[PASSNOTES] SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

April 24th, 2015

Spirited Away (2001) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki – Black Box Belfast 25th April Who’s in it? Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan What’s it about? While moving to a new home with her parents, ten year old Chihiro stumbles accross the supernatural realm and is forced to work at a bathhouse for the spirits to free […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘THE WIND RISES’, MIYAZAKI’S FINAL MASTERPIECE, IS A FITTING SWAN SONG FOR THE ANIMATION GIANT

June 9th, 2014

The Wind Rises (2013) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki Who’s in it? Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima What’s it about? When Jiro’s ambition to be a pilot is threatened by his poor health, he instead realises his passion for planes as one of the world’s foremost aeronautical engineers. Japan’s Disney, Hayao Miyazaki (Whisper of the Heart, […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘PAN’S LABYRINTH’ IS UNIQUELY MAGICAL AND SUITABLY HORRIFIC

February 7th, 2014

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Dir. Guillermo Del Toro – Takeover Film Festival at QFT 9th Feb Who’s in it? Ariadna Gil, Sergi Lopez, Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero What’s it about? Nominated for Best Foreign Language Feature at the 2006 Oscars, a preternatural “parable” and thematic follow up to 2001′s The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth is Hellboy […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO’ OVERFLOWS WITH AN INFECTIOUS SENSE OF WONDER

July 26th, 2013

My Neighbour Totoro (1988/2005) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki – 27th July at QFT Belfast (You can find films like this at LOVEFiLM) Who’s in it? Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning What’s it about? Overflowing with an infectious sense of wonder brought to life by beautifully artful animation and grounded by warm, funny and thoughtful real-life observations, Japanese […]



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