top tier films Rating Comment
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Masterpiece leave feedback here.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Masterpiece
Honey and Clover (live-action movie) Excellent
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Masterpiece
My Neighbor Totoro (movie) Excellent
A family film for all ages, my love for Totoro proves that I don't always have to have my intellect engaged - that is in no way intended to make Totoro sound simpler or less emotional than it is. This is one of the rare times I identify and thoroughly enjoy someothing out of Studio Ghibli. Totoro is filled with real charm that isn't cheap, and it is beautifully presented. People have commented that Ghibli films appeal to the child in us all - I would slightly disagree, but only in part. Totoro appeals to both the child and the adult in me at the same time. I don't feel i'm any less creative or imaginitive now that I'm an adult, and I feel Totoro is one of the very rare family or children's films that respects this.
Night on the Galactic Railroad (movie) Excellent
One of the other children's films to make it into my shortlist, Night on the Galactic Railroad is one of the rare surrealist films I list as magnificent. I feel many will think it slow and uneventful, but over time my tastes really have taken to the slow and deliberately paced films. Every moment of this film engaged me, and in a way I simply didn't want it to stop, though the ending was great and fulfilled the entire production.

The pacing and presentation of this film really do make it surreal for me - a work that lives in dreams, waking-life, and everywhere in-between. I really did experience this in amazement and wonder.
Only Yesterday (movie) Excellent
Only the second Ghibli film to make my shortlist. Only Yesterday is again a slow and deliberate film that unfolds gentley and beautifully. A film for a more mature audience, it covers many elements of growing-up, not only the transition from child to adult, but some of the endless transitions we continue to undergo as we experience life further. Full of very real characters, I found Only Yesterday to be a warm and wonderful experience, with an ending that truly shines.
Patlabor 2: The Movie Excellent
The Oshii films I regard as abstract. Certainly a very different flavour of abstract to the Yoshitoshi ABe works, but abstract nonetheless. When regarding Ghost in the Shell, Innocence, Jin-Roh, Patlabor 2, (and indeed Avalon albeit to a slightly lesser degree), many elements that are presented in these works are extremely symbolic - they rarely represent only one thing though, most of the time I see many elements as being representative of many things all at once.

While Patlabor 1 had an intricate story-arc and was comedic, I found Patlabor 2 to be signifficantly more representative. For me many parallels are drawn between what transpires between the city and its people, and between many of the characters. Subtlies and nuances abound, and again, to my abstract mind, Patlabor 2 is subtlely very much about love and some of the forms it takes.
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) Masterpiece
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