Category: Studio Ghibli Forever by Jordan Brooks

A Vague Visages Film Series by Jordan Brooks

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

“As in many Studio Ghibli films before it, the male director is speaking directly to his male audience, pleading with them to treat the women in their lives with the respect and equality they deserve.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘The Wind Rises’

“Almost as if something out of a Japanese elementary school history class, Miyazaki’s last Studio Ghibli film leaves me with a great sense of numbness rather than the invigorating wonder I have come to expect from the master of anime.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Ponyo’

“Perhaps not the film for the adventurous young adult, Ponyo proves that remarkable visual inventiveness more-than makes up for candy-sweet morals and glass-fragile plot lines.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’

“Abandoning messages of environmentalism and nonviolence, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ abandons the narrative moralities that typify the director’s style.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Spirited Away’

“A careful reframing of the typical coming-of-age narrative, ‘Spirited Away’ displays a fondness those infinitely awkward years, while showing us all how important they were in making us who we are today.”

Princess Mononoke Movie Essay - 1997 Hayao Miyazaki Film

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Princess Mononoke’

“‘Princess Mononoke’ explores the gaping chasm between nature’s gentle acceptance of circumstance and humanity’s steadfast refusal to quietly accept death.”

Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Essay - 1989 Hayao Miyazaki Film

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’

“‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ captures the imaginations of young viewers while imploring the older among them to let common sense go in order to enjoy the pop music and irrefutable heart.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

“A gripping drama whose defiant youths refuse to bow to war, hunger and indifference, Grave of the Fireflies is a film for children to learn the harsh realities of life so that they can do all in their power to prevent the cycle from continuing.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

“An astonishing achievement of handcrafted animation, Miyazaki’s third Ghibli film solidified the studio’s presence, and has become an enduring symbol of its excellence.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation – ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky’

“It is a film for little humans (and big humans) that places hopefulness, imagination and kindness above all else.”

Studio Ghibli Forever: An Initiation and ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’

“An adventure that lives in a place outside of time, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ offers a haggard reflection of humanity’s dark side before proclaiming hopefulness and love the ultimate victor.”