43 – Spirited Away (2001)

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Spirited Away is another whim-sickle film from Studio Ghibli. It follows the same sort of genre as many of their others,it has spirits, ghosts, monsters, spells, dragons and curses.And like the others it features a young child,a girl called Chitiro or Sia,as the lead.The girl gets transported off to some spirit work by mistake while out on a walk with her parents.Throughout the course of the films she’s trying to save her parents and get home but there’s loads of obstacles in her way.Visually there are some interesting looking characters knocking around the bath house in the spirit place and the story’s not too bad either.There are a few bits where the plot seems to be moving a little slow,a few scenes running just a few seconds longer,but if keep noticing them then it seems to add up.I watched the dubbed version with the subs just to see which was better and i think the dubbed is better.The text with the subs isn’t as accurate as what they’re saying.A good Ghibli film,i did prefer Howls Moving Castle myself.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH A WATCH,ONCE.

104 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Graveyard for the Fireflys is a Japanese anime film about some war.I wasn’t the best at history in school nor did i care for it so i’m going to say it was a war with America.Correct me if i’m wrong.The story is about a teeanage boy and his kid sister and their struggle to stay alive.Their home is hit in an air-raid and so is the shelter,where his mother was,so they are left with no home and no mother.The father all the while is a naval office fighting the yanks.Thentwo kids grab what they can from their old house and make there way to an aunt.The aunt is  atoatal hardass to them so they say ‘fuck it’ and pack all their things and move into a derelict room/tunnel thing beside a lake.I won’t spoil it for you but everyone dies in the end.Not a bad anime,i think it could work really well as a live action.As sad as this film was i wasnt moved,but a live action version would bring down the house.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  OKAY.QUITE SAD.THE ONLY REASON I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT IS BECAUSE
I CAN THINK OF BETTER ONE’S I’D RECOMMEND FIRST.

164 – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

i found this whole bath scene a bit weird

i found this whole bath scene a bit weird

My Neighbor Totoro is about a family who move to a new house in the woods. Totoro means troll in Japanese.But this troll can show himself to people that he wants to,otherwise he’s invisible. This is a good studio Ghibli so you know it’s going to have that aesthetic beauty to it.There are a few plot bits missing in the story. Throughout the film the family are visiting there mother in the hospital but we never find out what it is.It’s implied she’s been there for ages too.Great music in the film,sounds like an old snes game or something.Dakota fanning did some voice work on this.She was born 1994 and this film came out 1988…             I guess this film maybe had a later release date for an English dub.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.A CLASSIC KIDS FILM.SOME INTERESTING CHARACTERS.I.E THE CAT BUS

189 – Howls Moving Castle (2005)

i've definitely seen this woman knocking about Roonies after a few vodkas and coke

i’ve definitely seen this woman knocking about Roonies after a few vodkas and coke

Here’s an anime from Ghibli Studios.I think it’s a steampunk film.The film’s not meant to be set in any specific time,not past or future,but in an alternative present where mechanics haven’t evolved past the steam engine.The film is about good and bad witches and wizards and spells cast by both.One of the best aspects of anime is you can get some really bizarre and unique stories.Western animation seems to stick to a set of strict plot guidelines,but Asian stuff can be really out-there.I did notice after a wee bit that Christian Bale was voicing the main guy and all i could think was Batman with that forced husky voice.Maybe the subtitled version would be better.The subs would be more accurate;they change the dialogue to sync with the lips which were animated originally for the Japanese script.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     HALF OF IT
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WICKED.GHIBLI DOES GREAT ANIMATION.

225 – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

We all know where this is going.....

We all know where this is going…..

Another anime,i can honestly say i didn’t expect to see more than 1 on the list but this just goes to show that i don’t know shit.This ones is set 1000 years after the world is fucked.The bugs are huge and gang up to kill you.The air is full of toxic spores that’ll kill you.The land is buggered and the lakes are full of acid and not the good kind either.In the films there’s 3 rival groups,2 of them are assholes and 1  is a kind docile group.There’s a big ‘toxic forest’ that 1 group want to destroy thus killing all the bugs but the sound group is all against it.In the end up the message is: don’t stand on bugs and go plant a tree.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     GOOD.SOME LAZY ANIMATION IN BITS.

P.S. Patrick Stewart voices a character and sounds a bit sleazy sometimes ala Extras and i thought i heard Bruce Willis in there but can’t seem to find him in the credits.

239 – Castle in The Sky (1986)

Now don't tell your parents about this okay?

Now don’t tell your parents about this okay?

This is the first Anime on the list and it’s alright as far as they go.By no means the worst or the best one I’ve seen but right in the middle.If you haven’t guessed from the title it’s about a castle city thing floating in the sky from a race of people who died off 700 years AGO.It’s a good innocent family yearn about good and evil,no tentacle rape shit in this one.Like most 80’s films it’s got ‘a message’ and if you watch it you’ll see them strewn throughout.
One thing that confused the fuck out of me was the end credits,i had to watch to see who was doing the main girls voice because the accent went from American to Australian to proper English,it had Anna Paquin (Rogue from X-Men, who would have been 4 when she did this?! Wtf ?) ,James Van Der Beek (Dawsons Creek) ,Mark Hamill and even Andy Dick the cunt.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     THERE’S BETTER ANIME OUT THERE