Shelter

Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation.

Your Mark & Castles in the Air

In 1995, Hayao Miyazaki had writer’s block while working on Princess Mononoke. So he took a break to direct this music video for Chage and Aska’s song “On Your Mark.” And while it may have been a short film, Miyazaki didn’t skimp on the visuals.

“On Your Mark” let Miyazaki play with his storytelling through repetition and alternate endings for her trio of protagonists. It’s not hard to imagine it fleshed out into a feature-length, time-looping film, but it’s perfectly lovely as this self-contained nugget of brilliance.