing even means.

To do this we will go on a personal journey exploring what disturbs us and why, and of course, to do this we will indeed list: The Most Disturbing Films We Have Ever Seen.

So, please do disturb, as Tom takes the host's chair to explore his love for disturbing cinema!

Episode 10 · 7 months ago

Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs Cycle, Part 2

In part 1 we looked at the first 3 films of the cycle:

  • The Aviator's Wife
  • A Good Marriage
  • Pauline at the Beach

We saw how each of these 3 films built and expanded on the same conflict of love and relationships between men and women. Honestly, they would have worked perfectly as a trilogy in their own right.

However, one of the most exciting things about Rohmer's cinema is one of contradiction - thesis - antithesis - synthesis. Each of the three first films had this inherent dialectic within them, but it is not until the second half of the cycle that the films start to directly contradict and be the antithesis to the previous films.

In part 2 we will look at the final 3 films of the cycle:

  • Full Moon in Paris
  • The Green Ray
  • My Boyfriend's Girlfriend

And see if the contradiction can be resolved, if some kind of harmonious consensual love in indeed possible.

SPOILER WARNING:

Our discussions are in two sets - one based on the basic plot and early development of the story - and then a dissection of the ending and the films as a whole. [b]There will be a clear spoiler warning[/b] at the halfway point.

If you have not seen the films in question [b]you can then skip to the next film[/b], the starting times are:

Introduction: 00:00

Full Moon in Paris: 02:07

The Green Ray: 23:53

My Boyfriend's Girlfriend: 48:17

Conclusion and Summary: 1:10:56

Episode 9 · 7 months ago

Contemporary Silent Cinema

In this episode we will talk through all of the major contemporary silent films, or rather, the few there are:

  • Silent Movie
  • Juha
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • Brand Upon the Brain
  • Dr Plonk 
  • La Antena
  • The Artist
  • Blanchieves

And ask the following questions:  

1. Are silent films simply the result of [b]unfortunate technical limitations[/b], which the medium luckily overcame - or are they a [b]unique style with its own merits[/b].

2. Why did it take such a long time from the decline of silents to any kind of larger silent film project.

3. What do we wish to see from silent cinema in the future.

Timestamps:

Intro: 00.00

Is it valid to make silents today: 3.09

Why did it take 30-40 years for the first post-silent era silent: 4.45

Early Films With Silent Elements: 8.03

Experimental Cinema, Warhol and At Sea:10.01

Silent Movie: 13.32

Juha: 22.05

The Call of Cthulhu: 26.58

Brand Upon the Brain: 31.36

Dr Plonk: 39.38

La Antena: 50.51

The Artist: 57.07

Blanchieves: 1.03.57

Conclusion and the future of contemporary silent cinema: 1.09.55

Episode 8 · 8 months ago

Mainstream Cinema: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

In this episode Tom, Sol and Matthieu attempts to figure out what "Mainstream Cinema" even is.