Cinema #37: Infinity War Part One

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 I’ve seen Infinity War twice as of writing this. I kept debating on and off if I wanted to write about it. It’s difficult to write about the finale of 10 years and 18 movies without spoilers, without giving something away, and the one thing I don’t want to do is spoil this film for someone. So I figured I’d do something completely different.


 Last year I did my first after film rant. It was dark, it was terrible, and I slightly spoiled something for someone. This time, I’ll only be talking about my emotions throughout the film, and what I hope for in the future. Hopefully, this way, no one will be spoiled, and I can get rid of these Thanos based thoughts that have been swirling in my head since Thursday.  

  When I walked into the theater I felt excitement and hope. I was thinking how would they culminate 10 years worth of story telling in two hours? What would happen next. 

 A quarter way through the film, I felt, very very stressed. There was a lot of death and mayhem going on, and I was hoping for a quick resolution. My stress was only sliced by a sliver of excitement as all the characters were meeting each other. 


 Half Way through the film, I am just utterly stressed. I can’t talk about what happened because I don’t want to spoil it, but my bottom lip had a groove in it, from pressing my teeth into it for half a film. 

 3/4 of the way, and I was pretty sad, but hopeful that maybe the gang would be able to turn it around. 

At the end of the film, I was angry, sad, and disappointed. It wasn’t necessarily that I didn’t enjoy the film, or didn’t think it was good. I just was not prepared for the culmination of the series in this way. I was not prepared for this film in anyway, every twist and turn hit me like a ton of bricks. I must say that this film should have made me cry, but I was too angry to cry. Once I actually started processing what had happened, I cried a little, but not as much as I expected. 


  Despite the downward dip in my emotions towards the end, Infinity War kept me enthralled the entire time. I was on the edge of my seat, biting my lip, and my nails, and the popcorn, because all the craziness was making me so concerned for what was going to happen in the film. 

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Cinema #37: The Cat Returns

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  I missed almost every Ghibli Fest movie last year, and only had the chance to venture out for The Castle Of Cagliostro which was absolutely amazing, if you’d like to know more about what I thought about that film, I wrote about it here. This year, I wanted to try and do more than one, so we started with The Cat Returns. 


 This was a film I had never seen, and so I was going in with fresh eyes and I was so excited about the experience of seeing an Ghibli film that I hadn’t seen a hundred times, and seeing it on the big screen is always better, I don’t care what anyone else tells you. 


  The Cat Returns follows a girl named Haru, who one day comes across a cat carrying a present in its mouth as it crosses the street. The Cat drops the parcel, and the light turns green, and he narrowly avoids being ran over by a semi, when Haru swoops him up literally in a lacrosse net. The cat then stands on his hind legs and begins to thank her for saving him, that he’s late for an important event, but will be back later to thank her properly.


 Apparently, Haru has always had an affinity for understanding cats, as she used to speak to them when she was younger. Later, that night she is visited by the king of the Cat Kingdom, who informs her, that she saved the life of the Prince, Lune, and thus will be rained upon with everything that would bring her happiness. 


  Hilarity ensues, as she is visited by copious amounts of mice, her own personal cat entourage, her weight in catnip, and her own yard chock full of cat tails. Unfortunately, statutes were made for cats and not humans so they have very different ideas of complete happiness. 


 Haru is visited by a cat on the kings court, who tells her she will marry the prince of Cat Kingdom, Lune, and they will live happily ever after in the kingdom. Since she doesn’t want to marry a cat, she is told to visit the Baron and he will solve her problems. 


  I absolutely loved the film. I loved the colors, and how every cat had a different personality. Some were clothed, some weren’t but each cat had something different and unique about them. The action was fun and fast paced as well, the cats came and swooped up Haru, and the chase was on like a locomotive. 


   My favorite characters have to be Lune, Baron, the Harem cats were so adorable, and of course Muta! Although the film was pretty short, barely an hour, it’s definitely a film I recommend. I would love to add it to my collection, and I think it’s all around an adorable film that everyone would enjoy. 


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Cinema #33: Favorite Movies of 2017

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  The end of the year is really coming up fast! I can't believe it's Christmas already! Merry Christmas if you celebrate. I thought it would be fun to start the week by ranting about my favorite films of 2017. I won't go into too much detail because a lot of these movies I've talked about at some point throughout the year. Without further ado, here are my favorite films of 2017. 

 - Lupin: Castle Of Cagliostro: Even though this movie just celebrated it's 39 anniversary with a theater re-release, it was the first time I had ever seen it. It was Miyazaki's Directorial Debut, and it's completely different from the lecherous master thief that we've come to know and love. I have a whole post about it, but I loved the unique take on Lupin and the Gang, and the animation was absolutely breathtaking, and it's a classic that has survived the decades. 


- Kingsman Golden Circle: I don't think I need to go into how much I loved Golden Circle. I'm pretty sure I've been gushing about it since I went to go see it in theaters. I really do think it surpassed the original, and there are very few films I can say that about. I'm really hoping there will be a third. 

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- My Little Pony: I've written a post about why you should watch the reboot cartoon, and I've also written a post about the film. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS FILM! The animation was top notch, there were redeemable characters, Twilight Sparkle had a crisis of character and I loved every minute of it. 


- Baby Driver: I didn't really write about Baby Driver. It definitely isn't the kind of film, I would normally go see, but something about it aesthetically pulled me in, and then once I was there I was hooked. I loved the stunts, the different cars, all the awesome music, and the underlying romance of it all. Definitely, a film I want to add to the collection. 


- Wonder Woman: I didn't write about Wonder Woman either, but then again did I really need too? I felt so alive after seeing Wonder Woman on screen, and I'm honestly not even a huge fan of hers. I absolutely loved the movie and I left the theater with a new love and respect for the character. Definitely could have used more Ladies of Color (Fight me!) but I was quite a fan of Chris Pine, and once I got over the initial shock of Remus Lupin being a bad guy, I knew this film would have to join the collection. Dr. Poison was a pretty bad ass villain as well. 


- Devotion Of Suspect X: There's a whole post dedicated to this film. So I won't fangirl on you, but if you haven't seen it, go watch it. An amazingly intricate murder mystery where the villain may surprise you. Galileo definitely does not disappoint, and the film is visually stunning. Chinese Audio with English Subtitles though. You're welcome.


- Sailor Moon R: I debated about putting this film on the list, because I had seen it countless times before this year, and it wasn't a favorite then. I think it belongs on the list because of the amazing opportunity to see anime in theaters and on the big screen. Sure the film wasn't totally new, but there were some scenes that were changed, it had a new audio dub, an animated short, and an interview that wasn't there before. With the nostalgia hitting me so hard I cried through half of the film, it's no wonder it snuck its way onto this list anyhow. 

- Batman and Harley: I was very surprised by this film. I didn't think I was going to like it at all. Batman and Harley? Why would you bother? I'm not a huge fan of Harley either, but she's become pretty big news in the last year or two. I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong and absolutely loved it. I loved the art, I loved the indirect Adult Humor that flooded this film, I love that Harls and Dick have a tickle war, and Swamp Thing? Absolutely Epic. If you haven't seen it yet, Do yourself a favor. You won't regret it. 


- Spiderman: Homecoming: I know I recently wrote about my issues with the film. However, other than Amazing Spiderman, I think it may be my favorite rendition of Peter Parker. I know it's not the most popular opinion, but I really loved the diversity and the fact that it wasn't yet ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY. Everyone knows the origin story of Peter Parker, just like with Batman, you don't need to run through it again. The fact that the film started right after Civil War, probably cinches it, because Civil War is my favorite Marvel Film. 


- Thor: Ragnarok: I know I just said Civil War is my favorite Marvel Film, but this Thor comes in at a close second. I was never a fan of Thor before, mostly because I just don't get it. I mean he's a god, what's the point? I think the thing that really cinched me going to see it was Valkyrie, and once I was there, Valkyrie and Hela kept me there. I really wanted more of both, and as Hela is literally the goddess of Death, I definitely expected more, but...Baby Steps, I guess.  


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