Even as it was earning the Best Animated feature accolade from the Boston Film Critics Society over the weekend, The Wind Rises continued to be dogged by the same controversy which has trailed it since its release back in Japan.... More »
Japanese director Watanabe Shinichiro is responsible for one of the truly landmark moments in contemporary anime with his noir infused tale of space bounty hunters Cowboy Bebop and he's back in familiar territory with his upcoming Space Dandy - the... More »
It's been announced that a live action film of the hugely popular character Lupin III will arrive in the summer of next year. The first Lupin manga was published in 1967 and has continued to be hugely popular, spawning numerous... More »
Put all thoughts of Otomo Katsuhiro's live action adaptation of Urushibara Yuki's manga Mushishi out your head. It's not very good. We know. But the Nagahama Hiroshi directed anime series? That's an entirely different matter and Nagahama is returning to... More »
Cowboy Bebop is now available as a sublimely remastered Blu-ray collection. Stop what you are doing and buy it now. Perhaps some reading this may enquire as to what Cowboy Bebop is and hesitate on such a purchase, hopefully this... More »
Here's your chance to win the film that our own Hugo Ozman says "establishes Mamoru Hosoda as a master animator and storyteller in his own right." That's right, we have a Wolf Children prize pack from FUNimation for one lucky... More »
Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata Isao returns to Japanese screens on November 23rd with the release of his latest animated feature, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) and with the public release just around the corner a six... More »
(Putting the "Maid" back in "Warrior Maiden", this is Roberta: she has a big gun, she took it from her Lord...) Let's start this review with saying that I am a huge fan of the first two seasons of Black... More »
Perfect Blue, a film that many consider to be filmmaker Kon Satoshi's masterpiece, will make its English-friendly Blu-ray debut on November 18 from UK distributor Anime Limited. The film has already seen release on Blu in Japan and Taiwan, but... More »
A (now out-of-stock), limited edition DVD box set of the anime movie series The Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyōkai) recently hit the shelves in Australia. What would prompt a purchase of this expensive lavish set? Perhaps some background is... More »
Heads up, fans of famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli! The first teaser for studio co-founder Takahata Isao's upcoming feature Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter) has arrived online! We've known for some time now - thanks... More »
Ghost In The Shell prequel series Arise continues with Border 2, Ghost Whispers. Telling the story of how Kusanagi Motoko joined up with Section 9 in the first place the four part series has released a new trailer for the... More »
Between Wolf Children and Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosoda is establishing himself as a gifted anime auteur (with "anime" functioning as a descriptive word, not a qualifier) whose style, visually and thematically, lies somewhere between Ghibli fare and the work of... More »
In part one of our interview with renowned animator Yuasa Masaaki, we covered the release of his new short Kick-Heart, the way it was produced and funded. In this second -- and much longer -- part, we cover pretty much... More »
Reel Anime 2013 is just around the corner for Australia. Madman Entertainment are presenting another round of cutting edge animation, showcasing the new wave of feature film anime from Japan.Click through below on our coverage of the festival.In addition, check... More »
(Change whatever you want, how much you want: it's all still the same in the end...) A year ago, we were only a few weeks removed from the world premiere of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, yet so little... More »
Is fishing your favorite sport? It certainly isn't mine. Therefore if I knew beforehand that Tsuritama is a fishing anime, I probably wouldn't have even started watching it. But I am really thankful that I didn't know, because it has... More »
Last month, Peter van der Lugt and I were given the chance to interview anime artist and director Yuasa Masaaki, following several festival screenings of his crowd-funded short film Kick-Heart. Saying that we are fans of his work is an... More »
(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA... More »
Even as it was earning the Best Animated feature accolade from the Boston Film Critics Society over the weekend, The Wind Rises continued to be dogged by the same controversy which has trailed it since its release back in Japan. Specifically, what animator Miyazaki Hayao is calling his final film...
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...