Friday Night Weird is a weekly cult film series at the Boedecker Theater of the Dairy Arts Center. We program films of all genres, new and old, so long as they are visually striking, thematically subversive, under seen, under appreciated or just plain WEIRD.
February: Miyazaki's Greatest Hits
In conjunction with our run of the Miyazaki documentary Never-Ending Man
, we offer an opportunity to see three of his best in their original big-screen glory.
My Neightbor Totoro
This is the film that set Miyazaki on the road to success, with its treatment of everyday magic as two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother and have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. Studio Ghibli does not allow theatrical exhibition of bluray or DVD versions of their movies because several dubbed and edited releases (including the Disney-licensed ones) have ruined the cultural references, so reat assured taht we are showing the original version. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan, 1:26, G)
This film held Japan's box office record until Spirited Away in 2001 broke it. Set in a fantasy version of medieval Japan, this environmental war epic follows a hero's journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's (spirit of destruction) curse. Our hero finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, Japan, 2:14, PG-13)