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April 30, 2018
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Side Note

The free image-hosting service I used to use – Photobucket – changed its policies so now all the embedded images don’t work and I’m slowly reuploading the pictures and changing all the image links. In case anyone is wondering why the pictures in so many of the old entries don’t work. ^^

January 25, 2020
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The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists is based on a book of the same name by Tan Twan Eng. Jumping back and forth between “present day” 1980s, the 1950s (where the primary story takes place) and the 1940s, it tells the story of Yun Ling, the sole survivor of a Japanese war camp called the Golden Lily. Post-war, Yun Ling seeks out former Japanese Imperial gardener Nakamura Aritomo and asks for his help in building a Japanese garden to fulfil her dead sister’s wish.

⭐⭐⭐

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December 6, 2019
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Knives Out

Old Harlan Thrombey, crime novelist, is found dead, having apparently committed suicide after his birthday party. An unknown person hires Benoit Blanc, the “last gentleman detective”, to investigate this supposed suicide and it isn’t long before everyone in his household is a suspect, from the rebellious grandson to the sweet-natured caregiver.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I enjoyed this much more than I did Frozen 2 as it was a murder mystery very much in the veins of a Poirot story.

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December 6, 2019
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Frozen 2

In Frozen 2, all starts off well, and then it is not. Elsa’s hearing a creepy voice, Olaf’s pondering life, Kristoff’s wanting to propose, and Anna… Has nothing in particular on her mind. Elsa accidentally wakes the spirits or something and the Frozen Company set off to find the Enchanted Forest wherein dwell the Northuldra, who used to be friends with Arendelle. This eventually leads to Elsa pursuing the voice and answers at the mysterious river Ahtohallan…

Overall rating: ★★½ (out of five)

Okay, let’s get this over with. (This alone probably indicates my overall feelings towards the movie.)

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October 11, 2019
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Rose vs Tonight: Fantasy and Reality

In which I attempt to solidify some vague thoughts on the differences between The Purple Rose of Cairo and Tonight, at the Movies.

On the face of it, 今夜、ロマンス劇場で or Tonight, at the Movies is a Japanese variation of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Both are stories about a movie-loving person falling in love with a character who literally comes out of a movie. In Tonight, it is a budding scriptwriter and assistant director named Kenji who comes to love the adventurous Princess Miyuki. In Rose, it is Cecelia, a waitress in an unhappy marriage, who falls for dreamy archaeologist Tom Baxter.

Though both begin with the idea of a dream coming true and involve the main character having to make a choice that determines the ending, Rose presents the fantasy alongside brutal reality, and its ending is rooted in the latter. Sad ending, but the most likely logical outcome. Tonight gives us a fantasy that becomes reality, with just a hint of melancholy, and gives us an ending that is closer to a fairytale.

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September 30, 2019
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Tonight, at the Movies (2018)

今夜、ロマンス劇場で or Tonight, at the Movies (a.k.a Color Me True, which I find to be a strange alternate title) by Takeuchi Hideki is the story of Kenji, an aspiring assistant director, who is thrilled and flustered by the entrance of his favourite movie character, Princess Miyuki, into the real world.

Tonight is clearly inspired by Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo. But the story flows quite differently. Both films are billed as romantic fantasies but where Rose is heavy on the aspect of fantasy (versus reality), Tonight is more focused on the romance and is thus more lighthearted in comparison.

Overall rating: ★★★½ (out of five)

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August 5, 2019
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Seeing Self in a Spork

In which I attempt to lay out my thoughts on Forky and how the character is an interesting parallel to our humanity and relationship with God.

Toy Story 4 introduces us to a number of new characters, including Forky – a creation that Woody’s new owner, Bonnie, cobbled together from bits of craft materials and a spork. Forky serves as a comedic figure with an identity crisis completely different from anything Woody or Buzz has ever experienced.

The central characters of the Toy Story movies are almost always grappling with some form of identity issues. We first meet Woody when he finds his status as favourite toy threatened by the appearance of the shiny new space toy, Buzz Lightyear. Then in Toy Story 2, Woody contemplates the possibility of life in pristine condition but without joy – forever on display but never for play. The third movie forces Woody to face the unhappy truth of a grown-up Andy who doesn’t need him anymore, and asks him to consider life with a different master.

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