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The Madness of Doctor Strange and the Maddening Multiverse of Madness
We start with a hearty chase in, somewhere. Dr Strange and an unassuming teenager are running away from a tentacle monster, and I have seen far too much on the internet to know where this is going. Oh good god no. Anyway they have their path cut off by said monster, and Doctor Strange proceeds to trap it, clever. If you, like me, thought they would use this opportunity to have the teen go beyond and try to get to their destination, you would be completely wrong because Strange decides to suck the life out of the girl instead. Confusion is a good word to use here. This process is interrupted by the fact that the monster stabs Strange through the heart, following which she manages to monkey bar her way through the monster and get there anyway. She did get caught, but she got there. Imagine if she did that when the monster was trapped. The film would have been over. And we cannot have that now can we? Regardless, she panics, opens a star shaped portal and pulls herself, the tentacles, and the corpse of Strange to another reality.
Comprehending The Last of Us Part 2
Introduction Following the events of The Last of Us, we see Joel and Ellie living in Jackson, a place of relative peace where they can try to build a life for themselves, rather than fighting to survive everyday. Joel receives the chance to be a father again, while Ellie has the chance to be a child in a callous world. He wants to protect her because through their journey he has come to see her not as a package, but as a daughter. Ellie, in turn, cares deeply for Joel as a result of him being one of the few people in her life that has stayed and not abandoned her.
A recovering addict is clearing her mothers house following her death, preparing to sell what she can and move to the city in the hopes of finding a job to support her young daughter and even younger son. It is during this final push where she is visited by her ex boyfriend, Rob, and his friend, Sammy. While things seem amicable at the start, tensions rise, and things escalate till Jessica is locked in the storage room. When she is secured in the room, Jessica is given a packet of drugs, as Rob wants her to relapse and re enter their world. Things get rough, people are turned into ex-humans and everything is wrapped up in a neat bow at the end.
Belle + What is to Come Moving Forward.
Mamoru Hosoda clearly has a fascination with the internet and the connectivity it allows for people, as it is a topic he revisits every decade as the online world continues to evolve. It is in this online world where Belle takes place.
Attack on Titan Episode 76
It begins, after nearly nine years, we embark upon the final arc of Attack on Titan. For those that read the manga, who knows if the anime will stick to the canon ending or create their own specifically for the anime. The episode in itself carried on the narrative as if there was no gap in between, beginning bombastically with the second invasion upon Paradis. Eren faces Liberio despite the advice of those that have similar goals to him.
Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate.
This is the kind of show that you watch, and ask yourself, ‘what did I just witness?’ To give the simple answer, it is quite literally, food porn. If you have not seen any of the show, you have no idea how apt of a description that is.
Moments - 09 - Haikyuu!! To The Top (Hinata Receives)
Hinata is a diminutive middle schooler who's only desire is to play volleyball after having seen the Karasuno Crows play in the nationals. Having trained as much as he can by himself, and begging his friends for help he was able to compete in a tournament for the first time, though it was in his final year of middle school. Despite his enthusiasm the occasion gets to him, though coming face to face with the setter of the opposing team calms his nerves significantly. Playing against a powerhouse emphasizes the difference in ability between students who practiced regularly, and Hinata alongside his friends. Yet he does not yield, instead he fights harder putting his body on the line, not for the match, but for a single point. It is not enough. Hinata loses his only middle school match, though he finds himself a rival to fight in his volleyball journey. Kageyama, the setter he faced.
Moments - 08 - The Last Samurai (I will miss our conversations)
The Last Samurai is a film that has stuck with me since its release. There was a meditative nature to the film where we follow the protagonist during his time in Japan at the turn of the century. Starting as a former soldier suffering from PTSD in the United State's, to moving to Japan to train infantryman, till finally he is held captive by the samurai over the winter. Seeing his change and the relationship that he develops with the leader of the samurai is quite fascinating. Thus the moment that stood out to me the most is the culmination of this relationship at the finale of the film.
Moments - 07 - Promare (Deus Ex Machina)
Promare is an odd film from a conventional point of view, however it is very much a distilled synthesis of everything Studio Trigger. It is kinetic, loud, colorful and completely unapologetic in its presentation. At its fastest the pacing is that of a formula 1 car at top speed, at its slowest it is a sports car at top speed, and it never let's up. The art style is very much Trigger at its core as it very much resembles Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill. What we are going to be talking about is something very particular that happens towards the third act of the film.
Moments - 06 - Violet Evergarden The Movie (Sound and Stillness)
Violet Evergarden the Movie is a film that I have been looking forward to watching for quite a while, and if you have read my prior articles on Violet Evergarden you may know just how highly I think of the show as a whole. Having watched it now, I am glad to know that it lived up to and surpassed my expectations for the standard of quality that it was able to reach. Calling back to many of the episodes that were present in the show, while developing the world, and characters in tandem.
Moments - 05 - Garden of Words (Silence)
Garden of Words is a film that I have been fascinated by for a long time. It is a simple narrative about a high school student and an older woman that spends their mornings in the park when it is raining. They talk, and slowly develop a bond between them that actively helps the other in its own way. From a character perspective they are well realized, as from a relatability point of view, I have found that as I have gotten older the character that I relate to more has shifted from the teenager to the teacher.
Moments - 04 - The Rock (Shower Room Shoot-Out)
The Rock is one of the first films that I remember watching, and after all these years, it has remained in my mind. The characters, the narrative, the action, the soundtrack are all well executed. Though what has left the strongest impression was the shower room scene at the midway point in the film. In my younger years why that scene stood out was a mystery to me, however with age and understanding, meaning and interpretation has come about leading me to appreciate the scene even more than simply liking it because it was cool.