The screencaps above don’t really let you in on just how intense this film is going to be. Studio 4°C’s animation is the best you’ll ever see. And I mean the best. The story follows two orphans named Black and White who form a street gang against other orphans and gangs alike. Throw in some police officers (some of whom are crooked), the Yakuza, a new crime figure named Snake, and some mystical beast named simply the Minotaur and the whole film spirals out of hand pretty quickly.
Clearly adapted from a much longer manga, Tekkonkinkreet never really bothers to slow down, Ariasu never stops long enough to let you catch up and the film may not make the most sense that first time through - but oh lord is the journey back into Treasure Town ever worth it.
In my opinion - Tekkonkinkreet is the most underrated film out there.
Holy sensory overload Batman! Howl’s Moving Castle is a strange film that is bursting at the seams in an effort to contain its massive plot structure and beautiful animation. The strange thing about HMC is that somehow it works… even on the first go ‘round. Repeated viewings are recommended and you’ll probably want to watch it again anyway.
It’s a terrific story about accepting who you are, but thrown over an equally beautiful (yet gargantuan) allegory in a steampunk world complete with unexplained magic, and some of Ghibli’s most interesting side characters. There’s really a lot going on here (if that’s not clear by now, then this isn’t the film for you). And it works. Not all of it works to perfection, but somehow by Miyazaki’s meticulous hand it all comes together.
On a Friday afternoon, after rejecting Firefly's original pilot “Serenity”, Fox executives instructed series creator Joss Whedon to submit a new pilot script on Monday morning or the show would not be picked up. Whedon and his co-executive producer Tim Minear locked themselves away for the weekend to write this script, adding “larger than life” supporting characters and making the episode more action-centric to please the network. This new pilot, directed by Whedon, later became the series' second episode. Firefly premiered with “The Train Job” on Fox on September 20, 2002, twelve years ago today.