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Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi wo ou kodomo) (2011) June 30, 2012

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Hoshi wo ou kodomoI finally saw Makoto Shinkai’s latest at the BFI’s biennial anime season. It’s breathtaking enough to make me thankful to have caught it on the big screen, yet in its quest to deal with weighty issues it just misses perfection, and perhaps even some of the director’s usual heart. (more…)

Avatar – echoes of a thousand anime? December 24, 2009

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Does this look like a Zentradi to you?

I saw James Cameron’s Avatar at a midnight screening at the BFI IMAX last night. I’ve read a million reviews, generally positive but with a fair-bit of backbiting as well. Having now seen the thing, I can see all their points of view but agree with the vast majority: Avatar is a stunning cinema experience.

Seriously, you’re unlikely to have seen anything this visually arresting on the big screen, and certainly not in 3D. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but the animation was immaculate, like the best Final Fantasy cut-scene improved to such an extent that you quickly accept it as the real world. (more…)