Howl’s Moving Castle

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For the first eight years of its existence, The Simpsons was one of the most vital things happening in popular culture. It was sharp, it was funny, and it did a great deal to introduce smart comedy to mainstream audiences. That was a long time ago though, and The Simpsons has been on the air for so many years now and has amassed so many seasons of questionable content that it really couldn’t feel any less vital or relevant to the current cultural conversation. At this point, the only time the show even makes any headlines is when it pulls off some sort of elaborate animation gimmick, like when Guillermo del Toro animated the opening for their annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ episode and stuffed it full of all sorts of references to his movies. While this is a sad reality, at least we have these occasional gimmicks to act as reminders of how much The Simpsons once meant to all of our developing geek brains. And, hey, would you look at that… it seems like the show is about to air yet another one of those attention-grabbing gimmicks, and one that is going to be of special interest to film fans, because it involves the work of a pretty much universally beloved filmmaker. To cut to the chase, this Sunday’s episode of the show is going to feature a sequence that pays tribute to animation master Hayao Miyazaki, and seeing as the sequence has been put up on Youtube already, […]

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It’s too bad I already recommended The Running Man this month (for post-Ender’s Game viewing), because even more than the first Hunger Games movie it really fits well with the new second installment, Catching Fire. But that’s okay, you can still add that to this week’s bunch of movies to see. I just won’t include it below. The same goes for Battle Royale, the most obvious movie to highlight for being similar to this franchise, though that one does make more sense as something to recommend after the first movie. Should Battle Royale II: Requiem take its place now that we’re talking about The Hunger Games 2? I haven’t seen it and hear it’s really terrible and it doesn’t seem to coincide plot-wise, so no. Instead I’ve got 12 other movies better worth your time as you wait for the first part of Mockingjay to hit theaters and continue the abruptly halted narrative of the Hunger Games story. As usual, the list will probably involve some spoilers if you haven’t seen Catching Fire.  

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While 2009 may have been a weak year for movies overall, animated films shined in a way they haven’t in a very long time.

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Transformers

Whether it’s a mythical beast or a horrifying monster, we love it when characters change into something right before our eyes. Here’s a look at the best flicks featuring transformations.

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