DVD Day: March 2nd, 2010


?? Ponyo
Hayao Miyazaki’s latest movie, about a little fish-girl-thing, which I didn’t actually see in theaters. By all accounts I should be okay with that.

? 2012
Things go boom.

? Where the Wild Things Are
The beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak comes to life via Spike Jonze. I know it’s very hipster-y, but I have a very high tolerance of Jonze, Arcade Fire and melancholy.

? Clash of the Titans and The Neverending Story
Both on Blu-ray, maybe for the first time, maybe not, too busy to check.

? Doctor Who: Dalek War and Remembrance of the Daleks
First one contains “Frontier in Space” and “Planet of the Daleks,” episode 67 and 68, and the latter is 152.

? Bitch Slap
A modern homage to Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill, meaning it’s a terrible movie starring women with extremely large breasts.

? Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess
A DVD which is the utter diametric opposite of Bitch Slap.

? King Arthur and the Knights of Justice: Complete Animated Series
I have no recollection of this cartoon other than someone in my past being incredibly vocal about its awesomeness. Dude, whoever you are, congratulations.

? Ninja
This is a ninja movie about a ninja played by a man named Scott Adkins. I have given you all the information you need to know about this movie.

? Gentlemen Broncos
The critically panned movie about Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords being a sci-fi author who steals some kid’s book idea. I really like that premise, but it’s directed by the guy who did Napoleon Dynamite, which I loathed. Too bad for both of us.

? Various Miyazaki
Looks like Disney/Buena Vista is re-releasing several Hayao Miyazaki DVD special editions today, and I thought I’d weigh in quickly. My Neighbor Totoro is probably Miyazaki’s masterpiece, and the finest young children’s film ever made (like 2-6 young) I’ve said it before, but no nerd child should be without this movie. Castle in the Sky is a wonderful adventure and one of Miyazaki’s finest; I prefer it over the less epic Kiki’s Delivery Service, although it’s perfectly fine. Unfortunately, my personal favorite Miyazaki film Porco Rosso doesn’t seem to be on the re-release list today, but it couples Miyazaki’s incredible art, animation and storytelling with the most adult –and yet perfectly kid-friendly — story he’s ever done. Although it’s still currently available, so why not give it a try?