The latest anime import from the talented team at Japan’s Studio Ghibli is a sweet, sentimental and beautifully animated coming-of-age story, set at a time when a whole country was trying to find its identity. Written by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill is a charming bit of nostalgia that should appeal to the little folks, too. It’s not among the best works of Studio Ghibli but it is a fine family film.
The idea of a live-action adaptation for the popular anime, Robotech, has been floating around for quite some time. It's gone through a fair share of writers, but now it looks as if Warner Bros. is ready to get serious with the project, as they've seemingly chosen a director for the project.
The 1988 anime film Akira is one of the most talked about and influential animated films ever to come out of the Japanese film industry. For almost two decades there have been discussions about adapting the film into a live-action epic, all of which have been aborted. Why can’t Hollywood manage to get this done? Is the movie unfilmable or is this just a case of the big movie studios being unwilling to take a risk?