i'm thinking this belongs here. i love miyazaki! ahem. for those of you who don't know him: he's a japanese filmmaker and thusly makes animated films with studio ghibli. they have done so many and they aren't always available on dvd. i fell in love with his style when i watched princess mononoke. the layers of the story and the execution was marvellous and breathtaking. it's about our responsibility for the environment and how we deal with change. that's the hero a****aka here [image=http://img325.imageshack.us/img325/9652/a****aka2ec.gif] then i watched spirited away, which is wondrous and beautiful. it's a very alice in wonderland type story with a little girl getting trapped in this strange world of the shinto gods. [image=http://img319.imageshack.us/img319/9628/1859802zn.gif] then a friend showed me my neighbor totoro which is just beautiful. well, they all are, which might make it a little tough to talk about. here's a study for the film: [image=http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/4277/mh9cf.gif] so far i was only really disappointed with howl's moving castle, which bored me. and miyazaki shouldn't bore, he entertains usually. so, whoever is looking for recommendations: howl isn't the thing!