THE RED TURTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Dudok de Wit. The Red Turtle is a dialogue free animated film from the renowned Studio Ghibli, which has given us such animated classics as Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, etc. But this is an international co-production between France and Japan, and is the first non-Japanese film produced by the revered animation studios. This is a richly emotional and resonant exploration of what it means to be human. When the film opens a nameless man has been cast adrift from a shipwreck. He washes ashore on a deserted island that Continue reading

ARRIETTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Stars: voices of Tom Holland, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman, Saoirse Ronan, Geraldine James. Arrietty is the latest film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, and it maintains the high standards we have come to expect following such superb animated films as Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, etc. However, studio veteran Hayao Miyazaki has not directed Arietty. Rather he has left the chores to his protégé Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a former animator who makes his feature debut here. Nonetheless, Miyazaki’s fingerprints are Continue reading