THE BOY AND THE HERON – Review by Diane Carson

Coming out of retirement for one more film for his iconic Studio Ghibli, Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki has created the magnificent The Boy and the Heron, his most personal story, inspired by his WWII experience. In real life, in 1944 three-year-old Hayao and his family evacuated to a rural are. For his brother’s airplane company, his father built fighter plane rudders, details also found in The Wind Rises. Hayao’s ill mother factors into the fanciful events here, but all this merely sets the stage for two hours of imaginative, glorious animation.

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SPIRITED AWAY on Blu-ray Spreads Feminist Spirit, Streep Campaigns for Equality and Film Festival Feminism – Brandy McDonnell comments

Spirited Away uproots the tired ‘damsel in distress awaits the prince to rescue (and marry) her narrative, as 10-year-old Chihiro

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