A few years ago, I worked at a summer camp. There was a particular child at this summer camp that came in every day clad in Star Wars shirts and shoes. It impressed the staff and was a testament that is possible to parent while instilling a healthy geek background.
Obviously, the child hadn’t even been born when A New Hope came out in 1977. What has always been impressive about the Star Wars universe is its ability to remain relevant to generations that followed.
My fondest memory is when I used my dad’s metallic basketball pump as a lightsaber. It got dinged up, a lot, as I waved it around whacking into other things, pretending I was battling Darth Vader.
I was not a girly-girly. I liked Sailor Moon but prior to that, I fancied myself a Jedi.
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, RIP) was kickass. I mean, when we first see her or really hear her speak she’s Darth Vader’s prisoner. But she’s not small. She’s not scared. She’s defiant. She’s everything women want to be when surrounded by men who want to destroy her world (literally).
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Editor’s Note: The struggle of being a Marvel fangirl is real. In this week’s episode, we discuss the amazing things the Marvel Cinematic and Television Universe (Logan, Legion)has given us. Along with the unfortunate pitfalls (and culture appropriation) i.e. Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.
A Suitable Girl debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd 2017.
A Suitable Girl
Directors: Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra
At the beginning of A Suitable Girl we come to the juxtaposition between two very stark moments in time.
As an audience, we are given a montage of images: an evolution of little Indian girls growing under the watchful eye of their families.
But the narration offers us what is to be their future. It is a blunt, sweeping attempt to angle us all in the proper direction: marriage.
There will eventually come a time where she will marry and leave her family behind.
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Beauty and the Beast – Not Quite the Original
Beauty and the Beast (2017), stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince Adam. It is the newest live-action movie by Disney.
Belle is also the third princess made into a live-action and the words “third time’s the charm” definitely rang true.
Beauty and the Beast hits a unique spot for both being modern and nostalgic fans who grew up with the 1991 version.
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The Red Turtle is an animated film about a man stranded on an island who later meets a large red turtle, hence the title. It is also a Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch film. This is the first film for Studio Ghibli since 2014. While this is the first feature film for animator director Michaël Dudok de Wit.
Continue reading Tea & Review: The Red Turtle (2016)
Miss Hokusai is a anime about Katsushika Oi. Born O-Ei (Anne Watanabe) and her life as an artist during the Edo era in Japan. Her father Tetsuzo (Yutaka Matsushige), is a famous artist that works under the pseudonym of Hokusai. Hence the title.
Her life is like that of a traditional apprentice. She learns her trade and works under her father’s name. She doesn’t sign any of her own works because as great as she is, she is still Tetsuzo’s student. And it isn’t until the end of the movie that Tetsuzo tells her that she should think of an artist name. Meaning he has deemed her worthy enough that she should sign her own works.
Continue reading Tea & Review: Miss Hokusai (2015)
Sailor Moon is as problematic as she is alluring. Her disguise power pen would be an awesome accessory for any occasion. The squad goals are everyone’s goals. Her man is tall, handsome. Also, he didn’t issue a restraining order when she pleaded with him they were meant to be together. But there is always a but.
Sailor Moon, at least the Sailor Moon in America, there are issues. Re-watching as an adult it is always frustrating. Specifically when Sailor Moon collapses into a phone booth crying because her ex-boyfriend won’t give her the time of day.
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Your Name is a Japanese anime movie that was released in 2016. The story revolves around two high schoolers Mitsuha Miyamizu (Mono Kamishiraishi) and Taki Tachibana (Ryunosuku Kamiki).
Mitsuha lives in the rural town near the mountains and is a Miko (shrine maiden) of the family shrine.
Taki lives in Tokyo and works part time as a waiter in an Italian restaurant. Their lives are drastically different from each other’s, including their temperaments
Then, for some mysterious reason, they begin to switch bodies. At first, each believes they were having an extremely realistic dream. Until their respective friends and families comment on how strange they were acting. Then, after finding notes they both leave for the other, they both realize they have a problem on their hands.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s career of producing good movies has been an unfortunate pattern of hits and misses.
In 1999, Shyamalan hit the blockbuster payload when The Sixth Sense gave the universe the ultimate freaky line that would stand the test of time.
“I see dead people.”
Shymalan’s ultimately created a shock and awe template for his films that left audience members with a twist, with sprinkles of Alfred Hitchcock seen throughout.
But following the horrible, white washed flop of Shyamalan’s 2010 film The Last Airbender the director began what we could easily call a “creative freefall into hell”.
Continue reading Podcast: The Redemption of M. Night Shyamalan?
Train to Busan is a South Korean zombie movie. The bulk of the movie takes place on the high-speed train, the KTX, as it leaves from Seoul to Busan.
The zombies in the movie are reminiscent of the ones in the cinematic version of World War Z or 28 Days. They are a strong and swift horde that engulfs anyone in their path, spreading the sickness within seconds of being bitten. In the realm of zombies, Train to Busan doesn’t offer anything new. As an audience, we have seen these types of zombies before. But the other aspects, like the pacing and characters that make it a blockbuster.
The pacing of the movie is well done. The outbreak doesn’t happen suddenly, rather it builds into the catastrophe.
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