Monthly Archives: August 2015

Top 20 film list – more definitiver than ever

When I thought about updating my top ten film list to lazily reuse and repackage previously published material to reflect recent developments, I realized that this would leave me with an odd number of 11. As that could not stand, … Continue reading

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QotD: Scary edition

Apropos of my comments on The Secret of NIMH, I found  a retrospective on the 1990 Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, another flick I haven’t seen since childhood:   The Witches tells the story of a young boy (Jasen Fisher) … Continue reading

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America, what a place!

So it turns out that I was just hallucinating the availability of The Secret of NIMH 2 on Netflix. And, as the idea of shelling out actual money to see it was just too depressing, I decided to chronologically move … Continue reading

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A single mom

Don Bluth’s career has a rather tragic trajectory. Upon realizing that Disney, after its founder’s death, was a chicken running around without its head, the animator left the studio to found his own – Don Bluth Productions. And for much … Continue reading

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Evolution of R & L

It seems that, with the arrival of these longer animation editorials (and there’s another on the way), Res Studiorum et Ludorum has quietly completed its shift from personal blog to animation/sci-fi/pop misc. blog. While I appreciate that some people have … Continue reading

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Back before Amazon.com we ordered our stuff from plucky heroines

Thus does our Miyazaki marathon come to an end with the 1989 flick, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Of his 80s movies, Kiki is an anomaly, being the only one directly adapted from someone else’s source material (a novel of the same … Continue reading

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Better than the previous neighbour

Whittaker Chambers has an essay on St. Benedict, where he claims that one of the saint’s important contributions to the cultural revival of Europe was the reinfusion of meaningfulness into manual labor – something which Ancient Rome in its decadence … Continue reading

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All good pirates listen to their mom!

Why yes, I am attempting to marathon-post on all the 80s Miyazaki movies. You see, very soon my life will be swamped with thesis and coursework, which will make these sorts of indulgences more difficult to pull off. Yolo, as … Continue reading

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Blue eyes good, red eyes bad

Hayao Miyazaki is legendary. Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 animated film Akira made serious waves in America, but it has never really risen above cult status. Japanese shows like Sailor Moon, Dragonball and Pokemon won the hearts of a lot of my generation, but have hardly … Continue reading

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Twitterpated indeed

I seem to have picked up a bad habit of watching and writing about so-called golden era Disney movies. And while I certainly can use some practice in the 1000+ word pop culture essay, if I’m going to gush about … Continue reading

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