Studio Ghibli #2 Grave of the Fireflies

In this column, Amos Lamb will take you through the wonderful world of animation. Exploring what makes it such an appealing genre/medium for all ages, with the focus spanning from the mainstream animation studios like Disney & Studio Ghibli, to more obscure animation such as Japanese OVA’s, British claymation, Czechoslovakian stop-motion and everything in-between.   Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #2 Grave of the Fireflies”

Studio Ghibli #1 Castle in the Sky

In this column, Amos Lamb will take you through the wonderful world of animation. Exploring what makes it such an appealing genre/medium for all ages, with the focus spanning from the mainstream animation studios like Disney & Studio Ghibli, to more obscure animation such as Japanese OVA’s, British claymation, Czechoslovakian stop-motion and everything in-between.  FollowingContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #1 Castle in the Sky”

Studio Ghibli #0.5: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

While Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is not “technically” an official Studio Ghibli film, seeing as the company was founded off of the success of this feature: the film was directed and produced by two of the four co-founders of the company, Hayao Miyazaki & Isao Takahata respectively. Alongside this the film alsoContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #0.5: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”

Emma. (2020), Proof that Classic Novels are Timeless

Based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, this new adaptation of Emma manages to inject a breath of modernity into the story, while retaining the charms of Austen’s writing and her contemporary setting. Eleanor Catton’s script was a real surprise, simply because of how funny it was; throughout the film myself, along withContinue reading “Emma. (2020), Proof that Classic Novels are Timeless”

Battle Royale (2000), Kinji Fukasaku’s Modern Day Dystopia

Despite working as a director for 40 years, Kinji Fukasaku only broke through to international recognition and acclaim thanks to his final film: Battle Royale. But despite this, he has a fervent cult following thanks to the extensive praise his films received in his homeland of Japan, which lead to films such as Battles withoutContinue reading “Battle Royale (2000), Kinji Fukasaku’s Modern Day Dystopia”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the birth of American Animation

In this column, Amos Lamb will take you through the wonderful world of animation. Exploring what makes it such an appealing genre/medium for all ages, with the focus spanning from the mainstream animation studios like Disney & Studio Ghibli, to more obscure animation such as Japanese OVA’s, British claymation, Czechoslovakian stop-motion and everything in-between.  DespiteContinue reading “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the birth of American Animation”

Parasite (2019), A History-Making Masterpiece

Bong Joon-Ho has been a powerful force in Korean cinema for some time now, with great reception domestically and internationally. Films like Memories of Murder & The Host received critical success both domestically and internationally, which laid the groundwork for his English-language features; Snowpiercer & Okja. But despite the constant buzz around Bong, I’ve neverContinue reading “Parasite (2019), A History-Making Masterpiece”

Oscars 2020 – Best Picture: Our Rundown

1917 – David Alkhed Since I’ve already reviewed this film just recently, I’m gonna try to not repeat myself too much here. But my thoughts on 1917 remains pretty much the same; an incredible technical achievement that is deserving of praise, but a surprisingly hollow film. It’s not like I think it’s a bad movie,Continue reading “Oscars 2020 – Best Picture: Our Rundown”

Absurdity and the Freedom of the Medium

In this column, Amos Lamb will take you through the wonderful world of animation. Exploring what makes it such an appealing genre/medium for all ages, with the focus spanning from the mainstream animation studios like Disney & Studio Ghibli, to more obscure animation such as Japanese OVA’s, British claymation, Czechoslovakian stop-motion and everything in-between.  InContinue reading “Absurdity and the Freedom of the Medium”

Bombshell (2019): a Bomb of a Script and a Bomb at the Box Office

Content Warning: Discussions of Rape, Sexual assault & harrassment, and mentions of the #Metoo movement are present in this review.  Authors Note: In an effort of full disclosure, I am a cis-man who has never had to experience the terrible things that the women depicted in this movie, and many women in real life asContinue reading “Bombshell (2019): a Bomb of a Script and a Bomb at the Box Office”