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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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No Female Director for ‘Gotham City Sirens’

Well, smack my ass and call me Christmas.

Just when I had given 2016 up for dead a little light has glistened in this dark, dark time.

It was announced today that David Ayers, director of ‘Suicide Squad’, and Margot Robbie are teaming up to bring the ‘Gotham City Sirens’ to the silver screen.

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Tea & Review: Arrival – A Perfect Modern Sci-fi

There’s an art to any story. For me personally, I have an issue with loving new science fiction movies. Specifically modern day science fiction movies.

Why? Well, we’ve been kind of spoiled. In terms of popular science fiction, we’ve peaked really quickly. When Star Wars debuted in the 80’s it kind of setup a template, a marker if you will as to what a good science fiction movie should look like.

This isn’t a diss against Star Wars. As you’ll see in December we will be all about the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. But let’s be real for a second. Star Wars created a format for any future science fiction film. We got a bad guy, good guy and  space in-between.

And then we move into the modern day version of a science fiction with movies like Independence Day. I can’t speak for every movie goer but after the first Independence Day came out it seemed like Hollywood was hell bent on sticking to the humans vs. aliens format.

It becomes problematic when you start seeing the same storylines over and over again. Hollywood then sees that people like it and they seem the same concepts on repeat.

This is literally what makes Arrival an amazing film. It defies all the common expectations. It distinctly doesn’t allow itself to devolve into a cliche, which any moviegoer can appreciate.

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TEA & REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 Do you ever have that feeling, when you want to like something so badly? And you’ve assured yourself that it isn’t even that awful, that it must be perfectly logical to like it. For me, I would love to enjoy lemon meringue pie. I’m not sure why I don’t like it. I love the meringue bit on top and the texture of the pie itself. I just don’t like all the ingredients together. Many people adore this dessert. I am not amongst them. I just didn’t expect Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be my lemon meringue pie.

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Astro-bite: Carrying All That You Can

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled: “Liberating the Astronauts” by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In “Liberating The Astronauts”, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from Carrying All That You Can

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Tea & Review: Captain America Civil War – The Digital Release

Editor’s Note: Any and all characters mentioned are property of Marvel along with any samples of audio we used during this podcast. BEWARE OF SPOILERS THERE ARE A LOT. 

Captain America: Civil War is a superhero movie that critics and audiences agreed were good. Watching the movie it is easy to understand why.
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