|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 |
( 1/25/2006 02:43:00 PM ) Bill S.
GLOPPY GODS AND GIANT RADISHES – Weeks back, Beat Mistress Heidi alerted readers to a Thursday Night tribute to animé master Hayao Miyazaki airing through January on TCM. But while I've been steadfastly recording those entries that were unfamiliar to me, I've only just started getting around to watching 'em – a major failing on my part. Caught Spirited Away for the first time over the weekend, though, and was wholeheartedly delighted by it, even if some of the story details (So who or what is Haku anyhoo? Is he a boy or a river?) in this coming-of-age fantasy eluded me on my first viewing. I like that the movie channel is showing the subtitled Japanese versions in place of the spottier Americanized translations.
For its last two entries, the network is airing two features, Pom Poko and Only Yesterday that weren't directed by Miyazaki, only produced by him. (Isao Takahata is credited as screenwriter and director in both films.) Be interesting to see how much these two films resemble their producer's directed works (as when Quentin Tarantino produces a horror film and the audience wonders how much of his influence will be up on the screen). But – hey TCM – where's Kiki's Delivery Service?
NOTE: Per TCM's website, Spirited Away is being rebroadcast on Saturday, March 25, 2:00 EST.