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I thought this was cool, an indie adaptation of Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu ... in silent movie form". I am a sucker for the whole German Expressionist / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari look... and the movie makers stayed pretty faithful to said look. Even caking their actors in tons of black eyeliner to make them look all ghostly/gaunt/fawpy. Yay!

The theme stays true with the DVD box art and poster. )

Speaking of cool movie posters and most of the Alan Moore movies have sucked, but... )

Also, it's Ghibli Thursday again tonight on TCM. The dubbed Only Yesterday (8pmE) and Pom Poko (10:15pmE), the subbed versions will air after. The movies were directed by Isao Takahata who also did Grave of the Fireflies, although the movies have little resemblance between each other (all good though!).
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Turner Classic Movies is having Miyazaki/Ghibli Thursdays this month.

Nine movies including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke (both airing tonight), but also Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart, Only Yesterday and Pom Poko.

I'm (very pleasantly) surprised with the last three since they're harder to come by, particularly Only Yesterday, but they're all awesome. Only Yesterday and Pom Poko were both directed by the same guy (Isao Takahata) who directed Grave of the Fireflies (seriously, one of my favorite movies ever. Animated or otherwise). Highly recommended, but anyone who's seen it...? They know how mandatory kleenex and perhaps many an alcoholic substance is needed during viewing. Easily one of the most unrelentingly heart-wrenching movies I've ever seen. Only Yesterday and Pom Poko aren't so brutal, but still good (allbeit not as good as GotF, but then, GotF is fucking awesome).


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