From The Desk Of Juana Molina: Hayao Miyazaki

It’s a good thing that Argentine artist Juana Molina cut her showbiz teeth acting in humorous ’80s/’90s TV shows, because the singer—who’s just released her seventh album, Halo—is practically living a real-life sitcom. Her daughter Francisca, now 23, has moved out and wants nothing to do with the family business, which dates back to Molina’s high-profile folks, tango singer Horacio Molina and thespian Chunchuna Villafañe. But the comedic axis on which Molina’s life revolves is Rosa, her ex-husband’s nanny, who stayed on after their divorce more than a decade ago. Molina even penned a tune for her housemate called “The Gift,” but it didn’t make the final Halo cut. Molina will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on her.

Molina: It’s hard to choose one movie from this genius. I recommend them all. The gorgeous images in his drawings plus the purity of his characters make Miyazaki my favorite screenwriter and animator. In a film like My Neighbor Totoro you really don’t need much more than the character itself. Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away or Ponyo are incredible starters for this fortunately large filmography