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6. "Howl's Moving Castle" (2005, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
Another fantastical castle, if not quite in the sky, then certainly not of this earth: following up the crossover success of "Spirited Away," Miyazaki revealed his most Anglocentric side to date in this free adaptation of British author Diane Wynne-Jones's children's novel, but its eccentricities remain uniquely his own. With its girlish protagonist transformed by a witches' curse into a shriveled crone -- and discovering unexpected advantages to the change -- the film's fairytale logic is curiously, even comfortingly, traditional, but the titular castle, a living, breathing, gurning feat of engineering, is a one-of-a-kind marvel. Slightly neglected upon its release, perhaps, but it received a deserved Oscar nomination.