Review: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – not as enthustastic as my colleague


‘Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind’ begins after the apocalyptic Seven Days of Fire war, in which human’s have basically destroyed the world. All that remains are a few small kingdoms and the ‘Toxic Jungle’ inhabited by gigantic mutant insects, where everything is deadly to humans.

Princess Nausicaä has managed to enter the toxic jungle and relate to it in a familiar and friendly way, learning from it and searching for a cure for the humans and the plight of the world.

The Tolmekian Kingdom seeks to destroy the toxic jungle with the weapon that began the Seven Days of Fire in the first place. Nausicaä works to prevent the use of this destructive weapon and discovers the symbiotic relationship between the toxic jungle and human civilization, as it exists. The plants of the jungle serve to purify the toxic water, tainted by centuries of human contamination and the war.

Nausicaä saves the jungle and her kingdom in the valley of the wind and befriends the monstrous insects from the toxic jungle.


‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ was never one of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki films. However, his focus on a young female character as the savior of the planet is in keeping with many themes reverberating through Miyazaki’s films.

Released in 1984, ‘Nausicaä’ has themes of environmental preservation, the negative effects of human civilization on the planet and the dangers of nuclear warfare.

The box office success of this film lead to the establishment of Japanese anime company Studio Ghibli by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, the latter two were producer of many Miyazaki films.

The State Theater’s ‘Studio Ghibli’ series continues on Wednesday 23 October, 7pm with ‘Castle in the Sky.’

Preview: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


What: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Where: The State Theater
When: Wednesday 15 October
How Much: $8 students, $10 general admissions, $7.50 Michigan Theater Members

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is the second film in Michigan Theater’s ‘The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective,’ which began with Howl’s Moving Castle this past Saturday’s midnight movie and extends into December.

Princess Nausicaä fights to save the damaged planet and surviving people from destroying themselves and each other. Hayao Miyazaki’s post-apocalyptic animated film was released in 1984.

Preview: The Skeleton Twins


What: The Skeleton Twins

Where: The Michigan Theater

When: Opens Friday 26 September

How Much: $8 for students and veterans, $10 general admission


Starring Kristen Wiig (SNL, Brides Maids), Bill Hader (SNL), Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Legally Blonde).

The Skeleton Twins is about the reuniting of estranged twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader) who are each struggling in their individual lives. Together they trace back to where things went so wrong for each of them and realize that repairing their relationship with one another could provide the solution to fixing everything.

1 hour, 33 minutes, rated R.


PREVIEW: Blue Jasmine

When: Oct.19-20, 22-24

Where: State Theater

Cost: $8 for students $10 general

What: Blue Jasmine, the latest film by Woody Allen!

image from wikipedia
image from wikipedia

If you are a Woody Allen fan, don’t miss this film! Personally, I’m also really excited to watch this film because one of my favorite actresses, Cate Blanchett, plays the lead, Jasmine. Jasmine is a socialite experiencing a hard time that is quite different from her former life of luxury, turning to her sister in San Francisco, struggling and trying to rebuild her life.

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Bring your friends and family to enjoy this film!

REVIEW: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This film was the first DVD my household possessed, back when VHS was just becoming a things of the past. May sick days were spent watching this film. As well as many moments of showing off our new gadgetry in the early 2000’s. I grew up on this film, and it’s charms are not lost on me.

Unfortunately there were two 40-odd-year-old woman sitting behind me who knew the ins and outs of Ferris’ day off as well as I do. However, their appreciation came in the form of quoting all of the greatest lines moments before they were spoken on screen, stirring my urge to spit soda at them through a straw. But I resisted.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is by far my favorite John Hughes movie. Although I enjoy the quirky charms of the horrible prom dress in Pretty in Pink and the motley crew starring in The Breakfast Club, Ferris’ charm, wit and comedic timing never fail to amuse me and capture my attentions.

Matthew Broderick peaks in his performance, perhaps topped only by his Broadway Debut opposite the brilliant Nathan Lane in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Broderick is adorable, likeable, charming, lovable and crafty. If only all high school students were that brilliant at skipping school. Think of the possibilities.

Alan Ruck (Spin City), as Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye, steals the show every time. His repeated lines, facial expressions and physical comedy are unrivaled by any other in this flick. Cameron is the character who goes through the most significant character arch, beginning with his fatalistic view of the world and his life, and ending with his decision to take control of his future.

I wouldn’t categorize this film as a coming of age story so much as a pleasant window into the lives of teenagers in the 80’s.

Definitely watch this film. Make your children watch it too.

PREVIEW: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Where: Michigan Theater
When: Monday 30th September, 7pm
How Much: $8 Student Tickets

Released in 1986, Directed by John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) starring Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck. A fun-filled movie about ditching High School in the 80’s. Takes place in Chicago, contains many splendid moments of hijinx, not to mention a spontaneous dance number to the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”

If you haven’t seen this film, there is something seriously wrong with what you were doing in Middle School.