Studio Ponoc: Studio Ghibli’s Second Coming?

I’ve prepared myself for the end of Studio Ghibli on numerous occasions, although Hayao Miyazaki doesn’t seem to quite grasp the concept of retirement. He’s flirted with the idea before, but things seemed pretty final after his Oscar nominated swansong The Wind Rises in 2013, with his company partner Isao Takahata, also bowing out some … More Studio Ponoc: Studio Ghibli’s Second Coming?

Moana Review

2016’s been unkind at the best of times; we’ve lost innumerable icons and all but abandoned our collective sanity over political melodrama. While the year keeps delivering swift blows to the ribs as we lay already defeated on the ground, Disney seem intent on fighting back, giving us even a momentary reason to smile. With … More Moana Review

“I’m late to everything…” An introduction to my first series.

I’m perpetually late. Not to events, gatherings, meals or lectures – in fact my timing in those instances is pretty spot on. No, it’s films, albums, TV shows and any other conceivable form of media that may already boast considerable acclaim or followers that I tend to drift towards some years after their release. So … More “I’m late to everything…” An introduction to my first series.

Japanese Fans – By An Uninitiated Westerner

6,000 miles does a lot to culture: New York to Baghdad, Stockholm to Johannesburg – being almost a quarter of the way around the world will significantly affect the way each respective country functions, with cuisine, people, arts and entertainment each having their distinctive quirks. The most important question being: how does culture affect the … More Japanese Fans – By An Uninitiated Westerner

Stranger Things Review

Pastel suits, sports cars and ‘staches that weren’t synonymous with sex offenders: The 1980s were a hugely different time. Engulfed in its own brand of pop-culture and synth-laden starry eyes, most tend to not look back too fondly on the questionable choices made in the infamous decade, but there can be no denying its impact … More Stranger Things Review