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Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Collection Coming to Amazon in the Fall

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Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed figures in the history of animation, directing films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away that stand as great works of cinema regardless of the format. Unfortunately, while the Studio Ghibli co-founder enjoys a significant international profile, it hasn’t always been easy to find some of his less celebrated works in North America.

That’s about to change thanks to a new Blu-Ray box set coming to Amazon in the fall. The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki includes all eleven of the director’s feature length films, a list that begins with 1979’s Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and ends with 2013’s The Wind Rises. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo round out the intervening years.

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Twenty Years Later, Hackers is Still One of the Best Films of the 90s

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Hackers is not the best movie ever made, but it is one of the most deliriously entertaining. The pulpy classic is finally coming to Blu-Ray with a 20th Anniversary Edition set to hit shelves on August 18 after years of circulation on bargain basement DVD, and if you’ve never seen it, it’s officially time to remedy that mistake.

Of course, Hackers is not a perfect film. It has, at best, a loose understanding of hacking and computers. Everything it knows about technology is either dated or flat out wrong, which seems like it would be a problem in a movie about hacking.

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The Beard Is Strong With This Trailer: The Revenant

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Have you heard of Hugh Glass? You probably won’t forget his name after you watch this trailer for The Revenant.

Glass, a 19th century American frontiersman, is best known for surviving for months on his own after he was attacked by a bear and the other members of his expedition buried him alive and left him for dead. His unbelievable story has been the subject of a couple of books as well as the 1971 film Man in the Wilderness starring Richard Harris. Now Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu has adapted Michael Punke’s 2003 novel about Hugh Glass, The Revenant, into a film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

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Horror Comedy Suburban Gothic Haunts Blu-Ray

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Richard Bates, Jr. is a director to watch. His first feature, Excision, brought a new level of disturbing to the body horror subgenre through a twisted tale of a teen obsessed with blood and surgical procedures. Suburban Gothic, his latest, is a delightful yet unsentimental homage to vintage Tim Burton that absolutely deserves cult classic status.

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Secret, Sinister, Shaken But Not Stirred: James Bond SPECTRE Trailer

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Skyfall was in my Top Ten Films of 2012 and it’s also one of my favorite James Bond films. After Casino Royale, I was convinced that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond we’ve seen to date and although many hated Quantum of Solace (except me), Skyfall furthered that conviction. Like George Lazenby before him, Craig brings an emotional depth to Bond, one that the cinematic franchise has always been lacking.

Since Skyfall was such a massive critical and commercial success (it was the highest grossing film for Sony to date, even earning more than The Dark Knight Rises, which came out the same year), it seems like good sense to bring director Sam Mendes and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan back for SPECTRE.

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Step Up Should Become the Next Fast and Furious

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I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure this is the best idea I’ll ever have. Just know that I’m 100% sincere about everything I’m about to type.

See, I’ve recently been watching the Step Up movies because I like to watch break dancing and I was curious to see what Channing Tatum got up to before he became the biggest thing in Hollywood. The series does not disappoint. It’s formulaic, but the dance scenes are fun and the characters are likeable that’s all the movies need to be entertaining.

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Criterion Collection Upcoming Releases: Mulholland Dr. And The Brood

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When news of an upcoming Criterion Collection release is announced, the hearts of cineastes beat a little faster. Although the distribution company has become legendary for their impeccable Blu-releases, they’ve been around since the days of VHS tapes. Criterion releases also include impeccable, award-winning special features, including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, and much more.

Two upcoming Criterion Collection releases are particularly notable: Mulholland Dr. and The Brood.

Mulholland Dr., which was released in 2001, was the film that reignited my long-dormant love for director David Lynch. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of Lynch’s work, being somewhat obsessed with Blue Velvet, Dune, and the Twin Peaks television series. However, by the time Wild At Heart came out in 1990, I felt Lynch’s work had become a parody of itself and I lost interest. Seeing Mulholland Dr. a few years ago changed all that.

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4 Star Wars characters who deserve their own movies

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 3 years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that it was going to start pumping out Star Wars films with Marvelesque regularity. They let it be known very early on that this would mean stand-alone origin stories for some of our favorite characters from the original trilogy. This set the internet a-buzz with theories and requests on which characters are most deserving of this treatment. Well we’re a little older now, maybe not much wiser, but at least we know who we’ll be getting origin stories for in the next few years: Boba Fett and Han Solo. As fan favorites with previous adventures alluded to but never shown, these were obvious choices. So now that we have those out of the way, who’s next?

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Making Peace with Peter Dinklage in Pixels

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Pixels is a bad movie, and after a dismal opening weekend it would seem that almost everyone agrees. However, a lot of people have argued that Pixels is beneath Peter Dinklage, and while that’s technically true, it also misses the point. Pixels is beneath everyone, and it diminishes the abilities of the rest of the cast to suggest that only Dinklage is superior to the film.

Dinklage has attracted the most attention simply because he’s best known for an excellent part that he plays extraordinarily well. In our minds, that (rightly) makes him a great actor, and his involvement in Pixels is disappointing because we know he can do better. We don’t extend the same benefit of the doubt to someone like Michelle Monaghan because we’ve never seen her steal a scene in a show like Game of Thrones.

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Why I Need a Sequel to Inside Out

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Pixar’s brilliant Inside Out is one of the most coherent representations of emotional growth and maturity I’ve ever seen on film. The simple concept makes it remarkably easy to understand the swirl of thoughts and memories that make up our personalities.

What’s strange is that Inside Out seems to be resonating more strongly with adults than kids. It’s normally a mistake to suggest that kids don’t ‘get’ a movie because kids are sharper than we give them credit for, but I think there are aspects of Inside Out that simply don’t make sense until you’re older. The representation of depression, for example – where the most obvious course of action is no longer an option – is the kind of thing that doesn’t fully sink in until you’ve lived it. Kids can almost certainly understand some of that on an intuitive level, but sometimes there really is no substitute for experience.

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