Category Archives: Movies

Tea & Review: A Suitable Girl

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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Tea & Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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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Tea & Review: The Red Turtle (2016)

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.
 

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Tea & Review: Miss Hokusai (2015)

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.
 

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Tea & Review: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)

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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Podcast: The Redemption of M. Night Shyamalan?

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”.

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Tea & Review: Train to Busan

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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Tea & Review: La La Land – For Love or Career

(Photo Courtesy of Lions Gate Publicity, Photo Credit: Dale Robinette) 

The opening scene of La La Land was exactly what I wanted to happen when I was in middle school.

I wanted my fellow students to jump on top of their desks and dance in an in sync, yet unrehearsed manner. And then, somehow magically, I too would develop the voice similar to that of The Little Mermaid. I would holler out of a showstopper.

It is truly a wonder that I was never in the drama club.

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