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Featured: Studio Ghibli and Only Yesterday

Featured: Studio Ghibli and Only Yesterday

If you didn’t know, we are big fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Understandably, much of the U.S. general audience haven’t experienced Studio Ghibli and we find that awfully sad. Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki have not only made some of the best animated films over the years but some of the best films period. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya was Brendan’s #1 film of 2014 and made my Top 20 as well. In hindsight, it probably should have been higher on my list. We were also huge fans of The Wind Rises, which also came out in 2014. Grave of the Fireflies is not only a great animated film from 1988 but it’s also one of the best war films and one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen. Princess Mononoke has been considered by some to be one of the greatest animated films of all-time. There is a reason Disney bought the distribution rights to Studio Ghibli in the U.S. Disney doesn’t mess around when it comes to quality. They snatched up Pixar as soon as they possibly could and once the opportunity came for Studio Ghibli, they did the same thing, which speaks to the quality of films coming from Miyazaki and company.

All of that said, while The Secret Life of Pets is getting descent reviews leading up to its theatrical release this weekend, we are forgoing that film and instead discussing Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday on Episode 177. Here is the crazy thing about Only Yesterday; it’s actually a Studio Ghibli film from 1991. So why are we featuring that film on our main show this weekend? While the film may be from ’91, it never saw U.S theaters until earlier this year. You heard that right, it took Only Yesterday 25 years to reach audiences in the United States and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to, not only discuss the film, but also dive further into Studio Ghibli. Additionally to our review of Only Yesterday, we’ll also be discussing our Top 3 Studio Ghibli Films. Words can barely describe how excited we are for Episode 177.

It is inevitable that at some point we will have to do a Studio Ghibli Movie Series. We are itching to dive much futher into films like Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and many more greats from Studio Ghibli. For now though, we are grateful for the opportunity to see and discuss Only Yesterday, a film that is getting some good praise from critics. What about you though? Are you a fan of Studio Ghibli?

Here is what you can expect to see at the box office this weekend:

The Secret Life of Pets

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Captain Fantastic (limited)
Sultan (limited)
Our Little Sister (limited)
Cell (limited)

InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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