The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic 2008 adaptation of the clasic ’60s anime is as bright, bold and weird as the rest of their late-period output.
The Matrix Revolutions, the Wachowskis’ final film in the trilogy, is just as flawed as Reloaded, but carries heaps of visual and thematic weight.
While still a visual triumph, “The Matrix Reloaded” swaps out depth for shallow philosophy.
The film that made the Wachowskis a household name balanced dazzling special effects with a profound message about self-discovery.
The Wachowskis’ 1996 directorial debut feels like a formative text for the filmmakers, a slinky crime caper that’s also unabashedly queer.
Before they made their directorial debut, Lana and Lilly Wachowski wrote the Stallone-Banderas actioner Assassins, a far cry from their future work.
For June, we celebrate Pride Month by diving into the filmography of cinema’s most prominent transgender filmmakers.
(Every month, we at The Spool select a Filmmaker of the Month, honoring the life and works of […]
Howl’s Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki’s sprawling, mythic steampunk fantasy from 2004, is one of the master’s more underrated features.
One of Hayao Miyazaki’s lighter, sentimental films is a celebration of ordinary life & parental love as seen through the eyes of a child.
One of Miyazaki’s most enduring classics, Princess Mononoke addresses the concepts of violence and hatred in a way young viewers can understand.
Porco Rosso is yet another swashbuckling adventure in the grand tradition of Hayao Miyazaki, a high-flying caper about a flying pig who’s also a sea pirate.
Miyazaki’s animated classic effortlessly blends magical realism with a relatable coming-of-age story about building community.
In 1988, Hayao Miyazaki found a bright, adorable way to explore the freedom and exuberance of childhood, and invites adults to see it anew.
While it doesn’t have the reputation of Miyazaki’s later works, Studio Ghibli’s sophomore film serves as a lovely steampunk primer to the man’s filmography.
Before Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki honed his craft on one of the liveliest anime action-adventures of all time.
For May, The Spool is taking a deep dive into the works of one of Japanese animation’s greatest pioneers.
Kasi Lemmons’ wistful, eerie, criminally underrated directorial debut features complex characters & asks unsettling questions about memory & perspective.