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What’s Your Favorite Miyazaki Film?

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When it comes to animation for grown ups, no one can really compete with Hayao Miyazaki. The compelling storylines, complex characters, and beautifully rendered scenes make him the earned him international critical praise and fans of all ages around the globe. With Miyazaki, it’s not whether or not you like him (because you’re not dead inside, right?) it’s which film you like best. So, which Miyazaki is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.

Here are some of your choices:

“Princess Mononoke” was one of the highest grossing films ever in Japan and for good reason; the violent struggle between the good forest spirits and the greedy lumber companies is stark and compelling :

In “Spirited Away”, Miyazaki followed up on his record-breaking 1997 opus “Princess Mononoke” with a surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl trapped in the land of the spirits desperate to save her parents and her friend Haku.

“My Neighbor Totoro” follows two girls as they make friends with forest inhabitants in post-war Japan:

His most recent film, “Ponyo”, is the story of a fish girl who falls in love with a little boy:

“Howl’s Moving Castle” based on the novel by Dianna Wynn Jones is so good it begs the question, which is better the book or the movie? Answer is they are both incredible:

“Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds” which was the first film both written and directed by Miyazaki. He adapted it from his manga series of the same title:

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” is the story of a small-town girl who leaves home (talking cat in tow) to begin life as a witch in a big city:

So which is your favorite Miyazaki film? Tell us in the comments.

Spirited Away plays on IFC at 12:30 p.m. ET

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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