Castle in the Sky ★★★★½

When I was 19, I was shipped off to serve a two-year mission for my church and one of the rules was that we weren’t permitted worldly distractions, particularly movies. One evening, my companion and I were over at a Japanese family’s house and they threw Castle in the Sky on for their kids while we chatted about boring churchy stuff at the dining room table.

What started as a few stolen glances quickly became a full-on apostasy as I just could not take my eyes off the screen. I spent the next two hours drawing out our discussion so I could sneak-watch the entire movie and by the end of it was filled with more euphoric joy than any holy spirit had ever brought me.

I remember thinking, if this is the reason I end up in hell, it was totally worth it.

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