• June 7, 2012
  • 12:53 pm
I’d much rather be a pig than a fascist.


“A pig that doesn’t fly is just a pig.”
  • April 11, 2012
  • 4:56 am
  • Still from Porco Rosso (1992) by Hayao Miyazaki.

I’d much rather be a pig than a fascist.

I was blown away by this film. The romanticism of inter-World War Europe, particular the Italian culture, is in spades here. I have yet to watch Casablanca but a lot of the iconography reminds me of that era and style of film. I have to say, I love aerial combat, I love the time period, I love the mechanical fetishism of modern technology, I love the foreboding of fascism, I love when men dressed in suits on a regular basis, I love how Porco is a pig and pervert, I love how people want to be together and have adventures… I don’t know; Miyazaki just hit all the right spots. There are rumours that Miyazaki might be considering a sequel set during the Spanish Civil War where the titular character is much older. (Metal Gear Solid 4 anyone?) If this film gets done it will easily be my most anticipated anime release (since ever).

P.S. I am kicking myself in the ass for not catching a screening of Porco Rosso at TIFF.
  • January 21, 2011
  • 12:04 am
  • This takes me back to when I was in high school sitting at home watching VHS bootlegs of this series all night long.

    Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosoda (2009)
This anime is an amazing visual spectacle that tries to have a lot of heart. While I enjoyed the first two Digi-mon Adventure films more, I think Summer Wars is Hosoada’s home-run victory anthology film where he indulgently repurposes all his previous triumphs into a single narrative. This is probably why the film feels all over the place and isn’t as sharp has his previous projects. Regardless it is a great watch and in ways - as an animated film - is a love letter to the art of animation.
  • January 15, 2011
  • 11:09 am
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