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'The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav

2020.11.14 15:20 isabellapintop 'The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav

A new discovery is always welcomed in Hollywood, and breakout star Adarsh Gourav makes his presence well known in Netflix’s “The White Tiger.” Written and directed by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, the ambitious and intriguing tale is likely to draw lazy comparisons to Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” due to mere geographic location. Much darker with a more dense narrative, the film likely won’t have the same awards traction as the 2008 Oscar sweeper.
The film tells the story of Balram Halwai (Gourav), an Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning ways to make his rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India.
In a year where Netflix has packed its awards arsenal with an eclectic showcase of films from a diverse set of filmmakers, Academy voters and guild members could find certain elements attractive, most prominently Gourav. His finding is sure to be praised by many critics’ groups for breakthrough awards, hopefully leading to more challenging roles. In his first American feature, he holds his own and carries it as the narrator and star
Another bright spot is Priyanka Chopra Jonas as the beautiful and spicy Pinky. Also serving as an executive producer, Chopra Jonas commands many of her scenes, providing a call-to-action to Hollywood producers: use her for your upcoming projects, or better yet, write one for her. The best supporting actress race hasn’t filled itself out yet, and if the film were to break into the Oscars in any significant way, she would be it.To date, there has never been a woman of Indian descent nominated in the supporting actress category in its 92-year history. Only three actors with Indian ancestry have been nominated in any of the acting categories — Merle Oberon (1935’s “The Dark Angel”), Ben Kingsley (1982’s “Gandhi” and 2004’s “House of Sand and Fog”) and Dev Patel (2016’s “Lion”). An obstacle will be Chopra Jonas’ screentime as she’s a small part of the hardy 130-minute runtime.
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2020.11.14 15:05 isabellapintop The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav

A new discovery is always welcomed in Hollywood, and breakout star Adarsh Gourav makes his presence well known in Netflix’s “The White Tiger.” Written and directed by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, the ambitious and intriguing tale is likely to draw lazy comparisons to Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” due to mere geographic location. Much darker with a more dense narrative, the film likely won’t have the same awards traction as the 2008 Oscar sweeper.
The film tells the story of Balram Halwai (Gourav), an Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning ways to make his rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India.
In a year where Netflix has packed its awards arsenal with an eclectic showcase of films from a diverse set of filmmakers, Academy voters and guild members could find certain elements attractive, most prominently Gourav. His finding is sure to be praised by many critics’ groups for breakthrough awards, hopefully leading to more challenging roles. In his first American feature, he holds his own and carries it as the narrator and star
Another bright spot is Priyanka Chopra Jonas as the beautiful and spicy Pinky. Also serving as an executive producer, Chopra Jonas commands many of her scenes, providing a call-to-action to Hollywood producers: use her for your upcoming projects, or better yet, write one for her. The best supporting actress race hasn’t filled itself out yet, and if the film were to break into the Oscars in any significant way, she would be it.To date, there has never been a woman of Indian descent nominated in the supporting actress category in its 92-year history. Only three actors with Indian ancestry have been nominated in any of the acting categories — Merle Oberon (1935’s “The Dark Angel”), Ben Kingsley (1982’s “Gandhi” and 2004’s “House of Sand and Fog”) and Dev Patel (2016’s “Lion”). An obstacle will be Chopra Jonas’ screentime as she’s a small part of the hardy 130-minute runtime.
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2020.09.07 01:34 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

Period: 2146.89 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 362138
Rate (per day) 0.47 168.62
Unique Redditors 590 59964
Combined Score 5998786 12616244

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 382962 points, 67 submissions: Strike_Gently
    1. Kofi on being called the first African American champion: “I think it’s silly that people try to not count The Rock in that category. Regardless of what you look like, you are what you are. He’s black. Whether he’s half black, he’s black.” (12403 points, 1443 comments)
    2. Orton: “It took me a little time, but what I had to do was realize, Kaepernick, he wasn't shiting on the flag. He wasn't disrespecting the people that have given their lives for our freedom. He was taking a stand against police brutality.” (11866 points, 1027 comments)
    3. Kevin Owens with a video on his thoughts on COVID-19: “If you’re belittling people for wearing a mask, you’re making fun of people who are trying to do what’s best for their community.” (11740 points, 464 comments)
    4. Big Show won't wake up after a match, so the referees try to put themselves over (9919 points, 222 comments)
    5. Chuck Taylor uses a live grenade on Ciampa and feels the effect (9044 points, 581 comments)
    6. Sammy Guevara: “I’ve made stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments in my past. In my idiotic mind, I thought I was being funny in using words and terms that represent nothing but horror and pain. I am truly sorry for my hurtful words and actions, and I will never forgive myself.” (8521 points, 1484 comments)
    7. HBK gets hugged by a fan in the crowd mid-match, Michaels hugs back (8107 points, 380 comments)
    8. Bray Wyatt has his own special face mask for when he goes out in public (7611 points, 321 comments)
    9. John Cena drops his title and gets the smooth assist from John Cone (7517 points, 255 comments)
    10. Jericho on a possible HOF induction: "If I continue to work for the Khan family for the rest of my life, I'll never go into the WWE Hall of Fame. I'm a hall of famer in the minds of the people who want me to be in the hall of fame. I'm a hall of famer in my mind. That's all that matters." (7263 points, 888 comments)
  2. 217417 points, 38 submissions: FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo
    1. [Royal Rumble Spoilers] Entrant #21 in the Men's Royal Rumble (13156 points, 1607 comments)
    2. [WWE Backstage Spoilers] It finally happened... (12553 points, 3172 comments)
    3. Road Dogg's reaction to seemingly hitting someone with one of the DX glow sticks at the Hall of Fame ceremony (8041 points, 344 comments)
    4. Roman Reigns: "Thank you to everyone who’s reached out...I can’t put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I’m going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman" (7981 points, 432 comments)
    5. [Raw Spoilers] Damn Kurt... (7167 points, 828 comments)
    6. What is known so far about the travel issues that have left many of the WWE Talent stuck in Saudi Arabia (6830 points, 2748 comments)
    7. [AEW Double or Nothing Spoiler] Surprise appearance after the Main Event (6248 points, 1341 comments)
    8. (Raw Spoilers) Ladies and gentlemen, Braun Strowman... (6209 points, 879 comments)
    9. Roman Reigns gets distracted after seeing Dana Brooke rub oil on Sonya Deville (5997 points, 439 comments)
    10. Becky Lynch to Nia Jax: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch." (5958 points, 844 comments)
  3. 83439 points, 15 submissions: GetDown90
    1. Kevin Nash: "The company is called World Wrestling Entertainment. I was entertained. @StephMcMahon said we're bringing this to you to take you away from where we are. I was immersed and not watching the news. Thank you @WWE for going beyond what every other product has. Delivered!" (7785 points, 560 comments)
    2. Jake Roberts: "AEW was the first wrestling promotion that ever had a birthday party for me. That was pretty cool. They had cake and everything for everybody; it was really nice. The people at AEW are like that – Tony Khan is a wonderful man and a brilliant man." (7715 points, 488 comments)
    3. Vickie Guerrero: "I met Eddie on a blind date. I didn't get home until 4 A.M because we danced till 3 A.M. I said, 'Dad, punish me how you want. I just met the greatest guy. I don't care what my punishment is.' And we started dating ever since and it was history after that." (6360 points, 263 comments)
    4. Kane: "Bryan and I are on such opposite ends of the political spectrum. But we respect each other as human beings and value each other's opinions, so we had conversations and learned from each other. I learned a lot from Bryan, even if we didn't always agree." (6128 points, 1379 comments)
    5. Maria Kanellis: "WWE doesnt want to build new stars, they want to spike the ratings for a couple weeks to keep the investors/networks happy. What WWE doesn’t seem to get, is ratings improve when people care about the story/stars. Invest in talent, spend the time building stars, stop the laziness." (6079 points, 846 comments)
    6. Bret Hart: "Goldberg to me was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers there ever was in the business. For Bill Goldberg to be in the Hall of Fame... he hurt everybody he worked with." (6006 points, 1022 comments)
    7. Batista on his Favorite WWE Match: "It was with Rey Mysterio at a house show in Mexico. We went and gave them a pay-per-view match. We went back and got a standing ovation. Rey kicked out of my finish, we gave them every bell and whistle we could think of. That's what I wanted my career to be." (5606 points, 237 comments)
    8. Ric Flair on the Boneyard Match: "I texted Taker, 'You did it again.' That and the Fun House, it was incredible. If I'm dying as an adult who's been watching this forever, can you imagine what a 12-year-old is thinking? They gotta be going, 'Wow! Daddy this is the coolest thing!'" (5388 points, 438 comments)
    9. Luke Gallows: "When I got there (WWE) in 2016, I was pleasantly surprised because the locker room of old had changed. The old guard was gone. It wasn't everybody walking around on eggshells. I give big credit to Roman Reigns for that." (5335 points, 561 comments)
    10. Steve Austin: "I've had zero alcohol for right at 14 days now. I'm also doing my DDP Yoga shit. Hell, I'm going to jump up here and do the splits like a goddang cheerleader in a minute! I'm flexible as a motherfucker." lol (4928 points, 575 comments)
  4. 77859 points, 15 submissions: Naweezy
    1. “Motherfucker”. Stone Cold steals the Rock’s moment. (7065 points, 425 comments)
    2. Two legends with their signature rises (6617 points, 288 comments)
    3. The Rock attempts the Rock Bottom on Eddie Guerrero (6313 points, 411 comments)
    4. Wrestling 101: Don’t drop a beer Stone Cold throws you (6227 points, 206 comments)
    5. That time CM Punk and Daniel Bryan copied a spot from the Sonnen and Silvia fight on the Raw after the event (5820 points, 322 comments)
    6. Remember paper always beats the rock (5249 points, 221 comments)
    7. Scott Hall and Zack Ryder holding each other’s Intercontinental Championships 20 years apart (5098 points, 262 comments)
    8. Swig of beer for the working man (5042 points, 257 comments)
    9. Beeper. Fanny Pack. All Denim clothing. Stone Cold and The Rock. This is as 90’s as it gets (4648 points, 220 comments)
    10. HBK fools Melina who thinks he’s John Morrison (4601 points, 179 comments)
  5. 61927 points, 11 submissions: sylvester_terkay
    1. A Series of Wrestlers popping out of nowhere (8098 points, 288 comments)
    2. What reminds me of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn lately (6535 points, 234 comments)
    3. Sami Zayn popping outta nowhere (6213 points, 198 comments)
    4. Big E meets Little E (6047 points, 245 comments)
    5. Orange Cassidy joining what he thought was a slumber party (5879 points, 206 comments)
    6. Ric Flair makes a young Hurricane fan cry (5712 points, 386 comments)
    7. Roman gets his payback (5305 points, 153 comments)
    8. It took almost 2 years for Randy to get his revenge on AJ (4993 points, 233 comments)
    9. Billie Kay breaks Peyton Royce & Cathy Kelley (4517 points, 320 comments)
    10. [Raw Spoilers] Kurt Angle having some flashbacks (4334 points, 204 comments)
  6. 61503 points, 7 submissions: RealWWE
    1. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action (26808 points, 6506 comments)
    2. Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble (8587 points, 493 comments)
    3. [Rumble Spoilers] This Is Brock Lesnar, Hear Him Scream - The Remix (6395 points, 180 comments)
    4. The champ Becky Lynch has a special surprise for SquaredCircle ... (5661 points, 561 comments)
    5. Hello SC from Stamford! R-Truth and Carmella are enjoying their all-expenses paid vacation to WWE HQ (5397 points, 356 comments)
    6. Not-so-official artwork for NXT TakeOver in the year 2050 (4463 points, 203 comments)
    7. I am WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the Superstar everyone wants to see at Evolution, the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view. Ask the champ anything! (And boo the woo!) (4192 points, 1738 comments)
  7. 54103 points, 10 submissions: hall198
    1. Deadspin: WWE Allows Alleged Child Sex Predator to Waltz Back Into the Ring Like Nothing Happened (8645 points, 1551 comments)
    2. Ric Flair's ringtone is set to 'Ric Flair Drip' and Charlotte is shocked by this discovery. (7829 points, 548 comments)
    3. Renee Young announces she has COVID-19 (5137 points, 983 comments)
    4. (SD Spoilers) This fan went all out for Holloween (5112 points, 153 comments)
    5. TMZ: The Columbus police department launch an investigation into Marty Jannetty's facebook comments from earlier today "We are going to look into this. The first step will be seeing if we have any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post." (4992 points, 776 comments)
    6. Tommy Dreamer: "Yesterday. AEW packed, ROH sold out, WWE tokyo packed, they ran Jackson as well. NXT Venice (packed), I did an indy (with) over 700 people. I keep reading all these other indies ran last night, So many people were entertained by professional wrestling. YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY" (4575 points, 237 comments)
    7. The IIconics are amazing, pass it on. (4565 points, 433 comments)
    8. The PPV poster for Hell in a Cell (4523 points, 426 comments)
    9. (NXT Spoilers) YEET. (4420 points, 383 comments)
    10. Ric Flair: "It's Official, Charlotte Is No Longer Ric Flair's Daughter. I Am Charlotte Flair's Dad! All The Accolades That Have Come My Way Over Time Are Diminished By Her Accomplishments Now! I Am So Proud Of You Charlotte." (4305 points, 503 comments)
  8. 52599 points, 8 submissions: Bigbenn0
    1. I present to you the first and only time John Cena did a suicide dive. (8006 points, 382 comments)
    2. On this day 2 years ago, the greatest moment in WWE history happened. (7898 points, 364 comments)
    3. To be honest, this alone should get R-Truth inducted into the Hall of Fame (7364 points, 381 comments)
    4. A reminder that Ricochet isn’t human. (6457 points, 517 comments)
    5. The Usos forfeiting the Gauntlet Match out of respect for Kofi and The New Day was perfection and one of the best part of Kofimania. WWE gets a lot of criticism for their storylines and bookings and whatnot but Kofimania shows that they can be great when they want to. (6380 points, 358 comments)
    6. I often forget how crazy Bobby Lashley was back in the day. (6138 points, 387 comments)
    7. In Honor of Money in the Bank this Sunday, here’s what I think is the greatest non-Wrestlemania entrance in WWE History. I also don’t think there’ll come another time where a superstar elicit this big of a ovation off their entrance alone. (5455 points, 849 comments)
    8. John Cena and Sting congratulating a 7-Year old Girl on beating cancer after Raw went off air. (4901 points, 273 comments)
  9. 49307 points, 10 submissions: woo_hah
    1. John Cena: “I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen. His performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event.” (5922 points, 853 comments)
    2. WWE confirms move to Amway Center (calling it WWE ThunderDome). There will be drone cameras and 1,000 virtual fans, with crowd audio mixed in. Kevin Dunn says pryo, smoke and projections will allow for “a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.” (5685 points, 1123 comments)
    3. Big E on Xavier Woods: “If Woods doesn’t come up to me in 2014 and say, ‘Hey, I have an idea for a group. You want to join me?’ If that doesn’t happen, who knows if I’m even still employed here. He changed our lives. And the fact that he got the trombone over in wrestling? That’s incredible.” (5625 points, 294 comments)
    4. Drew McIntyre: “I don’t know why, but Kurt Angle chose to work with me for one of his final matches in TNA. He made me look like a million bucks. Then, a few years later in WWE, he made me look like an absolute killer. I can never thank Kurt enough for what he has done and continues to do for me.” (5314 points, 120 comments)
    5. Terry Funk on AEW: “Vince and WWE, they’re not fresh. Yes, Vince does big business. They have the best talent in the world, but they have no fresh ideas. They should be selling out every arena. Vince thinks he’s fresh, he thinks he’s the best. That’s when you get knocked on your ass.” (5128 points, 613 comments)
    6. Jake Hager: "When I look now at guys like Cesaro, guys like Bobby Lashley, they’re just lost. When I look at them, that whole cloud of doom comes right back over me. [WWE] knows exactly what they’re doing and I hate to say it, but it’s on purpose. They want you lost in there so they can control you" (4660 points, 1256 comments)
    7. Chris Jericho: “One of my mission statements in AEW is to build new talent. People complain, ‘We don’t have any idea who this people are!’ It’s only been nine weeks, and we’re focusing on one person every couple of weeks. Building new stars will make this promotion successful.” (4578 points, 491 comments)
    8. Otis on winning MITB: “I found out and was like, ‘What?’ When the briefcase got into my hands, that’s when it felt real. I remember watching the first ‘Money in the Bank’ match at WrestleMania, and it blows my mind that I woke up right next to it this morning.” (4214 points, 475 comments)
    9. Mandy Rose pitched the Otis storyline directly to Vince McMahon. It was inspired by their real-life friendship. (4093 points, 347 comments)
    10. Renee Young on WWE's reaction to her positive COVID test: "Did I feel a little slighted? I didn't really feel like anyone was all that concerned that I got sick. That bothered me for sure." (4088 points, 521 comments)
  10. 49071 points, 3 submissions: LazyCanasian
    1. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. (18154 points, 541 comments)
    2. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! (17092 points, 429 comments)
    3. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s Earthquake and me around 1996-1997. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads that are still with us and those that aren’t. Much love! (13825 points, 363 comments)
  11. 47977 points, 1 submission: Macaveli54
    1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  12. 40346 points, 7 submissions: KhabibTime
    1. Ric Flair: I Ain't Dead Yet Mother Fuckers! WOOOOO! (11185 points, 581 comments)
    2. Big E: Sometimes you forget the dude you’ve goofed off with for the last 4+ years is a legend. Putting in an actual hour against (and DEFEATING) world champs & future HOFers was awe inspiring & humbling. Last night was one we will never forget. (5573 points, 562 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth: When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me (5366 points, 175 comments)
    4. Jon Moxley: “Pressure is having a 2-page script written by a 74-year old mad man that makes no sense, that’s gonna make you look stupid on TV” (5000 points, 737 comments)
    5. Big E: Kofi has the most days as a tag team champion in the history of WWE. Never failed a drug test. Never had a brush with the law. Always a professional to the highest degree. Give this man his flowers while he can still smell them. (4858 points, 385 comments)
    6. [WWE After The Bell] Randy Orton Confirms AJ Styles is a Flat Earther (4264 points, 1336 comments)
    7. Kayla Braxton: @WWE I’ll forego my paycheck to never see Lana and Lashley together on television again (4100 points, 448 comments)
  13. 37282 points, 7 submissions: WorkFriendlyAcct
    1. Fan misreads request for assistance. (9173 points, 306 comments)
    2. Triple H marks out for Randy Orton (5212 points, 201 comments)
    3. Picture perfect hurricanranna off the top rope to the outside. (5023 points, 182 comments)
    4. The most dramatic running clothesline in the history of professional wrestling. (4703 points, 344 comments)
    5. Daniel and Brie share a moment (4629 points, 556 comments)
    6. 30 Years of the Royal Rumble (4346 points, 638 comments)
    7. Mayoral Candidate Abuses Cheerleaders (4196 points, 128 comments)
  14. 35508 points, 1 submission: MustacheDiaries
    1. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. (35508 points, 640 comments)
  15. 34503 points, 6 submissions: thebobbyshaw33
    1. Sign catches Rock’s attention and he’s gotta set the record straight (9731 points, 389 comments)
    2. (HIAC SPOILERS) Xpac is all of us (5967 points, 837 comments)
    3. This has to be one of the greatest photos ever captured in wrestling. (5939 points, 242 comments)
    4. Kane comes out to Slow Chemical for his victory speech. (4505 points, 559 comments)
    5. The accuracy of this tweet is amazing and even Dolph found it hilarious “undertaker 2000 & undertaker 1999” (4189 points, 185 comments)
    6. [HOF Spoilers] crowd favorite (4172 points, 270 comments)
  16. 33054 points, 3 submissions: suzukigun4life
    1. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. (22353 points, 4591 comments)
    2. [GRR SPOILERS] Greatest moment in Royal Rumble history? (6164 points, 498 comments)
    3. [RAW Spoilers] Superstar's update (4537 points, 821 comments)
  17. 32590 points, 5 submissions: Knoxlag
    1. "Rusev literally gave $25,000 of his own money to pay WWE production workers cause they weren’t getting paid." (9391 points, 1076 comments)
    2. 2 Generations apart (7862 points, 328 comments)
    3. Dave Meltzer: "What horrible news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne's father. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family." (7091 points, 323 comments)
    4. Cody with some legendary company on the Jericho Cruise (4170 points, 262 comments)
    5. Photo of the new AEW faction (4076 points, 636 comments)
  18. 31221 points, 5 submissions: mcm123456
    1. That time Triple H KILLED Shawn Michaels. I'm glad he retired this dangerous move. (8396 points, 650 comments)
    2. 27 years ago to this day, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faced IWGP Champion The Great Muta (7093 points, 837 comments)
    3. Triple H disguised as Goldust shooting Kane with a Flamethrower. You can't make this shit up... (6706 points, 412 comments)
    4. Eddie Guerrero realising he's in trouble a little too late. (4610 points, 312 comments)
    5. Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho stealing each other's Finishers. (4416 points, 300 comments)
  19. 26914 points, 5 submissions: will_upvote_beer
    1. Kurt Angle: “Wrestlemania is around the corner. My very last match. I know its not the old Kurt Angle everyone has wanted, but im proud knowing its the new Kurt Angle thats been clean for almost 6 years. Thank you to all those who have been supporting me through the good and bad. I love you all.” (8364 points, 508 comments)
    2. Batista turned down WWE Hall Of Fame invitation because his in-ring career is not over: "I would love to go back. I've been very vocal about that" (5233 points, 626 comments)
    3. Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4829 points, 606 comments)
    4. Jim Ross signs with All Elite Wrestling for most lucrative deal in commentary history (4310 points, 772 comments)
    5. Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4178 points, 966 comments)
  20. 26079 points, 4 submissions: KneeHighMischief
    1. CM Punk with a fantastic display of sportsmanship after Chris Hamrick suffers a gruesome knee injury (9746 points, 416 comments)
    2. Sami Zayn finds out that Ska isn't cool anymore (6840 points, 601 comments)
    3. A dazed Michael McGillicutty (Curtis Axel) thinks he got the better of Sheamus 1/19/13 (5337 points, 236 comments)
    4. Alberto El Patron has no concept of physics (4156 points, 335 comments)
  21. 25796 points, 3 submissions: Bradleyharheez
    1. TRAGIC UPDATE: LA County lifeguards confirm body found in Venice Beach is former WWE star Shad Gaspard, via @tina_patel. (15688 points, 1545 comments)
    2. R-truth crashes drake Mavericks wedding to become 24/7 champion again! (5218 points, 762 comments)
    3. Tommy dreamer posted this photo of him and Howard finkel and his sign in the background just makes me shed a tear (4890 points, 203 comments)
  22. 24259 points, 4 submissions: AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens
    1. Eddie Guerrero wins the 100M race (8565 points, 286 comments)
    2. Kurt Angle reverses everything The Undertaker does into an Ankle Lock (5774 points, 438 comments)
    3. Eddie Guerrero’s last cheeky smile before he would sadly pass away (5559 points, 282 comments)
    4. Great sequence from Adam Cole at NXT Takeover NOLA (4361 points, 315 comments)
  23. 24199 points, 1 submission: serenawilliams
    1. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. (24199 points, 990 comments)

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2020.08.13 00:16 daikonhoney Questioning

Hi everyone, I came out as pan in my early twenties. Then I met my current (male) partner and I've been with him for two years. I genuinely love my partner but I hate sex and cuddling.
The thing is I actually have enjoyed sex with men. Or at least I think I did. The irony is that the enjoyable sex has been with men that I was in horrible, dysfunctional relationships with. I was also always a sub getting off by the man looking at me and imagining how he felt. Most of these men haven't necessarily been super masc but definitely saw themselves as "the man."
On the other hand, my current relationship is loving, nourishing, and respectful. I don't feel like I have to fit this ideal femininity any more. (Ironically after a bad breakup I embraced my femininity and went full high femme.) If anything, I feel like maybe my partner would be more attracted to me if I was more androgynous. The thing is he's not a top in bed, doesn't look at me, and is interested in pegging. All of these things really turn me off.
I'm not sure if I'm pansexual or actually a lesbian. When I think about other men I can imagine myself maybe sleeping with them and maybe dating them, but never really both. For example, I'd bang Idris Elba but would I ever date him? Probably not. Dev Patel seems like he'd make a great boyfriend (the hair! the charm!) But I bet sex would suck after a few months. And I can never picture myself dating a man more than a few years, and never marrying or having kids.
With women it seems different. I have sexual and romantic fantasies about women but they're just that: fantasies. I don't have any real life experience to flesh out these fantasies, so I don't know if i'm just romanticising my imagination. Has anyone been in a similar boat?
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2020.06.01 18:49 Diechswigalmagee Trying to Rank all the Ghibli Movies or: Get Out Your Pitchforks

More for me than for you, tbh, but I tried to review and rank all of the Ghibli movies. It was hard. I think I got my thoughts mostly in order. ‘Tis the season and all, with HBO Max coming out now. Hope y’all enjoy!
So, couple quick caveats:

Castle in the Sky (1986)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This is the first Ghibli movie I watched, and that probably has the biggest effect on what one you like the most. I was probably like 4 or 5 at the time and my mom rented me the DVD copy from Blockbuster, which means I watched the dreaded Streamline Pictures dub of the film. I loved it. Like . . . loved it. But, then we returned it to Blockbuster and it was only many years later that I rewatched it. I didn’t even know what the movie was called until after I started making my way through the Ghibli releases and realized “this was it.”
Story: Being the first Studio Ghibli film, it admittedly isn’t really the most refined story. The studio didn’t really know what would work and what wouldn’t, so they kind of tested the market with something one part adventure, one part romance, one part Disney, and a small, kind of insignificant, environmental message. It was shocking, then, that the last part is really what would define Ghibli going forward. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The basic idea is that Sheeta, a Princess, meets a miner’s boy named Pazu and they set off together to find the mythical floating city of Laputa, while being pursued by the military and sky pirates. It’s much lighter than most Ghibli movies, but in a good way
Visuals: Again, unrefined is the best term. I love them, though, even if they are imperfect. And that final half hour or so in Laputa . . . man. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it. If the rest of the movie is forgettable visually, that last bit more than makes up for it
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. Even though my first exposure was the Streamline dub . . . just . . . oof. And the Disney dub is on the poorer side of their work. A nearly 20 year old movie just wasn’t a priority when they finally got around to dubbing it.

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, simply from a historical perspective this movie is critical. Princess Mononoke would have been the final Miyazaki film without it.. That means limited Disney dubbing, no Spirited Away, no Oscar, no major recognition from the West, and (eventually) no Studio Ghibli. Director Yoshifumi Kondo passing away directly resulted in these things occurring. Whisper of the Heart needed to happen, for better or worse. It’s good that it also turned out to be one of the most underappreciated Ghibli films, and a film that truly makes you want to fall in love.
Story: It’s actually probably Ghibli’s least ambitious project. There are a lot of reasons for that, one being that this was the first full-length Ghibli film not directed by Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, but it also works in the movie’s favour. It allows it to stand on its own as one of very few non-fantastical Ghibli films, exploring instead domestic life in 90’s Japan. The few fantastical elements are everyday in nature, with small miracles and coincidences forming the more unbelievable parts. It’s the story of a bookworm that discovers the same guy has checked out all her library books before her, nothing more or less. And it’s perfect in that simplicity.
Visuals: Very, very, very simple. And that’s good, the film doesn’t need anything too fancy. Most of the movie takes place in only a small handful of locations, with only one scene really deviating from the norm. And it’s refreshing, in a way, since so many Ghibli films rely on breathtaking visuals. This movie let’s the characters do all the work.
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. I promise some of these are better dubbed, but the Whisper of the Heart dub was butchered. Badly. It wasn’t a priority for Disney (and believe me, that shows), but more critically watching it in English robs portions of their meaning. It blows.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I flip flop between Kiki’s and The Wind Rises for 3rd place a lot, but I’ll give it to her for now. And it mostly comes with the emotional connection. See, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the perfect feel good movie. It’s kind of unique by Ghibli standards in that there is no higher meaning, no exploration of environmentalism or love or . . . well, anything really. At most it looks at loneliness and depression, but it’s such an optimistic movie overall that it’s hard to even remember that when you’re watching. It’s just the perfect Saturday evening “I want to watch something light” movie. From a historical perspective it’s not particularly notable, but it is the first Ghibli movie Miyazaki adapted from a pre-existing work (which he would return to several times after, to mixed results), so that’s something.
Story: I think the first thing to note is that this is the most faithful adaptation that Miyazaki did, and that means the movie isn’t very Ghibli-esque from a plot or character perspective, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Miyazaki often uses fantasy archetypes or “real people in fantasy settings” to tell his stories, but Kiki’s Delivery Service is the only film where he mixes them together. Most characters are normal, run of the mill, but Kiki is different. Kiki is a witch (the good kind), starting a delivery business in a quaint seaside town. It’s quirky, it’s funny, and it’s so so good.
Visuals: Kiki’s Delivery Service is pretty restrained for Miyazaki. There’s no high concept fantasy world or crazy buildings with multiple levels and constant movement. In fact, most of the movie takes place in only one building (a bakery). What shines about this film is that it’s restrained for so long, but then it suddenly breaks free. And your heart instinctively races. I’ll also say that this is the film where Miyazaki perfected the Ghibli style, the final bit of fine tuning before the close of the decade.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub, but with a couple caveats. Phil Hartman as Jiji was perfect casting (god I miss him so much), but he Never. Shuts. Up. Jiji’s character in the original lived in quiet moments, and it made for a more nuanced performance. The other issue is that the original 1998 Disney dub changed the ending, but thankfully the 2010 edit restored the original final few moments of the film. So, I guess avoid the 1998 version, but the 2010 version would be my pick.

The Wind Rises (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s Hayao Miyazaki’s last film (until 2023). That alone makes it pretty important. It’s also something he was trying to do for years. It’s probably his most personal film (his father was the director of Miyazaki Aviation, the company that built the rudders for the Zero aircraft in WWII), and it’s also the film that he really, really, really wanted to get right. It’s his love letter to aviation.
Story: It’s a (mostly fictional) historical biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero aircraft used by the Japanese in WWII. It’s just so different from anything else Ghibli has done, but it takes so many ideas from previous Ghibli films that it is still recognizable as a Ghibli film. Aviation has almost always been a theme in Miyazaki’s work, and it’s on full display here. It also really dives into the humanity of this character but still manages to not completely excuse him for the things he did. Jiro is probably the most complex Ghibli character, because he’s the only one based fully on a real person who had hopes, and dreams, and the full range of human emotion that is so hard to get in 24 frames of animation. He was a pacifist, but he still built weapons for war. He hated the Nazis but he idolized the Germans. But at the end of the day, all he ever wanted was to build beautiful airplanes.
Visuals: Stunning. Like, just stunning. Animation has advanced a long way since the 80s, but The Wind Rises still pushes the limits. Every plane, every sweeping landscape, every quiet moment . . . it’s all stunning.
Sub or Dub: Both have so much merit it’s hard to pick one over the other. The sub is nice because it’s a movie for Japan, about Japan (and Hideaki Anno voices Jiro, which-- trust me-- is crazy cool), but the dub has probably the greatest collection of A-list celebrities in any Ghibli movie. Disney really went out of their way on this one. I mean, hell, freaking Werner Herzog (praise be to God) voices the German in this movie! It’s not even that major of a role and they got an actual living legend to play him!

Ponyo (2008)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Awww . . . Ponyo <3. This is such a cute movie. It’s similar to Kiki’s in that it’s pretty easy to watch, but it does have some deeper meanings and messages to it that differentiate it from its predecessor. It sounds weird to say, but it’s Ghibli’s most kid-friendly film. It’s so fun, and nice, and beautiful (I’m getting ahead of myself). It’s just so . . . Ponyo. And I love it dearly for that.
Story: It’s The Little Mermaid, sort of. I think the best way to describe it is it’s The Little Mermaid but modernized and skewed for younger audiences. And with a different third act. And with variations in character and plotting (Ponyo doesn’t lose her voice, as an example, and Ursula has been replaced with the much more nuanced and sympathetic Fujimoto).
Visuals: This is where Ponyo really shines. Sure, it’s a cute little story about a boy who falls in love with a goldfish, but those visuals are absolutely crazy. The best way to put it is that Hayao Miyazaki decided to make the design work way more simplistic (“It’s a kid’s movie!”) but then decided to put these designs in some of the most visually striking moments in any Ghibli movie. Moment after moment is just utter beauty, with some of the best environmental effects in any animated film. It’s perfect.
Sub or Dub: DUB. God, the dub for this movie is so good. The actors voicing Ponyo and Sosuke (the Prince stand-in, I guess?) do great work, but Tina Fey as Lisa (Sosuke’s mom) and especially Liam Neeson as Fujimoto just steal the show. It’s so so so good.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I have very little emotional attachment to this film (I HATED it the first time I watched it, it’s so gory and just not what I wanted when I sat down to watch a Ghibli film), but I’ve grown to really love it over time. It’s one you have to be in the right mindset for. But, historically, this might be the most important Ghibli film. See, Ghibli’s output in the 90’s was . . . pretty poor. Especially before Whisper of the Heart. Porco Rosso in 1992 got praise (and a big wad of cash), but some thought the studio had lost its touch. Whisper of the Heart came out and was somewhat successful, but mostly from the standpoint of redefining what Ghibli was. Financially, it wasn’t a great success. Princess Mononoke was Ghibli’s last attempt. They literally invested all their money into this one project and hoped it worked out. At the time, it was the most expensive animated film ever produced. I’m glad it ended up doing just well enough that they could go back to work. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite Ghibli film, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it here.
Story: My original issues with Princess Mononoke mostly lie here. The story is good, don’t get me wrong, but it takes a lot of getting used to, and more than one watch to even sort of get. After watching it a few more times I’ve started to appreciate it a lot more, but it’s an acquired taste. The basic plot concerns the three-way battle between cursed prince Ashitaka, human girl raised by wolves San, and industrialist Lady Eboshi. It is very complex, however, so be warned that you might not get all the layers of the story from the first watch. It’s also a pretty heavy handed environmental allegory, so be prepared for that.
Visuals: Crazy, insane, completely bonkers, gory. There are so many ways to describe Princess Mononoke’s visual design but it all boils down to “not for kids.” The high budget went to good use here, with some moments that will etch themselves into your brain and never leave. It’s a very pretty movie, just be prepared that it really isn’t what you are expecting
Sub or Dub: Sub. Watching Princess Mononoke dubbed is literally a crime against humanity. Fun fact about the dub for this one though: it was outsourced by Disney to Miramax (Harvey Weinstein’s company oof) and when Harvey Weinstein mentioned that he wanted to cut out about 20 minutes of the film, Studio Ghibli sent him a katana with a note that said “no cuts.” Second fun anecdote: Neil Gaiman saved the dub of this movie from being complete trash. He wrote the original draft of the dubbed script and the Disney execs were unhappy that the translation referred to Ashitaka as a “prince” (“He’s in rags! How will the audience get that he’s a prince??”) and his response that the audience will know because the characters call him a prince. Disney backed down. Good old, Neil Gaiman. Saving artistic integrity. Even with those two anecdotes considered, watch the sub.

Spirited Away (2001)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Hey look, it’s Oscar winner Spirited Away! Whoa! Yeah, I think that’s more than enough reason to watch this movie. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite, but I think that’s because it’s the first one they watched.
Story: Like Princess Mononoke, the story isn’t really a draw for me. It’s about a young girl that ends up working in a fantastical bathhouse because her parents were turned into pigs. That sounds a lot better than it actually is. See, Spirited Away’s biggest issue is that it tries to do way too much. There are no less than 6 major subplots in this 2 hour movie, while still trying to balance a main plot and also trying to add in an environmental message and also trying to say something about love and also trying to say something about finding oneself and also and also. It’s . . . a lot. That said, it is much better than the sum of its parts. There are some really great moments spread throughout. It’s just a lot to deal with in one movie.
Visuals: Man, the visuals in this movie. I don’t know what else to say. There are so many moments that are just, like, art museum quality. The animation is buttery-smooth, and the entire film is just an absolute joy. Minute one to moment one hundred and twenty five.
Sub or Dub: The sub. The dub has some good moments, but it has nothing on the original voice track.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Every movie above is one I watch fairly regularly, but here starts the ones I don’t watch that often. Especially Totoro, which I’ve only seen once (it’s a sin, I know). This is pretty important from a historical perspective-- it’s the movie that defined that Ghibli was in a lot of ways-- and it’s another favourite for a lot of people.
Story: Two young girls meet a giant fuzzy forest spirit that takes them on adventures. Look, I think Totoro is a better story than Spirited Away, Mononoke, and even Ponyo. But, the issue is context. It just doesn’t work that well if you aren’t a kid. It’s kind of like Winnie the Pooh in a way: it’s timeless and really great if you are exposed as a kid, but if you are only watching it as an adult it just doesn’t have the same magic.
Visuals: Well, they’re iconic. The umbrella scene is pretty much the moment that defined what Ghibli really was as a studio. But again, it just doesn’t hold as much magic if you are watching it for the first time when you are older than 6 or 7. It’s a movie designed for a certain time in your life.
Sub or Dub: I think I’ve only ever watched the sub, but really, who would ever watch Totoro dubbed . . .

Arrietty (2010)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I like this movie a lot, actually, but I totally understand that it isn’t one of Ghibli’s most notable works from a design/ story/ character standpoint. It’s just good. It also was Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s first directorial gig, and he’s something of an up and coming director. And I like him. I dunno, I’m grasping at straws to find a way that this is all that notable besides ”I think it’s pretty good.”
Story: It’s about little people navigating the real world! But like, really little people. Like they ride mice and stuff (I think, it’s actually been a while since I watched this). I dunno, it’s cute. And fun. And doesn’t really get bogged down in any sort of deeper meaning. It’s super simple. And that’s just fine. That’s sort of Yonebayashi’s style, actually. Ghibli but mass market. Love it or hate it I guess.
Visuals: Ugh, yeah. The visuals in Arrietty aren’t great. This is the other side of the “Ghibli but mass market” coin, it means that his work looks pretty generic and maybe like a Ghibli knock-off? Watching this for the visuals, I do not recommend.
Sub or Dub: Okay, so this is complicated. There are 3 different versions of Arrietty: the Japanese version, the UK dub, and the Disney dub: I recommend the UK dub. It’s much harder to find, but it features Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland in the lead roles, and also the characters are supposed to be British and neither of the other tracks do that justice? Also, the Disney dub changes the ending and it sucks. So, yeah. UK dub if you can find it.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Okay, so, yeah. This is the only Isao Takahata movie in the top ten. Shoot me. But it is pretty widely considered his best work, and a lot of pretentious film nerds think it’s Ghibli’s best movie. They’re wrong, but you know how it is. I’ve only seen it once, but I think that’s the same for most people. It’s one of the most harrowing movie watching experiences I’ve ever had, I can’t do it again. Fun fact: it was originally screened as a double feature with My Neighbour Totoro. That’s like screening a double feature of ET with Schindler’s List.
Story: So much depression. It’s about a young boy and his kid sister trying to live through the final days of WWII. The first scene is a flashback to the boy dying of starvation alone in a train station. The next scene is the chronological beginning of the story, and it’s their mom dying in a firebombing raid. Have fun!
Visuals: Don’t watch this movie for the visuals. It’s improper.
Sub or Dub: Sub. It’s very much a “why would you even consider watching this dubbed?” type movie.

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, this movie is all emotion. The entire point of it is to make you cry. It’s a bit forced as a tear-jerker, but that doesn’t negate how effective it is at twisting the knife and forcing that ugly cry just waiting to be let out. That said, Ghibli movies are usually more indirectly sad, so this direct approach is a bit off putting (Yonebayashi= Mass Market Ghibli). It’s also Ghibli’s last film (so far), so it is kind of a weak ending for the studio.
Story: A girl lives with foster parents and meets another girl who lives in an abandoned mansion. It’s good, but the entire film is just a vector for trying to put in as many emotional moments as possible within a 103 minute time frame. It’s also probably one of Ghibli’s slowest movies, with very little actual plot progression. It moves more in favour of just finding new and inventive ways of tugging at those heart strings.
Visuals: I am finding as I make this list that I tend to heap a lot of praise on simple-but-effective visuals, and When Marnie Was There admittedly has that in spades.It really only has a couple locations, and they are all beautifully rendered in picturesque detail. It succeeds far more than Arrietty in the way of being unique. However, the pendulum may have swung too far in the other direction here. There is so little visual flair, in fact, that it gives the characters and story too much room to breathe, and you are able to catch your breath too often and find too many faults.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub here too. Hailee Steinfeld and Kiernan Shipka both do terrific work, and I think their voices compliment the characters even better than the Japanese VA.

Porco Rosso (1992)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): If you hadn’t realized yet, I think you now know what my least favourite Miyazaki film is. But first, Porco Rosso. I think the best way to describe this film is “unsuccessful.” Not financially, mind, Porco Rosso was very successful from a financial standpoint. But from a storytelling perspective, it just doesn’t hold a candle to what came before and would come after. Especially in its exploration of aviation, which Miyazaki would revisit in The WInd Rises to greater success.
Story: The story of an aviator in fascist Italy . . . who also happens to be a pig. And, see, I think that right there is my main gripe with Porco Rosso. It was made at a time when every animated film needed to have a gimmick. For this one, it was that the main character was a pig. Why? Who knows! I think it has become increasingly obvious here that I prefer the human side of Ghibli far more, and this movie is just too inhuman for my tastes. Not to mention that said pig also hits most of the tropes that invade movies about war veterans. It’s just a bit tired, and a bit uninventive. Again, The Wind Rises (in fact, a lot of Miyazaki’s work) explored similar themes surrounding war to much better results.
Visuals: They are good, standard Miyazaki fare. They never really “blew me away,” not in the same way that The Wind Rises does, but it was also made in a different time. Visually, I like it, but it isn’t particularly notable when stacked against Ghibli’s other work.
Sub or Dub: Sub. Why? I dunno, it’s better. Make up a reason if you have to.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than anything above it on this list but more necessary than stuff below it to varying degrees): Well, here we are. The turning point. I want to say first off that anything below this isn’t “garbage” (well, one movie is), but that this is certainly a barrier between stages. The stuff below are good, but never really hit any major highs. Sorry in advance. Also, Howl’s Moving Castle is fine. It does some stuff right. It was a terrible follow up to Spirited Away, but I’ll get there. I have no connection to this film whatsoever, though I know Miyazaki thinks this is his best film. I think he’s forgotten how good everything else he’s done is.
Story: It’s about the love between a girl cursed with old age (because, reasons) and a cowardly wizard. It’s also the story of a war between nations, gender norms, class struggles, and a whole bunch of other stuff crammed into a 2 hour film. And I think it suffers from the same issues that Spirited Away does: it tries to do too much. However, Spirited Away at least tried to show you a whole bunch of issues (like some really bloated morality play), Howl’s Moving Castle is one part showing and about 8 parts telling. So much of this movie is just characters talking about stuff happening but not actually showing anything happening. It does start to “show, not tell” near the end of the film, but by that point it’s too late. It’s the genie of the lamp: too many big ideas crammed into an itty bitty living space.
Visuals: Visually, Howl’s Moving Castle is appealing if not particularly notable. Miyazaki’s imagination is on full display here. However, the film is trapped for a long time in the eponymous Castle, which is fine on one hand (“simpler is better”) but on another all the characters seem to do is talk about what is going on outside the castle. When it finally opens up, it’s kind of a whimper rather than something similar to Kiki’s breathtaking new world. It’s a “I was wondering when we were going to finally get to this” rather than a “Oh wow! It’s so refreshing!” I’m not a screenwriter, don’t judge my dialogue choices.
Sub or Dub: Christian Bale as Howl is such a great choice that I can’t help but recommend the dub.

Only Yesterday (1991)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Only Yesterday is in a bit of an awkward position in the Ghibli catalogue. It sits right in between Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, so it was always destined to be overlooked, and on top of that it was never going to be a major moneymaker for the studio anyway. It’s before Disney and before Mononoke, so it wasn’t going to break box office records here or in Japan.
Story: It’s actually somewhat similar to Whisper of the Heart, in that it explores what life in Japan is really like. It’s about escaping from the ever-expanding 80’s sprawl of Tokyo, while revisiting the memories of the much simpler (but still complicated in their own way) 1960’s. It’s about the dreams of childhood and the realities of adulthood. It’s just a shame that, unlike Whisper of the Heart, the plot here is really scant. Takahata has a tendency (and it will only become more prominent from here on out) to focus on episodic vignettes rather than a cohesive narrative. Only Yesterday suffered from this decision. It really never feels like the plot is going anywhere, and while the characters are well developed the finale just ends up feeling unearned.
Visuals: Only Yesterday also begins Takahata’s fixation on visual gimmicks, to decent results. I will say that both the realistic “adult” portions and the anime “child” portions are well animated, however the adult portions suffer immensely from being perhaps too “well animated.” They tend to fall a bit on the uncanny valley side of the spectrum. It was a nice experiment, but it isn’t fully successful. That will also become something of a theme to Takahata’s work.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub, and I don’t know why you would watch this one dubbed. It is clearly meant to be watched with subtitles. That said, Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel star in the dub, so maybe it is worth checking out.

The Cat Returns (2002)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s the only sequel in Ghibli’s repertoire, and it doesn’t give me hope in their ability to make any other ones effectively. Don’t hold your breath for Spirited Away 2: The Revenge of No-Face, is all I’m saying.
Story: Uhhh, well . . . it’s kind of a sequel to Whisper of the Heart? It takes all the good parts out of Whisper of the Heart and focuses entirely on the story about the Baron that Shizuku was writing in the original film. Sorta. I think the best way to describe my feelings towards this film is “it would function so well as a tribute to Yoshifumi Kondo-- it’s even the first non-Takahata or Miyazaki film since his death-- if it took anything from the previous film that Kondo actually seemed to want to explore.” This film just doesn’t take anything from Whisper of the Heart besides lip service, a bad homage without any of the love and care Kondo put in his film. It’s a deeply cynical work just from its sheer existence. All that said, the film is still a joy. It’s just covered in a really cynical air of corporate greed.
Visuals: Rough. Very rough. I don’t know if that is the fault of the studio’s budgeting, lack of faith in the project, or that the director Hiroyuki Morita had never directed anything besides a single hentai OVA credit and didn’t really have the experience necessary to take a full feature length film on, but this movie looks like something Hayao Miyazaki could do with his eyes closed. I’ll stop short of saying that it has the animation quality of one of the lesser Disney Direct-to-Video sequels, but it certainly doesn’t have anywhere near the visual quality of a Ghibli feature film.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub. I likely will not be rushing to give it a try, not even with Anne Hathaway in the lead role.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This was Isao Takahata’s final work, and some say his best. Some even call this the best Ghibli movie. I, obviously, disagree, but I can at least somewhat see where they are coming from. In one very specific area it is undeniably a masterpiece, but to me that doesn’t save the film overall.
Story: This functions as a pretty direct adaptation of the famous Japanese folk story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I think that might be the film’s biggest issue: adaptation. The original story isn’t particularly long or in depth, and it’s beautiful in its simplicity. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is 137 minutes long, the longest Ghibli film to date and 4 minutes longer than the extraordinarily complex Princess Mononoke. So, how does Isao Takahata compensate? Well, he doesn’t. It’s the same story as the original text, just with a whole lot of filler added. It makes for a pretty difficult watch, to say the least. It is definitely worth the watch though, same as everything before it (not quite so much what comes after it, but you know). It’s just not going to be a fun watch.
Visuals: This is where the film truly shines. The visuals in this film are unique and utterly gorgeous! I love the art style and the way the film uses it . . . but it is very distracting. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “failed experiment,” but it is obvious that Takahata wanted to make a piece of art rather than a film. It would function a lot better as a silent film, or a collection of art pieces that tell the story. But, alas, it was made into this.
Sub or Dub: Who in their right mind would watch this dubbed?

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Oh, Goro. You will always live in your father’s shadow, buddy. Sorry my dude.
Story: I think the concept of From Up on Poppy Hill is better than the execution. Girl meets guy, they be doki doki in love, there’s stuff about the military, also it’s set in the 60’s! Okay, even the concept is fine at best. But the execution is just . . . not good. This movie isn’t really about much of anything. There are a bunch of side characters who seem important until you realize . . . whoops, nope. They’re just there. It’s a bland, forgettable period love story with a meandering script and nothing notable going for it. This is, again, the studio that did Whisper of the Heart. Oh, and also there’s a point in the movie where characters think they are in an incestrous relationship . . . but yet continue?
Visuals: I’m not saying the visuals completely solve the problems with this movie, but they do help. Even though it is pretty “Mass Market Ghibli,” at least it steals from the good Ghibli movies (especially Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the flair of Spirited Away). Even though the period setting is never used to its full potential, at least it is accurately portrayed. Even though the animation talent isn’t anywhere near the level of Ghibli’s best movies, at least it is more fluid than their lesser work.
Sub or Dub: Oh god the sub. For the love of god don’t try the dub.

Pom Poko (1994)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s a movie about tanuki with massive balls.
Story: I mean, literally the above. Like, I understand that in Japan this is something that is amusing, but it really does not translate for Western audiences. And I can’t find any way to put myself in a Japanese point of view for this. Also, it suffers from the same vignette vs story issue as a lot of Takahata’s other work.
Visuals: I dunno. It looks like a Ghibli movie. Takahata actually used the Ghibli style for this one . . . to animate actual testicals. Like, again, I get it. It’s funny. It’s especially funny to see balls animated in the Ghibli style. But it just doesn’t work for me. I’m so sorry Pom Poko fans.
Sub or Dub: Probably the sub, considering I don’t believe they are even referred to as tanuki in the dub.

My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s not a good sign when a movie can’t even make you feel somewhat interested in its subject matter.
Story: Is there a story? It’s kind of just a series of loosely-connected vignettes. Like, even more so than most of Takahata’s work. I get it, it focuses on theme and character besides plot. But no matter how good you do that (and this movie isn’t all that successful), it doesn’t replace a plot.
Visuals: It’s simple, kinda comic strip style. It ends up being pretty distracting, and really creates a distinct barrier between the film and the audience. It never feels like you can fully engage.
Sub or Dub: If I was to hazard a guess, having never seen the dub, the sub.

Tales From Earthsea (2006)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Is “being the only truly bad Ghibli film” historically significant?
Story: No. I refuse to write about this film any more than I have to.
Visuals: Snore.
Sub or Dub: If you have to, probably the sub I guess IDK I don’t care enough
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2020.06.01 18:48 Diechswigalmagee Trying to Rank all the Ghibli Movies or: Get Out Your Pitchforks

More for me than for you, tbh, but I tried to review and rank all of the Ghibli movies. It was hard. I think I got my thoughts mostly in order. ‘Tis the season and all, with HBO Max coming out now. Hope y’all enjoy!
So, couple quick caveats:

Castle in the Sky (1986)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This is the first Ghibli movie I watched, and that probably has the biggest effect on what one you like the most. I was probably like 4 or 5 at the time and my mom rented me the DVD copy from Blockbuster, which means I watched the dreaded Streamline Pictures dub of the film. I loved it. Like . . . loved it. But, then we returned it to Blockbuster and it was only many years later that I rewatched it. I didn’t even know what the movie was called until after I started making my way through the Ghibli releases and realized “this was it.”
Story: Being the first Studio Ghibli film, it admittedly isn’t really the most refined story. The studio didn’t really know what would work and what wouldn’t, so they kind of tested the market with something one part adventure, one part romance, one part Disney, and a small, kind of insignificant, environmental message. It was shocking, then, that the last part is really what would define Ghibli going forward. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The basic idea is that Sheeta, a Princess, meets a miner’s boy named Pazu and they set off together to find the mythical floating city of Laputa, while being pursued by the military and sky pirates. It’s much lighter than most Ghibli movies, but in a good way
Visuals: Again, unrefined is the best term. I love them, though, even if they are imperfect. And that final half hour or so in Laputa . . . man. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it. If the rest of the movie is forgettable visually, that last bit more than makes up for it
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. Even though my first exposure was the Streamline dub . . . just . . . oof. And the Disney dub is on the poorer side of their work. A nearly 20 year old movie just wasn’t a priority when they finally got around to dubbing it.

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, simply from a historical perspective this movie is critical. Princess Mononoke would have been the final Miyazaki film without it.. That means limited Disney dubbing, no Spirited Away, no Oscar, no major recognition from the West, and (eventually) no Studio Ghibli. Director Yoshifumi Kondo passing away directly resulted in these things occurring. Whisper of the Heart needed to happen, for better or worse. It’s good that it also turned out to be one of the most underappreciated Ghibli films, and a film that truly makes you want to fall in love.
Story: It’s actually probably Ghibli’s least ambitious project. There are a lot of reasons for that, one being that this was the first full-length Ghibli film not directed by Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, but it also works in the movie’s favour. It allows it to stand on its own as one of very few non-fantastical Ghibli films, exploring instead domestic life in 90’s Japan. The few fantastical elements are everyday in nature, with small miracles and coincidences forming the more unbelievable parts. It’s the story of a bookworm that discovers the same guy has checked out all her library books before her, nothing more or less. And it’s perfect in that simplicity.
Visuals: Very, very, very simple. And that’s good, the film doesn’t need anything too fancy. Most of the movie takes place in only a small handful of locations, with only one scene really deviating from the norm. And it’s refreshing, in a way, since so many Ghibli films rely on breathtaking visuals. This movie let’s the characters do all the work.
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. I promise some of these are better dubbed, but the Whisper of the Heart dub was butchered. Badly. It wasn’t a priority for Disney (and believe me, that shows), but more critically watching it in English robs portions of their meaning. It blows.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I flip flop between Kiki’s and The Wind Rises for 3rd place a lot, but I’ll give it to her for now. And it mostly comes with the emotional connection. See, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the perfect feel good movie. It’s kind of unique by Ghibli standards in that there is no higher meaning, no exploration of environmentalism or love or . . . well, anything really. At most it looks at loneliness and depression, but it’s such an optimistic movie overall that it’s hard to even remember that when you’re watching. It’s just the perfect Saturday evening “I want to watch something light” movie. From a historical perspective it’s not particularly notable, but it is the first Ghibli movie Miyazaki adapted from a pre-existing work (which he would return to several times after, to mixed results), so that’s something.
Story: I think the first thing to note is that this is the most faithful adaptation that Miyazaki did, and that means the movie isn’t very Ghibli-esque from a plot or character perspective, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Miyazaki often uses fantasy archetypes or “real people in fantasy settings” to tell his stories, but Kiki’s Delivery Service is the only film where he mixes them together. Most characters are normal, run of the mill, but Kiki is different. Kiki is a witch (the good kind), starting a delivery business in a quaint seaside town. It’s quirky, it’s funny, and it’s so so good.
Visuals: Kiki’s Delivery Service is pretty restrained for Miyazaki. There’s no high concept fantasy world or crazy buildings with multiple levels and constant movement. In fact, most of the movie takes place in only one building (a bakery). What shines about this film is that it’s restrained for so long, but then it suddenly breaks free. And your heart instinctively races. I’ll also say that this is the film where Miyazaki perfected the Ghibli style, the final bit of fine tuning before the close of the decade.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub, but with a couple caveats. Phil Hartman as Jiji was perfect casting (god I miss him so much), but he Never. Shuts. Up. Jiji’s character in the original lived in quiet moments, and it made for a more nuanced performance. The other issue is that the original 1998 Disney dub changed the ending, but thankfully the 2010 edit restored the original final few moments of the film. So, I guess avoid the 1998 version, but the 2010 version would be my pick.

The Wind Rises (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s Hayao Miyazaki’s last film (until 2023). That alone makes it pretty important. It’s also something he was trying to do for years. It’s probably his most personal film (his father was the director of Miyazaki Aviation, the company that built the rudders for the Zero aircraft in WWII), and it’s also the film that he really, really, really wanted to get right. It’s his love letter to aviation.
Story: It’s a (mostly fictional) historical biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero aircraft used by the Japanese in WWII. It’s just so different from anything else Ghibli has done, but it takes so many ideas from previous Ghibli films that it is still recognizable as a Ghibli film. Aviation has almost always been a theme in Miyazaki’s work, and it’s on full display here. It also really dives into the humanity of this character but still manages to not completely excuse him for the things he did. Jiro is probably the most complex Ghibli character, because he’s the only one based fully on a real person who had hopes, and dreams, and the full range of human emotion that is so hard to get in 24 frames of animation. He was a pacifist, but he still built weapons for war. He hated the Nazis but he idolized the Germans. But at the end of the day, all he ever wanted was to build beautiful airplanes.
Visuals: Stunning. Like, just stunning. Animation has advanced a long way since the 80s, but The Wind Rises still pushes the limits. Every plane, every sweeping landscape, every quiet moment . . . it’s all stunning.
Sub or Dub: Both have so much merit it’s hard to pick one over the other. The sub is nice because it’s a movie for Japan, about Japan (and Hideaki Anno voices Jiro, which-- trust me-- is crazy cool), but the dub has probably the greatest collection of A-list celebrities in any Ghibli movie. Disney really went out of their way on this one. I mean, hell, freaking Werner Herzog (praise be to God) voices the German in this movie! It’s not even that major of a role and they got an actual living legend to play him!

Ponyo (2008)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Awww . . . Ponyo <3. This is such a cute movie. It’s similar to Kiki’s in that it’s pretty easy to watch, but it does have some deeper meanings and messages to it that differentiate it from its predecessor. It sounds weird to say, but it’s Ghibli’s most kid-friendly film. It’s so fun, and nice, and beautiful (I’m getting ahead of myself). It’s just so . . . Ponyo. And I love it dearly for that.
Story: It’s The Little Mermaid, sort of. I think the best way to describe it is it’s The Little Mermaid but modernized and skewed for younger audiences. And with a different third act. And with variations in character and plotting (Ponyo doesn’t lose her voice, as an example, and Ursula has been replaced with the much more nuanced and sympathetic Fujimoto).
Visuals: This is where Ponyo really shines. Sure, it’s a cute little story about a boy who falls in love with a goldfish, but those visuals are absolutely crazy. The best way to put it is that Hayao Miyazaki decided to make the design work way more simplistic (“It’s a kid’s movie!”) but then decided to put these designs in some of the most visually striking moments in any Ghibli movie. Moment after moment is just utter beauty, with some of the best environmental effects in any animated film. It’s perfect.
Sub or Dub: DUB. God, the dub for this movie is so good. The actors voicing Ponyo and Sosuke (the Prince stand-in, I guess?) do great work, but Tina Fey as Lisa (Sosuke’s mom) and especially Liam Neeson as Fujimoto just steal the show. It’s so so so good.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I have very little emotional attachment to this film (I HATED it the first time I watched it, it’s so gory and just not what I wanted when I sat down to watch a Ghibli film), but I’ve grown to really love it over time. It’s one you have to be in the right mindset for. But, historically, this might be the most important Ghibli film. See, Ghibli’s output in the 90’s was . . . pretty poor. Especially before Whisper of the Heart. Porco Rosso in 1992 got praise (and a big wad of cash), but some thought the studio had lost its touch. Whisper of the Heart came out and was somewhat successful, but mostly from the standpoint of redefining what Ghibli was. Financially, it wasn’t a great success. Princess Mononoke was Ghibli’s last attempt. They literally invested all their money into this one project and hoped it worked out. At the time, it was the most expensive animated film ever produced. I’m glad it ended up doing just well enough that they could go back to work. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite Ghibli film, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it here.
Story: My original issues with Princess Mononoke mostly lie here. The story is good, don’t get me wrong, but it takes a lot of getting used to, and more than one watch to even sort of get. After watching it a few more times I’ve started to appreciate it a lot more, but it’s an acquired taste. The basic plot concerns the three-way battle between cursed prince Ashitaka, human girl raised by wolves San, and industrialist Lady Eboshi. It is very complex, however, so be warned that you might not get all the layers of the story from the first watch. It’s also a pretty heavy handed environmental allegory, so be prepared for that.
Visuals: Crazy, insane, completely bonkers, gory. There are so many ways to describe Princess Mononoke’s visual design but it all boils down to “not for kids.” The high budget went to good use here, with some moments that will etch themselves into your brain and never leave. It’s a very pretty movie, just be prepared that it really isn’t what you are expecting
Sub or Dub: Sub. Watching Princess Mononoke dubbed is literally a crime against humanity. Fun fact about the dub for this one though: it was outsourced by Disney to Miramax (Harvey Weinstein’s company oof) and when Harvey Weinstein mentioned that he wanted to cut out about 20 minutes of the film, Studio Ghibli sent him a katana with a note that said “no cuts.” Second fun anecdote: Neil Gaiman saved the dub of this movie from being complete trash. He wrote the original draft of the dubbed script and the Disney execs were unhappy that the translation referred to Ashitaka as a “prince” (“He’s in rags! How will the audience get that he’s a prince??”) and his response that the audience will know because the characters call him a prince. Disney backed down. Good old, Neil Gaiman. Saving artistic integrity. Even with those two anecdotes considered, watch the sub.

Spirited Away (2001)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Hey look, it’s Oscar winner Spirited Away! Whoa! Yeah, I think that’s more than enough reason to watch this movie. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite, but I think that’s because it’s the first one they watched.
Story: Like Princess Mononoke, the story isn’t really a draw for me. It’s about a young girl that ends up working in a fantastical bathhouse because her parents were turned into pigs. That sounds a lot better than it actually is. See, Spirited Away’s biggest issue is that it tries to do way too much. There are no less than 6 major subplots in this 2 hour movie, while still trying to balance a main plot and also trying to add in an environmental message and also trying to say something about love and also trying to say something about finding oneself and also and also. It’s . . . a lot. That said, it is much better than the sum of its parts. There are some really great moments spread throughout. It’s just a lot to deal with in one movie.
Visuals: Man, the visuals in this movie. I don’t know what else to say. There are so many moments that are just, like, art museum quality. The animation is buttery-smooth, and the entire film is just an absolute joy. Minute one to moment one hundred and twenty five.
Sub or Dub: The sub. The dub has some good moments, but it has nothing on the original voice track.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Every movie above is one I watch fairly regularly, but here starts the ones I don’t watch that often. Especially Totoro, which I’ve only seen once (it’s a sin, I know). This is pretty important from a historical perspective-- it’s the movie that defined that Ghibli was in a lot of ways-- and it’s another favourite for a lot of people.
Story: Two young girls meet a giant fuzzy forest spirit that takes them on adventures. Look, I think Totoro is a better story than Spirited Away, Mononoke, and even Ponyo. But, the issue is context. It just doesn’t work that well if you aren’t a kid. It’s kind of like Winnie the Pooh in a way: it’s timeless and really great if you are exposed as a kid, but if you are only watching it as an adult it just doesn’t have the same magic.
Visuals: Well, they’re iconic. The umbrella scene is pretty much the moment that defined what Ghibli really was as a studio. But again, it just doesn’t hold as much magic if you are watching it for the first time when you are older than 6 or 7. It’s a movie designed for a certain time in your life.
Sub or Dub: I think I’ve only ever watched the sub, but really, who would ever watch Totoro dubbed . . .

Arrietty (2010)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I like this movie a lot, actually, but I totally understand that it isn’t one of Ghibli’s most notable works from a design/ story/ character standpoint. It’s just good. It also was Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s first directorial gig, and he’s something of an up and coming director. And I like him. I dunno, I’m grasping at straws to find a way that this is all that notable besides ”I think it’s pretty good.”
Story: It’s about little people navigating the real world! But like, really little people. Like they ride mice and stuff (I think, it’s actually been a while since I watched this). I dunno, it’s cute. And fun. And doesn’t really get bogged down in any sort of deeper meaning. It’s super simple. And that’s just fine. That’s sort of Yonebayashi’s style, actually. Ghibli but mass market. Love it or hate it I guess.
Visuals: Ugh, yeah. The visuals in Arrietty aren’t great. This is the other side of the “Ghibli but mass market” coin, it means that his work looks pretty generic and maybe like a Ghibli knock-off? Watching this for the visuals, I do not recommend.
Sub or Dub: Okay, so this is complicated. There are 3 different versions of Arrietty: the Japanese version, the UK dub, and the Disney dub: I recommend the UK dub. It’s much harder to find, but it features Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland in the lead roles, and also the characters are supposed to be British and neither of the other tracks do that justice? Also, the Disney dub changes the ending and it sucks. So, yeah. UK dub if you can find it.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Okay, so, yeah. This is the only Isao Takahata movie in the top ten. Shoot me. But it is pretty widely considered his best work, and a lot of pretentious film nerds think it’s Ghibli’s best movie. They’re wrong, but you know how it is. I’ve only seen it once, but I think that’s the same for most people. It’s one of the most harrowing movie watching experiences I’ve ever had, I can’t do it again. Fun fact: it was originally screened as a double feature with My Neighbour Totoro. That’s like screening a double feature of ET with Schindler’s List.
Story: So much depression. It’s about a young boy and his kid sister trying to live through the final days of WWII. The first scene is a flashback to the boy dying of starvation alone in a train station. The next scene is the chronological beginning of the story, and it’s their mom dying in a firebombing raid. Have fun!
Visuals: Don’t watch this movie for the visuals. It’s improper.
Sub or Dub: Sub. It’s very much a “why would you even consider watching this dubbed?” type movie.

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, this movie is all emotion. The entire point of it is to make you cry. It’s a bit forced as a tear-jerker, but that doesn’t negate how effective it is at twisting the knife and forcing that ugly cry just waiting to be let out. That said, Ghibli movies are usually more indirectly sad, so this direct approach is a bit off putting (Yonebayashi= Mass Market Ghibli). It’s also Ghibli’s last film (so far), so it is kind of a weak ending for the studio.
Story: A girl lives with foster parents and meets another girl who lives in an abandoned mansion. It’s good, but the entire film is just a vector for trying to put in as many emotional moments as possible within a 103 minute time frame. It’s also probably one of Ghibli’s slowest movies, with very little actual plot progression. It moves more in favour of just finding new and inventive ways of tugging at those heart strings.
Visuals: I am finding as I make this list that I tend to heap a lot of praise on simple-but-effective visuals, and When Marnie Was There admittedly has that in spades.It really only has a couple locations, and they are all beautifully rendered in picturesque detail. It succeeds far more than Arrietty in the way of being unique. However, the pendulum may have swung too far in the other direction here. There is so little visual flair, in fact, that it gives the characters and story too much room to breathe, and you are able to catch your breath too often and find too many faults.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub here too. Hailee Steinfeld and Kiernan Shipka both do terrific work, and I think their voices compliment the characters even better than the Japanese VA.

Porco Rosso (1992)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): If you hadn’t realized yet, I think you now know what my least favourite Miyazaki film is. But first, Porco Rosso. I think the best way to describe this film is “unsuccessful.” Not financially, mind, Porco Rosso was very successful from a financial standpoint. But from a storytelling perspective, it just doesn’t hold a candle to what came before and would come after. Especially in its exploration of aviation, which Miyazaki would revisit in The WInd Rises to greater success.
Story: The story of an aviator in fascist Italy . . . who also happens to be a pig. And, see, I think that right there is my main gripe with Porco Rosso. It was made at a time when every animated film needed to have a gimmick. For this one, it was that the main character was a pig. Why? Who knows! I think it has become increasingly obvious here that I prefer the human side of Ghibli far more, and this movie is just too inhuman for my tastes. Not to mention that said pig also hits most of the tropes that invade movies about war veterans. It’s just a bit tired, and a bit uninventive. Again, The Wind Rises (in fact, a lot of Miyazaki’s work) explored similar themes surrounding war to much better results.
Visuals: They are good, standard Miyazaki fare. They never really “blew me away,” not in the same way that The Wind Rises does, but it was also made in a different time. Visually, I like it, but it isn’t particularly notable when stacked against Ghibli’s other work.
Sub or Dub: Sub. Why? I dunno, it’s better. Make up a reason if you have to.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than anything above it on this list but more necessary than stuff below it to varying degrees): Well, here we are. The turning point. I want to say first off that anything below this isn’t “garbage” (well, one movie is), but that this is certainly a barrier between stages. The stuff below are good, but never really hit any major highs. Sorry in advance. Also, Howl’s Moving Castle is fine. It does some stuff right. It was a terrible follow up to Spirited Away, but I’ll get there. I have no connection to this film whatsoever, though I know Miyazaki thinks this is his best film. I think he’s forgotten how good everything else he’s done is.
Story: It’s about the love between a girl cursed with old age (because, reasons) and a cowardly wizard. It’s also the story of a war between nations, gender norms, class struggles, and a whole bunch of other stuff crammed into a 2 hour film. And I think it suffers from the same issues that Spirited Away does: it tries to do too much. However, Spirited Away at least tried to show you a whole bunch of issues (like some really bloated morality play), Howl’s Moving Castle is one part showing and about 8 parts telling. So much of this movie is just characters talking about stuff happening but not actually showing anything happening. It does start to “show, not tell” near the end of the film, but by that point it’s too late. It’s the genie of the lamp: too many big ideas crammed into an itty bitty living space.
Visuals: Visually, Howl’s Moving Castle is appealing if not particularly notable. Miyazaki’s imagination is on full display here. However, the film is trapped for a long time in the eponymous Castle, which is fine on one hand (“simpler is better”) but on another all the characters seem to do is talk about what is going on outside the castle. When it finally opens up, it’s kind of a whimper rather than something similar to Kiki’s breathtaking new world. It’s a “I was wondering when we were going to finally get to this” rather than a “Oh wow! It’s so refreshing!” I’m not a screenwriter, don’t judge my dialogue choices.
Sub or Dub: Christian Bale as Howl is such a great choice that I can’t help but recommend the dub.

Only Yesterday (1991)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Only Yesterday is in a bit of an awkward position in the Ghibli catalogue. It sits right in between Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, so it was always destined to be overlooked, and on top of that it was never going to be a major moneymaker for the studio anyway. It’s before Disney and before Mononoke, so it wasn’t going to break box office records here or in Japan.
Story: It’s actually somewhat similar to Whisper of the Heart, in that it explores what life in Japan is really like. It’s about escaping from the ever-expanding 80’s sprawl of Tokyo, while revisiting the memories of the much simpler (but still complicated in their own way) 1960’s. It’s about the dreams of childhood and the realities of adulthood. It’s just a shame that, unlike Whisper of the Heart, the plot here is really scant. Takahata has a tendency (and it will only become more prominent from here on out) to focus on episodic vignettes rather than a cohesive narrative. Only Yesterday suffered from this decision. It really never feels like the plot is going anywhere, and while the characters are well developed the finale just ends up feeling unearned.
Visuals: Only Yesterday also begins Takahata’s fixation on visual gimmicks, to decent results. I will say that both the realistic “adult” portions and the anime “child” portions are well animated, however the adult portions suffer immensely from being perhaps too “well animated.” They tend to fall a bit on the uncanny valley side of the spectrum. It was a nice experiment, but it isn’t fully successful. That will also become something of a theme to Takahata’s work.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub, and I don’t know why you would watch this one dubbed. It is clearly meant to be watched with subtitles. That said, Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel star in the dub, so maybe it is worth checking out.

The Cat Returns (2002)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s the only sequel in Ghibli’s repertoire, and it doesn’t give me hope in their ability to make any other ones effectively. Don’t hold your breath for Spirited Away 2: The Revenge of No-Face, is all I’m saying.
Story: Uhhh, well . . . it’s kind of a sequel to Whisper of the Heart? It takes all the good parts out of Whisper of the Heart and focuses entirely on the story about the Baron that Shizuku was writing in the original film. Sorta. I think the best way to describe my feelings towards this film is “it would function so well as a tribute to Yoshifumi Kondo-- it’s even the first non-Takahata or Miyazaki film since his death-- if it took anything from the previous film that Kondo actually seemed to want to explore.” This film just doesn’t take anything from Whisper of the Heart besides lip service, a bad homage without any of the love and care Kondo put in his film. It’s a deeply cynical work just from its sheer existence. All that said, the film is still a joy. It’s just covered in a really cynical air of corporate greed.
Visuals: Rough. Very rough. I don’t know if that is the fault of the studio’s budgeting, lack of faith in the project, or that the director Hiroyuki Morita had never directed anything besides a single hentai OVA credit and didn’t really have the experience necessary to take a full feature length film on, but this movie looks like something Hayao Miyazaki could do with his eyes closed. I’ll stop short of saying that it has the animation quality of one of the lesser Disney Direct-to-Video sequels, but it certainly doesn’t have anywhere near the visual quality of a Ghibli feature film.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub. I likely will not be rushing to give it a try, not even with Anne Hathaway in the lead role.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This was Isao Takahata’s final work, and some say his best. Some even call this the best Ghibli movie. I, obviously, disagree, but I can at least somewhat see where they are coming from. In one very specific area it is undeniably a masterpiece, but to me that doesn’t save the film overall.
Story: This functions as a pretty direct adaptation of the famous Japanese folk story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I think that might be the film’s biggest issue: adaptation. The original story isn’t particularly long or in depth, and it’s beautiful in its simplicity. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is 137 minutes long, the longest Ghibli film to date and 4 minutes longer than the extraordinarily complex Princess Mononoke. So, how does Isao Takahata compensate? Well, he doesn’t. It’s the same story as the original text, just with a whole lot of filler added. It makes for a pretty difficult watch, to say the least. It is definitely worth the watch though, same as everything before it (not quite so much what comes after it, but you know). It’s just not going to be a fun watch.
Visuals: This is where the film truly shines. The visuals in this film are unique and utterly gorgeous! I love the art style and the way the film uses it . . . but it is very distracting. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “failed experiment,” but it is obvious that Takahata wanted to make a piece of art rather than a film. It would function a lot better as a silent film, or a collection of art pieces that tell the story. But, alas, it was made into this.
Sub or Dub: Who in their right mind would watch this dubbed?

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Oh, Goro. You will always live in your father’s shadow, buddy. Sorry my dude.
Story: I think the concept of From Up on Poppy Hill is better than the execution. Girl meets guy, they be doki doki in love, there’s stuff about the military, also it’s set in the 60’s! Okay, even the concept is fine at best. But the execution is just . . . not good. This movie isn’t really about much of anything. There are a bunch of side characters who seem important until you realize . . . whoops, nope. They’re just there. It’s a bland, forgettable period love story with a meandering script and nothing notable going for it. This is, again, the studio that did Whisper of the Heart. Oh, and also there’s a point in the movie where characters think they are in an incestrous relationship . . . but yet continue?
Visuals: I’m not saying the visuals completely solve the problems with this movie, but they do help. Even though it is pretty “Mass Market Ghibli,” at least it steals from the good Ghibli movies (especially Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the flair of Spirited Away). Even though the period setting is never used to its full potential, at least it is accurately portrayed. Even though the animation talent isn’t anywhere near the level of Ghibli’s best movies, at least it is more fluid than their lesser work.
Sub or Dub: Oh god the sub. For the love of god don’t try the dub.

Pom Poko (1994)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s a movie about tanuki with massive balls.
Story: I mean, literally the above. Like, I understand that in Japan this is something that is amusing, but it really does not translate for Western audiences. And I can’t find any way to put myself in a Japanese point of view for this. Also, it suffers from the same vignette vs story issue as a lot of Takahata’s other work.
Visuals: I dunno. It looks like a Ghibli movie. Takahata actually used the Ghibli style for this one . . . to animate actual testicals. Like, again, I get it. It’s funny. It’s especially funny to see balls animated in the Ghibli style. But it just doesn’t work for me. I’m so sorry Pom Poko fans.
Sub or Dub: Probably the sub, considering I don’t believe they are even referred to as tanuki in the dub.

My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s not a good sign when a movie can’t even make you feel somewhat interested in its subject matter.
Story: Is there a story? It’s kind of just a series of loosely-connected vignettes. Like, even more so than most of Takahata’s work. I get it, it focuses on theme and character besides plot. But no matter how good you do that (and this movie isn’t all that successful), it doesn’t replace a plot.
Visuals: It’s simple, kinda comic strip style. It ends up being pretty distracting, and really creates a distinct barrier between the film and the audience. It never feels like you can fully engage.
Sub or Dub: If I was to hazard a guess, having never seen the dub, the sub.

Tales From Earthsea (2006)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Is “being the only truly bad Ghibli film” historically significant?
Story: No. I refuse to write about this film any more than I have to.
Visuals: Snore.
Sub or Dub: If you have to, probably the sub I guess IDK I don’t care enough
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2020.06.01 18:36 Diechswigalmagee Trying to Rank all the Ghibli Movies or: Get Out Your Pitchforks

More for me than for you, tbh, but I tried to review and rank all of the Ghibli movies. It was hard. I think I got my thoughts mostly in order. ‘Tis the season and all, with HBO Max coming out now. Hope y’all enjoy!
So, couple quick caveats:

Castle in the Sky (1986)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This is the first Ghibli movie I watched, and that probably has the biggest effect on what one you like the most. I was probably like 4 or 5 at the time and my mom rented me the DVD copy from Blockbuster, which means I watched the dreaded Streamline Pictures dub of the film. I loved it. Like . . . loved it. But, then we returned it to Blockbuster and it was only many years later that I rewatched it. I didn’t even know what the movie was called until after I started making my way through the Ghibli releases and realized “this was it.”
Story: Being the first Studio Ghibli film, it admittedly isn’t really the most refined story. The studio didn’t really know what would work and what wouldn’t, so they kind of tested the market with something one part adventure, one part romance, one part Disney, and a small, kind of insignificant, environmental message. It was shocking, then, that the last part is really what would define Ghibli going forward. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The basic idea is that Sheeta, a Princess, meets a miner’s boy named Pazu and they set off together to find the mythical floating city of Laputa, while being pursued by the military and sky pirates. It’s much lighter than most Ghibli movies, but in a good way
Visuals: Again, unrefined is the best term. I love them, though, even if they are imperfect. And that final half hour or so in Laputa . . . man. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it. If the rest of the movie is forgettable visually, that last bit more than makes up for it
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. Even though my first exposure was the Streamline dub . . . just . . . oof. And the Disney dub is on the poorer side of their work. A nearly 20 year old movie just wasn’t a priority when they finally got around to dubbing it.

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, simply from a historical perspective this movie is critical. Princess Mononoke would have been the final Miyazaki film without it.. That means limited Disney dubbing, no Spirited Away, no Oscar, no major recognition from the West, and (eventually) no Studio Ghibli. Director Yoshifumi Kondo passing away directly resulted in these things occurring. Whisper of the Heart needed to happen, for better or worse. It’s good that it also turned out to be one of the most underappreciated Ghibli films, and a film that truly makes you want to fall in love.
Story: It’s actually probably Ghibli’s least ambitious project. There are a lot of reasons for that, one being that this was the first full-length Ghibli film not directed by Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, but it also works in the movie’s favour. It allows it to stand on its own as one of very few non-fantastical Ghibli films, exploring instead domestic life in 90’s Japan. The few fantastical elements are everyday in nature, with small miracles and coincidences forming the more unbelievable parts. It’s the story of a bookworm that discovers the same guy has checked out all her library books before her, nothing more or less. And it’s perfect in that simplicity.
Visuals: Very, very, very simple. And that’s good, the film doesn’t need anything too fancy. Most of the movie takes place in only a small handful of locations, with only one scene really deviating from the norm. And it’s refreshing, in a way, since so many Ghibli films rely on breathtaking visuals. This movie let’s the characters do all the work.
Sub or Dub: Sub all the way. I promise some of these are better dubbed, but the Whisper of the Heart dub was butchered. Badly. It wasn’t a priority for Disney (and believe me, that shows), but more critically watching it in English robs portions of their meaning. It blows.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I flip flop between Kiki’s and The Wind Rises for 3rd place a lot, but I’ll give it to her for now. And it mostly comes with the emotional connection. See, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the perfect feel good movie. It’s kind of unique by Ghibli standards in that there is no higher meaning, no exploration of environmentalism or love or . . . well, anything really. At most it looks at loneliness and depression, but it’s such an optimistic movie overall that it’s hard to even remember that when you’re watching. It’s just the perfect Saturday evening “I want to watch something light” movie. From a historical perspective it’s not particularly notable, but it is the first Ghibli movie Miyazaki adapted from a pre-existing work (which he would return to several times after, to mixed results), so that’s something.
Story: I think the first thing to note is that this is the most faithful adaptation that Miyazaki did, and that means the movie isn’t very Ghibli-esque from a plot or character perspective, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Miyazaki often uses fantasy archetypes or “real people in fantasy settings” to tell his stories, but Kiki’s Delivery Service is the only film where he mixes them together. Most characters are normal, run of the mill, but Kiki is different. Kiki is a witch (the good kind), starting a delivery business in a quaint seaside town. It’s quirky, it’s funny, and it’s so so good.
Visuals: Kiki’s Delivery Service is pretty restrained for Miyazaki. There’s no high concept fantasy world or crazy buildings with multiple levels and constant movement. In fact, most of the movie takes place in only one building (a bakery). What shines about this film is that it’s restrained for so long, but then it suddenly breaks free. And your heart instinctively races. I’ll also say that this is the film where Miyazaki perfected the Ghibli style, the final bit of fine tuning before the close of the decade.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub, but with a couple caveats. Phil Hartman as Jiji was perfect casting (god I miss him so much), but he Never. Shuts. Up. Jiji’s character in the original lived in quiet moments, and it made for a more nuanced performance. The other issue is that the original 1998 Disney dub changed the ending, but thankfully the 2010 edit restored the original final few moments of the film. So, I guess avoid the 1998 version, but the 2010 version would be my pick.

The Wind Rises (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s Hayao Miyazaki’s last film (until 2023). That alone makes it pretty important. It’s also something he was trying to do for years. It’s probably his most personal film (his father was the director of Miyazaki Aviation, the company that built the rudders for the Zero aircraft in WWII), and it’s also the film that he really, really, really wanted to get right. It’s his love letter to aviation.
Story: It’s a (mostly fictional) historical biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero aircraft used by the Japanese in WWII. It’s just so different from anything else Ghibli has done, but it takes so many ideas from previous Ghibli films that it is still recognizable as a Ghibli film. Aviation has almost always been a theme in Miyazaki’s work, and it’s on full display here. It also really dives into the humanity of this character but still manages to not completely excuse him for the things he did. Jiro is probably the most complex Ghibli character, because he’s the only one based fully on a real person who had hopes, and dreams, and the full range of human emotion that is so hard to get in 24 frames of animation. He was a pacifist, but he still built weapons for war. He hated the Nazis but he idolized the Germans. But at the end of the day, all he ever wanted was to build beautiful airplanes.
Visuals: Stunning. Like, just stunning. Animation has advanced a long way since the 80s, but The Wind Rises still pushes the limits. Every plane, every sweeping landscape, every quiet moment . . . it’s all stunning.
Sub or Dub: Both have so much merit it’s hard to pick one over the other. The sub is nice because it’s a movie for Japan, about Japan (and Hideaki Anno voices Jiro, which-- trust me-- is crazy cool), but the dub has probably the greatest collection of A-list celebrities in any Ghibli movie. Disney really went out of their way on this one. I mean, hell, freaking Werner Herzog (praise be to God) voices the German in this movie! It’s not even that major of a role and they got an actual living legend to play him!

Ponyo (2008)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Awww . . . Ponyo <3. This is such a cute movie. It’s similar to Kiki’s in that it’s pretty easy to watch, but it does have some deeper meanings and messages to it that differentiate it from its predecessor. It sounds weird to say, but it’s Ghibli’s most kid-friendly film. It’s so fun, and nice, and beautiful (I’m getting ahead of myself). It’s just so . . . Ponyo. And I love it dearly for that.
Story: It’s The Little Mermaid, sort of. I think the best way to describe it is it’s The Little Mermaid but modernized and skewed for younger audiences. And with a different third act. And with variations in character and plotting (Ponyo doesn’t lose her voice, as an example, and Ursula has been replaced with the much more nuanced and sympathetic Fujimoto).
Visuals: This is where Ponyo really shines. Sure, it’s a cute little story about a boy who falls in love with a goldfish, but those visuals are absolutely crazy. The best way to put it is that Hayao Miyazaki decided to make the design work way more simplistic (“It’s a kid’s movie!”) but then decided to put these designs in some of the most visually striking moments in any Ghibli movie. Moment after moment is just utter beauty, with some of the best environmental effects in any animated film. It’s perfect.
Sub or Dub: DUB. God, the dub for this movie is so good. The actors voicing Ponyo and Sosuke (the Prince stand-in, I guess?) do great work, but Tina Fey as Lisa (Sosuke’s mom) and especially Liam Neeson as Fujimoto just steal the show. It’s so so so good.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I have very little emotional attachment to this film (I HATED it the first time I watched it, it’s so gory and just not what I wanted when I sat down to watch a Ghibli film), but I’ve grown to really love it over time. It’s one you have to be in the right mindset for. But, historically, this might be the most important Ghibli film. See, Ghibli’s output in the 90’s was . . . pretty poor. Especially before Whisper of the Heart. Porco Rosso in 1992 got praise (and a big wad of cash), but some thought the studio had lost its touch. Whisper of the Heart came out and was somewhat successful, but mostly from the standpoint of redefining what Ghibli was. Financially, it wasn’t a great success. Princess Mononoke was Ghibli’s last attempt. They literally invested all their money into this one project and hoped it worked out. At the time, it was the most expensive animated film ever produced. I’m glad it ended up doing just well enough that they could go back to work. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite Ghibli film, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it here.
Story: My original issues with Princess Mononoke mostly lie here. The story is good, don’t get me wrong, but it takes a lot of getting used to, and more than one watch to even sort of get. After watching it a few more times I’ve started to appreciate it a lot more, but it’s an acquired taste. The basic plot concerns the three-way battle between cursed prince Ashitaka, human girl raised by wolves San, and industrialist Lady Eboshi. It is very complex, however, so be warned that you might not get all the layers of the story from the first watch. It’s also a pretty heavy handed environmental allegory, so be prepared for that.
Visuals: Crazy, insane, completely bonkers, gory. There are so many ways to describe Princess Mononoke’s visual design but it all boils down to “not for kids.” The high budget went to good use here, with some moments that will etch themselves into your brain and never leave. It’s a very pretty movie, just be prepared that it really isn’t what you are expecting
Sub or Dub: Sub. Watching Princess Mononoke dubbed is literally a crime against humanity. Fun fact about the dub for this one though: it was outsourced by Disney to Miramax (Harvey Weinstein’s company oof) and when Harvey Weinstein mentioned that he wanted to cut out about 20 minutes of the film, Studio Ghibli sent him a katana with a note that said “no cuts.” Second fun anecdote: Neil Gaiman saved the dub of this movie from being complete trash. He wrote the original draft of the dubbed script and the Disney execs were unhappy that the translation referred to Ashitaka as a “prince” (“He’s in rags! How will the audience get that he’s a prince??”) and his response that the audience will know because the characters call him a prince. Disney backed down. Good old, Neil Gaiman. Saving artistic integrity. Even with those two anecdotes considered, watch the sub.

Spirited Away (2001)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Hey look, it’s Oscar winner Spirited Away! Whoa! Yeah, I think that’s more than enough reason to watch this movie. It’s also a lot of people’s favourite, but I think that’s because it’s the first one they watched.
Story: Like Princess Mononoke, the story isn’t really a draw for me. It’s about a young girl that ends up working in a fantastical bathhouse because her parents were turned into pigs. That sounds a lot better than it actually is. See, Spirited Away’s biggest issue is that it tries to do way too much. There are no less than 6 major subplots in this 2 hour movie, while still trying to balance a main plot and also trying to add in an environmental message and also trying to say something about love and also trying to say something about finding oneself and also and also. It’s . . . a lot. That said, it is much better than the sum of its parts. There are some really great moments spread throughout. It’s just a lot to deal with in one movie.
Visuals: Man, the visuals in this movie. I don’t know what else to say. There are so many moments that are just, like, art museum quality. The animation is buttery-smooth, and the entire film is just an absolute joy. Minute one to moment one hundred and twenty five.
Sub or Dub: The sub. The dub has some good moments, but it has nothing on the original voice track.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Every movie above is one I watch fairly regularly, but here starts the ones I don’t watch that often. Especially Totoro, which I’ve only seen once (it’s a sin, I know). This is pretty important from a historical perspective-- it’s the movie that defined that Ghibli was in a lot of ways-- and it’s another favourite for a lot of people.
Story: Two young girls meet a giant fuzzy forest spirit that takes them on adventures. Look, I think Totoro is a better story than Spirited Away, Mononoke, and even Ponyo. But, the issue is context. It just doesn’t work that well if you aren’t a kid. It’s kind of like Winnie the Pooh in a way: it’s timeless and really great if you are exposed as a kid, but if you are only watching it as an adult it just doesn’t have the same magic.
Visuals: Well, they’re iconic. The umbrella scene is pretty much the moment that defined what Ghibli really was as a studio. But again, it just doesn’t hold as much magic if you are watching it for the first time when you are older than 6 or 7. It’s a movie designed for a certain time in your life.
Sub or Dub: I think I’ve only ever watched the sub, but really, who would ever watch Totoro dubbed . . .

Arrietty (2010)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I like this movie a lot, actually, but I totally understand that it isn’t one of Ghibli’s most notable works from a design/ story/ character standpoint. It’s just good. It also was Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s first directorial gig, and he’s something of an up and coming director. And I like him. I dunno, I’m grasping at straws to find a way that this is all that notable besides ”I think it’s pretty good.”
Story: It’s about little people navigating the real world! But like, really little people. Like they ride mice and stuff (I think, it’s actually been a while since I watched this). I dunno, it’s cute. And fun. And doesn’t really get bogged down in any sort of deeper meaning. It’s super simple. And that’s just fine. That’s sort of Yonebayashi’s style, actually. Ghibli but mass market. Love it or hate it I guess.
Visuals: Ugh, yeah. The visuals in Arrietty aren’t great. This is the other side of the “Ghibli but mass market” coin, it means that his work looks pretty generic and maybe like a Ghibli knock-off? Watching this for the visuals, I do not recommend.
Sub or Dub: Okay, so this is complicated. There are 3 different versions of Arrietty: the Japanese version, the UK dub, and the Disney dub: I recommend the UK dub. It’s much harder to find, but it features Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland in the lead roles, and also the characters are supposed to be British and neither of the other tracks do that justice? Also, the Disney dub changes the ending and it sucks. So, yeah. UK dub if you can find it.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Okay, so, yeah. This is the only Isao Takahata movie in the top ten. Shoot me. But it is pretty widely considered his best work, and a lot of pretentious film nerds think it’s Ghibli’s best movie. They’re wrong, but you know how it is. I’ve only seen it once, but I think that’s the same for most people. It’s one of the most harrowing movie watching experiences I’ve ever had, I can’t do it again. Fun fact: it was originally screened as a double feature with My Neighbour Totoro. That’s like screening a double feature of ET with Schindler’s List.
Story: So much depression. It’s about a young boy and his kid sister trying to live through the final days of WWII. The first scene is a flashback to the boy dying of starvation alone in a train station. The next scene is the chronological beginning of the story, and it’s their mom dying in a firebombing raid. Have fun!
Visuals: Don’t watch this movie for the visuals. It’s improper.
Sub or Dub: Sub. It’s very much a “why would you even consider watching this dubbed?” type movie.

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): I mean, this movie is all emotion. The entire point of it is to make you cry. It’s a bit forced as a tear-jerker, but that doesn’t negate how effective it is at twisting the knife and forcing that ugly cry just waiting to be let out. That said, Ghibli movies are usually more indirectly sad, so this direct approach is a bit off putting (Yonebayashi= Mass Market Ghibli). It’s also Ghibli’s last film (so far), so it is kind of a weak ending for the studio.
Story: A girl lives with foster parents and meets another girl who lives in an abandoned mansion. It’s good, but the entire film is just a vector for trying to put in as many emotional moments as possible within a 103 minute time frame. It’s also probably one of Ghibli’s slowest movies, with very little actual plot progression. It moves more in favour of just finding new and inventive ways of tugging at those heart strings.
Visuals: I am finding as I make this list that I tend to heap a lot of praise on simple-but-effective visuals, and When Marnie Was There admittedly has that in spades.It really only has a couple locations, and they are all beautifully rendered in picturesque detail. It succeeds far more than Arrietty in the way of being unique. However, the pendulum may have swung too far in the other direction here. There is so little visual flair, in fact, that it gives the characters and story too much room to breathe, and you are able to catch your breath too often and find too many faults.
Sub or Dub: I actually prefer the dub here too. Hailee Steinfeld and Kiernan Shipka both do terrific work, and I think their voices compliment the characters even better than the Japanese VA.

Porco Rosso (1992)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s more necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): If you hadn’t realized yet, I think you now know what my least favourite Miyazaki film is. But first, Porco Rosso. I think the best way to describe this film is “unsuccessful.” Not financially, mind, Porco Rosso was very successful from a financial standpoint. But from a storytelling perspective, it just doesn’t hold a candle to what came before and would come after. Especially in its exploration of aviation, which Miyazaki would revisit in The WInd Rises to greater success.
Story: The story of an aviator in fascist Italy . . . who also happens to be a pig. And, see, I think that right there is my main gripe with Porco Rosso. It was made at a time when every animated film needed to have a gimmick. For this one, it was that the main character was a pig. Why? Who knows! I think it has become increasingly obvious here that I prefer the human side of Ghibli far more, and this movie is just too inhuman for my tastes. Not to mention that said pig also hits most of the tropes that invade movies about war veterans. It’s just a bit tired, and a bit uninventive. Again, The Wind Rises (in fact, a lot of Miyazaki’s work) explored similar themes surrounding war to much better results.
Visuals: They are good, standard Miyazaki fare. They never really “blew me away,” not in the same way that The Wind Rises does, but it was also made in a different time. Visually, I like it, but it isn’t particularly notable when stacked against Ghibli’s other work.
Sub or Dub: Sub. Why? I dunno, it’s better. Make up a reason if you have to.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than anything above it on this list but more necessary than stuff below it to varying degrees): Well, here we are. The turning point. I want to say first off that anything below this isn’t “garbage” (well, one movie is), but that this is certainly a barrier between stages. The stuff below are good, but never really hit any major highs. Sorry in advance. Also, Howl’s Moving Castle is fine. It does some stuff right. It was a terrible follow up to Spirited Away, but I’ll get there. I have no connection to this film whatsoever, though I know Miyazaki thinks this is his best film. I think he’s forgotten how good everything else he’s done is.
Story: It’s about the love between a girl cursed with old age (because, reasons) and a cowardly wizard. It’s also the story of a war between nations, gender norms, class struggles, and a whole bunch of other stuff crammed into a 2 hour film. And I think it suffers from the same issues that Spirited Away does: it tries to do too much. However, Spirited Away at least tried to show you a whole bunch of issues (like some really bloated morality play), Howl’s Moving Castle is one part showing and about 8 parts telling. So much of this movie is just characters talking about stuff happening but not actually showing anything happening. It does start to “show, not tell” near the end of the film, but by that point it’s too late. It’s the genie of the lamp: too many big ideas crammed into an itty bitty living space.
Visuals: Visually, Howl’s Moving Castle is appealing if not particularly notable. Miyazaki’s imagination is on full display here. However, the film is trapped for a long time in the eponymous Castle, which is fine on one hand (“simpler is better”) but on another all the characters seem to do is talk about what is going on outside the castle. When it finally opens up, it’s kind of a whimper rather than something similar to Kiki’s breathtaking new world. It’s a “I was wondering when we were going to finally get to this” rather than a “Oh wow! It’s so refreshing!” I’m not a screenwriter, don’t judge my dialogue choices.
Sub or Dub: Christian Bale as Howl is such a great choice that I can’t help but recommend the dub.

Only Yesterday (1991)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Only Yesterday is in a bit of an awkward position in the Ghibli catalogue. It sits right in between Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, so it was always destined to be overlooked, and on top of that it was never going to be a major moneymaker for the studio anyway. It’s before Disney and before Mononoke, so it wasn’t going to break box office records here or in Japan.
Story: It’s actually somewhat similar to Whisper of the Heart, in that it explores what life in Japan is really like. It’s about escaping from the ever-expanding 80’s sprawl of Tokyo, while revisiting the memories of the much simpler (but still complicated in their own way) 1960’s. It’s about the dreams of childhood and the realities of adulthood. It’s just a shame that, unlike Whisper of the Heart, the plot here is really scant. Takahata has a tendency (and it will only become more prominent from here on out) to focus on episodic vignettes rather than a cohesive narrative. Only Yesterday suffered from this decision. It really never feels like the plot is going anywhere, and while the characters are well developed the finale just ends up feeling unearned.
Visuals: Only Yesterday also begins Takahata’s fixation on visual gimmicks, to decent results. I will say that both the realistic “adult” portions and the anime “child” portions are well animated, however the adult portions suffer immensely from being perhaps too “well animated.” They tend to fall a bit on the uncanny valley side of the spectrum. It was a nice experiment, but it isn’t fully successful. That will also become something of a theme to Takahata’s work.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub, and I don’t know why you would watch this one dubbed. It is clearly meant to be watched with subtitles. That said, Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel star in the dub, so maybe it is worth checking out.

The Cat Returns (2002)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s the only sequel in Ghibli’s repertoire, and it doesn’t give me hope in their ability to make any other ones effectively. Don’t hold your breath for Spirited Away 2: The Revenge of No-Face, is all I’m saying.
Story: Uhhh, well . . . it’s kind of a sequel to Whisper of the Heart? It takes all the good parts out of Whisper of the Heart and focuses entirely on the story about the Baron that Shizuku was writing in the original film. Sorta. I think the best way to describe my feelings towards this film is “it would function so well as a tribute to Yoshifumi Kondo-- it’s even the first non-Takahata or Miyazaki film since his death-- if it took anything from the previous film that Kondo actually seemed to want to explore.” This film just doesn’t take anything from Whisper of the Heart besides lip service, a bad homage without any of the love and care Kondo put in his film. It’s a deeply cynical work just from its sheer existence. All that said, the film is still a joy. It’s just covered in a really cynical air of corporate greed.
Visuals: Rough. Very rough. I don’t know if that is the fault of the studio’s budgeting, lack of faith in the project, or that the director Hiroyuki Morita had never directed anything besides a single hentai OVA credit and didn’t really have the experience necessary to take a full feature length film on, but this movie looks like something Hayao Miyazaki could do with his eyes closed. I’ll stop short of saying that it has the animation quality of one of the lesser Disney Direct-to-Video sequels, but it certainly doesn’t have anywhere near the visual quality of a Ghibli feature film.
Sub or Dub: I’ve never seen the dub. I likely will not be rushing to give it a try, not even with Anne Hathaway in the lead role.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): This was Isao Takahata’s final work, and some say his best. Some even call this the best Ghibli movie. I, obviously, disagree, but I can at least somewhat see where they are coming from. In one very specific area it is undeniably a masterpiece, but to me that doesn’t save the film overall.
Story: This functions as a pretty direct adaptation of the famous Japanese folk story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I think that might be the film’s biggest issue: adaptation. The original story isn’t particularly long or in depth, and it’s beautiful in its simplicity. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is 137 minutes long, the longest Ghibli film to date and 4 minutes longer than the extraordinarily complex Princess Mononoke. So, how does Isao Takahata compensate? Well, he doesn’t. It’s the same story as the original text, just with a whole lot of filler added. It makes for a pretty difficult watch, to say the least. It is definitely worth the watch though, same as everything before it (not quite so much what comes after it, but you know). It’s just not going to be a fun watch.
Visuals: This is where the film truly shines. The visuals in this film are unique and utterly gorgeous! I love the art style and the way the film uses it . . . but it is very distracting. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “failed experiment,” but it is obvious that Takahata wanted to make a piece of art rather than a film. It would function a lot better as a silent film, or a collection of art pieces that tell the story. But, alas, it was made into this.
Sub or Dub: Who in their right mind would watch this dubbed?

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Oh, Goro. You will always live in your father’s shadow, buddy. Sorry my dude.
Story: I think the concept of From Up on Poppy Hill is better than the execution. Girl meets guy, they be doki doki in love, there’s stuff about the military, also it’s set in the 60’s! Okay, even the concept is fine at best. But the execution is just . . . not good. This movie isn’t really about much of anything. There are a bunch of side characters who seem important until you realize . . . whoops, nope. They’re just there. It’s a bland, forgettable period love story with a meandering script and nothing notable going for it. This is, again, the studio that did Whisper of the Heart. Oh, and also there’s a point in the movie where characters think they are in an incestrous relationship . . . but yet continue?
Visuals: I’m not saying the visuals completely solve the problems with this movie, but they do help. Even though it is pretty “Mass Market Ghibli,” at least it steals from the good Ghibli movies (especially Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the flair of Spirited Away). Even though the period setting is never used to its full potential, at least it is accurately portrayed. Even though the animation talent isn’t anywhere near the level of Ghibli’s best movies, at least it is more fluid than their lesser work.
Sub or Dub: Oh god the sub. For the love of god don’t try the dub.

Pom Poko (1994)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s a movie about tanuki with massive balls.
Story: I mean, literally the above. Like, I understand that in Japan this is something that is amusing, but it really does not translate for Western audiences. And I can’t find any way to put myself in a Japanese point of view for this. Also, it suffers from the same vignette vs story issue as a lot of Takahata’s other work.
Visuals: I dunno. It looks like a Ghibli movie. Takahata actually used the Ghibli style for this one . . . to animate actual testicals. Like, again, I get it. It’s funny. It’s especially funny to see balls animated in the Ghibli style. But it just doesn’t work for me. I’m so sorry Pom Poko fans.
Sub or Dub: Probably the sub, considering I don’t believe they are even referred to as tanuki in the dub.

My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): It’s not a good sign when a movie can’t even make you feel somewhat interested in its subject matter.
Story: Is there a story? It’s kind of just a series of loosely-connected vignettes. Like, even more so than most of Takahata’s work. I get it, it focuses on theme and character besides plot. But no matter how good you do that (and this movie isn’t all that successful), it doesn’t replace a plot.
Visuals: It’s simple, kinda comic strip style. It ends up being pretty distracting, and really creates a distinct barrier between the film and the audience. It never feels like you can fully engage.
Sub or Dub: If I was to hazard a guess, having never seen the dub, the sub.

Tales From Earthsea (2006)

Emotional/ Historical Connection (ie why I think it’s less necessary than Howl’s Moving Castle): Is “being the only truly bad Ghibli film” historically significant?
Story: No. I refuse to write about this film any more than I have to.
Visuals: Snore.
Sub or Dub: If you have to, probably the sub I guess IDK I don’t care enough
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2020.05.09 01:59 BunyipPouch A24’s ‘The Green Knight’ Officially Abandons May 29 Release Date, Delayed To Undetermined Date - Fantasy-Epic Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Egerton, and Barry Keoghan - Directed by David Lowery ('A Ghost Story'

A24’s ‘The Green Knight’ Officially Abandons May 29 Release Date, Delayed To Undetermined Date - Fantasy-Epic Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Egerton, and Barry Keoghan - Directed by David Lowery ('A Ghost Story' submitted by BunyipPouch to movies [link] [comments]


2020.05.01 00:53 aagaash2001 What Should Happen With The Green Knight?

So pretty much all of the movies that was supposed to be released in May have either been delayed or switched to a PVOD or streaming option, right?
Nope. There's still one- The Green Knight.
This movie is directed by the well-known David Lowery and has an all-star cast (Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris), not to mention it's distributed by A24. This was bound to look good and could have been a minor hit had COVID-19 not reared its ugly face.
But it has stayed put in its release date despite the huge issues. It is one thing for Tenet and Mulan to stay in July, since we don't know the full situation then, but we know for a fact that May 2020 is done for. So what is it still doing here?
Personally, I think it should delay its release to October 30, 2020, in order to get awards buzz and be in a safe spot to release theatrically. This is one of my most anticipated films of 2020, and I would like to see this film in theaters rather than streaming.
What do you think?
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2020.02.13 10:02 autotldr Gujarat civic body builds wall to shut out slum on Donald Trump route

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The civic body is building the wall, which is more than half a kilometre long and six to seven feet high, on the stretch that leads to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad airport as part of its beautification drive around the airport and Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
More than 500 kutcha houses with an estimated population of 2,500, are part of decades-old Dev Saran or Saraniyavaas slum area.
The AMC is also planting fully grown date palms along the Sabarmati Riverfront stretch as part of the beautification.
President Trump, in a video put out on Wednesday, was seen telling reporters how Modi told him there might be "5 to 7 million people just from the airport to the new stadium", which would be nearly the population of the whole of Ahmedabad city.
A roadshow is likely to be held from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
Speaking to reporters at the Oval office a day after the White House announced dates of his visit, Trump said, "He said we will have millions and millions of people. My only problem is that last night we probably had 40,000 or 50,000 people I'm not going to feel so good There will be five to seven million just from the airport to the new stadium. And you know is the largest stadium in the world. He's building it now".
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2020.02.07 15:52 LukeWilsonStupidNose ‘Do you want to do a superhero movie?’ - answers from directors, writers, actors and actresses (2020 update)

I did one of these a couple years ago and people seemed to like it, but I figured it could use an update.
Take these with a grain of salt, of course, this is more for fun than anything. It’s a pretty long post so I’d probably recommend just skimming through for any names you’re interested in.
Pedro Almodóvar
It’s too big for me! I like to see what I’m doing, to direct movies the same day. You have to wait too long to see the results. I like being able to impose my opinion as a director. I’ve made 21 movies. I’m used to doing it the way I like, not fitting with the Hollywood system. (Vulture, 2019)
Darren Aronofsky
You never know. I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they’re already deep into reinventing him, so that’s not going to happen for a long time. I think with those films you have to be careful because they are about communicating with as big an audience as you possibly can. Audiences who go to see those films expect a certain type of movie. (CinePop, 2017)
Gemma Arterton
I’m not really into superheroes and stuff like that. But you never know. (HeyUGuys, 2015)
Olivier Assayas
I mean, I enjoy it as a viewer. I don’t think I would touch it as a filmmaker, but I can certainly understand the fun one has with that material, not to mention the admiration I’ve always had for the writers and artists of the comic books. Once in a while, I still do read X-Men comics. I’m just fascinated by the complexity of the narratives and the ambition of the storytelling, which is way beyond whatever they’re doing in the movies. (AV Club, 2015)
Ari Aster
I’ve received some really enticing and cool offers, and I certainly want to hear what the offers are, but I am self-generating. I have so many films I want to make that I’ve written that are so vivid in my head.... Never say never, I definitely want to look at everything that comes my way, but it’ll take a lot to pull me away from these projects that are sort of on the tip of my tongue and that I’m ready to make. (Happy Sad Confused, 2019)
Michael Bay
I wouldn’t want to, it’s not my thing, it’s just not my gig. (Collider, 2016)
Orlando Bloom
I do read [the Marvel comics] a little bit. Who’s the British one? Captain Britain! There you go. Terrible costume, though. (BBC Radio 2, 2018)
Emily Blunt
Not particularly. (Variety, 2018)
Bong Joon-ho
I don’t think Marvel would ever want a director like me. I don’t expect any offers from them anytime soon. Of their movies, I did enjoy the films by James Gunn and James Mangold’s Logan, and I think there are great directors who can handle great projects like that. (Variety, 2020)
John Boyega
I sat down with Marvel years ago, but that’s not the direction I want to go at all. (ComicBook, 2019)
Danny Boyle
I wouldn’t be very good at it. I saw the Spider-Man movie, the animation, and I thought it was wonderful, but out of my league. Normally when you see a movie like that, you think, “I could maybe do that.” I didn’t think “Maybe” with this. It had a sensibility that felt truthful to its origins. Whoever made this, it is part of their bloodstream. You’ve got to recognise that you have no idea how to get there. I don’t think you should attempt one unless it’s in your bloodstream... Comics really aren’t in my bloodstream. (Empire, 2019)
Alison Brie
I would love to. I think especially after working on GLOW, where we all felt like we were superheroes, in a way it has satisfied my desire to do something like that. But in some ways it’s only whet my appetite. (Business Insider, 2017)
James Cameron
I’m not the slightest bit interested in laboring in someone else’s house. (Daily Beast, 2017)
Timothée Chalamet
I want to work with good storytellers and good directors on projects that are fresh, and on roles that feel challenging. Like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, or Christian Bale in that film, or Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. If it was something of that caliber, then that’s awesome. (Variety, 2018)
Toni Collette
It’d be super-fun to be a superhero. I’m not averse to any particular budget. I’m just averse to a shitty story. (Metro, 2015)
Olivia Colman
I’ve always wanted to play a Marvel baddie. I’m not sure I fit the mould, though. Like a powerful, extraordinary woman. Somebody with superpowers would be really fun, but I’m not sure how many middle-aged women they have in Marvel. (Vulture, 2016)
Sofia Coppola
I love making small low-budget films where I am really allowed to do it the way I want, and I think when you have those huge franchises there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen and meetings in conference rooms. But I’d never say never. (The Independent, 2017)
Bryan Cranston
I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared, like, “Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.” I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done. (ScreenGreek, 2018)
Tom Cruise
I’ll never say no if I find something that’s interesting, and I think an audience would like to see it, and they’re going to be entertained by it, and I feel like I can contribute something. (MTV, 2018)
Guillermo del Toro
Well, I co-wrote a whole screenplay on Justice League Dark for Warner Bros., so that’s your answer. I love Deadman, I love Demon, I love Swamp Thing, Zatanna. That’s a universe, is one thing. I’m very attracted to that side of the DC universe. But I’m not a superhero guy. For me to like a superhero, the superhero needs to be a monster. (ComicBook, 2019)
Leonardo DiCaprio
You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything. (ShortList, 2015)
Zac Efron
I would do it in a second. I’m just waiting for the right opportunity. (Elle, 2017)
Taron Egerton
I love Marvel and I love the movies and I’d love the excuse to get in shape. (Variety, 2019)
Robert Eggers
Absolutely not. (Bloody Disgusting, 2019)
Cynthia Erivo
Yes. My body is suited to it. And I’d love to see what that experience is like. I think I could have a good time doing it. (Hollywood Reporter, 2020)
Giancarlo Esposito
I love those guys at Marvel. We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something. (ComicBook, 2016)
Rebecca Ferguson
I don’t think my goal is to throw myself into Marvel university. I love their stories, some of their characters are great, but I do it for the stories, for the people you work with, for the directors. We’ll see. (Metro, 2016)
David Fincher
Maybe. I was open to doing a zombie movie. I think in terms of stories — I don’t want to have to go and they say, “Okay, you have to dream up something for Meteor Man.” Or whatever. I don’t want to have to cobble together something around a pre-existing mask or uniform or cape or idea. (SXSW, 2019)
Jodie Foster
No, not interested in the franchise hero, superhero movie at all. It’s just not what I do. I’m glad other people do it and there’s always been those kinds of films, and there will always be those kinds of movies. It’s just now there’s been kind of, there’s a word for it in business where features as a business model have been more keen on, 95 percent of what they do is $200 million plus action films that appeal to all four quadrants that are these high-risk action films. It’s just not what I do. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
Cary Fukunaga
No, not really. I feel like they’ve all been taken... I do think there’s a place to make intelligent, big films. It depends on sensibility, too. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. (Vulture, 2015)
Greta Gerwig
I would be open to doing a bigger film but at the same time I think, for me, one of the guiding principles of what I try to do to make my career as I have tried to make it, I always have a sense of what I would drop everything for and I think the thing that I would drop everything for is my own work that I write and that I make. It’s not that I’m not interested in those things, it’s just that they don’t come first. (Silver Screen Riot, 2015)
Hugh Grant
[I was recently offered one, but] there was a scheduling and family issue. Otherwise, I was absolutely up for it. It was a juicy role. It was a baddie. I love a good baddie. (Variety, 2019)
James Gray
I have no problem with Marvel. I’ve taken my children to Marvel movies and it’s a great experience — a bonding experience. It’s beautiful, and those films are brilliantly made. I loved the first Captain America. Terrific movie. So it’s not about shitting on them. The problem is not that — the problem is only that. It’s like if you went to the supermarket and you saw only one brand of cereal. Special K is all they had. Special K is not a bad-tasting cereal, but if that’s the only one you could get it would be awfully frustrating. If the movie business starts catering to smaller and smaller groups, it’s going to start hurting itself in a major way. I would argue that it already has. It’s my job as a director to try and push back against that a little bit. (IndieWire, 2019)
Eva Green
I really like physical stuff, actually. Even 300, I loved doing the training. It was thrilling to play that very strong woman. You get out of your head as an actor and you find the character through physical training. I’d love to do more of the superhero stuff. (ComingSoon, 2019)
Jon Hamm
It depends on the script, what the story is. I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I have read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I am pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they are done well. (Hollywood Reporter, 2018)
Armie Hammer
I haven’t seen a superhero movie in a long time where I thought, “Fuck, I wish I was in that.” You know? So for me there’s not, like, a huge rush. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
Neil Patrick Harris
I’d love to be some sort of villain in a big-budget action movie. Or a superhero franchise. That’d be rad. (Interview Magazine, 2015)
Ethan Hawke
I guess I’ve been offered things like that that didn’t appeal to me. You have to be careful about what you’re famous for. You don’t want to be famous for something you don’t love. It brings people a lot of pain when that happens. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
Lucas Hedges
I don’t see myself signing a long-term contract. That sounds frightening. Some of those actors who are in those movies really make challenging material work. That’s really impressive. I don’t see that as a challenge I’m dying to take on. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
Taraji P. Henson
I would love to be a Marvel superhero. (The New York Times, 2017)
Ron Howard
I’ve had opportunities over the years. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy. I like the movies when I see them, especially the origin stories. I never felt like I could be on the set, at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with 10 important decisions to make, and know, intuitively, what the story needs. (Happy Sad Confused, 2015)
Glenn Howerton
If Marvel came along and wanted me to play a superhero, I probably would because I think that would be really, really fun. (GQ, 2018)
Charlie Hunnam
I didn’t grow up a comic book fan and I haven’t really seen any of those Marvel films or the Batman films. It’s just not really my taste.... It’s not part of my vision for my career or what I aspire to. (Yahoo, 2017) taste.
Peter Jackson
I’m not a superhero guy. (Empire, 2019)
Lily James
I want to do more action. I want to be a superhero. (Refinery29, 2016)
Barry Jenkins
I’m friends with Ryan Coogler, and just seeing his path from Fruitvale Station to Black Panther, and seeing that his voice has arrived at Black Panther intact and he’s creating on this scale that I think has far more reach than the scale I’m creating on right now. Yeah, if the right character presented itself — I can’t imagine Ryan directing Doctor Strange, I just can’t. But I think even superheroes are characters. And I think what Ryan did so well in Black Panther was showing the human being that T’Challa is. So, if something like that presented itself, yeah, I’d be interested. So long as I had the freedom to create the way I create. (Houston Chronicle, 2018)
Charlie Kaufman
Of course. But — no one wants me to do that. (IndieWire, 2016)
Jennifer Kent
The opportunity has been there if I really wanted to pursue that path and it still probably is to some extent. I am excited by this aboriginal Marvel character, Manifold. Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the earth; it’s so sophisticated and deep. It would interest me to take that out to the planet. There could be some amazing story there. (IndieWire, 2019)
John Krasinski
I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly a lot of my friends are in those movies. (Total Film, 2020)
Mila Kunis
No, that’s a lot of working out. Lots of those people are hungry, and you have to be because you have to be in shape and I don’t want to be hungry for 10 years. (MTV, 2018)
David Lowery
I grew up reading Marvel comic books and it’s a joy to see the aesthetic replicated on screen so thoroughly. Yet the aesthetic is so well-grounded at this point I don’t think there’s anything I could contribute to it. So the answer is likely no. But I do love superheroes, so there might be the right superhero movie out there I may want to delve in. (Maclean’s, 2017)
Rooney Mara
I don’t really get offered those parts, or maybe I do. I don’t even know. Maybe I do and I just don’t even realize it and just say no to them. For me it’s just all about the director and it’s all about the script and the story. (Deadline, 2016)
Matthew McConaughey
I did Sing, I did Kubo and the Two Strings. But other than that I’m like, what have I done that my kids can see? ... I’ll be there in a little while! I’ll do something. (Fandango, 2018)
Adam McKay
We’re always kind of talking. I think Feige is just the greatest, and what they’re doing is amazing. (Happy Sad Confused, 2018)
Christopher McQuarrie
I must tell you, the possibility of my doing a superhero movie is remote in the extreme. (Twitter, 2019)
Sam Mendes
The funniest letter I got — they were sending [a packet for] The Avengers, right? For directors to pitch — and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said “Marvel’s Avengers will be released on May 3, 2012” or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, “We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials…” or “Here is the script for…” But the release date.... I mean, that’s not my world particularly. I’ll go see it, particularly with my kids, but I didn’t want to make it. (Moviefone, 2012)
Sienna Miller
I feel quite content. It’s a huge commitment to have the ambition to be playing those parts and to be doing those roles. I don’t know that I have that, the ambition that it takes, the drive that it takes. Yes, I think I have subconsciously shied away from that, I think the idea of that is daunting. (The Guardian, 2017)
Helen Mirren
Oh yes! ... I’d probably have to be the baddie. You know, because I’m British. (CineMovie, 2013)
Viggo Mortensen
I’m just looking for good stories, and the ones I’ve happened to find and commit to have happened to be in other countries, or are independent films. I’m not trying to avoid any kind of budget or genre of movies. (LA Times, 2016)
Elisabeth Moss
I don’t think I’m good at the whole green screen thing, but I’m not averse to trying it out. I’m more into, like, a weird concentration camp miniseries [laughs]. That’s a sure path to my own Marvel movie. (MovieMaker Magazine, 2019)
Carey Mulligan
I don’t think I would be very good in something like that. (The Resident, 2018)
Eddie Murphy
No! I’m going to be 60 in a year. Who would I play? The old brotherman? I guess that’d be the character.... Man, fuck that. I can’t be standing around in a movie with a stick and shit, pointing and telling people, “Oh, you should do this or that.” I’m just not down with the whole superhero movie thing. But, if I had to, I guess I could play a villain or some shit like that. (IndieWire, 2019)
David Oyelowo
I tread with caution around the notion of those kinds of characters. Depending on which one of them you’re playing, there’s always a danger you’re going to get so identified with this larger than life character that it could become tougher for audiences to believe you in other roles. (The Wrap, 2015)
Al Pacino
I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible. You know, I did Dick Tracy and I got an Oscar nomination, so come on. (Deadline, 2014)
Dev Patel
I had a wee bit of a scarring experience when I attempted to be a part of a franchise, and it didn’t quite hit the mark. It makes you evaluate what kind of mark you want to leave on the industry. (Esquire, 2016)
Jordan Peele
So many of those properties — it’s a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff. It’s a filmmaker’s dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t feel right. I’m a comic book and graphic novel appreciator, but I can’t call myself a true fan boy. (Rolling Stone, 2019)
Sean Penn
You asked me with a camera on this face and in this time of my life if I would be a superhero? (laughs) Maybe, if there’s a very funny one. (Reuters, 2015)
Brad Pitt
I don’t think so. I think there’s enough. I don’t think I have anything to add. (24 Oras, 2019)
Daniel Radcliffe
If it was good enough and something I was interested in. I’m not sure if I’d sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years, but a shorter franchise, yeah. (Business Insider, 2016)
Lynne Ramsay
When I was 15 or 16, I had a boyfriend who was an obsessive fan [of comics]. His apartment was so full of comic-books he made a path through the boxes to get places.... My boyfriend at the time was always on about the psychology of the characters, the ones that he really liked tended to have these strange histories. A lot of them are quite Freudian and strange. I liked Bill Sienkiewicz’s work, and Alan Moore is so special.
The ones I liked were deeply, darkly screwed-up reflections of the world – where you can see how they became what they became and that past was super-psychological.... There’s some amazing things in graphic novels and comic-books, and they taught me a lot about filmmaking as well. Someone said to me that You Were Never Really Here’s like a graphic novel. I think I’ve learned a lot about filmmaking through comic-books, in terms of how to tell a story visually. That had an influence on me. If you’re able to do it without a committee, with a real set approach to it, where you have freedom and people trust you, that would be amazing. (Yahoo, 2018)
Eddie Redmayne
I love the films. You know how in summer, when studios compete for people to see their summer blockbusters, I am their dream. I see all of them. I would never rule out the opportunity to be in one. (The Sun, 2015)
Nicolas Winding Refn
I love Hollywood. I love glamour and glitz. I love camp. I love vanity, I love egos, I indulge in all that, but the bigger kind of approaches or the offers that have come my way or the interest, in the end, I’ve always just felt that I wasn’t the right person in the end for it. Doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I mean I would love to do one of those comic book movies. (Collider, 2019)
Kelly Reichardt
There’s absolutely no danger of that happening [laughs]. But maybe there’s something for me somewhere in between that and my sort of films. I did really enjoy doing my little wagon crash in Meek’s Cutoff. It was one of the most fun things I ever did, and I suddenly realized, “Oh, this is why people love to smash things up. It’s so much fun!” (Variety, 2016)
Boots Riley
I have a problem with superheroes in general, because, politically, superheroes are cops. Superheroes work with the government to uphold the law. And who do the laws work for? Put it like this: We all love bank robbers, because we know that in the two sides of that equation, the robbers are the ones to root for, not the banks. Only in superhero movies and the news do they try to make us think we’re against the bank robbers. (The New York Times, 2018)
Guy Ritchie
I’m up for it.... I’m a guy that likes to work so I’m gonna work. And I’ll work with whatever I can to make it work. I’m not an absolutist about what a genre is so I’m not a no-man, I’m a yes-man when it comes to making something manifest. (Variety, 2017)
Gina Rodriguez
I would love to be a superhero—that’s all I want to do is play a superhero. (E! Online, 2015)
Saoirse Ronan
If a script came along that was strong, interesting, original, I would take it. A good script is a good script. (Vogue, 2018)
Winona Ryder
No one is banging my door down to be a superhero. I don’t know how good I would be. I have low bone density, so I don’t know if anyone really wants to put me in a cape and chuck me out a window. (Collider, 2016)
Josh Safdie
A studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing. We just said, “No, we don’t wanna do that!” But we are interested in working in the studio system. (The Independent, 2017)
Andrew Scott
Absolutely, I wouldn’t say no. But it very much depends on the character. And what exactly it is that you’re doing. I’ve definitely had conversations about that world before, but as yet, it hasn’t transpired. So for me, it just depends on the acting requirement. The films are definitely really cool. So, I don’t know. We’ll wait and see. (Digital Spy, 2019)
Amanda Seyfried
They’re highly enjoyable. I love being an audience member. I just don’t want to put on the suit. Nope, I’m not into [stunts]. That’s not where I see my career going. (Late Night with Seth Meyers, 2015)
Alexander Skarsgård
If you do it with the right tone, then sure. (The Guardian, 2015)
Steven Soderbergh
Well, look, those movies are bananas. I see some of them and I’m like, “I couldn’t direct 30 seconds of that.” Just because so much of my time would be spent on things I’m ultimately not interested in. You look at my career, and it’s mostly just two people in a room. Two people in a room to me is exciting. If you look at history, it's the way gigantic things happen; it’s the result of two people in a room. I’ve always felt that was the richest tapestry you could come up with. So anything that isn’t about that, I’m immediately kind of like, “Well, why isn’t it two people in a room?” So you’re just spending all this time having conversations with VFX people, instead of with actors about what the scene is. And that’s what I’m interested in. It’s not that I’m a snob. It’s just that I wasn’t into comic books as a kid, and I’m not interested in things that don’t have to do with performance. (W Magazine, 2017)
Aaron Sorkin
I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on. (ComicBook, 2017)
Lakeith Stanfield
I would love to play the Joker. That’d be beautiful. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2020)
Kristen Stewart
I think maybe what I’ve learned is that I don’t want to do another [big franchise] ever again [laughs] … No, I mean, sure. Maybe. I never really limit myself. (Konbini, 2019)
Justin Theroux
There are younger guys than me that are better at it than I am. I’ll leave it up to them. (Vulture, 2014)
Jean-Marc Vallée
If the script is great, yeah. But so far, it’s not my cup of tea. (Hollywood Reporter, 2016)
Paul Verhoeven
If I could add some other level to it, but if it's the same as whatever those other people are doing right now, then no. No! I'm not saying it's not possible, but, like, when they wanted to pit Batman against Superman [laughs, hands flailing] My God! (Metro, 2016)
Denis Villeneuve
No, because I’m not from that culture. I’m French-Canadian which means that my culture is European. I was influenced by authors from France and Belgium, and Europeans are graphic novelists. Honestly, I know very little about most of them. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
Mark Wahlberg
I’m not leaving my trailer in a cape. (American Film Market, 2016)
Lulu Wang
[Big movies like that are] really made by committee. And that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do it right now. Because I haven’t figured out my voice yet as a filmmaker. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
Denzel Washington
I haven’t been approached. You know, we’ll see what happens. (Joe.ie, 2018)
Ben Wheatley
They usually take people after two films, and [Free Fire was] film six. So you can safely say they’ll not come fucking knocking on my door. (Q&A, 2017)
Olivia Wilde
Totally, yeah. Absolutely. (MTV, 2019)
Evan Rachel Wood
I would love to be a superhero or something. (Cinephiled, 2014)
Steven Yeun
I’d like to do anything, if it comes my way and moves me I’m into it. (South China Morning Post, 2020)
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2020.02.04 22:00 martianlonewolf Treatment of Whites by Desis versus Desis by Whites

I've noticed that Desis generally WORSHIP whites who are interested in Indian culture, move to India, get with an Indian woman (always WMIF, Indian men with white women are called self hating).
Indian men who date or marry white women are insulted and called white worshiping or "pedestalizing" white women (the favorite word of ABCDs. But white males being worshiped as gods is just natural law somehow, and not pedestalizing at all.
Ever seen how whites treat Indian men, EVEN TOP TIER Indian men like Dev Patel, who date or marry Indian women? Imagine the firestorm and hate if Indian men acted the way white commenters acted every time there was an interracial relationship involving a white woman and a nonwhite man: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6948531/Dev-Patel-puts-loved-display-Australian-actress-girlfriend-Tilda-Cobham-Hervey.html (Read the comments of POSIE, a white supremacist)
Now look at Kapil Sharma literally WORSHIP a British guest with his British Indian wife on his show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNEtLX4eslI
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2020.01.27 17:15 isabellapintop 1917’ tops UK box office for the 3rd weekend; ‘David Copperfield’ opens third

Sam Mendes’ First World War action film 1917 topped the UK box office for a third consecutive week, adding £4.5m to take its total to £26.3m. This represented a 27.1% drop on the film’s previous session; with a 15.7% fall last time out, it is holding extremely well.
The Personal History Of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel opened to £1.47m from 656 locations – a decent £2,242 average - in Lionsgate’s widest-ever UK release. With previews, the film has £1.52m.
Horror The Turning fared less well, opening to £104,459 from 251 locations for a low £416 location average
Three Sony holdovers continued to perform well, led by Bad Boys For Life, which dropped 28% on its second session with £2.8m taking it to £8.3m.
Little Women dropped 33% on its fifth weekend, still reaching the £1m mark from Friday to Sunday. With £18.5m to date
Jumanji: The Next Level has been in cinemas for seven weekends, and posted an impressive 15% drop with £919,000 taking it to £33.6m It is tracking just 5% behind the 2017 first title.
The Gentlemen from director Guy Ritchie posted a decent 18.1% drop on its fourth weekend, with £883,861 taking it to £9.3m in total, although not quite enough for it to maintain a top-five spot
Spies In Disguise performed excellently, falling just 1% on its fifth session, with £507,000 taking it to £6.3m total
Cats took £74,365 on its sixth weekend and has £11.8m;while Knives Out topped up by £88,136 for £12.8m to date.
https://www.screendaily.com/news/1917-tops-uk-box-office-again-david-copperfield-opens-third/5146555.article
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2020.01.08 21:16 cigarprofiler Review: Vedado Robusto

This review was automatically generated by Cigar Profiler.
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Two souvenirs I picked up in Spain: a Motörhead Pale Ale from the UK and a Vedado Robusto from Nicaragua. I don't know much about this cigar, except that it seems to be intended for the Spanish market only, and is rolled in Rocky Patel's TaviCusa outfit in Esteli. The first flavors are woody with some creamy sweetness. A good first impression.
At about $3 a stick, my expectations are, what shall I say, modest. I'm getting some mild leather and herbs. The flavors aren't very strong but they are definitely there. The pepper is nice, not too harsh. I'm only halfway through, but I think it's safe to say this cigar provides great value for money.
With two inches to go, I'm starting to draw in some heat. The mouth-end is also tarring up slightly. Time to put it down. What a pleasant surprise this cigar is. Any Dutch importer interested in bringing this stogie to Holland? I'd sure like to stock up on this one!
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Nuts/beans, Animal, Cream, Pepper, Herbs/spices, Sweet, Earth, Wood.
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Total score: 83
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2019.12.31 19:56 isabellapintop Mario Testino said I wasn't attractive enough to date freida pinto: Dev Patel

Blast from the past: Dev talks about staying grounded, and how much it hurt when legendary photographer Mario Testino questioned (to Dev’s face) how he could actually be dating a beautiful girl like Freida. Some highlights:
Whether he still feels like an outsider: “All the time. I’m never happier and more alive than when I’m on set. I love it, it consumes me and I feel more confident. But I was never cool.”
Dev’s Mario Testino story: “I remember going to this one Burberry show, and it was exciting. They’ve always been very kind to me and, even as a gangly guy, I felt I was rocking their suits. So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went. Even though I had this preconceived notion – ‘I’m not going to fit in with this crowd, it’s going to be intimidating’. I was sitting there, and this fellow says, ‘Are you the one dating Freida Pinto?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’” He gives an embarrassed shrug. “And then he says: ‘Why? How? Why is she dating you? She’s so beautiful.’ And I say, ‘Yeah. She is!’ And then he says: ‘But you’re so, ugh, so normal-looking.’” Patel looks upset even now. It turns out it was the photographer Mario Testino
https://www.celebitchy.com/413805/dev_patel_mario_testino_said_i_wasnt_attractive_enough_to_date_freida_pinto/
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2019.10.24 22:44 Wvat71530 [itch.io] (Game) Current -100% sales

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2019.08.22 07:53 cam_mciver TIFF 2019 Films and Crew

I made a list for myself to keep track of information about each movie, so I made a big list (cuz I just love lists).
Figured it might help someone, thought I might as well post it. This list is only the top 29 films I'm interested in, includes most of this year's big films.
Included are the movies, director, writer, cast, the premiere and theatrical release date if available
TIFF 2019 Films and Crew
Marriage Story
The Laundromat
JoJo Rabbit
The Goldfinch
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Joker
Honey Boy
Bad Education
Knives Out
A24
The Lighthouse
Uncut Gems
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Just Mercy
Judy
Radioactive
The Two Popes
Motherless Brooklyn
Ford v Ferrari
Lucy in the Sky
The Report
Parasite
Castle in the Ground
How to Build a Girl
Hustlers
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Endings, Beginnings
The True History of the Kelly Gang
Harriet
The Friend
The Aeronauts
WP = World Premiere
IP = International Premiere
CP= Canadian Premiere
NAP = North American Premiere
Galas
Special Presentations
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2019.08.21 21:00 1337k1d I’m an Indian man living in the UK

I feel like we aren’t taken seriously in fields of dating, arts and creatives. Only if we are the stereotype.
I’ve never seen an Indian actor as a romatic interest, maybe Dev Patel?
Luckily I have a beautiful girlfriend that I’m looking to propose too but I know the plight of dating, being at the bottom of the pile and endless ghosting or no matches.
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2019.04.26 00:17 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? April 25 - May 1

Content Courtesy of Columbia CVB

ON STAGE

Phil Luke Experience at The Roof – April 25 at 6 p.m. at The Roof at The Broadway Hotel. Enjoy live music that will make you want to dance and a beautiful view from The Roof! No cover and an evening of fun await you!
A.L.I.C.E – April 25 – 27 at 7:30 p.m. & April 28 at 2 p.m. Theatre meets virtual reality in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” This production explores Alice’s journey as an allegory of “going down the rabbit hole” of technology, all the while staying true to the original story as a metaphor for growing up and finding one’s true self. Prepare for a unique theatre experience! theatre.missouri.edu

SPECIAL EVENTS

Columbia Grown – April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Vox Magazine is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Columbia Grown, a farm-to-table style dinner, to inspire and encourage mid-Missourians to connect with each other and learn about locally sourced food. The event will take place at Café Berlin. The four-course meal will be prepared by five extremely talented, area chefs who are eager to create unique dishes using locally sourced ingredients for guests. The dinner experience will include live entertainment, speakers and an array of curated alcohol pairings with each course. Tickets are now on sale on the website below; please join us for a night of celebrating local eating and connecting with each other. facebook.com/columbiagrown/
Spring Shop Hop – April 27 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Don’t miss our annual Spring Shop Hop on Saturday, April 27th in The District! Find fresh new arrivals, sales and special offers while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Parking is FREE in downtown garages all weekend, so come join the fun!
Yappy Hour – April 27 from 3 - 6 p.m. Columbia Parks and Recreation is planning the fourth annual Yappy Hour for dogs and their humans. Join us at Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 2500 Chapel Hill Road. Yappy Hour will feature entertainment for dogs, including an obstacle course, event-only off-leash area, contests and an adoptable dog pageant. Fun for humans will feature the Big Cheeze food truck; photo booth; variety of beer, cider and seltzer; and dog-related businesses on-site to display their products and services.
Columbia Farmers Market – April 27 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Parkade Plaza. Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us in the northeast corner of Parkade Center from March 9th through April 20th. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine! Columbiafarmersmarket.com
Tons of Trucks – May 1 from 4 - 7 p.m. Tons of Trucks will take place in the Target wing parking lot. Everyone in the family will have the opportunity to view, touch, climb, and learn about trucks and other vehicles from all around the community. Emergency vehicles, construction equipment and more will be on display. The vehicle owners and drivers will be available to answer questions and share knowledge about their vehicles.
Jazz Appreciation Month – The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is pleased to participate in “Jazz Appreciation Month.” For the whole month of April, take part in the national celebration of “America’s Gift To The World.” Concerts, educational and community events scheduled at various locations in Columbia. Visit wealwaysswing.org for the most up-to-date list of events.

GALLERIES

Work Artwork – November 2018 through April 2019 in the Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center. As the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center prepares to move into a new space in 2019, we pay tribute to the talented staff and volunteers at all of SHSMO’s six locations throughout the state with a final exhibition in the Corridor Gallery. The exhibition WORK ARTWORK consists of art by some of these staff members and volunteers. The variety of imagery and media on display reflects the creative energy and dedication that is otherwise expressed in the day-to-day activities of everyone employed at the State Historical Society.
Varsley’s Cosmic Visions – December 11 through May 12, 2019 at the MU Museum of Art & Archaeology. In 1959, Victor Vasarely issued a portfolio of twelve serigraphs named after prominent stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, and he dedicated these experiments in Op Art to French astrophysicist Alexandre Dauvillier. Our presentation of this complete portfolio will highlight the symbiosis between creative and scientific thinking, as well as celebrate humanity’s enduring awe and fascination with the celestial.
The Aesthetic of a Monumental Figure Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 at Columbia Research Center - Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures. The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each picture monumentality. Women of Distinction Exhibit – February 5 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition highlights portraits of nine women from young to mature, humble to affluent, famous to nameless. All are linked by the emphasis on the subject’s remarkable character, imparting the beauty reflected in their strength, wisdom, and life experience.
Objectified: The Female Form and the Male Gaze– February 15 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition will ask critical questions about portrayals of the female nude, a prevalent subject throughout European and American art. Do justifications of representing the nude as natural, beautiful, and traditional hold up to critical awareness of the subjugation of women and objectification of their bodies throughout history? How do we reconcile the heroic personae of artists with their mistreatment and abuse of women in their lives, whether models, muses, lovers, or wives?

SPORTS

Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 28 @ 2 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State on April 30 @ 6 p.m.
Missouri Women’s Softball vs. UMKC on May 1 @ 6 p.m.

MUSIC

THURSDAY
Pep Talks: An Album Listening and Storytelling Experience at The Blue Note @ 7p.m.
Ramblers’ Clubs at Rose Music Hall @ 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY
Friday Happy Hour feat. Flyover Country @ 5 p.m. at Rose Music Hall
Valerie June at The Blue Note @ 7:30 p.m.
Mid-MO Compilation Release Show at Rose Music Hall @ 8 p.m.
SATURDAY
The Hoppening feat. Loose Loose at Rose Music Hall @ 5 p.m.
Brothers Osborne: A Summerfest Concert Event at 9th Street @ 6 p.m.
SUNDAY
A Benefit for the Creative Kids Scholarship Fund at Rose Park at 11 a.m.
CoMo Comedy Club: Fortune Feimster at The Blue Note @ 6 p.m.
English Brown at Rose Music Hall @ 7 p.m.
TUESDAY
Shovels & Rope and Frank Turner: A Summerfest Concert Event at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Marc Rebillet at The Blue Note @ 7:30 p.m.
The Ghost Wolves at Rose Music Hall @ 7:30 p.m.

MOVIE GUIDE

AFTER - Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
AVENGERS ENDGAME - Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
BREAKTHROUGH - BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith's own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
CAPTAIN MARVEL - An Air Force pilot develops superhuman powers.
DUMBO - Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, largerthan-life entertainment venture.
HELLBOY - Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
HOTEL MUMBAI - A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland") is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
LITTLE - Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever -- if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem.
MISSING LINK - Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link -- 8 feet tall and covered in fur -- recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.
PENGUINS - An Adélie penguin named Steve joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.
PET SEMATARY - Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
SHAZAM! - We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
THE BEACH BUM - Harmony Korine’s first feature since 2012’s SPRING BREAKERS, THE BEACH BUM is an original and irreverent stoner comedy that follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large — in a story that only Harmony Korine would be able to tell.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES - Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA - In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona's deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay
UNPLANNED - As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
US - Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
WONDER PARK - Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
CHECK EACH THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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2019.04.18 23:12 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? April 18-21

Content Courtesy of Columbia CVB

ON STAGE

Adam Powell at The Roof – April 18 at 6 p.m. at The Roof at The Broadway Hotel. Enjoy live music that will make you want to dance and a beautiful view from The Roof! No cover and an evening of fun await you!
A.L.I.C.E – April 18 – 20 and April 25 – 27 at 7:30 p.m. & April 28 at 2 p.m. Theatre meets virtual reality in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” This production explores Alice’s journey as an allegory of “going down the rabbit hole” of technology, all the while staying true to the original story as a metaphor for growing up and finding one’s true self. Prepare for a unique theatre experience![theatre.missouri.edu](http://theatre.missouri.edu/)
New Works Dance Concert – April 18 – 20 at 7:30 p.m. & April 21 at 2 p.m. at Stephens College. Exciting new works give a glimpse of the future in choreography. Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this contemporary and edgy concert that will leave you inspired.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Columbia Farmers Market – April 20 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Parkade Plaza. Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us in the northeast corner of Parkade Center from March 9th through April 20th. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine! Columbiafarmersmarket.com
CoMo Flea Swap – April 20 - 21 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wagon Trail Trading Post is a outdoor event location and Home to COMO Flea Swap. COMO Flea Swap is Central Missouri’s newest monthly outdoor Flea Market and Swap meet which is on the First and Third weekends of each month March through November. Please come out and join us as COMO Flea Swap Grows and other things are held at Wagon Trail Trading Post.facebook.com/Wagontrailtradingpost/
Columbia Grown – April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Vox Magazine is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Columbia Grown, a farm-to-table style dinner, to inspire and encourage mid-Missourians to connect with each other and learn about locally sourced food. The event will take place at Café Berlin. The four-course meal will be prepared by five extremely talented, area chefs who are eager to create unique dishes using locally sourced ingredients for guests. The dinner experience will include live entertainment, speakers and an array of curated alcohol pairings with each course. Tickets are now on sale on the website below; please join us for a night of celebrating local eating and connecting with each other.facebook.com/columbiagrown/
Jazz Appreciation Month – The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is pleased to participate in “Jazz Appreciation Month.” For the whole month of April, take part in the national celebration of “America’s Gift To The World.” Concerts, educational and community events scheduled at various locations in Columbia. Visitwealwaysswing.org for the most up-to-date list of events.
Easter Buffet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center – Seatings from 11 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 1:30 p.m. Reservations Recommended. Call 573.445.8531, visit holidaycolumbia.com and email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). events.

GALLERIES

Work Artwork – November 2018 through April 2019 in the Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center. As the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center prepares to move into a new space in 2019, we pay tribute to the talented staff and volunteers at all of SHSMO’s six locations throughout the state with a final exhibition in the Corridor Gallery. The exhibition WORK ARTWORK consists of art by some of these staff members and volunteers. The variety of imagery and media on display reflects the creative energy and dedication that is otherwise expressed in the day-to-day activities of everyone employed at the State Historical Society.
Varsley’s Cosmic Visions – December 11 through May 12, 2019 at the MU Museum of Art & Archaeology. In 1959, Victor Vasarely issued a portfolio of twelve serigraphs named after prominent stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, and he dedicated these experiments in Op Art to French astrophysicist Alexandre Dauvillier. Our presentation of this complete portfolio will highlight the symbiosis between creative and scientific thinking, as well as celebrate humanity’s enduring awe and fascination with the celestial.
The Aesthetic of a Monumental Figure Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 at Columbia Research Center - Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures. The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each picture monumentality. Women of Distinction Exhibit – February 5 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition highlights portraits of nine women from young to mature, humble to affluent, famous to nameless. All are linked by the emphasis on the subject’s remarkable character, imparting the beauty reflected in their strength, wisdom, and life experience.
Objectified: The Female Form and the Male Gaze– February 15 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition will ask critical questions about portrayals of the female nude, a prevalent subject throughout European and American art. Do justifications of representing the nude as natural, beautiful, and traditional hold up to critical awareness of the subjugation of women and objectification of their bodies throughout history? How do we reconcile the heroic personae of artists with their mistreatment and abuse of women in their lives, whether models, muses, lovers, or wives?

SPORTS

Missouri Women’s Softball vs. Texas A&M on April 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
Columbia College Baseball vs. Williams Baptist University on April 19 @ 6 p.m.
Missouri Women’s Softball vs. Texas A&M on April 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
Columbia College Baseball vs. Williams Baptist University on April 20 @ 12 p.m.
Columbia College Baseball vs. Williams Baptist University on April 20 @ 2:30 p.m.
Missouri Women’s Softball vs. Texas A&M on April 20 @ 12 p.m.
Missouri Women’s Softball vs. Southeast Missouri State on April 23 @ 4 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. Missouri State on April 23 @ 6 p.m.

MUSIC

THURSDAY
Aaron Lewis at The Blue Note @ 7p.m.
FRIDAY
Friday Happy Hour feat. Hurtsickle Fade @ 5 p.m. at Rose Music Hall
Hippo Campus at The Blue Note @ 8 p.m.
Sold Out: Son Volt at Rose Music Hall @ 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY
420 Fest at Rose Music Hall @ 4:20 p.m.
Brew ‘N View: Friday at The Blue Note @ 6 p.m.
90s vs. 00s: Classic Hip-Hop Edition at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.
SUNDAY
Michael Jackson Tribute Show at The Blue Note @ 6:00 p.m.
TUESDAY
San Holo at The Blue Note @ 7 p.m.
Neil Hilborn at Rose Music Hall @ 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Twiddle + Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at The Blue Note @ 7:30 p.m.
Pints & Punchlines at Rose Music Hall @ 8 p.m.

MOVIE GUIDE

AFTER - Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
BREAKTHROUGH - BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith's own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
CAPTAIN MARVEL - An Air Force pilot develops superhuman powers.
DUMBO - Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, largerthan-life entertainment venture.
HELLBOY - Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
FIVE FEET APART - Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old...she's attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control - all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.
HOTEL MUMBAI - A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland") is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
LITTLE - Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever -- if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem.
MISSING LINK - Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link -- 8 feet tall and covered in fur -- recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.
PENGUINS - An Adélie penguin named Steve joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.
PET SEMATARY - Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
SHAZAM! - We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
THE BEACH BUM - Harmony Korine’s first feature since 2012’s SPRING BREAKERS, THE BEACH BUM is an original and irreverent stoner comedy that follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large — in a story that only Harmony Korine would be able to tell.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES - Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA - In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona's deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay
UNPLANNED - As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
US - Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
WONDER PARK - Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
CHECK EACH THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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2019.04.09 16:57 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? April 9-14

Content Courtesy of Columbia CVB

ON STAGE

Bruce Poe at The Roof – April 9 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Roof at The Broadway Hotel. Enjoy live music that will make you want to dance and a beautiful view from The Roof! No cover and an evening of fun await you!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Dinner & Wine Series at Glenn’s Cafe – April 9 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. A gourmet chef and sommelier personally guide you through a five-course dinner, each dish accompanied by the perfect wine. Enjoy the menu below:
Amuse-Bouche: Creole GazpachoAppetizer: Fried Green Tomato BLTSalad: Southern Chopped SaladEntrée: Hickory Smoked Airline Chicken Breast, Smoked Corn on the Cobb and Skillet Potatoes with Buttermilk Herb SauceDessert: Beignets with Chocolate Hazelnut & Raspberry Vanilla Sauces
Call (573) 447-7100 for reservations. $55 per person. glennscafe.com
Jazz Appreciation Month – The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is pleased to participate in “Jazz Appreciation Month.” For the whole month of April, take part in the national celebration of “America’s Gift To The World.” Concerts, educational and community events scheduled at various locations in Columbia. Visitwealwaysswing.org for the most up-to-date list of events.
Columbia Farmers Market – April 13 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Parkade Plaza. Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us in the northeast corner of Parkade Center from March 9th through April 20th. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!Columbiafarmersmarket.com
Spring Parade of Homes – April 13 at 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Home Builders Association of Columbia presents the Spring Parade of Homes! Come and tour some of Columbia’s most stunning homes crafted by top-rated builders in the area. Join us to see the latest trends in home design. Admission is free. VisitColumbiaParadeOfHomes.com for more information.
Jazz Appreciation Month – The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is pleased to participate in “Jazz Appreciation Month.” For the whole month of April, take part in the national celebration of “America’s Gift To The World.” Concerts, educational and community events scheduled at various locations in Columbia. Visitwealwaysswing.org for the most up-to-date list of events.

GALLERIES

Work Artwork – November 2018 through April 2019 in the Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center. As the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center prepares to move into a new space in 2019, we pay tribute to the talented staff and volunteers at all of SHSMO’s six locations throughout the state with a final exhibition in the Corridor Gallery. The exhibition WORK ARTWORK consists of art by some of these staff members and volunteers. The variety of imagery and media on display reflects the creative energy and dedication that is otherwise expressed in the day-to-day activities of everyone employed at the State Historical Society.
Varsley’s Cosmic Visions – December 11 through May 12, 2019 at the MU Museum of Art & Archaeology. In 1959, Victor Vasarely issued a portfolio of twelve serigraphs named after prominent stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, and he dedicated these experiments in Op Art to French astrophysicist Alexandre Dauvillier. Our presentation of this complete portfolio will highlight the symbiosis between creative and scientific thinking, as well as celebrate humanity’s enduring awe and fascination with the celestial.
The Aesthetic of a Monumental Figure Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 at Columbia Research Center - Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures. The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each picture monumentality.Women of Distinction Exhibit – February 5 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition highlights portraits of nine women from young to mature, humble to affluent, famous to nameless. All are linked by the emphasis on the subject’s remarkable character, imparting the beauty reflected in their strength, wisdom, and life experience.
Objectified: The Female Form and the Male Gaze– February 15 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition will ask critical questions about portrayals of the female nude, a prevalent subject throughout European and American art. Do justifications of representing the nude as natural, beautiful, and traditional hold up to critical awareness of the subjugation of women and objectification of their bodies throughout history? How do we reconcile the heroic personae of artists with their mistreatment and abuse of women in their lives, whether models, muses, lovers, or wives?

SPORTS

Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. LSU on April 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Columbia College Women’s Softball vs. Hannibal-Lagrange University on April 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Columbia College Women’s Softball vs. Hannibal-Lagrange University on April 13 @ 4:00 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. LSU on April 13 @ 5:00 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. LSU on April 14 @ 12:00 p.m.
Columbia College Women’s Softball vs. St. Louis College of Pharmacy on April 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
Columbia College Women’s Softball vs. Hannibal-Lagrange University on April 16 @ 4:00 p.m.
Columbia College Men’s Baseball vs. Central Methodist University on April 16 @ 6:00 p.m.

MUSIC

THURSDAY
Preacher Lawson at The Blue Note @ 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.
The Many Colored Death & North by North at Rose Music Hall @ 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY
RNBNBBQ 2019 Artist Announce Party at Rose Music Hall @ 5:30 p.m.
Dylan Schneider at The Blue Note @ 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY
Local Fest 2019 at Rose Music Hall @ 12:00 p.m.
ZOSO: The Ultimate LED Zeppelin Experience at The Blue Note @ 8:00 p.m.
SUNDAY
Michael Jackson Tribute Show at The Blue Note @ 6:00 p.m.
TUESDAY
SODOWN at Rose Music Hall @ 7:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Mac Powell & The Family Reunion at The Blue Note @ 7:00 p.m.
Luxotica Lounge Cabaret at Rose Music Hall @ 7:30 p.m.

MOVIE GUIDE

CAPTAIN MARVEL - An Air Force pilot develops superhuman powers.
DUMBO - Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, largerthan-life entertainment venture.
FIVE FEET APART - Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old...she's attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control - all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.
HOTEL MUMBAI - A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland") is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD - All seems well on the island of Berk as Vikings and dragons live together in peace and harmony. Now a Viking leader, Hiccup finds himself increasinglyttracted to Astrid, while his beloved dragon Toothless meets an enchanting creature who captures his eye. When the evil Grimmel launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite both clans to find Caldera -- a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friends.
PET SEMATARY - Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
SHAZAM! - We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
THE BEACH BUM - Harmony Korine’s first feature since 2012’s SPRING BREAKERS, THE BEACH BUM is an original and irreverent stoner comedy that follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large — in a story that only Harmony Korine would be able to tell.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES - Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
UNPLANNED - As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
US - Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
WONDER PARK - Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
CHECK EACH THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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