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    LFF 2014: Anime ‘Giovanni’s Island’ is a great wartime drama

    In its frequently sorrowful tale of young Japanese siblings struggling through the tail end or immediate aftermath of World War II, anime Giovanni’s Island faces seemingly inevitable comparisons to both Grave of the Fireflies and the Barefoot Gen features. Mizuho Nishikubo’s film, however, has a spirit all of its own, even if you can trace in it bits of those other films’ DNA, as well as notorious British anti-war animation When the Wind Blows, whose art style it resembles more than the likes of Studio Ghibli. It stands apart in offering a look at an aspect of Japanese history rarely explored in any art form to date, that of the Russian occupation of the island of Shitokan after Japan’s defeat in 1945, as seen through the eyes of two Japanese children among the residents whose lives are upended by the new rule. More

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    Cannes 2014: ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ a beautiful but floundering anti-fairy-tale

    Taking many of its features from Studio Ghibli mainstays, Isao Takahata’s latest film The Tale of Princess Kaguya tackles an age-old folktale from Japan, bringing the studio’s warmth and childhood imagination to a mythic scale. It’s based upon The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter with a visual style imitating children’s storybooks or perhaps the scroll of the tale itself. It’s an act of wonderment to be in the presence of fluid, beautiful hand-drawn animation in a time clamoring for more and more computers at play, but the nostalgic value only barely supersedes its rough-and-tumble approach to adapting the anti-fairy-tale to the big screen. More

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    ‘Catherine’ serves as a Freudian relationship test

    It’s interesting to consider how for many of us, games have been growing up with us. Atlus’ Catherine serves as a prime example of this phenomenon. Having been developed by a team who grew and matured as games themselves did the same, it simultaneously reaches much of the gaming audience as they confront the very issues addressed within it. More

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    The Televerse #136- FLCL with Noel Kirkpatrick

    Television was a bit more manageable this week, giving us a little breathing room on the podcast. First we talk comedy, including the premieres of Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, and Veep, then we catch up with some genre, including the Game of Thrones premiere, and we round out our week in TV with the […] More

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    The Televerse #136- FLCL with Noel Kirkpatrick

    Television was a bit more manageable this week, giving us a little breathing room on the podcast. First we talk comedy, including the premieres of Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, and Veep, then we catch up with some genre, including the Game of Thrones premiere, and we round out our week in TV with the […] More

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    Sketchy Episode 111 – ‘Wolf Children’

    Sketchy discusses the 2012 anime feature “Wolf Children,” directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” which we also discussed in an earlier episode. So, go back and listen to that one too. Enjoy! [powerpress] Listen on iTunes! Song Hungry Like The Wolf by Act As If Follow Sketchy ILoveWomen.org facebook.com/SketchyPodcast twitter.com/SketchyPodcast […] More

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    How ‘Akira’ is a cautionary tale about the dangers of anger

    Finding the reason for Akira’s resonance with all manner of audiences is not particularly difficult, since it is the zenith of great narrative-meets-dreamlike philosophical reality bending. For all that it blurs the lines of established faux-reality and fantasy, science-fiction and existentialism, it is ultimately a film about the fatal danger posed by one’s own anger. More

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    The Televerse #111- Cowboy Bebop with Chris Piers

    The dramas came out swinging this weekend, giving us plenty of great TV to discuss on this week’s podcast. First we take a look at the comedies, including the Filthy Sexy Teen$ pilot and Always Sunny’s 100th episode, before talking through a rather sparse week in reality. Next up are the genre series, including Once […] More

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    The Televerse #111- Cowboy Bebop with Chris Piers

    The dramas came out swinging this weekend, giving us plenty of great TV to discuss on this week’s podcast. First we take a look at the comedies, including the Filthy Sexy Teen$ pilot and Always Sunny’s 100th episode, before talking through a rather sparse week in reality. Next up are the genre series, including Once […] More

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