Miyazaki Mondays: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a genius. I think we can all agree on that. If you want to talk about an auteur who builds fantastic worlds the likes of which you’ve never seen, he’s the only name worth mentioning. He takes the art of animation to a degree that before or since has only been scratched. We all love Pixar, don’t get me wrong, but the Pixar canon is the work of many different directors and writers all collaborating to make the best possible film. When you watch a Pixar film, you’re watching a product of dedication, creativity and exacting detail work. Miyazaki brings all that to the table, but makes it feel as effortless as breathing. It’s the difference between a bridge and a painting: both are marvelous but it’s comparing engineering to inspiration. The experience is like this: you come in to Miyazaki’s home and he shows you the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen, and when you mention it to him he just shrugs and says, “Eh, threw it together over the weekend.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:39+00:00 March 19th, 2012|NostalgiAwesome|4 Comments

10 Anime and Manga Felines

Cats. We all love ’em, and anime seems to love them more than most. But where’s an otaku to start when they’re done perusing the day’s new lolcats? Well, we at Need Coffee are here to help you! Anime felines may be adorable, evil, alien, powerful, comic relief, or all of the above, but they’re always interesting.

Anime Cats

There are literally hundreds of cat characters in anime, from Meowth of Pokémon to Love Hina‘s Kuro to Trigun‘s everpresent Kuroneko-sama, and that’s not including the now-cliché cat-girls. The following list provides ten of these feline stars of the screen for your viewing enjoyment in no particular order (as I couldn’t bring myself to rank them). Some are serious, some are very much not, and all are awesome.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:37:44+00:00 September 15th, 2011|Stimuli|0 Comments

Ponyo Trailer Looks Like a Slice of Freaking Awesome

Ponyo

Okay, so we mentioned that Ponyo (aka Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) is the latest film from Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki rocks balls. He just does.

And now here is the Disney trailer that is bringing this to cinemas on August 14th:

Direct link for the feedreaders.

And don’t flinch because the notion of Disney releasing it gives you pause. Trust me, Miyazaki will get his film out the way he wants it out.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:00:55+00:00 July 26th, 2009|Headsup|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: If Ned Gets Involved in Blackest Night, Consider Me On Board

San Diego Comic-Con happened this weekend. We, like you, are trying to pick up the pieces. We’ll break out the Shop-Vac and let you see the results. You just relax and have an espresso.

  • So here’s the trailer from Comic-Con for the upcoming Starz mini, Spartacus: Blood and Sand (which we warned you about previously). Which is cool, as long as you understand it appears to be Zack Snyder‘s Gladiator.

    Direct link for the feedreaders. Found via TV Squad.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:57+00:00 July 26th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: A Film With Dylan Moran In It

  • A Film With Me In It has Dylan Moran up for an Irish Film and Television Award. Watch this trailer and you’ll see why.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    When is this coming here? I really need to see this.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio is being touted as the star of Beat the Reaper, for which the rights have been sold. Here’s the scenario from the article: “The protagonist in the novel penned by Josh Bazell is a Manhattan emergency room doctor, whose life becomes complicated when a mobster recognizes the doc from his former life as a hitman who went into the witness protection program.” Look, how am I supposed to have any sympathy for a guy dumb enough to try to hide from the mob in a busy hospital emergency room front and center? If the book is about two pages long, then I understand. But come on.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:07:20+00:00 January 9th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, August 22, 2008

    Some sites will write 500 words to tell you that somebody’s directing some film. The actual information you need to know can usually be given in one-tenth that amount. We boil it down for you to save time. Just because we don’t have a life, doesn’t mean you can’t have one.

  • Amazon is having a Blu-Ray sale where you can save up to 50% off. The Blade Runner five-disc Blu-Ray is still going for $25. Iron Man two-disc Blu-Ray is pre-orderable for 30% off, same with Band of Brothers Blu-Ray and The Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-Ray. Sale is on until August 29th.
  • Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition

  • The aforementioned Casablanca Ultimate Collector’s Edition is now available for pre-order on both the DVD (click here) and Blu-Ray (click here) flavored versions. That’s out December 2nd.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:48+00:00 August 22nd, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Miyazaki’s “Little Nemo”: A Taste of the Movie That Never Was

    Little Nemo Miyazaki

    Cartoon Brew has posted test footage from a planned Isao Takahata/Hayao Miyazaki American/Japanese joint production of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland that sadly never happened. They also tell us

    George Lucas, Chuck Jones, Gary Kurtz, Ray Bradbury, Chris Columbus, Moebius, John Canemaker, Leo Salkin, Paul Julian, Ken Anderson and Frank Thomas were attached to this film at one time or another. Bill Hurtz (George of the Jungle, Unicorn In The Garden) and Masami Hata (Sea Prince and the Fire Child) ultimately directed the final release, admittedly a mixed bag.

    Here’s the vid. Damn shame. This would have been amazing. More after the break.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:20:26+00:00 April 9th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Watch Some Miyazaki, Fold Some Miyazaki

    Howl's Moving Castle DVD cover art

    So I found this papercraft version of Howl’s Castle from Miyazaki‘s latest film. This was pointed out by the fine folks at MAKE Blog. (Update: It’s been taken down and re-found at its new home thanks to PaperKraft.)

    An excellent fantasy that marks a return to coherent form over Spirited Away (of which I was one of perhaps five Miyazaki fans who didn’t dig the movie–c’est la guerre), it’s about a young woman (Emily Mortimer) who runs into the Howl (Christian Bale) of the title and winds up with a curse placed upon her by the Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall). Her quest to return to normal leads her to meet an array of fantastic characters and of course, the normal other-things you run into in a fantastical quest: danger, villains, mayhem, and hijinks. Not necessarily in that order.

    While it’s nowhere near the special edition we’re sure this thing got in Japan, this Buena Vista release gives you the most important part: the movie looking damn good. There’s also a short “behind-the-mic” featurette, interviews with Pete Docter and John Lasseter, a visit by Miyazaki to Pixar Studios, trailers, and the complete storyboards of the film.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:47:16+00:00 April 15th, 2006|Animation|0 Comments