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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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Fandom Friday: My ‘Citizen Kane’ List — Round 1

{Header image courtesy Pixabay and used under a Creative Commons Public Domain license..}

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

I have a list of movies I’ve started calling my Citizen Kane list. I’m sure it’s something that we all can relate to: movies (as well as other media, for that matter) that, while we’ve never actually seen, are such a part of our cultural landscape that we may as well consider them watched. Funnily enough, Citizen Kane is no longer on my list as I finally saw a few years ago.

Here are five from my current list of movies that I’ve never actually seen from beginning to end, but I know all about them. And yes, the goal is to eventually take these off the list. Maybe when I invent that 48 hour day.

First is my genre shame: I have never seen Blade Runner. Even worse? My partner and I even own a copy. The problem? It has both the original and the director’s cut, and so I don’t know which one I want to watch first. I’ve seen arguments for both being the one to watch, and while I will definitely watch both, I know the first one I watch will be the one I will relate to more. The idea of replicants, the cyberpunk elements, the performance of Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, and the concepts behind it have colored the visual world of science fiction since 1982, so there isn’t much here I won’t already know. With the sequel coming soon, I plan on watching it. I just need to decide which one to watch first.

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May the Force Be With You: Star Wars 40th Anniversary

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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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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