Mamoru Hosoda’s follow-up to Summer Wars tells a more focused story while carrying over narrative and thematic ideas. The movement from the urban to the rural, the idea of hidden identities and the bond of family recur as themes in the film. However, while Summer Wars told a more original story, Wolf Children’s story is familiar, even if the film takes its own twist with the tale. Continue reading
The final entry in Kieslowski’s thematic trilogy once again explores one of the virtues represented by one of the colors of the French flag. Red represents fraternity, and the way Kieslowski explores it might be the most unusual and complex of the three films. Where Blue and White critique their respective virtues, Red ultimately affirms the ties of fraternity, making it the most optimistic film in the trilogy.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire lost me when the killer baboons attacked. To be fair, the series never had me to begin with. I found The Hunger Games brought up some interesting ideas and gave it the benefit of the doubt, thinking as the series went forward it might bring some of these themes to fruition. Instead, Catching Fires spins its wheels with more of the same, but dumber. This time we get killer baboons, poison clouds and lightning tree. Continue reading
I thought I’d give a few closing thoughts on the series. Bellow is every episode ranked in my personal order of preference. I also made a few fun categories of my other favorite things about the show. Feel free to ask me about any of my other general thoughts about the show. It was the first time I’ve gone through an anime show (I’ve seen plenty of anime movies), and it was a blast. Continue reading