Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

Title: ???尋?神隠? (Spirited Away)
Year: 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki (original Japanese version); Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette (American version)
Rated: PG

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Ah, now I get to review my FAVORITE Miyazaki film 🙂 This will be my pleasure.

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February 15, 2006 Posted by | Adventure, animation, Fantasy, Foreign, Miyazaki Films | 9 Comments

Mononoke Hime

Title: も???姫 (Princess Mononoke)
Year: 1997
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka (Japanese version); Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver (American version)
Rated: PG-13

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Unlike the cute and cuddly Tonari no Totoro, Mononoke Hime is much darker and carries a serious message about the delicate but strained relationship between human technology and nature.

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February 13, 2006 Posted by | Action, animation, Fantasy, Foreign, Miyazaki Films, Social Commentary | Leave a comment

Kaze no Tani no Naushika

Title: 風?谷?ナウシカ (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
Year: 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Yoshihiko Sakakibara, Ichiro Nagai (original Japanese version); Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, Edward James Olmos (American version)
Rated: PG

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February 8, 2006 Posted by | Action, Adventure, animation, Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Miyazaki Films, Sci-Fi, Social Commentary | 2 Comments

Hayao Miyazaki Week(s)


Miyazaki image is created by Tarnas.

Hayao Miyazaki is a legend. One of the most famous and highly respected creators of Japanese animated films, Miyazaki is sometimes called the Walt Disney of Japan*. Although Miyazaki does credit Mr. Disney as an influence in his work, Miyazaki’s own creations differ significantly from anything generated by the Mouse House.

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February 6, 2006 Posted by | Miyazaki Films | 2 Comments

The 40-Year Old Virgin

Title: The 40-Year Old Virgin
Year: 2005
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring Cast: Steve Farrell, Katherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Rated: R

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February 3, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Relationships, Romance | 7 Comments

New Button!

I was procrastinating and decided to make a new button. I really like this new one. It looks more professional than my last two attempts. Feel free to steal it and link to me!

February 2, 2006 Posted by | Blog Maintenance, Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

An Assault on the Senses

I decided to put off today’s review when I found this little gem while Googling movie posters. I’ve been replacing the ginormous movie poster shots from my earlier reviews with smaller ones.

Back in November, I did a review on a shitfest called Death Race 2000. I mentioned how I was scarred for life from seeing David Carradine in nothing but a mask and tiny black briefs.

Well folks, you’re in for a treat. I actually found a screenshot of said scene. Mercifully, the picture quality isn’t very clear, so your eyeballs won’t be that badly damaged.

As for me, I watched this scene with a plasma TV.

I will never be the same again.

So, here it is folks. Click on the thumbnail…if you dare.


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February 1, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Specific Actors | 12 Comments

Frank Miller’s Sin City

I actually did this review last year, but for my other blog. I edited it to match the other reviews on this blog.

Title: Frank Miller’s Sin City
Year: 2005
Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez (and Quentin Tarantino for one small scene)*
Starring Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
Rated: A nice, big, fat R

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January 30, 2006 Posted by | Action, Crime, Drama, Film Adaptation, Film Noir | 9 Comments