February and Movies

As you can see on my previous posts, I’ve watched a few movies. This is not important, to be honest, but I wanted to have a record of it. Why? Well, believe it or not, I rarely do social activities. However, since I became an anime fan since last year, I was curious about websites (other than Crunchyroll) and discovered a thing called Konnichiwa Festival, which is an organization that brings Japanese animation to Latin American theaters. I live just across the border Juarez/El Paso and I like Mexican theaters more than U.S. theaters (if you visit Mexico go to the movies once and you’ll see for yourself why), and that put a smile on my face. Even better when I realized that the movie they brought on February was Violet Evergarden. OH GOODNESS that made me feel excited! It surpassed all my expectations. There was also a date for Konosuba and Goblin Slayer, and got my tickets with no thought. Konosuba is fun as hell, it is one of my favorite comedy anime series. Goblin slayer, not so much, but I have nothing to do on Friday nights, so I got a ticket for that one too.

Not only that. I heard a lot of good things about the Oscar nominated movies. If I had had more time on my hands, I would have gone to every movie. Shame I am a poor mortal! I don’t complain, I had a really good time. I got my tickets for Jojo Rabbit and Parasite. One after the other, and I can’t describe how much I loved both. Thanks to these movies now I want to watch more. I wasn’t a movie person, to be honest. I rarely watch Netflix, and when I had, it was for a few series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, being my favorite. You might believe this or not, but just in February I watched more movies than I did in 2018 and 2019 together. Funny, isn’t?

Also, I forgot I went to Birds of Prey. I lowered all my expectations and I enjoyed it. Keep reading, I’ll do a quick summary below of the movies I watched on February.

I believe now, indeed, that changing your habits at least once in a while can help. It helped me enjoy my weekends a bit more. Fresh air, a new activity, and just walk around the mall while the movie begins. I liked it.

What did I watch? Well, it is time to summarize everything in order:

parasite

Parasite

Parasite is the story of two families. The poor protagonist family and the rich. As the poor family take advantage of everything, one of its members gets the opportunity to work as an English teacher for the daughter of the rich family. Once he gets the job, the name of the movie makes more sense (assuming it hadn’t from the very beginning with the WiFi and fumigation).

If I could recommend a movie to watch once, or twice, doesn’t matter, it would be Parasite. I loved every second of it. I watched it twice, and something tells me I’m going to end up buying the blu-ray. Just can’t get enough of it.

The movie got what it deserved: the attention of the critics and four Oscar awards. Of course, a certain group of rifle lovers criticized that fact (I am glad their opinion vanished in the air).

JOJO

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit is a WWII movie. Just by mentioning the World War II, you might sigh and say something like “Oh Lord, here we go again–another movie about world War II.” and it is understandable. When I heard about Jojo Rabbit I had the same though, and I didn’t investigate further. Then one of my friends talked about its director and that it’s more like a parody than a WWII story. AND THEN, a trailer for the movie began as an ad of a random YouTube video and that’s when it got all my attention.

Imagine a kid whose imaginary friend is Hitler! It sounds ridiculous and good. The premise is simple: Jojo is our little protagonist. He is a Nazi fanboy that has decided to be a soldier and eventually meet Hitler. That is his biggest dream. The kid has no stomach to be a soldier, though. His innocence shines above all. Though the movie is labeled as a comedy, nothing could go all about laughs when we mention World War.

VIOLET

This is the first time I ever go to the movie theater to watch an anime movie. IT WAS WORTH! Actually, this was my favorite movie of the month. I’ve written a review already, for both the anime (available on Netflix) and the movie, so I won’t extend myself too much here. Feel free to read my reviews on movies/series by clicking here!

The only thing I have to say about it is that I loved it. If you watched the anime already. then just imagine a long episode divided into two stories that are related to each other. Don’t be ashamed to fall in love with the characters.


Honestly, I watched three more movies. Konosuba, another anime movie, which I loved but not as I loved the three movies I mentioned above; Goblin Slayer, another anime movie that it was just meh; and the ridiculous Birds of Prey, which I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either, I dropped all of my expectations into a bottomless well and I enjoyed it thanks to that.


This is a scheduled post. I know it’s not a good thing to talk about February when March is almost over. But hey, I have plans to improve my content and interactions, and scheduling posts is giving me time to also work on my stories and novel! 

Thank you so much for being here.

El Camino

El Camino

The wait is over, Jesse Pinkman’s fate is finally revealed. El Camino, a movie that’s made as a sequel of the now classic TV show that was originally aired on AMC, and directed by Vince Gilligan, a decade ago. The show from the very first episode to the last was an unique experience. It wasn’t just about the drugs, cartels, and all that topic–it was the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher that is having a bad time; A REAL BAD TIME. By now, most people know about his journey, turning from a morally weakened Walter White to the most feared capo, Heisenberg. So there’s one question that remained at the end:

What happened to Jesse Pinkman? The last we knew about him is that he finally escaped from the Nazis, leaving Walter White behind, triumphant based on his expression. And that’s it. After that we got back to look one last time at the dying Walter. The end.

Two questions:

Do I need to watch Better Call Saul before El Camino? Nope!

Do I need to watch Breaking Bad before El Camino? Yes, you must!

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The movie starts right after the final episode of Breaking Bad. This time, we focus on Jesse Pinkman, a now former cook and former drug dealer. He though he’d finally escaped his–literal–cage. Finally breaking any tie with Heisenberg. The thing is, “it’s impossible to escape once you enter the business.” Right? There’s an opportunity here. He believes that.

Jesse’s tired and traumatized due recent events that led him to that point. He goes straight to see two of his old friends and they give ’em something to remain hidden. A few flashback will take place in-between the events of the final season of Breaking Bad to add to the nostalgia. Just don’t be surprised if you remember the characters differently; remember the show ended 10+ years ago.

From this point, I don’t think there’s much to say about the movie without giving any spoiler. It is too soon for that.

Is the movie worth watching? If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, definitely! Though I wouldn’t expect much out of it. It is a huge fan service, and we love it, admit it or not. All these years we were wondering about Pinkman’s whereabouts, and now we got it. A good way to describe the movie is that two episodes where missing, and after a decade, the studio found them and sold them to Netflix for a good amount of money and our hearts.

If you haven’t watched the show, then the answer is: stay away from this! It is a movie exclusively for fans of the show. You won’t know what’s going on and you won’t even care about the protagonist. Same goes for the people that didn’t like the it in the first place.

Remember what we all believe Jesse deserves. That’s all I’m saying.


Personal note: I am glad this was released. Yes, I am glad to know what happens the Jesse, but it also means all the theories about him becoming a zombie during the events of The Walking Dead will be gone forever. Seriously, I know it’s fun to come up with crazy ideas for your favorite shows–I do that, too–but taking them so seriously?

Don’t expect our favorite lawyer, Saul Goodman, to be in the show. If you want to know more about him, you need to watch Better Call Saul, I am sure we’re going to get all the answers we need about him once his show ends. I’m excited for the 5th season.

 

Alien

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It all starts with a commercial spacecraft called the Nostromo, and its seven passengers. Mother awakens the crew when it receives a distress signal from an unknown planet. But, what they don’t know, is that the distress signal is nothing more than a call for a new danger; something really unexpected. The main protagonist, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), along with the other members, have to face something unwilling to reason. Alien starts as a science fiction movie. However, you’ll notice that after a part of the movie, it suddenly starts to change to horror. Though it never loses its sci-fi elements.

At first, you can see a relaxed atmosphere within the movie. Nothing is suspected, so the audience can actually feel what they do. A friendly talk with co-workers as if it was another normal day for anyone. The ambience in space is really well done. However, at this time you may notice is obviously part of the special effects instead of really feeling like you’re traveling out of the planet. The call they receive by Mother really starts changing the mood. What’s happening in that planet? Is it just a need for an evacuation? And, if it is the reason, what are they evacuating for?

The planet effects are different. It is really dark, and you as a spectator can notice that something’s wrong in that place… something really happened, and long ago. And that’s where the mood changes completely. No more friendly talk, everyone is worried about the circumstances. At any moment everything is going to get bad.

The other half part of the movie focuses in the ship. Nothing’s out there anymore. The real danger is inside and there’s no way they can escape from it since the ship has a schedule and speed limit. And claustrophobia, along with the danger that’s watching from the darkest corners of the ship make you feel tension as the crew members do.

From a sci-fi movie, it is really hard to make it feel like a horror movie; from the beginning you’re not expecting something normal from the galaxy out there. However, Alien is an exception from its time. The creature is so mysterious, is silent, and you never expect his moves until is too late to run or scream for help.

In the other hand, you wonder why they’re lacking for defense equipment. Flamethrowers are not even good enough for long distance encounters. Being out of space, traveling into the unknown should have been a good excuse to give the crew members a better equipment for them to work in case of something, like that creature they found. Of course, this is digging too much into a fictional movie.

The changes of mood along the 117 minutes of the movie, make the environment very realistic within the genre, of course. The crew members are really human beings trapped. And you can see the fear, sweat, and tears flowing when they encounter that dangerous and mysterious being. A great combination of science fiction and horror was made into a movie with excellent direction by the hands of Ridley Scott.