Kaze tachinu [The Wind Rises] (2013)

Kaze tachinu
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Based on: his own manga which in turn is based on Tatsuo Hori‘s short story The Wind Has Risen about plane designer Jiro Horikoshi
Cast: [Japanese:] Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Mansai Nomura; [English:] Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood

Plot:
Jiro (Hideaki Anno) loves airplanes. He would like to fly one, but unfortunately his eyesight is too bad to become a pilot. Instead he decides to become a plane designer, after designer Giovanni Battista Caproni (Mansai Nomura) speaks to him in a dream. Years later his dream is coming true, but World War 2 is also on the horizon, which poses the question whether it is ethical to design war planes.

I was really excited for a new Miyazaki film, despite the fact that Ponyo wasn’t all that good. I was hoping that the chiefly positive reviews were right. I’m sorry to say that I was really disappointed though. Maybe he really should have quit already.

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4.3.2.1 (2010)

4.3.2.1 is Noel Clarke‘s and Mark Davis‘ first film together, starring Emma Roberts, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland and has cameos from Kevin Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Ryan, Eve and Noel Clarke.

Plot:
4 girls, 3 days, 2 cities, 1 chance – that’s the title spelled out. What it means is we get a look at life of four friends for a weekend – and how their life gets entangled with a jewellery heist.
Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) is struggling with her life, that seems to fall apart around her. Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton) flies to New York where she wants to lose her virginity with a guy she met and fell in love with online and audition for a spot at a music school. Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) would like to spend a nice weekend with her girlfriend. Unfortunately her family keeps interfering. Joanne (Emma Roberts) gets pushed around by her family. On this particular weekend, she’s supposed to cover for her sister at work.
At first glance, it seems all rather normal. But said jewellery heist affects them more than they think.

4.3.2.1 is a very cheeky movie with a fresh sense of humour. It’s got a B-Movie feel to it with a British twist, good performances and a really good structure. It’s not without fault, but it’s good entertainment.

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