Screen Scene: Studio Ghibli Festival begins at Angelika Dallas
Animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki's films are beautiful, wistful and dreamlike and recognized universally as such. It's no wonder that his name has almost become synonymous with the word "retrospective." This leads to constant surveys of his Oscar-winning work from the seminal studio that he co-founded, which has produced films just as lovely without his name above the title.
But, here we are again, this time with the Studio Ghibli Festival, and with good reason: Screenings start — as they should — with Miyazaki's debut animated feature, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984, PG, 118 mins.) on Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. Films will screen twice and rotate out each week through Nov. 25. This month's schedule includes Castle in the Sky (1986, PG, 124 mins.); My Neighbor Totoro (1988, G, 86 mins.); and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, G, 103 mins.).
The Angelika is sweetening an already sweet deal by adding prizes to the mix if you watch eight or more films in the series, from popcorn to Studio Ghibli swag. You won't lose, whether you watch one or all.
The Studio Ghibli Festival goes through Nov. 25 —Saturdays at 11a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. — at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane at Mockingbird Station, Dallas. Tickets cost $8-$11. Scroll through angelikafilmcenter.com/dallas for more.
SUPERNATURAL OFFICIAL CONVENTION Get your copy of Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season, just out this week, and then bask in the otherwordly otherworldly glow from Texas' own stars of the series. Jared Padalecki (San Antonio) and Jensen Ackles (Richardson) will visit, along with Misha Collins and other co-stars, on Sept. 11-13 to at Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Richard Speight Jr., who played Gabriel on the series, will host the convention that's billed as a "special salute to the 10th anniversary." $30-$170. Admission is free for ages 6 and younger with proof of age. Autographs are separate and cost $25-$50. creationent.com.
AUTEUR FILM SERIES The Collin College series will screen Life Is Beautiful (1997, PG-13, 116 mins.) on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, 7205 Bishop Road at the Shops at Legacy, Plano. The theme of the 2015-16 edition of the school's series is "Religion: Opiate or Oracle." Free. Doors open at 6:30. Collin College faculty and staff will lead a conversation after the film. Go to collin.edu.
DVD LOOKOUT Week of Sept. 7 — Meet almost the entire rogues' gallery in Gotham: The Complete First Season, including a non-canon Fish, played deliciously by Jada Pinkett Smith. The series can be heavy-handed but when it's hot, it's on fire. Also released: The Age of Adaline; American Heist; Barbie in Rock 'N Royals; Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Two; Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season; and Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season (see the first item).
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