Zack the Wizard

New Schedule!

Because I am back at school and have a full schedule (Class, Internship, and Job!)  I will be posting my reviews every Saturday now.

Thanks guys, and I will be back to posting this Saturday. 

conversationparade:

we were gonna watch samurai champloo on netflix but instead we’re watching sherIock wtf happened i don’t deserve this

conversationparade:

we were gonna watch samurai champloo on netflix but instead we’re watching sherIock wtf happened i don’t deserve this

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Month of Miyazaki: Kiki’s Delivery Service

This is my sixth installment of my “Month of Miyazaki” where I take the month of August to examine and review some of the films of legendary director and writer Hayao Miyazaki.  This film has flown right over my head, both in context of the movie and in hype.  It is the tale of a young witch who sets out to find her own way in life, and meet new people.  This is Kiki’s Delivery Service.  I say this film flew over my head because when I was young this film aired on cartoon network all the time and I never knew.  This week was my first time watching Kiki, and it was a pleasant experience.   

            Kiki is a young witch living out in the country. Her mother makes potions and her father seems like an average desk jockey, making me wonder how their relationship ever started.  Kiki has just turned 13, and according to witch customs, must venture out into the world for a year to train and become a full-fledged witch.  After stumbling into the city, she finds a nice woman who owns a bakery that lets her stay in the attic.  Soon after she moves in, she decides to start up a flying delivery service where she delivers packages by riding her broom, creating Kiki’s Flying Delivery Service.  On a side note,  I like how everyone in this world is either amazed that she can fly, or is totally accepting of it; it makes for some nice comedy.

            This film is a lot like My Neighbor Totoro where the focus is not on the plot, but rather the environment and characters.  Kiki is a very short film with a very simple plot and message; be yourself and find your own happiness, but it is a very heartwarming film.  Kiki never battles any monsters or faces any big foe; she just has to overcome her own insecurities to find out what she wants.  The delivery (no pun intended) is very simple, but effective.  If these films were to be put into categories, I would say Kiki belongs in the innocent whimsy section of Miyazaki rather than the epic fantasies of Mononoke and Spirited Away.

rwby-gif-requests:

"Well, it’s more of a fairy tale, but that only makes it more believable."

RWBY Tale- A timed challenge dared by a friend.

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I would say more than a little rocky.

(Source: andkorra, via jrugs)

harteus:

remember these, kids? they used to be so popular on deviantART way back in like 2008 and i remember i used to be so pumped about doing one, though i never really did. so, last night i even had a dream about doing one of these, so i put together some scenarios and here we are, haha! feel free to reblog or save the template for yourself if it catches your fancy! 

(via thesussexbees)

crom-cristianortiz:

I was watching Porco Rosso again the other day and remembered how much a loved those mama-auto pirates, who end up being a lovely bunch of guys. I did my own pirate with a CROM gang overall and waiting for some one…his mom perhaps? 

Month of Miyazaki: The Secret World of Arrietty

This is my fifth installment of my “Month of Miyazaki” where I take the month of August to examine the works of legendary director and writer, Hayao Miyazaki.  Today’s film is a strange one (even for Miyazaki) because instead of taking place in a far off world of magic and wonder, this film is set in a house out in the Japanese countryside. There are no spirits or witches here, but instead something much more subtle; a family of little people.  No, I am not using the politically correct term “little people”, instead I mean literal little tiny people who live in the walls and beneath the floorboards.  This is the Secret World of Arrietty.

  Now for the sake of this review I will only stick to the movie, as I have not read the book.  “The Borrowers” was written by Mary Norton in 1952 and follows a family of Borrowers named Pod, Homily and Arrietty.  The film follows the same three characters and they are in the same situation, living under the floorboards of house of the humans.  The borrowers survive by “borrowing” items that the humans will not miss.  Examples include a cube of sugar and a sheet of tissue paper.

Arrietty is a fourteen year old borrower who is excited to go on her first borrowing with her father Pod.  Obviously excited, Arrietty is ready and willing to help the family out.  However, during her first adventure she is seen by a young boy who is visiting due to his illness.  This spells trouble for the borrowers because once they have been discovered, they must move out.  Despite this, Arrietty manages to befriend the boy (named Sho), and they must work together to protect her family from others who might do them harm.

We see how the tiny people have transformed the world around them to their advantage; making bridges made of nails and ladders out of staples.  Seeing things from their perspective changes the world drastically.  The very act of scaling down a kitchen shelf is like scaling down the side of a cliff.  Even removing the top of their home (a wooden box in the floorboards) is like an earthquake to them, and we feel that from their view.  It makes a mundane (but still beautifully animated) environment and transforms it into a whole new world.  Like other Miyazaki films, the world is just as much a part of the experience as the plot.  From the way the borrowers survive, to the inventions they create using everyday objects; this film is reminiscent of other small scale adventures such as “Secrets of Nihm” and even “A Bug’s Life”.  I enjoyed all this film had to offer, and look forward to watching it again.