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Ponyo is fucking perfect. This thread is making me think very hard about people I respect.

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Don’t get me wrong, I also love Ponyo. But there’s three parachutes on this plane, and that film isn’t getting one.

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Kiki is my daughters favourite so far, she’s been drawing pictures of her every day for the last week. 

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Yes, I would rank them thus:

 

Grave of the Fireflies

Princess Mononoke

Only Yesterday

Castle in the Sky

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Spirited Away

My Neighbors the Yamadas

Arrietty

Whisper of the Heart

Porco Rosso

My Neighbor Totoro

Kiki's Delivery Service
Howl's Moving Castle

When Marnie Was There

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Pom Poko

The Cat Returns
Ponyo
The Wind Rises

Tales from Earthsea

 

I have not seen From Up on Poppy Hill

 

 

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If you hadn’t got Tales from Earthsea in that list it would be impossible to tell if you’d ranked that list upside-down, back to front, or if it was just a list of Ghibli films in random order, which is what I think it’s probably best to assume.

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I didn't think much to Ponyo when it came out. I mean I thought it was fine but really insubstantial and I didn't get much out of it. Re-watched it for the first time a couple of months ago and absolutely adored it. I think Miyazaki films in particular basically rank:

 

First - Your favourite for whatever reason

Joint Second - All the rest

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43 minutes ago, Festoon said:

I'm fascinated to see Mononoke anywhere high on lists. That's one flabby film.

 

Incorrect.

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56 minutes ago, Festoon said:

I'm fascinated to see Mononoke anywhere high on lists. That's one flabby film.

It is - it's humourless, po faced and stodgy.

 

The best thing about it is the utterly magnificent soundtrack.

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7 minutes ago, Horribleman said:

It is - it's humourless, po faced and stodgy.

 

The best thing about it is the utterly magnificent soundtrack.

 

Agreed. 

SOme amazing animation in it, and some weird decisions - like the freezeframe crowd here: 

 

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The Wind Rises second from bottom, Benny, you horrible creature? Ponyo better than Wind? Monster!

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5 hours ago, Benny said:

If only someone had done a poll...

 

 

 

 

That's a good looking collection there ;)

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1 hour ago, Rob Rule said:

The Wind Rises second from bottom, Benny, you horrible creature? Ponyo better than Wind? Monster!

 

The Ponyo song edges it out.

 

Also, there is no "bottom". (Except Earthsea.)

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On 10/02/2020 at 12:18, Charliemouse said:

I watched Only Yesterday for the first time last night.

 

Top 5 Studio Ghibil film for me, and for some reason the end of the film really affected me.

 

I watched it last night and feel the same.

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I also watched it last night, and feel the same.

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I watched it for the first time last September and don't quite feel the same.

 

(I put it just outside my top 5, I liked it more than the other two Isao Takahata films I've seen, My Neighbours the Yamadas and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. No, I still have not plucked up the courage to watch Grave of the Fireflies. Or the raccoon scrotum one.)

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25 minutes ago, Nick R said:

I watched it for the first time last September and don't quite feel the same.

 

(I put it just outside my top 5, I liked it more than the other two Isao Takahata films I've seen, My Neighbours the Yamadas and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. No, I still have not plucked up the courage to watch Grave of the Fireflies. Or the raccoon scrotum one.)

 

Burn the heretic.

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15 hours ago, Festoon said:

I'm fascinated to see Mononoke anywhere high on lists. That's one flabby film.

I pretty much feel the same. I love most of the studio Ghibli films but never had the urge to revisit this one. I just remember being distinctly underwhelmed by it. Now that it's on Netflix I may give it a second chance to see if I missed something. 

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It's a masterpiece.

 

Ghibli films don't all need to be sunshine and happiness all the time.

 

It takes its time to build atmosphere and is all the more incredible for it.

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20 minutes ago, Skull Commander said:

I pretty much feel the same. I love most of the studio Ghibli films but never had the urge to revisit this one. I just remember being distinctly underwhelmed by it. Now that it's on Netflix I may give it a second chance to see if I missed something. 

 

It was a clear step in a more ambient meaning and direction for their films which I can appreciate but I rather narrative clarity. That's one reason I prefer the environmental message of Nausicca over this, for example. It's just my taste, really. 

 

Some amazing animation in it though, that boar hunt is stunning.

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1 hour ago, Nick R said:

I watched it for the first time last September and don't quite feel the same.

 

(I put it just outside my top 5, I liked it more than the other two Isao Takahata films I've seen, My Neighbours the Yamadas and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. No, I still have not plucked up the courage to watch Grave of the Fireflies. Or the raccoon scrotum one.)

 

The raccoon scrotum one is one of the best ones. Sometimes I think it’s the best one.

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1 hour ago, ZOK said:

 

The raccoon scrotum one is one of the best ones. Sometimes I think it’s the best one.

 

Let's face it, they're all the best one.

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Yeah, my Ghibli top five is...all of them, squashed together.

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The Red Turtle is the best "spiritually" Ghibli film. It soars above all of them.

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