Rating Miyazaki’s Ghibli Work

Recently I talked about some Studio Ghibli when I wrote about Isao Takahata (read it here). This inspired me to complete something on my bucket list: watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli filmography. I had been forgetting about watching one for a long while and I finally got to it. So, I completed that goal, and now I can officially rate the movies. This was hard, because I actually love all the movies, and I mean all the movies. But I think I did it.

Just remember, please, this is personal opinion. Everyone is different, and you don’t have to agree. But this is how I rate Miyazaki’s movies:

13. Ponyo. Yeah, Ponyo is last place. It’s adorable, and I love Fujimoto and Lisa as characters. But the other movies are just better.

12. Arrietty, the US version. Unlike other Ghibli movies, this one got two English versions, the US and the UK, both with different actors and different scripts. The US one is not as good, sorry about it.

11. Princess Mononoke. Is Ashitaka my favorite male hero? Yes. Are there still better movies than this one? Also yes.

10. The Wind Rises. I swoon for the animation.

9. My Neighbor Totoro. I’m gonna get shit for this one. Again, I love this movie, but I think there are better movies. Sorry, Mom.

8. Arrietty, the UK version. Better script and better actors. It works better with the UK script, I believe.

7. From Up on Poppy Hill. This movie speaks to me more than people know, and even if it’s the least-liked according to critics and stuff, there’s something special about it to me.

6. Porco Rosso. This movie is so friggin’ funny. I was non-stop laughing, and there was a point the laugh got so ugly Vladimir got concerned.

5. Kiki’s Delivery Service. This, I believe, was my first Ghibli movie, and it holds a special place in my heart.

4. Whisper of the Heart. This was my most recent watch, and it touched my heart and soul. I saw myself at ages 11, 15, 21, and even now. Super special.

3. Spirited Away. I mean…this is just a masterpiece.

2. Castle in the Sky. Characters, story, animation, this movie gives it all to me.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle. Everything about this movie is magical to me, absolutely everything. I cannot fault it, nor do I want to. It’s definitely my favorite Miyazaki movie, and one of my favorite movies ever.

Well, darn, this was tough. I reiterate, I love every Mitazaki movie. He is one of my favorite creators. So know that, even if it’s at the bottom of the list, I recommend it.

Thanks, Hayao-sama, for transforming my life through your art.



Princess Ranking

Okay, another post based off a video I watched recently. This one is thanks to the Try Guys, specifically Eugene’s ranking of Disney princesses (video here). What helped is the Try Guys posting the ranking pic on their Instagram for me to rank them myself! (I’m just doing this for fun)

So here’s what I think:


First of all, Belle is my favorite princess. Bookworms unite! BUT all the princesses hold a special place in my heart.

However, I can’t be biased and put my favorite on top just because. Mulan graces the number one spot for what I believe are obvious reasons. Selfless, kick-ass, hard-working, saved China! Plus, her singing voice is Lea Salonga. Belle is number two because of what she did as well. Selfless, intelligent, self-respecting, and willing to help even when it was against everyone in her village.

For my bottom ranking, Aurora (WHO SHOULD BE IN HER BLUE DRESS but that’s a discussion for another time), is dead last. She had nothing to contribute for her own story besides being in a coma the whole time. Philip did all your work for you! And Snow White is just above because she tried to run…until she opened the door for a stranger. Yikes.

Anyway, this kind of post is for fun. Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so if you don’t agree with my rank, cool. But this is my rank. Yours is right too.


Princess Alexandra

Halloween Movies That You Might Not Think About

Guys, Halloween is two days away.

I don’t know about you, but this Halloween season has been such a dud. This Wednesday, I’m just gonna watch some movies and throw candy at some children.

But what movies?

I could say the generic Halloween movies, like Halloween, Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Friday the 13th, Scream, etc. But I have a different list. So, if you’re looking for more spooky season films, here are some of my favorites:

  • The Frighteners–the most underrated horror movie in existence. Also known as a horror comedy, it follows a man (mid-90s Michael J. Fox) who can communicate with ghosts after the death of his wife. Love it. Can rewatch it over and over.
  • The Last Man on Earth–the original film version of I Am Legend. With Vincent Price.
  • Stay Alive–I mean, I think it is. Guys, I’m a puss when it comes to horror. I scare easily. I watched this through the cracks of my fingers. It’s about gamers, and if you die in the game you die in real life. The real question is, did this come before or after Sword Art Online? (Answer: before)
  • 1408–want a good thriller? Yes. This one. John Cusack trapped in a paranormal hotel room.
  • Stir of Echoes–another severely underrated horror/thriller. Kevin Bacon gets hypnotized, and becomes haunted by visions of a girl’s ghost.
  • Two Head are Better Than None–this is on the fun side. The Halloween special of Kenan and Kel (Nickelodeon baby here), when they are stuck in a headless man’s house.
  • Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, and Corpse Bride–Tim Burton is known as a spook master. These three are particularly good around this time of year. I would’ve added Edward Scissorhands, except I see that more as a winter film rather than Halloween.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas–no, this is not Tim Burton, surprise. This is Henry Selick. Anyway, good for Halloween or Christmas.
  • The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror–for those who want a show rather than movies. I love these since they parody horror movies and stories. Hilarious every time.
  • The Crow–taking place in the actual time of Halloween. A man (Brandon Lee) and his fiance are murdered. On the anniversary of their deaths, he comes back to life to seek his vengeance. There is some disturbing things in this one, as a warning. Check parental guide for triggering things.

And that’s it for now!

I hope you find a new movie to appreciate this year.

Personally, I’ll be watching The Frighteners, Beetlejuice, and Sleepy Hollow. The Crow if I have time.

On the actual day of Halloween, the post (since it’s a Wednesday) will simply be a sum-up of the month. So, I’m wishing you a Happy Halloween now.

Enjoy your Halloween, everyone!

Hugs and Spooks


Ten Favorite Movies

So, I was trolling through Tumblr (yes, I sometimes still use 2013 internet language, shut up) when I noticed a new trend happening: showing, via gifs and ONLY gifs, what you’re ten favorite movies are. I like this; I want to do it.

Problem is, when I was thinking about my top ten list, so many movies came into my head. I’m such a cinephile, it is so hard to just think of ten I absolutely love. I came up with a list, and some honorable mentions. These are in no order; I love all of these movies for different reasons. But here we go! Let’s see how many you can guess:

movie 1

movie 2

movie 3

movie 4

movie 0

movie 5

(the one above doesn’t have gifs I can find. it’s not a well-known movie…)

(movie 7

movie 6

movie 8

movie 9

And here are some honorable mentions (but still on the list because I just can’t choose!!)

movie mention 1

movie mention 2

movie mention 4

movie mention 5

movie mention 6

movie mention 3

Yay for movies! Remember, if you like movies as well, to expand your mind. Watch what you may not think about just in case it becomes a new favorite.



P.S. This post was just an excuse to do something quick and remain on a schedule. And even though it was quick to put together, it really racked my brain trying to come up with a list. Maybe there’s something to be said about that.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review

I’m down in Utah, but more on that later.

I got to go down to Sandy to the absolutely stunning Hale Centre Theatre to see The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Now for a treacherous drama-person secret: I’m not a fan of musicals. (Cue all theatre peeps gasping in shock. How dare I?!) In my field of study, I work on straight plays. A musical or two does find a way to tickle my fancy, and Hunchback is one of them.

Based off the book by Victor Hugo and the songs from the Disney movie, it is whimsical while packing a punch to the tear ducts.

As for the production I saw, it did not disappoint. From the sets to the sound to the costumes to the acting, everything looked well thought out. However, I have to give the biggest kudos and highest praise to the lighting design. When I say impeccable, I mean PERFECT. The most visually stunning scene being Hellfire when fire, created by lights, erupted from beneath Frollo’s feet and spread onto the walls to the ceiling. Colour me impressed. The setting, amazing. The acting, fantastic. The costumes, beautiful. I’d like to give another shoutout to the actor who played Clopin, David Paul Smith. To me, he was the star of the performance. Smith had such dynamic stage presence while also being able to sing, dance, and act. Bravo!

‘But there had to be something bad about it right?’ sigh Unfortunately, voice in my head, you are right. I believe the point of Hunchback is minimalism in set design as to achieve as much as possible with the change of settings and constant moving of actors. As beautifully made as the sets were, having to constantly move a giant bridge that symbolised Quasimodo’s bell tower was distracting. Minimalism would’ve helped this play more. And besides a couple of hiccups with makeup, effects, and music, there was nothing else that could distract me from such a wonderfully done production. (Except for the ass two rows in front whose phone went off during Place of Miracles in the second act. Poo on you, sir!)

Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Check out Hale Centre Theatre and their upcoming productions, including Newsies. Hale Centre Theatre