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WALL-E Review (spoilers)

WALL-E (2008), written by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, directed by Andrew Stanton

Overall Rating: 5/10

I know my rating of this movie is probably making you freak out, but hear me out.  I do not think WALL-E is a bad movie in the slightest, my ratings are just based on it being compared to the other Pixar movies and how they fall on my scale.

WALL-E is about earth in the future, where it has been abandoned and flooded with robots to help clean up the mess.  All of humankind has been in a spaceship, the Axiom, for 700 years waiting for earth to be healthy to live on again.  WALL-E seems to be the last of the robots cleaning the earth, and he has a particular interest in humans and their artifacts.  Eve, a mysterious robot sent from the Axiom, has come to search for any signs of life.  WALL-E falls in love with her and the two hit it off, until she finds a seedling he had discovered and completely shuts down.  They both return to the Axiom and work along with the captain to try to get humankind back to earth again.

First, the things I loved: I loved WALL-E’s admiration for Hello Dolly and the music from it.  I loved the animation and the message of the film.  I loved Eve and WALL-E together and their supporting cast of robots, like Mo and the malfunctioning robots.

I have a hard time getting through WALL-E because it feels like it moves very slowly and I have a hard time staying focused on it.  I don’t mind slow movies, I loved Saving Mr. Banks and Gone With the Wind.  I just didn’t sympathize with the characters a lot and I wish there had been more relationships between the robots and humans.  Everyone seemed so disconnected (which may have been on purpose because of the increasing technology in their lives), and it was just difficult to watch as humankind spun into laziness and lack of ambition.

Again, this is a great movie, very cute, I just don’t connect with it as much as others do.  We all appreciate things in different ways and this is not a film I really found to enjoy as much as other Pixar movies

Current Rankings:

  1. The Incredibles
  2. Ratatouille
  3. WALL-E

 

Rapunzel Cosplay: Plan and Fabric

With Christmas over with, I have some Jo-Ann’s gift cards in my wallet that I immediately spent on fabric and supplies for a new cosplay: Rapunzel.

To make this, I’m using three different patterns and combining them together:

  • McCall’s #7363 for the skirt
  • Simplicity’s Snow White and Cinderella pattern for just the bodice (which is a separate piece from the skirt)
  • The 3/4 sleeves I’m free handing

Here are the different fabrics I chose

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The farthest to the left is the fabric for the skirt, this is a polyester fabric.  Next over is the sheer fabric for the 3/4 sleeves.  Second to last is the fabric for the puff of the sleeves, this is a cotton-polyester blend.  Lastly, the swirly fabric is for the bodice.  All of these were purchased at Jo-Ann’s.

I’ll keep you all posted, I’m planning on starting with the skirt because it will probably be the fastest part of the process.  Keep looking here for updates 🙂

Top 5 Books I Read in 2016

1.) Buffering by Hannah Hart

Autobiographies are always interesting and this book was no exception.  Most books released by youtubers I have thought to be poorly written or not interesting enough to pick up.  However, as one who keeps much of her private life away from the public eye, I was curious to see what Hannah’s story was.  Not only was it inspiring (yet devastating), but it was also extremely well written.  This would be a good autobiography to start out with if you’re looking to get into the genre.

2.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This was the first novel I read this year and it’s hard to describe and review because it is a book targeted towards a younger audience, but the themes and imagery become dark and often scary.  The story whisked me off my feet with the whimsy and detail of the storytelling and I appreciated the frustrations the main character faced of being a “powerless” child.

3.) Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Another autobiography, yet this one is on a different note than Hart’s.  De Rossi shares her journey of struggling with an eating disorder and her path that led her to who she is today.

4.) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Gay love stories are always great to read because rather than concretely falling in love, the characters have to discover their feelings and are confused by them, which means more description about how the other person makes them feel.  This novel did just that and I love reading first person books from a male perspective.

5.) The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A classic I had yet to pick up.  I saw the musical earlier in the year and was ashamed with myself that I’d never read the book.  It lives up to the hype and its place as one of the most classic and inspiring novels in American literary history.

 

The Incredibles Review (spoilers)

The Incredibles (2004), written and directed by Brad Bird

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

The Incredibles follows the life of an ex-superhero family that has been banned by the government from saving others.  Bob and Helen Parr (formerly Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl) are raising a family in the quiet suburbs of the 1960s, complete with their three children who also possess superpowers.  Bob is restless after working an unhappy job and is taking every possible opportunity to relive his glory days as a superhero.  He is set a top secret message by a woman called Mirage who claims to be representing a government agency in need to superhero assistance.  As the movie progresses, we discover that the whole operation is being run by Syndrome, formerly “Buddy” who’s goal is to defeat all of the remaining superheroes so that no one can be “super” anymore.  Bob escapes with the help of his wife and children, Violet and Dash.  It is up to them to save the world from Syndrome’s scientific creation and keep him from murdering any more superheroes.

I have great memories associated with this film, therefore it has to be high on my list.  My family always watched it together because it was enjoyed by all of us.  I didn’t like superhero movies because the main character was always a boy, so this film gave characters we could all relate to and bond over as a family.

The characters in this film are dynamic and believable which is important to one of the main themes of the film: family.  Though the whole family has superpowers, they still argue and have the same problems every normal family has.  As Helen discovers her children are on the plane with her, he first concern is a sitter for their toddler son who is still at home.  The Incredible fight over the dinner table and struggle with their identities as most families do.  This method of writing is extremely effective, because it allows this superhero family to not seem as unrelatable as some of these all powerful, brooding superheroes our culture has come to love.  Brad Bird has a standout performance as supporting character Edna Mode.  Her character brings so much fun and comedy to the piece and is definitely one of my favorite characters in Pixar’s universe.

I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about this movie.  If anything I would have liked to see more of the family dynamic than what was featured but hopefully we’ll get some of that in The Incredibles 2.

Current Rankings:

1. The Incredibles

2. Ratatouille

Ratatouille Review (spoilers)

Ratatouille (2007), Written and Directed by Brad Bird

Overall Ranking: 7.5/10

Starting in no particular order, my father and I first watched Ratatouille which is one of the few Pixar films we actually own.  This film is one I know many children have found boring based on interviewing the children I babysit.  But I always liked this movie as a child and really loved the message about how anyone can do anything.

The story surrounds Remy who dreams of being a chef, inspired by famed chef Gusteau, but there’s one problem: he’s a rat. Accidentally landing in Paris after being separated from his family Remy finds a janitor, Linguini, working at Gusteau’s remaining restaurant.  The unlikely pair join together to fulfill Remy’s lifelong dream and allow Linguini to live a better life.  Head chef Skinner starts suspecting something is going on with Linguini and catches glimpses of the rat underneath his hat.  It is up to Remy and Linguini to keep their secret a health inspector, Skinner, and the other workers in the kitchen, all while finding the perfect recipe to create for Anton Ego, the harshest food critic in all of France.

As we watched this film I leaned over to my dad and mentioned that Ratatouille is such a good movie to see how Pixar’s creative team approaches movies.  The conversation in the production room probably went something like this:

“Cooking movie…in France…there’s this undiscovered chef who is super good at what he does but no one has discovered him and he doesn’t have the means to go to school.  What’s his backstory?”

“He could be poor?”

“Guys we’re Pixar we have to do better than that.  What if he’s a rat?  What if a rat tried to cook in a gourmet kitchen?”

Pixar takes all of our societal expectations and flips them on their head and that is what makes their movie superior.

Overall, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the characters.  The two villains, Skinner and Anton, had distinguishable motives that allowed their conflicts with the main characters to not be similar in the slightest.  Linguini’s sheepish personality partnered with Remy’s fierce ambition made them the perfect team that the audience could root for.  Colette was also a bold and dynamic female character which brought flavor (no pun intended) to the story.

My problems with the film are minor.  Compared to the other films produced by this company, this storyline was relatively simple and didn’t really have an impact on the way I think or my life.  It is enjoyable in the moment with great attention to detail, however the storyline and the characters were not ones that I could relate to or that stayed with me as I grew up.

Current rankings:

  1. Ratatouille

 

Official Pixar Ranking Challenge

Inspired by the SuperCarlinBrothers on Youtube, I’ve quickly decided to rewatch all 17 official Pixar movies and rank them as they’re watched.  My dad and I are doing this together so as I go through and watch them, I’ll write a reflection on each of them explaining where they fall in the ranking.  We’ve already watched three: Ratatouille, WALL-E, and The Incredibles.  I will come out with my final thoughts on these in the order I watched them in the next couple days and will keep you posted on their current standing on both my dad’s list and my own.

Hope you enjoy my insight and a first kick off to posting on here.  Excited to get going on this and watch some classics.

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