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Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta

Hayao Miyazaki Japan, 1986

Zach Closs's rating of the film Castle in the Sky

Could eat this movie up, I love it so. The antidote for any bad day. Comparable to "Casablanca," insofar as all of its characters -- pirate, princess or coal miner -- posses an inherent nobility that is earnest, but never maudlin. Heartbreaking pathetic fallacy, upbeat young Lucas/Spielberg-esque action laced with clever laughs, and a central love story so innocent, it defies comparison. So fucking great.