June 10th, 2005

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

It's here. It's Miyazaki. It's a masterpiece. That's it.

(Okay, that' not quite it: I'll add that the El Capitan in Hollywood is also showing the original Japanese language version on Thursday and Sunday nights at 7 p.m. Guess where I'll be this Sunday? Because my only real complaint with the movie is some of the English language voices, although Jean Simmons as the aged Sophie is well worth hearing.)

Just added a heckamajor guest to the Stoker weekend. I can't name said guest yet, but let me just say...this is BIG.

And I had a lovely chat with David Morrell yesterday, during which he told me a little more about the 2-hour workshop he'll be presenting during the Stoker weekend. I can't tell you how cool it sounds; it alone will be well worth the price of a ticket. Hope I can manage to attend it!

BOOK: The Art of Howl's Moving Castle - I love these Studio Ghibli "Art of" books, and happily forked over big bucks for this one. I could gaze at it for hours. Too bad I don't have hours.

MOVIE: Oh, come ON.

More HOWL'S

Forget to mention this event from last night: As we pulled up to the El Capitan on Hollywood Blvd. for the big American premiere of Howl's Moving Castle, the streets were blocked off and both sides were lined with hundreds of camera-waving fans. Okay, so I'm not gonna be stupid and say I thought they were all there for Miyazaki's new movie, but the reality turned out to be wonderfully ironic: They were there because, across the street at the Kodak Theatre, George Lucas was accepting some kind of lifetime achievement award from the AFI. RL and I both commented that we didn't think Lucas was worthy to kneel before Miyazaki's toilet, and yet he's the one getting the big award. Inside the El Cap, the wonderful animation historian Charles Solomon led a panel discussion on the film, and while he didn't phrase the comparison quite as piquantly as RL and I did, he did comment on Miyazaki being the Lucas AND Spielberg of Japan, which was nice. (And it was lovely to see Jean Simmons, who I've always liked, in person as part of the panel!)