230) My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki Date Released: May 1993 Date Seen: July 28th, 2009 Rating: 3.75/5
231) Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki Date Released (DTV): September 1998 Date Seen: July 29th, 2009 Rating: 3.75/5
233) Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki Date Released: April 1989 Date Seen: July 30th, 2009 Rating: 4/5
All very solid and very pretty-looking stories of adolescence, Laputa now being one of my very favorite Miyazaki films. Still, he's got a problem with ending his films that I find more grating than Danny Boyle's sometimes soggy third acts. See my mention of these three in my forthcoming feature on Miyazaki's anime as responsible dream worlds for The L Magazine.