Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir

Happy Birthday, Suzuki-san! たんじょうび おめでとう!! Today marks film producer Toshio Suzuki’s 72nd birthday. Suzuki is best known as the producer of the majority of the films made by Studio Ghibli. (For the first several features, he was credited as being on the production committee–it wasn’t until 1991’s Only Yesterday did he first receive a creditContinue reading “Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir”

Mountain (2017)

My husband put this on in the background while he worked, and I was so intrigued by its experimental nature that I ended up watching the entire film. When the credits rolled, I saw that this film was directed by a woman. Jennifer Peedom is a BAFTA nominated filmmaker from Australia. Judging by her otherContinue reading “Mountain (2017)”

Hail Satan? (2019)

Hail Satan? Hail Satan. I’ve been a fan of The Satanic Temple for a few years now after learning about them in the book Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollee. The Satanic Temple (TST) advocates for religious freedom, as well as other social issues like women’s rights. They use theirContinue reading “Hail Satan? (2019)”

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

As a perpetual sucker for stories about writers, this film had been on my radar. It was all the more intriguing to learn that it was based on a true story by a woman named Lee Israel. This is the third feature film by Marielle Heller. I’ve seen her first The Diary of a TeenageContinue reading “Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)”

Little Women (2019)

My first film of 2020–and of the new decade–is possibly already my favorite film of the year. Most importantly, it’s the first film of my 52 Films By Women Challenge (#52FilmsByWomen), which I explained in my previous post. Holy moly did I love Little Women (2019). What a stellar way to kick off all ofContinue reading “Little Women (2019)”

#52FilmsByWomen

Every year I watch a lot of films, and go to the cinema quite often. Last year I saw 49 films that were released in 2019. I saw 126 films total when counting older films and re-watches. Late in 2018, I started making more of a conscious effort to seek out women-directed films. At theContinue reading “#52FilmsByWomen”

Review: Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet

The 2014 animated feature, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is one of those projects that seems so implausible that one can’t help but wonder how it got the green light. Thankfully, it was a passion project of actress Salma Hayek who, along with The Lion King director Roger Allers, created a truly beautiful and unique gift.Continue reading “Review: Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet”