2020 Movies & Books

Here’s my 2020 list of books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched, with my rating in parentheses (out of 10).

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Books

Movies and Dorama

Late Spring / 晩春 (1949)

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“Late Spring” Cedar Park, 2019

This afternoon I watched “Late Spring / 晩春”, the 1949 masterpiece directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It was excellent! I found the simple story line completely engrossing. It’s so completely different from today’s cinema, and I felt like I was watching something… pure. I don’t know how to describe it, but perhaps it was just straightforward with no gimmicks. Very refreshing. It’s time-travel back to a different era. Highly recommended!

White Snake

Can’t wait to see this. It looks awesome!

Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow (2019) – Movie Review

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“Love Live! Sunshine!! Movie” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I went with my friend Mikey to watch Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow at the local Alamo theater. I mentioned in a previous post that I was watching the first season of this anime in preparation for tonight’s movie, and I am so glad I did, otherwise I would be super-lost!

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“Yohane” Austin, 2019

The story starts with the girls moving to a new high school since their previous one was shut down, and it looks like they will have to use their “school idol” charm to win over the other students. But then the plot takes a wacky turn and the girls all end up in Italy. Although it was a weird direction for the story to go, it was a really fun setting and gave my favorite of the group, Yohane/Yoshiko, plenty of screentime, so I was happy with that aspect of it. 😄

The plot was not very cohesive, the songs and performances were great. You can tell the animators took a lot of care during these sequences as the dance moves are really well-done and realistic. I wouldn’t be surprised if they motion-captured real dancers for all the dance sequences in the movie (and the tv anime for that matter). They looked amazing!

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“Love Live! Sunshine!! Movie” Austin, 2019

I often go to special screenings of anime with my friend, and we enjoy seeing what the audience is like. For Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow, the crowd was small but more passionate than the ones at regular anime films. Some people wore Love Live!! t-shirts, others brought in backpacks full of stuffed toy characters, and one girl was wearing what looked like an idol-inspired outfit. And during one of the last songs, the people next to us broke out their glow-sticks. It was fun, and now I’m a Love Live! fan. Time to catch up on Season 2 and also the original series. 😊

As of this writing, Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow is showing for two more nights, so if you have a chance to see it, why not? It’s a lot of fun, even if you don’t know the characters!

またね~

Re-watching the Harry Potter Movies

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“Harry Potter Marathon” Cedar Park, 2019

On Memorial Day weekend, Koa decided he would try to watch all the Harry Potter movies, but when we got to move #6, we discovered that we couldn’t find the disc. I’m pretty sure we bought all of them, so it is a mystery as to where it could be. Thankfully our library has a few copies of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince so I picked it up, and we could resume our marathon, albeit a few days after the holiday weekend ended.

I forgot a lot of the Harry Potter story, so it was cool to rewatch them all again and catch all the details I missed before. And Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favorite movie of the series, but I have a new appreciation for Goblet of Fire. But one thing that I find a bit perplexing is when everyone turns against Harry in that movie, especially his best friend, Ron. I mean, Harry has never done anything to make Ron distrust him, right?

That reminds me, I should read the books… I’ve only read the last one, which was fantastic.

I hope you had a magical day!

またね~