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Old 08-04-2014, 04:01 AM   #331
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Studio Ghibli, in memoriam:

1. Princess Mononoke (A+)
2. Spirited Away (A)
3. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind* (A)
4. Castle in the Sky (A-)
5. The Wind Rises (A-)
6. Only Yesterday (A-)
7. Grave of the Fireflies (A-)
8. Kiki's Delivery Service (A-)
9. Whisper of the Heart (B+)
10. Porco Rosso (B+)
11. The Secret World of Arrietty (B+)
12. Pom Poko (B)
13. My Neighbor Totoro (B)
14. Howl's Moving Castle (B-)
15. Ponyo (C+)

Rock solid filmography. Nothing more to say other than I'll miss their contributions terribly.

*It's Ghibli at heart, dammit.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:11 AM   #332
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I'll personally not include Nausicaa because I'm a pedantic ass, but it would probably be #4 or 5 on my list.

1) Spirited Away (top ten, all time favorite film)
2) Castle in the Sky
3) Only Yesterday
4) Princess Mononoke
5) Grave of the Fireflies (even though I just can't stand watching it)
6) The Wind Rises
7) Pom Poko
8) Whisper of the Heart
9) The Secret World of Arrietty
10) Kiki's Delivery Service
11) Howl's Moving Castle
12) My Neighbor Totoro
13) Ponyo
14) Porco Rosso

And I don't dislike any of those movies, just some of them kinda trail off into infinity and never quite reach the heights of their contemporaries.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 AM   #333
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Looks like some people need to see Tales Of Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill, I Can Hear The Sea (aka Ocean Waves), and The Cat Returns.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:22 AM   #334
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And My Neighbors the Yamadas
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:22 AM   #335
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Yeah, by no means done, but we did just double-feature Whisper of the Heart and Porco Rosso, both of which were very good.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:58 AM   #336
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I've neglected to see a few Takahata films, thus far, which I think maybe I'll correct today. And it's been too long since I've seen My Neighbors the Yamadas to recall it properly enough to rank.

This is going to be astounding

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9. From Up on Poppy Hill
10. Spirited Away
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Yeah yeah. All these films are great but Spirited Away, for all it's charms and artwork and lovely set pieces, has one of the thinnest emotional centers for me personally of all Miyazaki's films. At some points it's almost just like a bewildering parade of crazy shit without making much of an impression.
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Yeah yeah. All these films are great but Spirited Away, for all it's charms and artwork and lovely set pieces, has one of the thinnest emotional centers for me personally of all Miyazaki's films. At some points it's almost just like a bewildering parade of crazy shit without making much of an impression.
And Howl's Moving Castle is somehow better?
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I was mostly referring to its incredibly loose and convenient plot. I don't dislike the movie, by any means.
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Spirited Away is certainly less sentimental, and because the main character is separated from her family (and her whole reality, really), you don't get the typical father figure or community interaction.

But that train scene culminating with the depot where the shadowy figured disembark is one of the most moving passages in all Miyazaki's work, however abstract it may be. The loneliness of the setting and the anonymous riders contrasting with Chihiro's misfit band of friends is something special.

Howl's, while containing some great material, ain't even close.
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I've always found the ending of Howl's Moving Castle to be extremely clumsy and the narrative in general to be a bit of an afterthought. Its story did not reel me in the way I was hoping it would. It looks GREAT though. Gorgeous movie.

And yeah Lance, watch Only Yesterday as soon as possible. I have seldom been so moved watching a Ghibli film.
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No matter what happens, Spirited Away will likely always remain my favorite of their films, simply from having watched it as a project in Japanese class. We spent two weeks with that movie, analyzing its themes and cultural significance. I don't know if there's any other movie I know the background of as thoroughly, except for some of Hitchcock's works (also from school-related reasons).
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There are a lot of references to Japanese folklore, Shinto, etc. that an outsider just isn't going to pick up on. Would really love to delve into the background a bit more as I don't know anything about it myself.

Regardless, even without understanding all the symbolism, I believe this is the best film of the 00s and the best animated film ever made.
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