Your Name.   11/09/21
by Steve Freeling
While a bit self-effacing and insecure in contrast to Taki's laid-back and assertive ways, and also worrying Taki's friends when she knows next to nothing about his life, Mitsuha-as-Taki is a hit with those around Taki, even influencing Taki's relationship with his coworker Miki Okudera (Laura Post,...

Spirited Away   5/17/21
by Steve Freeling
The movie in question was, of course, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, a film notable for being not only the only piece of Japanese animation but also the only hand-drawn animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind   8/07/19
by Steve Freeling
While some have criticized this score, and someone even dubbed Nausica f the Valley of the Wind Miyazaki's worst film based on it, I for one love it and it is very clear to me what Miyazaki saw in Hisaishi and why he would use him for each of his subsequent films.

Castle in the Sky   5/04/19
by Steve Freeling
The result is my favorite film produced under the Studio Ghibli banner, only bested by Nausica f the Valley of the Wind for the top spot as my favorite Miyazaki film and I have no problem saying it's become one of my favorite films in general.

Akira   2/23/19
by Steve Freeling
Akira is the best animated film ever made for an adult audience and one of the best films of the 1980s, anime or otherwise.

Poltergeist   3/06/15
by Steve Freeling
Well-acted, well-written, and well-directed, with great special effects, Poltergeist is the greatest ghost story put on film.

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