I wanted a cute film about music and found family, made in the traditional Ghibli way, and instead, I got Earwig and the Witch, which looks and reads like an early 2000s wannabe Disney straight-to-VHS mockbuster -designed to fool well-meaning grandparents or just something to keep kids quiet for an hour and a half. It’s… Continue reading “Earwig and the Witch” is aggressively mediocre
(This review was originally published on June 24, 2018 and has been updated.) Pom Poko (1994), directed by the late Isao Takahata, is one of the less popular Ghibli films in the West. And after seeing it for the first, and possibly only time, I completely understand why. I don’t how popular it is in Japan,… Continue reading ‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.