A two-week festival of Japanese animated classics.
For the next two weeks, it's possible to see 14 animated masterworks of Hayao Miyazaki in 35mm prints on the big screen they deserve. "The Studio Ghibli Collection: 1984-2009" showcases the ethereal creations of the producer/director often called Japan's Walt Disney. The description captures Miyazaki's ambition and attention to detail, but ignores his whimsical, visually stunning sensibility, a world away from Disney's white-bread aesthetic and good-vs.-evil story lines. Lagoon Cinema's 25-year retrospective includes the fable-like "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Kiki's Delivery Story" and "Princess Mononoke" as well as the rarely seen airborne adventure "Porco Rosso" and the "Simpsons"-like comedy "My Neighbors the Yamadas." "My Neighbor Totoro" is presented in English, all others in subtitled Japanese.