The Japanese animation studio Ghibli has an instantly recognizable, distinctive style and an affinity for psychologically complex stories dramatized through imaginative fantasy worlds. Ghibli's characteristic theme and style distinguish "When Marnie Was There." In it, foster parents send twelve-year-old Anna for the summer to her aunt and uncle's home in rural Kushiro hoping to alleviate her asthma.
Just when I thought Hollywood's mega-budget, special effects extravaganzas couldn't get any more elaborate or impressive, here comes "Guardians of the Galaxy" to, quite happily I must say, exceed expectations. Credit to native St. Louisan James Gunn, scriptwriter and director of one of the most wild and wonderful rides through Marvel Comics heaven.
British director Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin charts the first 16 years of the emotionally damaged title character who lacks the ability to empathize. As Kevin's mother Eva, Tilda Swinton carries the film registering an amazing array of reactions as the film's narrative structure fragments time, a design that eerily fits Kevin's dissociative state.