A Very Loud Noisemaker Killed “A Quiet Place”: My Brain

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Ironically enough, in a recent post for this blog I admitted that I had an issue with mocking subject matter in a way that made me sound elitist and narcissistic. Approximately a week later, I have found a subject that brought out once again that traditional style of ranting to myself for personal pleasure; a purely emotional response filled with rage, frustration, and a negative merriment reminiscent of my old persona. Once again, I must fight the urge to outright mock the living hell out of a film so bad in my eyes that I come across as a shit-throwing bigot for kicks. This in mind, I wish to rationally and calmly (relative term) explain why I think this film is so astonishingly awful. To do this, I have to spoil large portions of the film, so let it be known that extremely large spoilers lie ahead. (more…)

Day Thirty: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (MotM 2018)

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Something odd has been occurring to me lately when indulging in trilogy films. Whether it be Spider-ManAlien, Nolan’s Batman, or now this, I seem to not be impressed by the second outing, which many fans of these franchises consider either better or more enjoyable than their first entry. I swear I’m not intending to have this happen—I guess I’m just a hipster? (more…)

Day Twenty-Nine: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (MotM 2018)

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There’s an interesting thing in regards to this string of movies. For whatever reason, the parent series is considered a classic of the anime medium, and many fans hold it with high esteem and a symbol of creative genius. I’ve seen the parent series. I liked it quite a bit. It certainly has more substance and nihilistic anxiety than basically every anime to follow or precede it. I would recommend it to any anime enthusiast and to people outside of this colorful(?) medium, too. (more…)

Day Twenty-Six: Kurenai no Buta (MotM 2018)

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They say there’s a “magic” to Studio Ghibli. Everyone seems to remember the films with the most fantastic imagery, the most flawless animation, the grandest of visual output. People remember Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away without even remembering them; they were just that amazing and memorable. Using this blissful creativity gives the legendary animation studio a crutch to lean on when their stories aren’t always the most complex, logical, or even interesting. While arguing that people only see a “magic” surrounding Ghibli films because they overemphasize the visual aspect is not an argument I would make, it is something I think I’ve unconsciously accepted with my spotty track record with the studio. To consider the films I’ve seen “overrated” would be an understatement—especially when people hail them as some of the greatest films to ever exist. (more…)