For this list, I do not have a particular ranking.
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When I heard about Spirited Away I was in Barnes and Noble. The store was showing a trailer for the film and I was mesmerized; the intricate design of the setting and just the overall feel of the film made me feel like I was in a dream. After my first viewing of Spirited Away my life had changed. I was on the search for the bathhouse. In my neighborhood, there was a road that was similar to the one in Spirited Away; I decided that I was going to follow that road and see where it lead me. The road did not lead me to the bathhouse but it did lead to a really nice thrift store and an overpriced donut shop.
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Out of all the Tarantino movies, Kill Bill is my favorite. Kill Bill resonated with me more than Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown. For me, it was the heavy Japanese influence. There was anime, the setting is in Japan and the characters are inspired by Japanese cult classics such as Lady Snowblood. What makes this movie one of my favorites is O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. I would love to see a movie about O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. There are also other fantastic elements and characters but the anime sequence was what made the movie stand out. As I watched, the anime sequence I hoped that Tarantino would do an anime series.
Notes: The anime seems very similar to Blood-C and I also heard that the director of Cowboy Bebop was involved……
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Akira is a visual feast for the eyes. Akira is art, even the Supreme Collab with the cells from the manga. The picture of Kaneda in the red pills jacket walking up to the motorcycle is a mere example of how iconic Akira is. That picture made me want to get the jacket and motorcycle. After I watched the movie I realized it is everything that makes anime great. The art, the music, and everything combined was amazing. Even though the movie is epic there was a lot of elements missing. I read the manga and was blown away by what was left out. Also, I searched for more movies by Katsuhiro Otomo and found some gems. Overall, Akira is more than just one of the great anime. I believe that Akira embodies anime as art. Akira is an example of what anime has the ability to do.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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This movie had one of the most intense trailers. What captured me the most was a scene where Kida turned into a crystal and spoke to Milo in her native tongue that was beautiful and well-filmed scene. The scene had a great impact on me: I had dreams about that crystal scene and I tried to replicate it in my script.
Ghost in The Shell
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Ghost in The Shell is another great anime film. With its intellectually engaging dialogue and very cool action choreography, it showcases the possibilities of anime. Every detail in the film has its purpose from the music to the setting there is a running theme of merging and rebirth.
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In Helter Skelter, Mika Ninagawa captures the beauty and essence of Erika Sawajiri and Kiko Mizuhara. The entire film is visually pleasing but the part of the film that took my breath away was the opening.
Virgin: When Virginity is Questioned
Virgin is a nostalgic film. It encapsulates everything about the millennium. The clothes and the music remind me of when I was younger and could not wait to be a teenager.
Titan A.E. is an obscure yet well-done film. It is a high octane space adventure that has a great soundtrack and unforgettable characters. There are so many good things that are great about this movie that it makes you question why it never was popular.
The Prince of Egypt
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The Prince of Egypt is a great movie and I am surprised that not a lot of people talk about it. It is a movie that raised the bar on animation. It was unique and no one has done anything like it before or afterward.
The Color Purple
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I had read the book and watched the movie. I hold the movie and the book in really high regards because I resonate with the characters Alice Walker was inspired by one of my favorite Anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, to write the book and it has black women owning businesses and traveling.
-Kirikou (all three movies)
-Vampire Hunter D
-Purab Aur Paschim
-Lawerence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago
-Anything Alfred Hitchcock
-James Bond movies
-The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-e (Disney Trilogy…the great of the great)
-The Nun Story
-Satoshi Kon Movies
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