Knocked up: One of my favorite films, and for good reason. Directed and written by Judd Apatow and starring Seth Rogan, it completely and nearly perfectly encapsulates accidental pregnancy, male and female relationships, working in entertainment, marriage, children, the slacker culture, and best of all, falling in love. The themes of this movie never fail to amaze me. The characters are all spot on, even the side characters, and everyone is memorable. It even passes The Bechdel Test, which is very tough for most movies. Wonderful movie, I could watch it any time. 

Just a short scene from the film Porco Rosso, which I had not seen until last night. What a crime — the movie is heartfelt and touching, and it quickly became one of my favorites from Hayao Miyazaki.

Just like all of Miyazaki’s animated classics, Porco was beautiful and had a wonderful theme, but this one seemed to have something special to it. It’s no surprise, considering that Porco is his fifth installment in the Ghibli universe, made even before Princess Mononoke, which was done in 1997. Porco was released in 1992. 

All of the elements seen in Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service were all present in Porco, and this film was a turning point in Miyazaki’s talent and style. 

I recommend this film to anyone who hasn’t seen it. Though it isn’t one of Miyazaki’s most famous films (due to its mature story), it is one of his brightest and best. 

And for all fans out there, I have some good news about Porco!

Miyazaki has proposed that he would like to make a follow-up to the 1992 original if his next few films following Ponyo are successful. The protagonist will be male this time around, as opposed to his affinity for strong female leads in his most recent films. The working name is currently Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie and it will be set during the Spanish Civil War with Porco also returning, albeit this time as an old pilot, reflecting Miyazaki’s own aging.

sequel is in the works and slated to be released in 2012. Let’s hope all goes well with production!

A brief scene in the 2008 film Hancock, starring Will Smith. The director was Peter Berg, and in my opinion, he did a wonderful job translating the screenplay to the screen. 

The dialog, story and character development were all great. I enjoyed the film despite its flaws. Will Smith, of course, pulled off his role excellently, and I was quite fond of Jason Bateman's performance.

A fun film, definitely more enjoyable the second time around, and I would recommended it to anyone who just wants to see Will Smith fly around in an awesome pair of tights. 

I don’t think this counts as a spoiler, but I warn you anyway. This is a minute from the film The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin, based on a book by Ben Mezrich, and directed by David Fincher

I loved this movie. I enjoyed every minute of it from fade in to fade out. It’s so rare to find an intelligent film that is also nice to look at. The dialog is catchy and the music, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is wonderfully original. My only complaint I had is that portions of the first and second act were a little too jumpy, moving back and forth through time without really telling the audience what’s happened. But that’s also something I liked about it — it almost forces the viewer to watch closely, or they may miss something they might really enjoy.