Sunday, May 17, 2015

14 Studio Ghibli movies with those behind them [list]

After seeing the horrified comments on the live action of Kiki's delivery service, that they had ruined the original anime! I felt I had to speak up since the live action is based on the novel with the same name just as the Studio Ghibli move is. In other words the anime is not the original.

I therefore sat down today to make a little list of the Studio Ghibli movies I have and who is behind what. Below you have them in order from newest to oldest.

Of 14 films...
10 are directed by Hayao Miyazaki
7 are based on novels/mangas by someone not affiliated with Studio Ghibli
2 are directed by Miyazaki's son Gorō Miyazaki (which happen to be my least favourites)

The wind rises (2013)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
adapted from Miyazaki's manga which was loosely based on short story The wind has risen by Tatsuo Hori

From up on poppy hill (2011)
directed by Gorō Miyazaki
screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
based on manga with same name by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama

The secret world of Arrietty (2010)
directed by Hiroma Yonebayashi
scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
based on novel "The borrowers" by Mary Norton

Ponyo on the cliff (2008)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Tales from Earthsea (2006)
directed by Gorō Miyazaki
screenplay by Gorō Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
story by (concept) Hayao Miyazaki
based on "Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin

Howl's moving castle (2004)
scripted/directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on the novel with same name by Diana Wynne Jones

Spirited away (2001)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (1997)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Whisper of the heart (1995)
directed by Yoshifumi Kondō
written by Hayao Miyazaki
based on the manga with same name by Aoi Hiiragi

Porco Rosso (1992)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on manga "Hikōtei Jidai" by Miyazaki

Kiki's delivery service (1989)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
adaption of the novel with the same name by Eiko Kadono

My neighbour Totoro (1988)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Laputa: the castle in the sky (1986)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaä of the vallery of the wind (1984 - start of Studio Ghibli)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on Miyazaki's manga with same name

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Why former super heroine movies flopped

Did you know there is a leaked e-mail where Marvel CEO gives three reasons to Sony CEO to why a female superhero movie is a bad idea? If you didn't, now you do.

Marvel CEO lists Elektra, Catwoman and Supergirl as the three reasons that superhero movies with female lead always flop. After reading the e-mail I decided to go on a hunch and double check who the directors of each movie was:
  • Elektra - Rob Bowman
  • Catwoman - Pitof
  • Supergirl - Jeannot Swarc

Next hunch was to check who wrote these movies:
  • Elektra - Mark Steven Johnson (motion picture characters), Frank Miller (comic book characters), Zak Penn, Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner
  • Catwoman - Bob Kane (characters), Theresa Rebeck (story), John D. Brancato (story/screenplay), Michael Ferris (story/screenplay) and John Rogers (screenplay)
  • Supergirl - David Odell (screenplay), Otto Binder (character: Supergirl (uncredited)) and Al Plastino (character: Supergirl (uncredited))

By now you probably noticed the same thing as I did. Among the 16 people listed above one is a woman. The problem with men writing about a woman and directing a female centred movie is that it will inevitably have the male gaze. Take the difference to for example The Hunger Games that did well at the box office (female hero btw) which is directed by a man and have two male screenplay writers BUT it is based on a novel by a woman who also adapted the book to movie.

Bring in women in the production of a female centred movie and I am sure it will do better. Why? Because there will be more to the character than her being eye candy in a tight bodysuit.

I even have two real life cases that really hit the nail on the head:
  1. Brenda Chapman who was the director behind Brave (and also wrote the story) was replaced as director in favour of Mark Andrews. She told Fortune about her struggles: “being the only woman in the room trying to explain my characters’ point of view of the mother and daughter and why they’re both sympathetic and they’re both not sympathetic.

  2. A post from Shit People Say to Women Directors, I quote part of it: "I’ve been getting sent lots of “woman empowering,” “feminist” scripts lately… by all male creative teams. It seems to be the new trend. However, as great as that sounds at first, the problem is these people are still not getting it — they’re taking supporting roles and making them the main characters with all the same things happening to them; skimpy wardrobes, nudity, rape, ridiculous dialogue. Women still aren’t allowed to be strong regular people without being patriarchy’s version of a woman". You can read the full post here.

We will see what the future stores for us in the super heroine category, I just hope it will be something good, something I will love. Despite above I am hopeful.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

New pair of earrings for sale!

I have to confess, these are my personal favourites and I wear a copy of these at least once a week with any kind of outfit. It makes every outfit feel fresh and stylish.

The pair is made to order which means they will be made after you lay your order and as soon as possible (top most 5 days) they will be on the way to you!

They are made of antique bronze coloured metal which is nickel free, a blue flat back and a blue "cracked" bead.

You can also get these wrapped, as all my creations, if it is for someone special or maybe just a gift for yourself. I always take extra care when wrapping and try to make it as special as I can.

They can be bought here at my etsy shop Caja Creations.

Monday, April 20, 2015

4 new song addictions on spotify

1. Hippie van by Smith & Thell

2. Coming for you by The Offspring

3. Someone new by KANEHOLLER

4. Samsara 2015 by Tungevang and Emilia Raaban

Another addiction is a song I wish was anywhere for people outside the US, it is My Song by Clare Bowen, Sam Pallidio and Jonathan Jackson (Nashville cast), instead it is on repeat in my head ever since I saw the episode it was in.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A comment about Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Last night I finished Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón after less than 24 hours, I was in awe. If I could have a just a tiny bit of his talent in writing I would be ecstatic! Marina is such a great book, it is a must read, very few times can you see what will happen and some of it you can guess but it still surprises you when it happens.

It soared up among my recent favourites together with Night circus by Erin Morgenstern and Looking for Alaska by John Green. That is how good I found it, I mean, all of the sudden I was 170 pages into the book and it felt effortless - like no time had passed.

I therefore going to loan other books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón from the library, I have already ordered The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game and The Prisoner of Heaven (trilogy) to my local branch of the city library. I am looking forward to reading them!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last Supper List

I watched Castle (season 5, episode 21) where the thing Last Supper List was mentioned, it is a list of the 12 people from any time in history you would like to dine with (as a last supper), and it sparked a list of my own.

Here are the 12 people I would like to dine with and why:

1. Marilyn Monroe
Why: I have always been intrigued by her, wanted to know more about her, it is such a mystery surrounding her and myth - I would like to know the real Marilyn. I want to know the person, not the image and I think she would be an intriguing dinner guest.

2. Marie Antoinette
Why: It is always Marie Antoinette or my grandma Lola that gets picked in "If you could have a dinner with any person, dead or alive..."-questions. A bit for the same reason as M.M above, I am curious to know what is legend and what is real, I am curious who Marie Antoinette really was as a person. Did she really say "Let them eat cake" or was that a part of the myth surrounding her? Also, she seemed to be great at throwing parties (from what legend says), we could team up for this dinner and make it fantastic.

3. Kurt Cobain
Why: I grew up with hearing Nirvana since they were favs by my step brothers and when I started to pan out from the boyband genre Nirvana was among the first bands I listened to, also Kurt seem to have been such a genuine and passionate person that I would love to have him discuss with my other dinner guests about big and small things.

4. Emmeline Pankhurst
Why: For the person who knows their history, especially women's history, know who this woman is. I will tell you: the leader of the suffragettes in Britain. I would love to pick her brain and just hear her talk and discuss female empowerment with her.

5. Grandma Lola
Why: My mum's mum whom I share first name with (Lola was sadly nickname) and is claimed to be very alike in how I talk and move my hands and how creative I am. She died before I was born but I have heard so many stories about her and I am sad I never got to meet her, I think she would be perfect in this group.

6. Barbro Bang Alving
Why: A swedish journalist who reported from the Olympics in 1936, the Spanish was and when Germany invaded Norway, Hiroshima after the bomb and so on. She was also a pacifist and one of few women in this profession at the time. Her signature was Bang. I think she would have a lot of interesting to say.

7. Astrid Lindgren
Why: On this slot I first had J.K. Rowling, Tracy Chevalier and Joanne Harris who are all favourite authors of mine but then I went old school, to the woman who helped shape my childhood with Pippi and Ronja Rövardotter. She seemed like a very cool person and since she and I go far back I felt it was a better choice than the others. Maybe I could learn a thing or two about writing?

8. Margit Sandemo
Why: Another author that has influenced me. I got Häxmästaren from my mum (which happened to be a part of a book series of 20 books) and after that I could not go back to reading Nancy Drew again, I started delving into grown up literature - skipped the young adult completely (which I find a little sad now). She shaped a couple of years of my life where I devoured two book series by her, sometimes I even went back the same day to buy the next one because I had already finished the previous! She is a fantastic author with a knack at creating characters and worlds so I would love to talk about that.

9. Pamela de Barres
Why: She belonged to one of the first groupies and numerous groupie movie characters are based on her, like Penny Lane from Almost Famous (love that movie!) and last year I read her book, oh how I wished I would have been there and seen what she has seen. She was smack down into music history being made.

10. Michael Lang
Why: Speaking of music history. It is not really a household name but for me he is iconic, Michael was an organiser of Woodstock 1969 - the festival I was born too late to attend, the festival that have my been my dream to organise. I might get star struck though and just not be able to say anything.

11. Aung San Suu Kyi
Why: This woman made me interested in human rights, she was one of the reasons why I became active within Amnesty International as a teen. I even wrote an essay about her. The day she was released was a very emotional day for me. She is someone I truly look up to.

12. Marianne Greenwood
Why: Fantastic photographer who saw things most people cannot even dream about, she had a lovely philosophy on life and she met a lot of greats from her time like Picasso. She is one of those people I look up to.

Others that I would have loved to have on the list: Dalai Lama (current), Gandhi, Elizabeth I, Hatschepsut, Patti Smith, John Paul Thornton and Rut my great grandma.

Who would you have on your list?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

World Poetry Day: 21st of March

In honour of World Poetry Day I thought I'd share one of the most beautiful poems I know:


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