Monday, February 1, 2016

January is already over!

Hi everyone! I am sorry I did not post during January, but here is a type of a review of January for you! 

Enjoy!


Good movies I watched this January:

I've watched a bunch of Ghibli movies this month. :)

Note: These movies are not in a particular order, 'cause I don't have a favorite between these "good movies."


I really enjoyed The Secret World of Arrietty because it took me back to when I was younger and had fairy friends that I took care of and I imagined them really small and creative like in Arrietty. It was just a really cute movie, full of color, and nature. It was really pretty.


 

I loved Spirited Away. It was a little odd, but it was really good. It had a good main character that had development. The characters were just really good and I think Chihiro (the main character) was admirable because she always remained kind, even to her enemies. And I don't mean in a Cinderella way. Yuck. No. 
I have a lot of thoughts about Spirited Away, but I won't write them all because I could go on forever. :)
All I'll say is that it was a really good movie. 


The Cat Returns was really weird, but I really liked it. The main character was just okay, but the Baron (The cat on her shoulder) was awesome. 
There wasn't much of a big story or anything, but it was a really entertaining movie and it was fun.


From up on Poppy Hill. This movie was the most "normal" Ghibli movie. Well, "The Secret World of Arrietty" was pretty "normal" too. See, most Ghibli movies are a little odd and they target younger viewers, but Poppy Hill wasn't odd to me. It was fun to watch and the style was interesting. They mixed Japanese and French culture together. 
This movie was a roller coster of "This is a sweet story," "Okay, wait, that is weird," "Ummmm, hm, how do I feel about this?" "Wait, so...blah blah blah (I don't want to spoil it if you watch it)," "Yay!" "Hahaha!" Yeah, it was interesting. 


The Wind Rises was a really good movie. It didn't have a big story or anything, it was just an inspirational life story. It was really good, and sad. This movie is really long, but I thought it was good and it wasn't a cheesy romance. It was actually kind of sad/depressing. 
The movie takes place during World War II, and the creators did a good job of making you experience how it would feel to be a normal person who isn't actually in the war. So that's unique.



This movie was really interesting because it was the first "space" movie that I liked. This may sound weird, but whenever I use to watch "space movies" they kind of creeped me out. I have no idea why. I am still trying to figure that out. 
This movie was funny, and really entertaining. 
I really like all of the science in this movie, and appreciated that this movie didn't make it sound like a bunch o' mambo-jumbo science stuff. :) 


Ok, so I saw this in December and I really wanted to like it, I was just SO CONFUSED with the story. 

Yesterday Morgan and I watched it again, but I paused the movie to read an analysis about the story and the whole movie made WAY more sense to me! I actually liked Howl (the male character) a lot better since I understood that he understood way more than I thought. 

The first time I watched the movie, I thought that Howl was a really selfish and kinda dumb character.  I thought when he was being "romantic" it was REALLY cheesy and eye roll worthy. But! Yesterday, after reading the analysis, I actually appreciated him being "sweet" to Sophie (main character) even though it was a little cheesy. 
Howl is still selfish, but not as much as I thought. In fact, Sophie is the most selfish character in the movie! I didn't understand that until, again, I read that analysis! 

Thank you, random internet dude, for writing that analysis!! :) :) 

If you have watched the movie, or are going to watch it, here is the article: 




OK movies I watched this month: 



I thought this movie was cool, but I found it really repetitive and it kind of got boring to me because of that reason. There wasn't really any character development or anything. It was purely an action movie. Don't get me wrong, I love a good action movie, but I kind of wanted there to be more story. I was confused in this movie. 



Okay, this movie had some really funny moments and I really liked the boy character (The boy with the yellow hat), but the main character (the girl) was ugggghhhh. I think the movie would have been great if she wasn't in it! Or if they had just changed her character. She was a really boring character. She was really wimpy and her voice had that whiney, wimpy girl voice that irks my nerves. 
Other than the main character, it was alright! :) 


I liked this movie for the funny parts and the funny quotes, but this movie was really long and the characters didn't have any development, really. 
The movie was entertaining though. 


Man, this movie was really pretty! At first I didn't know if I could stand watching a movie with that type of art style, but I did and I really enjoyed it. 
The movie is really long, and the ending is not at all what you think it is going to be. Actually, the ending was not very good and it was depressing.

I found this video that explained a scene to me and I really liked it: http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.arts.anime.misc/2005-08/msg02424.html

Conclusion: a good, but sort of depressing movie. I love the art in it and I really liked when Kaguya was younger and was playing in the outdoors.

"Bad" movies I watched this month:


Omg. I couldn't stand this movie. I walked out of the room to make my lunch because it was so boring. The blonde chick in the picture, yeah, that's Marnie. Her voice drove me insane and I thought she was super annoying. 
I don't remember the main character's name, but she was weird too.

While the movie was playing, I was imagining up my own versions of the story to make it more interesting and creepy. I wanted Marnie to be a bad "guy" and, like, threaten to kill the main character. There was a scene when they were in the forest picking mushrooms...that would have been a great scene for an epic fight to happen. lol. 



Whisper of the Heart. Okay, I honestly wanted to like this movie. I did. And if I was into cheesy, cute-ish, lighthearted romances, this is the movie I would watch. But I'm not usually in the mood to watch romance-like movie. Sometimes though. 

There were some scenes in this movie that I really enjoyed, but overall it wasn't my favorite. 
The family were not very nice to each other at all and I don't think the message of the movie was that good. The main character wasn't the greatest either. It's like, the movie had potential, and the movie was going to have a good message, but the creators of the movie didn't follow through with the good idea. I might watch it again one day just to give it another chance because I seriously wanted to like it. 
In conclusion, I did like some parts because there were some really humorous things in it, but other than that, meh. 


Okay, so my sisters were watching this and I happened to be in the room at the time watching my own TV show on my iPad, so I didn't see every single part of it, but I watch most of it and I heard all of it even with my headphones on. 
Ok. It was entertaining, but **siiiggghhh** American Girl has a way of making every single thing go right for the main character and everything is all sunshine in rainbows. 
They make super duper excited and happy characters and "perfect" characters, and the "bad guy" always becomes the main character's best friend in the end. 
Everything goes just right for the character, and that is annoying. 
The good thing about American Girl movies though, is that they make a story and stick to it. They don't have unnecessary parts or get off track and confuse the viewer. 


January songs: 


Good songs I have heard:


I'll list the Japanese songs I've been listening to first:








Instrumental song I really like: 



English songs: 






German/English song I heard last year, but love it because it's from "my" TV show:





There is another song I heard recently that I am ashamed to say that I love. It's by P!nk, but that's all I'm going to say. ;) 



Books of the month: 

Okay, I admit, I haven't read hardly anything this year. :( 

But the one and only book that I have started reading this year so far is:




So far it's really good and interesting, and I can't say much else about it because I'm not that far in it. 



January news: 

I have been studying some about vlogging, experimenting with my camera, and I've been working really hard on my German. 

Soon I will be making a Youtube channel of weekly or daily (not sure yet) Vlogs and they will be in German. But so that my English speaking friends can understand I will put English subtitles in the video. :D 
I'm really excited to be working on this project, and have already made a practice Vlog in public, and I've learned some things from that. Yay! 

The first Vlog will be coming soon, as well as my new blog, so keep an eye out! :) 


Lauryn G.











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