CINEPUNX Episode 81: 30 Years of Living Next to TOTORO: Reflections on Hayao Miyazaki

LIKE A GIANT SLAPSHOD HOUSE POWERED BY AN ANGRY FIRE DEMON, THE LATEST EPISODE OF CINEPUNX HAS COME CLAMORING INTO YOUR LIVE, AND IS ALSO VOICED BY BILLY CRYSTAL!

OK, that was a random pull. Hey friends, and welcome to a steaming hot take filled episode of CINEPUNX! On this illustrious return we dive in with one of animations greatest story tellers, Hayao Miyazaki. It is the 30th anniversary of the release of My Neighbor Totoro, one of Miyazaki’s most beloved films, and one Josh had not had the opportunity to see, so we decided to take this opportunity to pay respect to an amazing creator. Now, to be fair, our fandom of Ghibli in general and Miyazaki in particular does not reach the levels of devotion of some people. If your are a truly devoted Miyazaki-stan, chances are our discussion on this episode might seem a bit elementary. However, if you are only beginning your journey with this incredible film maker we think this would be a cool place to start.

Of course we spend some time discussing our recent loves and hates in our world famous WACK AND ON TRACK section. I should, as usual, link to everything we discussed but I forgot to take notes again. So, here are just a few relevant links.

https://hirs.bandcamp.com/

http://www.secondlettermusic.com/

http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/ghost-stories

 

Our break music come from THE SECOND LETTER, linked above. I promise to get better at this adding important info stuff.

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Liam O'Donnell is co-creator and co-host of the Cinepunx podcast and Editor in Chief of the Cinepunx website. Liam has written about film, music, politics and faith for a variety of publications in real life and online. Despite his advanced age he can be seen moshing in the greater Philadelphia area, usually to a cover song. He can be seen sitting in the audience at the newest comic book film, the retro drive-in screening of a Fulci film, or catching a series of Jodorowsky films. Liam has worked in social services, events planning, arts curation, education, community organizing, faith communities, and scooping ice cream. He has worked with festivals like This Is Hardcore Fest and The Awesome Fest. Despite all these things, Cinepunx is definitely the coolest thing he has ever done.
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