Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Animated FIlm
The realm of animated film can offer delights and terrors unlike any other medium imaginable. 2013 brought some of the most astounding works to come along in the field in sometime, with the final feature of a world renowned master hauling in the most votes by a pinch.
The Wind Rises
Ben Umstead - East Coast Editor
Few films make me cry. But only this one made me cry from the moment I realized the powerful purity of an image in its mere aestheitc as a rectangular picture. While Miyazaki's final feature may be stirring up some controversy around Japan's involvement in WWII, those that make these waves are seemingly forgetting that Miyazaki is a humanist first and foremost. For him, there are no easy answers except to love and to create. Between, before and after that comes the hard and soemtimes scary stuff. The Wind Rises epitomizes the ectasy and agony of a singular visionary like no other film I have ever seen.
Kurt Halfyard - Contrubuting writer
As Robert Altman closed off his career with an onscreen eulogy in A Prairie Home Companion, so does Hayao Miyazaki. He turns in a beautiful ode to war and creativity, death and love, and those wonderful flying machines. I miss him already.
Patryk Czekaj - Contributing writer
It breaks my heart to think of The Wind Rises as Miyazaki's sayonara to filmmaking. Though I saw it while in Japan, and I need to mention that my Japanese skills aren't perfect, I was stunned. I expected a great cinematic experience, but what I got was a true masterpiece and one of the most astonishing animated films I've ever seen. Using the full potential of his artistic vision Miyazaki creates a touching story that defines the director's own life path, where dreams coincide with reality, where passion can conquer any obstacle.
Dustin Chang - Contributing writer
J. Hurtado - Contributing writer