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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Films

 Overall thoughts after finishing all of the Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films.  Generally pretty good movies, if a bit light on content.  These are intentionally slow, ponderous films.  Grave of the Fireflies was a standout as an excellent and depressing film.  At the other end of the spectrum, I found the non-fantasy coming-of-age type films pretty boring and mostly pointless.  Porco Rosso and Pom Poko were mostly just weird.

Here are all of the movies I watched, with plusses and minuses to show if I felt that a movie fell above or below the "generally pretty good" standard:

The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) ++

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Castle in the Sky (1986) +

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ++++

 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) +

Only Yesterday (1991) ---

Porco Rosso (1992) 

Ocean Waves (1993) ---

Pom Poko (1994) 

Whisper of the Heart (1995) ---

Princess Mononoke (1997)

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) -----

Spirited Away (2001) +

The Cat Returns (2002)

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) ++

Tales from the Earthsea (2006) --

Ponyo (2008) -

The Borrower Arrietty (2010) -

From Up on Poppoy Hill (2011) ---

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) ----

The Wind Rises (2013) ---

When Marnie Was There (2014) ---

The Red Turtle (2016) ---

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