A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #4 My Neighbor Totoro

Review: 1988 was a big year for Studio Ghibli, with the double-feature of Grave of the Fireflies (more on that in a later post!) and My Neighbor Totoro dominating Japanese screens. The studio's gamble paid off, as the films became not only national but international successes. After having finally watched Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro it's easy to see why the … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #4 My Neighbor Totoro

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira

Review: 1988 was a great year for anime and it appears that of all the big anime films to have come out that year, Akira turned out to be the most influential. Writer/Director Katsuhiro Otomo, adapting his own manga to feature film length, has a storytelling/animation style that is instantly recognizable by anyone who's watched anime films … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira