Friday, April 26, 2013

Howl's Moving Castle

#9 - Howl's Moving Castle


An animated film that tells of a plain girl who is pulled into the world of wizards and witches, and then has curse placed on her that makes her an old woman. Howl, a self-centered, self-serving wizard, and his fire demon, Calcifer, take her in and she helps them, as well as them helping her. She is then pulled into the war, along with Howl. The question is, will their newfound freindship survive the war?


This movie was beautifully artistic in every sense of the word! With an all voice cast including Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Lauren Bacall. I fell in love with the selfless main character who had a good strong sense of work, as well as a sensible head on her shoulders.

The animation in this is simple and wonderful! I love how it's done in drawn format, and not the weird new graphic format that they've been using in the past ten years.

One of the artistic aspects of this movie that I really loved was the organic quality to it, and the natural feel to the movements throughout, which is something that I find lacking in a lot of today's animated films. The most amazing part of this movie, for me, was the way the artists drew the transitions between Howl's two forms; his human one and his bird one. They managed to follow the natural line of the human body and create something stunning to watch. Kids can enjoy this as well as adults, and I loved it!

Highly recommended.

I give it 5 out of 5 Stars! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

To the Wonder

#8 - To The Wonder


A movie that is slightly disjointed and confusing to anyone else’s eyes, but is utterly entrancing if you simply don’t speak or do anything else while watching it.  Even though I denounced it in front of my parents, I was secretly enthralled by it as an artist and found it stunning.  I was enthralled by the artistic shots that were taken.  Every angle made me feel as though I was invisible person that was in the midst of every private moment that they were having and that it was more than a film.

Everything about the film had a sort of natural feel to it, and melded into reality and showed how the sweet things in life are never permanent, only brief, but beautiful, and that those moments are the ones that we hold on to the tightest. 

My parents keep saying that they keep feeling as though the entire movie is an introduction to something, and I know that it’s not their style, but it seems to me to be a movie that captures not just perfect moments but instead the real ones, the ones that keep us honest.  And throughout it, there is the woman speaking of her thoughts about what she is seeing, about what she is feeling, and it just draws me in.  There is a raw honesty to the movie; an integrity to it that I haven’t seen in anything before.

As an artist, I can appreciate it in many ways, but if you’re looking for a movie that is your typical movie, do not look here.  But still…it is beautiful.