Weekly Round-Up #12: 1/20 – 1/26

Welcome to Weekly Round-Up #12, Portland Film Review’s informal guide to some of the stuff that’s happened in the film world over the past few days. Today, I’m sharing some news about Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, as well as some interesting reads from other sources about the Sundance Film Festival, which is currently taking place.


Rejoice, Miyazaki Fans!  

In 2013, Hayao Miyazaki, beloved animated film artist and director, announced that he was retiring from the film industry. Since many of his films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) count among my favorite films, this was disappointing news. Fortunately, it looks like Miyazaki couldn’t stay away for too long: Screen Rant reports that the director will be teaming up with Studio Ghibli for at least two new films, not including the already-announced How Do You Live? (2020?). (Hopefully, Daniel Day-Lewis, who announced his retirement after The Phantom Thread [2017], will follow suit before too long….)


And More Miyazaki…

If you’re in the Portland, OR area and want to catch up on some of Miyazaki’s older films, I highly recommend the “Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective” hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI, for short). The film festival runs until this Sunday, January 27th. You can check out their film calendar here.

Sundance Film Festival

News from the Oscars has taken the spotlight this week – be sure to check out Devin’s post on the nominees – but we shouldn’t forget about the Sundance Film Festival, which is currently running. While the Academy Awards mostly stir up controversy about Hollywood, let us know which film stars have giant egos, and remind us which films we probably should have seen when they came out, Sundance is a good way to keep ahead of the curve and find out about the new independent films you can name-drop at work. Anyways, here is a list of  20 films to look out for by Filmmaker Magazine, and some reassuring news from Variety, reporting that there is an increase in female directors in this year’s selection.



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