Megan's Movies

Godzilla

Fanning Out!

Seeing a lot of movies = seeing a lot of movie trailers. Which equals seeing the end of most movies before you get to watch the first hour. This is not a trend with which I am a fan. Having seen both trailers already for Edge of Tomorrow and How to Train Your Dragon 2, I am now 90% certain I could tell you the entire plot of both movies.

(To clarify, I’m still excited to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, an excitement which wasn’t even diminished by them surprise showing the first five minutes before Rio 2.)

Yet, having watched the trailers, I was completely taken aback by all the plot twists of Godzilla. This is, in current times, a shocking success.

I also enjoyed the anticipation of waiting for the final battle scenes and every single scene with a monster in it.

Deep(Ish) Thoughts!

There’s a scene where a monster is sad and it was the only time during the film I shared in portrayed emotion.

From Bryan Cranston to Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Elizabeth Olson I did not care about any human character in this movie and the endless storylines of people moving from city to city to city, while seemingly  not that concerned about the human destruction surrounding them bored me.

(I did not even care about the kid. I half-cared about the bus driver.)

Gender Awareness!

I agree that most of these characters fit into pretty standard archetypes, but that was a blatant fridging. It was fucking textbook. She’s one out of only three named women in the film, by the way, and her sole role is to be immediately killed off to create 15 years of guilt and manpain for Bryan Cranston’s character and their son, Ford. I’m increasingly frustrated that big blockbuster films (and TV shows and comics and every other type of media) keep using this trope. It’s insulting, frankly, and it took me completely out of the movie. I actually flipped the screen off in the theater when it happened. By the forty-minute mark it doesn’t even have an impact on the film anymore. Cranston’s character is dead, and Ford could have become the man he is without it happening. His major drive is not revenge on these monsters for his mother’s death, but protecting his family. It was a lazy move by the film’s creative team, and is the best example of bad character writing that plagues this film.

Diversity!

Is it just me or was having the Japanese character have an emotional reaction to Hiroshima emotionally manipulative and awkward?

I love the watch idea and feel like it could have worked in a different scene, but to have Ken Watanabe be the main scientist and have him react to their nuclear decision with blanked-out horror and arguments about dropping atomic bombs having a bad history seemed inexplicable. You’re the scientist, have literally any helpful suggestion or thoughtful argument.

He spent the rest of the movie blankly staring around, as though traumatized.

And having him be the one with the knowledge that Godzilla is the Earth’s protector/nature’s balancing act felt a bit like the foreigner with the special connection to nature trope.

That said, it’s my hope that Godzilla 2 is just Watanabe and Godzilla, taking on the world.

Look Over There!

What Does Godzilla Mean? The Evolution of a Monster Metaphor

Megan's Movies

Belle

Fanning Out!

I almost never enjoy period pieces, especially when that period is fancy-dress England.

(Last week I said to my mom “I don’t really know the different periods in British history, like, when’s Victorian times, who knows?” and she said back “it was when Queen Victoria was in charge” and then I felt silly.)

(But I still don’t know when that was, so silly and still uninformed.)

But, whatever fancy-dress period Britain was going through in Belle, I loved it.

I loved the story and the insight into women’s societal positions of that time and the dresses.

Deep(Ish) Insights!

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays the title character Dido, is actually British, so that accent is 100% real.

The main thread of this film is slavery and Dido’s uncle’s role as the Lord Chief Justice, which seems to be like the British Supreme Court but just one dude.

(You can tell those International Politics classes really paid off.)

He has to make a ruling over whether an insurance company must pay for slaves that died on route, with evidence showing they were murdered by the shipping company to make back their profit after having illness spread throughout the boat.

This movie is emotional and sappy and I enjoyed it all, but I seriously don’t understand how the legal ramifications of his ruling led to the end of slavery.

And I wasn’t smart enough, at the initial unveiling of the painting, to determine whether she was in awe or really upset, so was somewhat confused for a bit.

SPOILER: She was in awe, turns out that painting is one of the first to have a black subject on equal level with a white aristocrat. I thought it was weird she looks like an angel or mythical fairy or something not like a woman sitting on a bench next to another woman, so didn’t follow that plot point perfectly.

Gender Awareness!

This movie is all about gender awareness. LOVED IT.

Look Over There!

I feel a bit bad for poor typecast Tom Felton, who plays an overly racist jackass whose jackassery serves to illuminate the more subtle racism of another character. That dude’s never going to escape the dread spectre of Draco Malfoy, is he? I want him and Game of Thrones‘ Jack Gleeson to do a mockumentary reality show together.

&

Belle does have a clear moral compass, but it refuses easy answers and withholds easy judgments. As such, it feels profoundly human.

Have you seen any movies lately?

Megan

What’s This Whole Megan’s Movies Thing?

Megan’s Movies: Belle & Godzilla

{ 9 comments }

Project Life 2013

I’m still plugging away at my 2013 Project Life album.

And today I’m sharing the cover page.

So…only 51 layouts to go.

(Woot.)

Project Life 2013

The little wooden Virginia is there because I live in Virginia.

(I’m pretty clever.)

Project Life 2013

That washi tape is there because I made a mistake on the card, so subtly hid it.

(I’m a master of disguise.)

Project Life 2013

I found this Benjamin Franklin quote and thought it worked perfectly for the cover.

I also thought it might inspire me to finally take my move-in gifts to my neighbors.

(I moved in fall of 2012.)

(Still haven’t quite gotten around to it.)

(One day.)

(Maybe.)

Project Life 2013

The woman icon is because I’m a woman.

(Still clever.)

And the heart icon is because I needed a fourth icon because 2013 has four numbers in it.

(I know you love this special glimpse behind the scenes.)

Project Life 2013

I used the photos my mom took at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

Because they’re bright and pretty.

And because I don’t have many photos of just me.

(And, honestly, because they were the first ones I found when I opened iPhoto.)

(This blog is a harsh-truth zone.)

Does anyone even remember the beginning of 2013?

Megan

Benjamin Franklin Guides Me Into 2013: Project Life Cover Page

{ 8 comments }

PeepVengers

Sometimes I’m astounded by the talent of people I know.

Jill is one of those people.

She’s a friend I met through my Graphic Novel Book Club who’s a professional baker and this year she submitted a diorama to the Washington Post’s Peep Challenge.

For those of you who live outside the DC area, every year the Washington Post sponsors a contest for Easter where people make huge dioramas out of peeps and the paper chooses finalists and a winner.

PeepVengers

Jill went with the PeepVengers.

I hold that this is an AMAZING choice.

Sadly, the Washington Post did not agree.

PeepVengers

(Which, to be fair, Jill knew was going to happen – the Washington Post cares far more about in local jokes than peep artistry.)

(But she couldn’t resist.)

PeepVengers

This is Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff.

(Aka, Scarlett Johansson, for those familiar with the Marvel Avengers Movie.)

PeepVengers

Look at her guns.

LOOK AT THEM.

(I’m sorry for yelling, I’m just so in awe.)

PeepVengers

This is Captain America.

(THE SHIELD.)

(AND THE FACE MASK.)

(I CANNOT HANDLE THE AWESOME.)

PeepVengers

And this is Thor.

(THE WINGED HELMET.)

(AND THE HAMMER.)

(IT’S OVERWHELMING IN AWESOMENESS.)

PeepVengers

They’re best buds.

(CAN WE ALSO DISCUSS THE DESTROYED ROAD BENEATH THEM?)

(CAN WE?)

PeepVengers

You might know this peep as Iron Man.

(LOOK AT THE FACE MASK.)

(AND THE ARC REACTOR.)

(IT’S TOO MUCH.)

PeepVengers

This is Hawkeye.

He’s purple (I’m assuming) to tie in with his most recent Marvel storyline, Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon.

(We read that for book club and that’s the only reason I’m cool enough to get the reference.)

(BUT LOOK AT THE BOW.)

(AND HIS QUIVER OF ARROWS.)

(AND THE SUNGLASSES.)

PeepVengers

This is the Hulk.

You can tell by his size.

And his greenness.

And the expression of anger on his face.

(LOOK AT HIS TEETH.)

(AND HIS BELT LOOPS.)

(AND HIS HAIR.)

(JILL IS A GENIUS, IS ALL I’M SAYING.)

PeepVengers

Of course he has back pockets.

This is a quality PeepVengers scene.

PeepVengers

Over looking the scene is Loki.

(LOOK AT THE CHITAURI SCEPTER.)

(AND THE HORNED NORSE HELMET.)

(IT KILLS ME.)

PeepVengers

And no Avengers (or as it’ll now be know, PeepVengers) scene is complete without Nick Fury.

(WITH HIS EYE PATCH.)

PeepVengers

The detail is amazing.

PeepVengers

And I didn’t even get into the observer ordinary citizen peeps, watching from the windows of the buildings.

(Which, if you hadn’t noticed, are perfectly modeled on the actual buildings shown in The Avengers.)

(Because she’s that hardcore.)

PeepVengers

Jill, you are my idol.

She obviously should have won

Right?

Megan

{Links are Amazon affiliate}
An Avengers Peep Diorama? Yes, The World Is That Amazing

{ 23 comments }