Let Jean Grey Be Reborn Anew in the MCU

I had convinced myself to be hopeful (something I’m working on). I wanted to think that Century Fox had taken a long enough break from the butchered  X-Men Dark Phoenix attempt of 2006.

I was wrong.  Fox, is like your ex. Prone to disappointing.

The worst part of this 12-year relationship is that I actually had some hope when I heard the Dark Phoenix trailer was dropping. Like, maybe they’ll go back to their Days and Future Past style and get something right for a change.

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Tea & Review: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

The first time I saw a trailer for Mary and the Witch’s Flower. I thought Huh! I didn’t know the Ghibli had a new film, then when I saw it was a Studio Ponoc film I thought Wow that animation is really similar.  And after a little research, there is a reason why to the similarity.  Studio Ponoc is staffed with several of the animators from Studio Ghibli when Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2014.  Making Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Studio Ponoc’s first feature film.  

The movie opens with a massive fire and a red-haired sneaking away with a satchel.  She is discovered and creatures chase her on her flying broomstick. She is able to escape when a blue explosion causes the creatures to disappear.  The girl begins to fall changing her hair from red to brown.  The satchel opens and seeds fall out of the satchel causing a forest to grow and enchase the broom.  And when they hit the earth, they bloom into flowers.

Mary Smith, a young red-headed girl, who moves in with her Great Aunt Charlotte. She is bored and friendless because she is new.  She tries to be useful by helping with chores but is, unfortunately, accident-prone.   Causing her to meet Peter and his two cats Tib and Gib.  To which he teases her about her clumsiness and her red hair.  

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Tea & Review: A Quiet Place

Horror films are a difficult genre to take on. You have to hold your audience by both sides of their head and pulling them in and out of suspense.

It is easy to lose your audience though when the gimmicks get overused and the desperate desire to shock and awe is too much to take in. You can lose your audience.

I was intrigued when I heard John Krasinski was doing a horror film. I was not a fan of his first directorial debut: The Hollars. So, going into A Quiet Place I was uncertain how to go about assessing it.

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 9

It has been far too long since Legion has been on television and thankfully the season premiere of season two did not disappoint.

One of the amazing things about the season one of Legion was how intimate we as viewers were with David (Dan Stevens). Whatever confusion or uneasiness David experienced came through in an obscure, yet beautiful assortment of edited images. Viewers were in step with every disconnected moment in David’s head. This created a narrative that created its own reality, or at least a reality that David believed to be true.

By the end of season one, David is (for lack of a more accurate term) “better”. He has gained more control and understanding of himself. He realizes he isn’t crazy, he’s a very powerful mutant.

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5 Fun (or Geeky) Takes on “12 Days of Christmas”

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Note: this article was also published on Contents May Vary.

It’s that time of the year again, where every store you go into has Christmas music playing. And while there does tend to be a good batch to listen to, there’s one song that can divide a caroling party into a fight worthy of West Side Story.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a carol from 1780 and thought to be French in origin. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) It, of course, covers the eponymous days, which start Christmas day and are said to be the days it took the Wise Men to get to Jesus with their unusual baby shower gifts. And while the cumulative nature of the song was probably some 1700 way of keeping a song going, in 2017 it just means the song tends to get old, fast.

But anyone who knows me knows I enjoy a good fun cover song. This song is no exception. So here are five fun (or geeky) covers of “12 Days of Christmas”. And I apologize in advance if this gets the song stuck in your head.

Taking It With Humour

When I was in the 4th grade, my classroom did the project where we had to figure out how much actually sending the gifts mentioned would cost. The project included ways to figure out the more nebulous things (like ladies dancing or lords a’leaping). And in fact, every year, the PNC calculates the “Christmas Price Index”. (Here’s a link to what it would cost in 2017.)

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Tea & Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ is Incandescent

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Note: this article was also published on Contents May Vary.

The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Copyright 2017. (Seen December 5, 2017.)

You ever read a book where the writing is so glorious it almost distracts from the plot of the book? Where you spend just as much time admiring the writing as you do thinking about the actual book? The Shape of Water is a gloriously filmed movie, with absolutely gorgeous cinematography — almost to the point of it being a distraction.

Set during the Cold War, The Shape of Water is del Toro’s take on the fairy tale. We are introduced to Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman. She works alongside Zelda (Octavia Spencer) during the night shift at a government facility as a cleaning woman. She lives with Giles (Richard Jenkins), a closeted gay man who does artwork for advertisements, watching musicals and variety shows on television. And every day is the same.

Every day is the same, that is, until Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) is introduced, having acquired ‘the asset’ in South America for the facility to study. At first, we only see a container with water, with movements indicating some sort of creature. But one evening, Elisa is cleaning the room it is in, and meets him (Doug Jones).

At first, it’s a friendship: she sees him as a bit of a pet, trying to tame it and not wanting to see him hurt. But, this is at heart a fairy tale, and so the friendship turns to love as Elisa explains to Giles at one point that the amphibian man (as is listed on IMDB) is the only person to not care that she is mute, and sees her for who she is.

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Podcast Review: Ending the ‘Dinner Party’

Note: this article was also published on Contents May Vary.

The Dinner Party Download, produced by American Public Media, and hosted by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam. Was released weekly, with an approximate running time of 60 minutes. Started January 2012.

Back in October of this year, if you were near me at all, you would’ve heard me give out a tropey ‘big no’. You see, I had heard that one of my favorite podcasts, The Dinner Party Download, was ending in December. The last ‘live’ episode is set to be released this week.

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Tea & Fiction – No Cups Just Plots