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  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★½

    CASTLE IN THE SKY is a great film but I not as superlative as some other works from STUDIO GHIBILI. The thing that is most striking about this film is how epic it is in the amount of screen-time it has. This could have been a season of a television show but they manage to cram all of that story into one film without it feeling very rushed. If you're already a Miyazaki fan then you should, obviously, see this but if you're new to his work I wouldn't start here.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    I didn't think Studio Ghibli films could be more adorable than PONYO but I was wrong. TOTORO wasn't nearly as dark as some of Miyazaki's other works but still dealt with a lot of the environmental and family themes that he likes to address. It was funny, beautiful and absolutely ADORABLE! I want to own this on Blu-Ray and watch it many times over. Also, I want to ride in a cat-bus and fly through the air on TOTORO's big belly. Is that too much to ask?

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  • Prospero's Books

    Prospero's Books

    ½

    Mr. S. owes be big time for subjecting me to this pompous piece of shit. Naked babies on swings peeing into pools? Check! Un-related totally random visuals? Check! Total lack of plot? Check!

    This is a movie that people say they love to make themselves feel smart. If anyone ever tells you this is one of their favorite films they are a pretentious ass-hat who doesn't deserve your friendship. For the love of all that is holy, never watch this film. Ever.

  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★★★

    This is my favorite movie of all time. I don't think it's the best film in the world, it's just my favorite. I discovered it when I was in 5th grade after seeing the trailer before watching NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. I rented it every weekend for months and I can recite almost every line.

    I adore ALBERT BROOKS and this is my favorite of the films he wrote and directed. It's just a quirky little romantic comedy with the twist of the after-life setting.