World War II en 'Wind' Not A Worthy Finale For Miyazaki <p></p><p></p><p>The current word is that Hayao Miyazaki, the greatest and perhaps the last of the movies' hand-drawn-feature animators, is going to retire after his latest releast, <em>The Wind Rises</em>. And while I am always skeptical about show business retirements, I would <em>like</em> to report that the maker of <em>Princess Mononoke</em>, <em>Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, </em>and so many other animated masterworks, was going out in a blaze of glory.</p><p>But <em>The Wind Rises</em> isn't nearly up to his top standard.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 31374 at 'Wind' Not A Worthy Finale For Miyazaki 'Stalingrad' Full Of Intimate Realism <p></p><p>The first thing to realize about <em>Stalingrad</em> is that it is <em>not</em> the story of the World War II battle that many cite as the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany. It is the story of a little group of Russians who are defending the city and a little group of Germans who are about to attack it, both of which groups include a woman-- one who is trapped with the Russians and one who is captured by the Germans. And <em>Stalingrad</em> is as much the story of the women as the story of the men.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 31061 at 'Stalingrad' Full Of Intimate Realism Book Review: Picking Up The Pieces In 'The Aftermath' <p></p><p></p><p>The title of Rhidian Brook's new novel, <em>The Aftermath</em>, refers to the years immediately following World War II. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Beth Golay 25081 at Book Review: Picking Up The Pieces In 'The Aftermath' Richard Crowson: What Matters In Life <p></p><p>My friend Dusty Rhodes knew what was important in life.</p><p>I guess you don’t spend days clinging to a flotation net in 4,000 fathoms of shark infested waters, watching your friends slowly lose their minds, without gaining some degree of insight into what matters and what doesn’t.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 21294 at Richard Crowson: What Matters In Life