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.
Tonight I watched “The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch / 蛇娘と白髪魔”, a Japanese horror film from 1968. I enjoyed watching it, not because the story was good, but I because I thought the props and special effects were interesting for the era. There were plenty of snakes, both real and fake, flying swords that turned into snakes, and creepy dream sequences. Lots of fun!
2022 Movies & Books
Here’s my 2022 list of books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched, with my rating of how much I liked it in parentheses (out of 10).
To see other years’ lists, click on the “List Love” menu in the top navigation.
Tonight my friend Mikey and I went to the theater to watch Macross Plus, a 1995 anime. Neither of us had seen any of the Macross saga, although now that I think back, I remember watching part of the franchise when Minmay was one of the main characters. But other than the name, I have no other recollection of Macross. Anyways, it was nice to see a non-Ghibli movie from that era!
Tonight my friend Mikey and I went to the theater to rewatch the classic Studio Ghibli film Laputa: Castle in the Sky / 天空の城ラピュタ. It was the first time for either of us to see it on the big screen, and it was also one of the Ghibli films we haven’t seem in a long time. I’m so glad we decided to watch it again because it was fantastic! There were so many iconic scenes and stills, like the ones in the photos, and the artwork of the landscapes and clouds were breathtaking. Paired with Joe Hisaishi‘s soundtrack, those scenes were absolutely magical.
One of the memories I had kept with me from the first viewing of the movie many years ago was how yummy the egg looked when they were having lunch in the cave. I just had to snap a photo of it. And yes, it still looks delicious! 😄
I hope you had a wonderful day!
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