Suzume, and Makoto Shinkai becoming the one of biggest names in anime

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I mentioned in the "Next Week" post that it's kind of crazy to me that Makoto Shinkai is such a big deal now. I saw The Place Promised in Our Early Years at the first Fantasia festival I attended, and "Voices of a Distant Star" s...

Silents, Please: Annie Laurie and Cinderella (1914)

By: Jay's Movie Blog


A couple of these ago, accompanist Jeff Raising mentioned that some hard-to-find silent or other wound up being so good that there ought to be a Kickstarter to get it on disc. I don't think it was this one, which recently went live, but I backed it...

The Amazing Maurice

By: Jay's Movie Blog


What's "doing well" in theaters for a movie like The Amazing Maurice these days? I saw it on its fourth weekend at Fresh Pond, in a 34-person auditorium that was maybe half-full, and I'd be surprised if it was ever in any larger rooms.over...

This Week in Tickets: 13 February 2023 - 19 February 2023 (A Couple of Classics)

By: Jay's Movie Blog


It was a pretty good week for seeing movies on the big screen, new and old. I started off with the first of a couple Film Rolls things from South Korea - EXIT on Monday night and lucky Chan-Sil on Thursday, which are both relatively recent and at...


By: Jay's Movie Blog


Just before sitting down for Pathaan, I had the semi-random thought that Deepika Padukone probably should have been in a James Bond movie by now, or Aishwarya Rai ahead of her, but a very little research indicates that somehow, Bond has only been to...

Irish Movies in Ireland: My Father's Dragon

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I'm on a not-particularly-scheduled vacation in Dublin right now - I basically saw I had to use some time up before the end of the year, knew I couldn't use Thanksgiving to extend it a little more if I wanted to go extra-far, and figured I didn't wan...

Moon Man

By: Jay's Movie Blog


As much as I talk big about wanting to open a small-ish movie theater someday and play oddball things in it, the estimating of it seems daunting. Take Moon Man - opens late July in China, doesn't make it across the Pacific for a month or so, and so...

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva

By: Jay's Movie Blog


We're going to wind up with something like a month and a half or so of foreign/repertory/alternative Imax releases around Labor Day rather than the usual one weekend where they pull out a "best of summer" or "upscaled classic" for...

Fantasia 2022.17: Island of Lost Girls, The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai, Circo Animato, "The Cradle", Sadako DX, and Missing

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I'm mildly surprised that the Schmidt family didn't make it to Montreal for Island of Lost Girls on Saturday morning. I imagine that Covid throws a wrench in that sort of thing, but I also suspect that if I'd somehow made a film with my family like...

Fantasia 2022.08: All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, Detectives vs. Sleuths, Shin Ultraman, "Black Hole", and Glorious

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I saw a bunch of good stuff to start Week Two, but it was a genuinely odd/not idea day - I actually made a choice to see the first show of Chun Tae-Il on Wednesday evening rather than Thursday afternoon because it meant I could just squeeze in the pr...


By: Jay's Movie Blog


I joked in the preview post that I figured I'd be rooting for Antonio Banderas's villain in this movie, but it's really kind of amazing how he's actually the only one who gets some sort of window into his character. I mean, I get a wealthy monster w...

Once Upon a Time in China x6

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I'm not a big binger, really, even though there's lots of movies I'd like to catch up on; I'm blessed with local theaters that will offer programs that let me dive into something on the big screen (who wouldn't rather encounter something for the firs...


By: Jay's Movie Blog


Sitting through the end credits of Moonfall, I was struck by the sheer number of people on at least three continents who work on visual effects for a movie like this. Lots of names from India and notes that post-production got tax benefits in variou...

Poupelle of Chimney Town

By: Jay's Movie Blog


I was kind of excited to catch up with this one, as I remembered seeing a trailer or images when it ran as part of Fantasia but never managed to get screener access, and it's been so long that I more or less just recognized the name when it popped up...

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