Studio Ghibli Forever

Just a short post, but something I wanted to bring to anyone’s attention if they live in the UK. It seems that cinemas in the UK are celebrating the “The greatest animation house on the planet”, Studio Ghibli, by playing, week-by-week, many of the studios greatest films. As an avid fan of Ghibli (as you…

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki The Scene: “Rescuing the Insect” The scene directly follows the crashing a large airship in Nausicaä’s home valley, it is a chaotic scene, with blazing fires and destruction. The scene becomes more sombre, as Nausicaä finds the body of a girl amidst the wreckage, and…

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant (1999) Directed by: Brad Bird The Scene: “Hogarth and the Giant Meet” The Iron Giant is one of my favourite films of all time, and so I don’t know why I held it off so long to write about, although it was difficult to pick out the best scene. The scene follows the…

(500) Days of Summer: Valentine’s Day Special

(500) Days of Summer (2009) Directed by: Marc Webb For a Valentine’s Day special I wanted to explore my favourite ‘Romantic’ film: 500 Days of Summer. A beautiful, somewhat unique and, in my opinion a very realistic, film portraying (not) a love story. The Scene: “Expectations vs. Reality” In this scene Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)…

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), Studio Ghibli. Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki The Scene: Scene after Title-screen, ‘The Fall’. When writing these, I like to be precise about the moment I get captured by a film. Normally, I can get this down to a scene in which it portrays the film well. With “Laputa: Castle in…

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1997), Studio Ghibli Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki The Scene: Departure from Emishi village and Journey to the West This is possibly one of my favourite scenes, coupled with one of my favourite pieces of film music, placed together to present such an amazing moment in this brilliant film. In this scene, Ashitaka…

Introduction

Hi there, SceneCritic here. In this Blog I’ll explore why I love the films that I do. Here, instead of giving a critique of the entire film, I’ll take one scene which I think makes the film. I’ve found that films and cinema have a profound effect on me personally. In films I have a…