After multiple recommendations from various friends, tonight I finally watched "Spirited Away". It seems like a good movie for Halloween considering how creepy and fantastical it was. It reminded me a lot of "Coraline" (the only Tim Burton movie I like): a girl of about ten years old is moving with her oblivious parents to a new house, they become trapped in a beautiful/grotesque world, and the girl has to overcome her fears and pass a test in order to save herself and her parents.
After seeing "Howl's Moving Castle," I kind of knew what rhythm/tone to expect, so the many plot holes didn't surprise me. I do wish there had been more explanation and backstory for the characters. Like the river spirit and No-Face. I couldn't understand who they were or what their motives were. My favorite character was Lin, and I wish they had revealed more about her.
"Spirited Away" may not be one of my favorite movies, but it is lovely and definitely worth watching. I hope to find more Studio Ghibli movies to watch in the future ("Kiki's Delivery Service" has been on my list for years).