Gundam on the Silver Screen

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“Gundam” Austin, 2022

Tonight my good friend Mikey and I went to watch Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island at the Alamo Drafthouse. I don’t know anything about Gundam besides them being giant soldier-robots, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was interested and it’s a perfect movie to see with Mikey. (when an anime is showing at the theater in Austin, Mikey and I will most likely go see it together)

It was a fun show! The battles were pretty cool, although there weren’t as many as I thought there might be. I liked all the characters and there were some funny jokes scattered through the story. I don’t think it will win any awards, but it was entertaining, nonetheless, and made for a nice evening!

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“Where’s Amuro?” Austin, 2022

Pompo: The Cinéphile

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“Pompo-san” Austin, 2022

My friend and I went to see Pompo: The Cinéphile at the theater as part of our anime-watching habit. Whenever GKIDS has a special screening, he buys the tickets, and I buy the beer (the theater has beer on tap!). It’s something I really look forward to!

Anyways, I thought the movie was excellent. The plot is basically the making of a movie, but there are so many little inspirational nuggets thrown in that I was kind of blown away and even got a little emotional. What a movie! And maybe it was the beer too. But regardless, Pompo: The Cinéphile left me with a positive attitude and life seemed just a bit brighter.

A very nice little gem of a film. Go see it!

Watched Garden State

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“Watching Garden State” Cedar Park, 2022

While browsing Amazon Prime Movies, Garden State popped up in the recommendations. I have kind of known about this 2004 movie for a long time and have been mildly interested but not enough to actually watch it but since i had a couple of hours, today was the day!

Although I enjoyed Garden State, I think it is more suited to a younger version of myself. I think I would have been really into if I saw it when it first came out, but now it felt a little naive and lacking. Still, I am happy I watched it.

One thing I am happy about is that while reading the movie’s Wikipedia page, I learned about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. I think that bit of info was worth watching the movie for. 😀

Movie Day

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” Austin 2022

I had the day off today, so we went and saw Everything Everywhere All at Once. It was amazing! ❤️❤️❤️

I Finally Watched La Dolce Vita

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“La Dolce Vita” Cedar Park, 2022

This afternoon, I watched Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”. What an odd movie! Watching the 1960 film in 2022 added another disorienting dimension for me and I couldn’t tell which parts were truly indicative of the times, and which were more fantastical versions. I suppose that added to the charm and mystery.

My favorite part of the film was when Marcello’s father came to visit. He seemed like the character who was most grounded in real life, which is probably why I enjoyed his scenes.

Overall, I am happy I watched to have finally watched this cinematic masterpiece, but I felt like I was watching from a great distance, both culturally and artistically.