Thursday Movie Picks - Fantasy
This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is one that took me a while to admit I liked; Fantasy. It's a broad category and while I resisted at first, it's safe to say now that I love a good fantasy film. And what better place to look for fantasy than Studio Ghibli? These films are wonderful, even if you don't enjoy animation (looking at you, Joel!)
1) Spirited Away - At times I think this movie might unseat American Beauty as my all time favorite. It's such a beautiful movie about a girl who crosses a river to a mysterious place were her parents turn to pigs, demons exist and she must take a job at a bathhouse to save her family.
2) Howl's Moving Castle - Sophie is a lonely shop worker who's cursed by a witch to appear as an old woman. Her hope of breaking the curse lies with an eccentric wizard and his moving house. This one is so fun and I love the voice work.
3) Princess Mononoke - A young warrior is cursed after killing a possessed boar. On his way looking for a cure, he finds himself stuck in the middle of another war between the forest gods and a fortress of miners. This one is a bit more violent than I expected and a tad overlong, but it's very action packed and I can see how a lot of animators later on were inspired by the characters in this film.