Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray/DVD Release Featured In a Very Special Review

So, we know about Will Smith and Jaden. We know about Lloyd Bridges and his sons Beau and Jeff. Recently, Martin Sheen starred with his son Emilio Estevez in The Way.

But how many parent-child film critic teams can you think of?

The question has never occurred to me before, but I am very pleased to see that Steven Greydanus, whose reviews have challenged and inspired me more than any film critic I can recall, has been training up his children right. His daughter Sarah, who previously co-reviewed Clifford the Big Red Dog with him (she was nine at the time), hasn’t even started college yet… but she’s published one of the most thorough and thoughtful reviews you’ll find of Whisper of the Hearta film written by the great storyteller Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away).

This is exciting for me. And not just because I’m a Miyazaki fan.

Steven has been hinting that he is following a different course, and that we’ll be seeing fewer film reviews from him. That will be a momentous loss to film criticism, in my opinion. But if he were to pass the torch, and some of his children were to join the great conversation and bring us more clear-eyed, big-hearted perspective, that would be a good thing.

Here’s Sarah’s review.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • SheetaLover

    Can you do one on Laputa castle in the sky?

  • http://opus.fm/ Jason Morehead

    FWIW, Whisper of the Heart was directed by Yoshifumi Kondō, not Hayao Miyazaki. It was written by Miyazaki, though.

    • Jeffrey Overstreet

      Right. Sorry… calling it a Miyazaki film was misleading. Thanks for the clarification. I’m making an edit to be more specific.


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