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  • Revisiting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been revisiting Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy for the first time in years and, so far, it’s been a pleasant surprise. I remembered the films as having good moments but ultimately as failures of the Middle Earth franchise. But upon rewatching both...
  • Revisiting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    For huge billion-dollar movies that serve as prequels to one of the most beloved and successful film trilogies of all time, The Hobbit films feel somewhat forgotten. I myself have left the films collecting dust on my shelf since they were first released, but this past housebound spring I...
  • Revisiting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    During this past housebound spring – brought to you by the Coronavirus – I sat for endless hours deciding which films to watch in order to idle away the hours. To pass as much time as possible, my eyes drifted to the longest movies in my collection: my 15-disc...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 6)

    Tales From Earthsea & From Up On Poppy Hill   This is part 6 of a series of reviews, looking at Studio Ghibli’s films, you can find Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 which look at Hayao Miyazaki’s and Yoshifumi Kondō’s directed films, by clicking on the hyperlinks....
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 5)

    Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo & The Wind Rises   This is Part 5 of Adam’s series reviewing the films of Studio Ghibli. You can find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4 by using the hyperlinks.   Hayao Miyazaki’s films for Studio Ghibli are each so different...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 4)

    Princess Mononoke & Spirited Away   This is Part 4 of Adam’s series reviewing the films of Studio Ghibli. You can find Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 by using the hyperlinks.   For Part 4 we return to Hayao Miyazaki for writing and direction while Joe Hisaishi...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 3) 

    Whisper of the Heart   This is Part 3 of Adam’s series reviewing the films of Studio Ghibli. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 by using the hyperlinks.   Whisper of the Heart (1995) is the only Ghibli film to be directed by Yoshifumi Kondõ. Written by...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 2)

    My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service & Porco Rosso.   When watching the first two Studio Ghibli films helmed by Hayao Miyazaki, they left a distinct and vivid impression on me. However, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with presenting my opinion on this until I had watched a few more...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 1)

    Nausicaä of the Valley of The Wind & Castle In The Sky.   The first two films from the iconic team of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki – released in 1984 and 1986 respectively – lived up to the billing. In popular culture both Ghibli and Miyazaki have a...