Makoto Shinkai's films have been praised since his debut onto the anime scene, and before you can get the third syllable of his name out, anybody you're talking to will gush about how unbelievably amazing his movies are. With high praise like that, it almost feels like there's some malfunction with my eyeballs, because I … Continue reading Weathering With You Can’t Weather Your Name’s Quality
Makoto Shinkai's latest opus, Weathering With You, just hit theaters, and me being the privileged first-world citizen that I am went and saw it, and it was pretty good. The insert songs featuring Toko Miura are top-notch, and there's a shot of a fireworks display while the camera pans through Tokyo that's absolutely stunning. I … Continue reading What Another Side: Earthbound Fills In That Your Name Left Out
Adaptations are a tricky business. Bob and Charlie can have a deeply profound conversation on the deliciousness of cranberries in a book, but that same conversation doesn't hold the same engagement told in movie format due to a shot of Bob's lips flapping and then a shot of Charlie's lips flapping not being enrapturing visuals. … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Mary and the Witch’s Flower and The Little Broomstick?
If you've devoted as much of your lifetime to absorbing stories as much as I have, it'll come as second knowledge that when a character points to a baseball bat on the wall and comments, “I use that in case of rapid clown attacks,” and then the third act features a tsunami of foaming, savage … Continue reading Putting Stuff in Your Story and Actually Using It