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

scottlava:

“A pig that doesn’t fly is just a pig.”
ANIME WEEK: Day 4
  • 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.
iidesu:

evangelion
    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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