REWATCHING GHIBLI IIX, IX, X + BONUS

Pom Poko
I remembered this strange movie as raccoons who can transform with their scrotums hanging out. Even as a child, I got the message of protecting the environment and considering the impact one has on other living creatures: they lay it on pretty thick. With this viewing, which took me most of the day, I didn't feel anything new, or develop a newfound appreciation for it like I have for other films. I was amused by the tanuki's antics and dazzled by the animations during the parade full of Japanese mythological figures, but it wasn't exciting or ground-breaking throughout. The plot became repetitive and depressing because of their repeated failures. And when the ending came, it felt sudden and rushed. Am I missing something? It felt like a defeat, well, it was a defeat after all... This movie is bittersweet: it has the adorable and hilarious raccoons, but its final message was, "even if you start paying attention now, it's too late. You should have recognized earlier." 

ENJOYING TV FOR ONCE

As someone that has boldly claimed to hate TV and prefer movies over in this post, I would like to take back my words because I have recently and immensely enjoyed one, and I mildly enjoyed another one, but we'll get to that later. 

RESPECT FOR THE GRAY-HAIRED CHARACTERS

Not sure if any of you guys are familiar with the animated movie Big Fish & Begonia because it's in Chinese, but you should definitely watch if you like Chinese culture, or if you've enjoyed Studio Ghibli films, specifically Spirited Away. Some parts paid homage to the filmmakers, borderline replica (the water dragon flying into the "sky," mouse-version Yubaba, and more,) yet there is a distinct Chinese flavor.

I STILL LOATHE SHAKESPEARE


Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
     In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
     In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.

REWATCHING TWILIGHT AND BREAKING DAWN PART 2

Like every other person in the book community, I heard the news about Midnight Sun, and though I won't be reading it, I am considering rereading The Twilight Saga to torture myself/gain a new perspective. After the news came out, hilarious Twilight memes started to bombard my Instagram discover page. These fans love the series and aren't afraid to make fun of it, which I love. Seeing them so invested in the characters with imagining the possible dialogues and scenarios convinced me that I missed out on something during my reading and viewing. Plus, everyone's rewatching it.

REWATCHING GHIBLI VII |THE WORST GHIBLI FILM

I have never watched this movie, and I wish it stayed that way because it tarnishes Studio Ghibli's reputation because it is shallow, a shitty teen romance movie from the 90s, and an insult to other less shitty teen romance movies. Don't watch it. I didn't even finish it because it was that awful.

ADDICTIVE HORROR MANGA

Diner
Written by Hirayama Yumeaki
Illustrated by Kawai Takanori

I am a scaredy-cat, so I rarely ever delve into anything horror-related. I forgot how I came across this messed-up and grotesque manga, but I don't have any regrets. I only finished 6 volumes, but it took me three times to get here.

REWATCHING GHIBLI VI

Porco Rosso was one of those films I rewatched multiple times as a child because it's the few CDs I still had in my possession, it's weird, and I want to understand what it all means! With Ghibli films, you must accept the inexplicable, even if you are dying to have an explanation because that's what Miyazaki intended. Look what happened to me with Castle in the Sky. I was fixated on "plot-holes" that I ended up hating the movie, even though I enjoyed the heart/camaraderie. I have to accept that he's a pig, an actual pig.