The works of Hayao Miyazaki have had a profound effect on my life. But I have to be honest: Many of his films I have only seen as English-language dubs. Many call the dubbing process sacrilege. I can’t write it off that easily. With the help of skilled producers, writers, and directors, Studio Ghibli and Disney helped Miyazaki reach broader audiences. So while Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, arrives to America as an “impure” translation, it’s also nuanced and every bit as emotional. Here, I dive into the process of how the English dub team made that happen.
Paused on a frame of Resident Evil where the sync slate is still visible. Invisible in the context of the film.
Dr. Strangelove: LEGO Edition
Which is basically what we reviewed on this week’s Fighting in the War Room!
The unlikely rise of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Hollywood’s majorly hated, hugely successful kings of the modern-day spoof
Here are a few predictions for tonight’s awards ceremony. By the second Saturday of the fest, there are competition standouts that make a fest-goer 65 - 70% sure of the major category winners. This year, I feel about 20% sure. Which is good! A majority of the movies I saw at this year’s festival were somewhere on the good-to-great scale. And movies that one person adored, another loathed — that’s a good thing. I personally don’t want a movie I love to be universally accepted. I’ll explain that feeling another time. Anyway, without a frontrunner in any category, here are a few blind picks for tonight’s awards (made because it’s a silly guessing game — had to leave out a lot of films I loved off this list). Thoughts?
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Dear White People
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Overnighters
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: 52 Tuesdays
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, U. S. Dramatic: Whiplash
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: No No: A Dockumentary
Audience Award, World Cinema Dramatic: God Help the Girl
Audience Award, World Cinema, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, Best of NEXT: Land Ho!
Directing Award, U. S. Dramatic: Fishing Without Nets
Directing Award, U. S. Documentary: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Blind
Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary: 20,000 Days On Earth
Cinematography Award, U. S. Dramatic: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Cinematography Award, U. S. Documentary: All the Beautiful Things
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Dramatic: White Shadow
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Documentary: We Come as Friends
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic: Infinitely Polar Bear
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic: To Kill a Man
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: I Origins (inevitable and already announced!)
And if any of the special awards from last year carry over….
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig, The Skeleton Twins
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design: Whiplash
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Wetlands
Editing Award, U. S. Documentary: CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary: The Notorious Mr. Bout
Until the Oscars get it together and honor stunts, I talk to the people behind the five best ones of 2013.
Read my case study on Rain Man, and how it went on to become the highest grossing movie of 1988 (beating out Die Hard and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay prison guard?
I wrangled the opinions of many critics to cumulative list of the Worst Movies of 2013. Here are the responses.
How does our list sound to you?
The true story is even crazier than the movie version.
You’re about to embark on Thanksgiving travel plans. You need some entertainment. I’m suggesting you download my new podcast Fighting in the War Room.
It’s new in the same way that reborn phoenix is new. FitWR is soaring up from the ashes of Operation Kino. Same crew, same pop culture talk, same abundance of personality, same fun-loving bickering that reminds people of their Thanksgiving dinner throwdowns.
What a great marketing tactic.
Here’s the truth: Neither of these men are good enough for Katniss.