The red panda keeps raging against the machine as the cartoon becomes even more painfully relatable.
Takeshi Kushida’s debut is a heartbreakingly dark love story about confidence and perception.
Minoru Kawasaki’s loving tribute to kaiju movies drags whenever the action moves away from the monsters.
Kana Yamada’s stage adaptation Life: Untitled offers a glimpse into the lives of women on the margins of Japanese sex work.
Makoto Shinkai’s followup to Your Name is another charming coming-of-age tale with a supernatural twist.
Nicolas Pesce’s 2020 extension of the Japanese horror franchise is maybe its most leaden, unscary entry yet.
The stars of Roland Emmerich’s epic war film sit down to talk about research, gum, and the Greatest Generation.
Roland Emmerich’s dull, misguided World War II epic tries to mask its Pacific-sized flaws in the cloak of patriotism.
(This dispatch is part of our coverage of the 2019 Chicago International Film Festival.) Welp, CIFF keeps chugging […]
Flesh-eating creatures and farcical meta-comedy meet in this refreshing, delightful riff on the zombie genre.
Makoto Nagahisa’s wild video game flavored comedy about a group of jaded orphans is like nothing you’ve ever seen.
Keiichi Hara’s candy-colored fairy tale is certainly a feast for the eyes, even if its story is skin deep.
The second season of Netflix’s kawaii-metal workplace anime elevates its adorable gimmick with a newfound maturity.
(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.