Ponyo vs. Antichrist


Will love or hate, good or evil come out the winner? Is it wrong to compare these films? They make the most diametrically opposite movies ever pitted against each other. Ponyo fans: for the love of humanity, don’t watch Antichrist!! Antichrist viewers: Take two tablets of Ponyo to relieve and uplift your troubled mind. Enjoy the bite-size reviews!


I saw this in a theater with many young children who were worked up to such a fever pitch at one point in the movie that one girl erupted, “Wow. That is really cool!!” I laughed, but agreed with her 100%. As young as some of these kids were, they were still smart enough to know they weren’t being conned; this movie was different. Miyazaki’s latest, though imperfect, filled me with such love (and magic!) that I stopped being a critic and floated on benevolence. If you’re having a bad day, this could work wonders for you too(!). (9/10)


Graphically shocking beyond all belief? Check. Deranged and disturbing? Check. Future cult film? Check. Misogynistic? Perhaps. This is a mirror Eden created by Satan, thus the woman is inherently evil. Nature and human nature are included in that paradigm. The film seems to reference and/or trump scenes from films In the Realm of the Senses and Bergman’s Cries and Whispers. The cinematography is stunning and music grandiose. I seem to be swayed by the symbolism and very realistic XXX material and, believe me, that in itself is very disturbing.  (6.66/10) — jk: 8/10

And the winner is: Ponyo !!


6 Responses to “Ponyo vs. Antichrist”

  1. Stacey Says:

    Antichrist — Aren’t women inherently evil anyway? Wasn’t it Eve who took the apple or whatever and gave it to Adam?

    Ponyo — Good film. Kinda gave me a semi just by watching it.

  2. jeredunn Says:

    God created women, right? So they’re not inherently evil. Just goof up occasionally. Men too.

    I’m not sure whether to laugh or be worried about your semi. There was a cascade of bright colors and all.

    • Stacey Says:

      Yeah Ponyo was a good movie. It did have that feel good feeling to it. Too bad the relationships we have with our wives/husbands, etc. can’t be like the one Ponyo and that kid had. Seems like the world is turning to relationships like ones in the Antichrist movie.

  3. jeredunn Says:

    Glad you liked it-. I was sorta thinking the same thing about relationships.

    • Alex Says:

      I saw Straw Dogs and wet my bed for 2 weeks. Do I need to block out part of my calendar for Antichrist as well?

      Miyazaki is like all seven samurai rolled into one.

      • jeredunn Says:

        Hmmm. Maybe you can afford to avoid it then. Don’t want that on my conscience.
        Yeah, Miyazaki is like totally bitchin’.

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