I rarely go to the movies. Hell, the last time I went to the movie theater to watch anything was to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After that, I just went lazy. Just kidding, I don’t watch movies often, to be honest. However, a few movies got my attention this year; I decided to make an exception.
An anime movie called Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll was announced for the love weekend (February 14th, 15th, and 16th), and since I liked… no, LOVED the anime, which is available on Netflix, by the way, I bought the ticket automatically. I am not joking here, my fingers moved by themselves.
Though that only made me realize there were more movies on the list. Two movies that caught my eyes were Jojo Rabbit and Parasite. Bought the tickets. of course, and went on Friday 7th, a week before Violet Evergarden. And also got tickets for two more anime movies, Goblin Slayer and Konosuba. Believe it or not, five movies on February is more than I’ve watched during 2018 and 2019 together. And I regret nothing.
The first thing I noticed when I went to Las Misiones mall is the nostalgia. I used to visit kinda often. Las Misiones is the biggest mall in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and though it opened its doors in 2004, I started to visit it after work back in 2007. The gap in time is definitely something that affects our lives.
Cry, cry, cry
Las Misiones, the richest mall in the city I grew up in, had a lot of teenagers. That’s obvious, I believe teenagers are the majority of visitors of a mall; is really cool to hang out with your friends and look at the different stores. Today is different. You see a bunch of adolescents, but they don’t wear anything related to a subculture. Back in the days, the place was packed with emos. That time when My Chemical Romance was at its peak with the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. I liked it, but not enough to get any interest on Black Parade and whatever came after that.
I thought it was the greatest irony that a subculture that somehow romanticized things like sadness or depression, mainly consisted on high class teenagers with no need for a job while attending high school or college. Good for them! The emos vanished, at least from Mexico, a few years later. They just stopped. It was almost as if they all decided one day to drop the emo clothing and mood.
There are many stores to visit in Las Misiones mall. If you’ve ever been there, though, you should know that the most attractive thing about the mall is Cinépolis (its movie theater). And most, if not all, people from the United States of America that visited any cinema in Mexico knows that these have quality. You have to see it for yourself.
I am not a person that saves memories. Most of them are triggered after certain events, or just by visiting old places. Like this, Plaza Misiones mall. Not my favorite place when I was a kid, but I admit I felt good just by visiting the place again, and imagine the 15 year old emos complaining about just having from their parents a normal credit cards instead of platinum in their wallets.
Not treasuring those moments really. But I guess it was a time when everything was easier. I guess that matters.
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