The Movie Club Podcast #19: Wizards and Grave of the Fireflies

The Movie Club Podcast is an irregular roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans.

It’s that time again folks. The latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast is now online and ready to be heard, bringing us just one episode away from a miraculous 20 episode milestone! Can you believe it? I can’t. This time around, we take a look at two animated films: Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards.

In addition to our friends at Row Three and Where The Long Tail Ends, we also invited long-time listener Anthony to sit in as a guest host to join in the discussion. So did Grave of the Fireflies make us cry like little girls, and did Wizards take us on a bad acid trip? You’ll have to tune in to find out! Download the new episode and cast your vote for an upcoming episode over at Note: To prepare for the next episode, you’ll want to man up and watch Takashi Miike’s Visitor Q and Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible.

  • SWEET SWEET BONUS. :D Ahhhh, I heard you guys mention that you would be recording this but I didn’t expect it so soon!

  • Alicia

    Has anyone ever seen “When the Wind Blows”? I thought it would have been an awesome companion to Grave of the Fireflies. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I remember it being hauntingly sad.

  • When the Wind Blows is a true masterpiece but sadly due to British film industry having such a low profile in the late 70s and early 80s few will have had seen it.

    Nice work on the podcast Alicia.

  • When the Wind Blows was suggested as we were coming up with a companion piece to Grave of the Fireflies. I have seen it (years ago though) and I liked it a great deal. I’ve seen it playing on public television every now and again.

  • Zoo

    Wizards suffers from the same problem that a lot of Ralph Bakshi films do and that is that much of it is boring. The only Bakshi movie that was ever entertaining to me is Fritz the Cat.

    When the Wind Blows is on Google videos if anyone wants to watch it in its entirety. I’ve never seen it before so based on your suggestion, I will check it out. Thanks!

  • When the Wind Blows was going to be the pair-up for The Movie Club podcast but then we decided that it would be two depressing to have both Grave and Wind on the same bill, thus, we went for the quirkier, more visually bombastic WIZARDS.

    That being said, it will be a bit of a test get through the nasty and garishness of both Visitor Q and Irreversible for the next Movie Club!

  • The Visitor Q/ Irreversible double bill reminds me of the Cannibal Holocaust/Freddy Got Fingered episode, one of my favorites. I’m pumped :D

  • And dude, I had no idea that Fritz the Cat was a Bakshi flick. That and Cool World… I really need to dive deeper into this guys filmography.

  • I really suggest avoiding Cool World. Its a fucking mess.

  • I don’t think it was mentioned, but for ‘dazzling and unique’ I recommend Bakshi’s AMERICAN POP. If you are a Conan fan, FIRE&ICE – I think the latter was brought up during the show, but we didn’t go any deeper on the the Conan-styled look and feel of that one.