A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

If you enjoy informal fantasy movie content along the lines of these Ghibli pieces, you’re in luck — because not only will I be returning to voice my thoughts on Nausicaä when I have finished reading the original manga, but I have also borrowed the original Howl’s Moving Castle novel from a friend and will be talking later on about how…


A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

With previous Miyazaki pictures, I have been effusive (Mononoke), I have been stumped on how to properly begin (Porco), and I have been loving, if a little distant (My Neighbor Totoro).

For Spirited Away, however, I run the risk of sounding outright dismissive. I mean, what is there to say? …


A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

I’ve actually written about why I love Princess Mononoke before on an older blog in 2016, so I thought I’d expand upon that here.

WHY I LOVE PRINCESS MONONOKE — REDUX

Princess Mononoke is a classic little-w “western” in the sense that it has a drifter-type character coming to a new town/city/land and (intentionally or unintentionally) becoming wrapped up in the…


A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

Wow, I do not know how to begin with Porco Rosso. Like with so many other Miyazaki films, I love it so. Yet, this is also one of the most divisive of Studio Ghibli’s films, not thought of as a bad one per se, but I have read it described as “Lesser Miyazaki”.

I don’t buy that. Porco Rosso might be…


A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

Five movies into his time as a feature film director, and in my opinion Miyazaki is still topping himself. …


A podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

My Neighbor Totoro is a lovely movie, but one I don’t have particularly strong feelings about. Totoro himself/itself is a wonderful creation; the story of two girls’ adventures in the countryside of Japan is both idealistic and relate-able; and the ending still gets me tearing up, if not actually sobbing at its beauty.

And yet … I don’t have a whole…


Quick intro: a podcast I’m a big fan of, Blank Check with Griffin and David, is going through the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, so before I listen to each episode I want to get my own bloggorific thoughts written down here.

Like many of my most favourite movies (of which this certainly is one), I rewatch Laputa: Castle in the Sky every couple of years. The film is just so clearly up my alley; what with the ‘Treasure Island in the sky’ story, the parallels to lost Atlantis, ancient robots, machinery overgrown with greenery, and of course, pirates!

Laputa is…


I am currently about to start reading the Nausicaä manga, I love this movie so much.

Now that’s different from it being my favourite Ghibli, or the movie by Miyazaki that I think is ‘best’. I just really love Nausicaä because of how it represents just about my favourite thing ever (abstruse sci-fi-fantasy anime with a heavy environmentalist theme) by way of my second favourite thing ever (Metal Hurlant-style sci-fi French comics).

A few years back, I wrote a Letterboxd review and said:

Nausicaä comes from a lost time, of eighties synth and Jean “Mœbius” Giraud; nuclear allegories and environmental…


The excellent, if often explicit, podcast Blank Check with Griffin and David has finally decided to tackle the oeuvre of Hayao Miyazaki in just a few weeks. In celebration of this announcement, I wanted to make sure I had my thoughts on the remarkable man’s films written down.

These will not be full reviews, but my strongest impressions from a collection of movies that I consider to be among my very favourite.

How can a basic programmer be this good?!

The Lupin III franchise is often compared to James Bond, despite its progenitor (the original Arsène Lupin stories by Maurice…


It didn’t take long after the movie started for me to realise that Missing Link is a Precipitous Bridge Adventure, and in the second half there is, indeed, a standard issue Precipitous Bridge.

In a Precipitous Bridge Adventure, the bridge must be destroyed before the movie is over. By the same token, my scepticism crumbles before a movie with a fight in an old west saloon, a stormy Atlantic voyage, multiple cryptids, and a mysterious lost world.

Once again, LAIKA has crafted an unmarketable movie, and this time it seems they did so just for me.

Missing Link follows the…

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