Monday, April 13, 2015

Screens & Scenes: A Devil, The Lost Princess, and Little Bamboo

Ever since Macky and I established movie night Sundays, I've been watching more films than ever before. Here are a few that we watched recently, including one that I've seen many times (and I'm sure many of you have as well)!

Horns movie poster

WHAT: Horns (trailer)
WHO: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
WHY: I think Daniel is a genuinely good actor. Plus, Macky & I were both really curious!
LOVE: Daniel Radcliffe (though he needs to work on that accent) / the tree house in the woods / they mystery behind Merrin's death
LIKE: the symbolism of the horns that Ig develops / good versus evil versus gray
LOATHE: all of the gore / the lewd moments
RECOMMENDED FOR: Daniel Radcliffe fans, fans of gore and mysteries, offbeat film fans
WOULD I SEE IT AGAIN? Nope, nope, nope.





Anastasia movie poster

WHAT: Anastasia (trailer)
WHO: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury
WHY: Hello childhood favorite! I was seriously obsessed with the Romanov story.
LOVE: the setting / the song numbers / the romance / the Romanov story
LIKE: the animation / Pooka as deux ex machina
LOATHE: Rasputin, for obvious reasons, but also because he lacks a back story
RECOMMENDED FOR: animated film fans, Romanov enthusiasts, musical junkies
WOULD I SEE IT AGAIN? I watched it for the billionth time already, so obviously, yes.



The Tale of Princess Kaguya movie poster

WHAT: The Tale of Princess Kaguya (trailer)
WHO: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto (Japanese) // Chloe Grace Moretz, Darren Criss, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen (English dub)
WHY: I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture, especially their folktales and myths. Plus,the animation looked stunning!
LOVE: the animation / Kaguya / Kaguya's mom / Kaguya's attendant / Sutemaru / the depiction of nature
LIKE: the plot / the transitions
LOATHE: the way this made me cry by the end
RECOMMENDED FOR: fans of Studio Ghibli & Japanese animation, fans of Japanese culture & folktales, those who enjoy whimsical heartbreaking tales
WOULD I SEE IT AGAIN? For sure! The animation was incredible.

6 comments:

  1. I'm not the biggest fan of gore but I'm really really curious to watch Horns, so I'm glad that you guys found many good things to love in the movie too!

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  2. I adore Anastasia. I've seen that movie a million times too. I also like Princess Kaguya. I haven't seen Horns yet.

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  3. I am ashamed that I still have not seen The Tale of Princess Kaguya! I'm hoping the IFC Center will have another Ghibli marathon soon so I can catch it during that!

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  4. Oh man, Dimitri...the cause of young girls' fluttering hearts all over the world. When he showed up on that buzzed article about hot cartoon characters, I was like, yesss. And I loved all of Ana's outfits (from orphan coat to blue dress to yellow ball gown)...obviously I cared about the important parts of that movie.


    I need to watch Princess Kaguya since I love Miyazaki movies & folk tales in general. Oh, and we can't forget ol' Daniel. Only he could pull off horns. Great recs, Alexa :)

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  5. Leah @ The Pretty Good GatsbyApril 14, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Anastasia forever and always ♥ I have the soundtrack on my ipod and whenever I'm in need of a pick-me-up I immediately head for it!

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  6. I'm curious about Horns, but I don't like gore in movies all that much.. Anastasia is the BEST. I love the music <3

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