Anime: A Love/Hate Story

Sailor Moon Crystal

The older I got, the more anime I discovered. The more anime I discovered, the more I marvelled at the stories shared in those series. The more I marveled at the stories, the more perplexed I became at just what exactly those stories included. There are certain tropes I chalk up to cultural differences — demons, Japanese school systems, preoccupation on apocalyptic imagery — but some are more difficult to explain away.

Read more on my complicated (not that complicated) feelings for anime on TheWannabes.org

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Culture Diet: Movie — Snowpiercer
Grade: A- for ASDFGHKL. This is a movie! Don’t read anything about it. Don’t ask anyone what it’s about. If you must, watch the trailer. Just going see it. Now. Yes, right now! Go!
Why A- and not A or A+? Because I don’t really “get it” completely. Perhaps that’s my American bias that requires me, as the viewer, to understand everything that happens in the movie. But I think I’ll figure out one day. When that day comes, I’ll reexamine the grade.
Also I realize this is not a very descriptive grade explanation. If you see it, you’ll understand.

Culture Diet: Movie — Snowpiercer

Grade: A- for ASDFGHKL. This is a movie! Don’t read anything about it. Don’t ask anyone what it’s about. If you must, watch the trailer. Just going see it. Now. Yes, right now! Go!

Why A- and not A or A+? Because I don’t really “get it” completely. Perhaps that’s my American bias that requires me, as the viewer, to understand everything that happens in the movie. But I think I’ll figure out one day. When that day comes, I’ll reexamine the grade.

Also I realize this is not a very descriptive grade explanation. If you see it, you’ll understand.

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Culture Diet: Movie — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Grade: A- for I had a feeling this was going to be the best blockbuster of the summer. Turns out, so far, I was right. Shedding the bad parts of Rise and focusing on the great parts of Rise a.k.a. THE APES, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gives us the Apes movie we deserve AND the Apes movie we need. One part Old World v. New World and one part Shakespeare via The Lion King, Dawn is essentially an absurd sci-fi movie that takes itself seriously, meaning it allows the audience to take it seriously. Part of you acknowledges that a physically/emotionally scarred ape maniacally shooting down humans with a machine gun as it rides a horse through flames is ridiculous. But the rest of you is just glad to be on the ride.
If I were to write movies for a living, this is exactly the type of movie I would write. Only gripe? The female apes didn’t have enough to do…besides wear headdresses and fret over the pregnant then sick Judy Greer.
IMPORTANT: Wait until the end of the credits…there’s no stinger scene but there is a hint in the audio that may factor into the next movie.

Culture Diet: Movie — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Grade: A- for I had a feeling this was going to be the best blockbuster of the summer. Turns out, so far, I was right. Shedding the bad parts of Rise and focusing on the great parts of Rise a.k.a. THE APES, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gives us the Apes movie we deserve AND the Apes movie we need. One part Old World v. New World and one part Shakespeare via The Lion King, Dawn is essentially an absurd sci-fi movie that takes itself seriously, meaning it allows the audience to take it seriously. Part of you acknowledges that a physically/emotionally scarred ape maniacally shooting down humans with a machine gun as it rides a horse through flames is ridiculous. But the rest of you is just glad to be on the ride.

If I were to write movies for a living, this is exactly the type of movie I would write. Only gripe? The female apes didn’t have enough to do…besides wear headdresses and fret over the pregnant then sick Judy Greer.

IMPORTANT: Wait until the end of the credits…there’s no stinger scene but there is a hint in the audio that may factor into the next movie.

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Culture Diet: Theater — Les Miserables
Grade: A- for I saw it again. It was glorious. Again. But this time I got to see in the front row! Everyone’s beautiful. Everyone’s talented. This time I grew accustomed to Will Swenson’s Javert — he’s much more lion-like and INTENSE closer up than from far away. You can really feel Javert’s manic piety and sense of “justice.” Great show. Will go again. Obviously.

Culture Diet: Theater — Les Miserables

Grade: A- for I saw it again. It was glorious. Again. But this time I got to see in the front row! Everyone’s beautiful. Everyone’s talented. This time I grew accustomed to Will Swenson’s Javert — he’s much more lion-like and INTENSE closer up than from far away. You can really feel Javert’s manic piety and sense of “justice.” Great show. Will go again. Obviously.

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