Spirited Away (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Here’s a recipe for an enchanting spell: carefully distil The Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland, add a dollop of Grimms’ fairy tales, a soupçon of The Sorceror’s Apprentice and a sprig of Cupid and Psyche, and then sprinkle liberally with Japanese demonology. Garnish with exquisite hand-painted backgrounds, just the odd bit…

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

First published by EyeforFilm Miyazaki Hayao is best known for his sprawling fantasy epics like Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle – but even if My Neighbour Totoro (or Tonari no Totoro), is a more intimate, personal work on a much smaller scale, it is every bit as magical, adding to Miyazaki’s status as…

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke first published by EyeforFilm Master animator Miyazaki Hayao may have long been admired in his native Japan, but it was only with his seventh directorial feature, Princess Mononoke, that an English-speaking mainstream started to take notice of his genius. Why was this, rather than any of his earlier films, the first to be released…