The State of the Watcher: 6/22/19

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A biweekly post updated every other Saturday detailing my continual struggle to complete my extensive movie, show, and anime list.

Movies: 1

Melancholia (DNF)

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This one was on my list for a long time, and on paper, it looks like something that would be really up my alley.  It’s highly symbolic of depression, and indeed, “melancholia” is a way I often describe the state I’m in.  I call it “the melancholia,” because sometimes I’m a pompous, artsy ass.  The title of the movie refers to a rogue planet of the same name set to crash into earth and destroy all life.  Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst, attempts to forestall thoughts of the inevitable through marriage, but her despair is palpable throughout.  No one seems to care about her feelings, and she’s constantly berated, gaslit, and made to feel bad for her inability to be happy.  They are angry with her for being upset, but no one ever seems to ask her how she feels, though we, the audience, assume it’s because the world is ending, and the farce she’s forced herself to go through cannot make her forget that.  It is an excellent metaphor for depression with the added facet that this is happening to everyone (the planet will destroy us all of course), but only Justine (the depressed) is unable to handle it.  She tells her mother that she’s frightened, and her mom kicks her out of the room.

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The State of the Watcher: 6/8/19

<–The State of the Watcher: 5/25/19                      The State of the Watcher: 6/22/19–>

A biweekly post updated every other Saturday detailing my continual struggle to complete my extensive movie, show, and anime list.

Movies: 1

Coco

Coco movie coverSo there’s definite similarities between this and The Book of Life, but it’s Disney so you know.  I love how Dante, the dog,  can still see Miguel when he crosses over.  Granted Miguel didn’t die like the MC in the fore mentioned did.  He played de la Cruz’s guitar and that opened up a pathway.  I want to research Dia de los Muertes now, and I wish I knew Spanish because there are so many bilingual bonuses in this.

*warning: admission of emotions coming*

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The State of the Watcher: 5/25/19

The State of the Watcher: 6/8/19–>
A biweekly post updated every other Saturday detailing my continual struggle to complete my extensive movie, show, and anime list.

Movies: 2

John Wick

John Wick coverI’d been seeing a revival of memes about this in comparison to Game of Thrones and another Jo(h)n’s horrendous treatment of his dog (poor Ghost, though he did finally get his pets in the end).  I initially had no idea the catalyst for the titular character’s killing spree was the murder of his dog, but it was so much deeper than that when I watched it.  First, it was a puppy, a PUPPY.

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The Christmas Tag

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Had to be done.

More Christmas posting?  Well, I wanted to get this in before the big day on Monday (seriously, I have a friend recording her children’s reaction Christmas Morning.  I’ve got an in on a Nintendo Switch opening.  Can. Not.  Wait), and sharing and spreading holiday cheer is one of the many jobs of my alter ego, The Christmas Goth.

Snagged from Ignited Moth, I figured this would be a fun little exercise alongside Creative Christmas hosted by Later Levels 🙂

1.  What is your favorite Christmas film?

Would you believe me if I said it’s been so many years since I’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas that I don’t really remember it that much?  I really need to remedy that.

It’s not a film per se, but my absolute favorite Christmas special is Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Look at this devilish mofo

I like at the end how his eyes change from yellow with red irises/pupils to “regular” with blue irises, because he’s no longer TEH EVULZ!

I also like the message that’s not entirely religious, but is a bit subtly religious, but only if you’d like to interpret it that way (if that makes any sense).  Christmas isn’t about the tangible, the things, it’s not something that can be stolen, rendering the title more philosophical and making the story itself demonstrative of such rhetoric.

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Question of the Week: 12/25/16

<–Question of the Week: 12/18/16          Question of the Week: 12/31/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is probably my favorite Christmas special, yet I always cry a bit at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas when they decorate Charlie Brown’s sad, tired Christmas tree, it perks up, and they sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”  I don’t know why.  I’m not religious, but I am sentimental, and (admission time) I cry over something at least once a day.  A beautiful passage of music will move me or I’ll see/read something poignant.  It’s really not hard for the Shameful Narcissist to bring the waterworks.

The Grinch gets me because I love the Heel Face Turn (shock…) and redemption stories (double shock).  Side note: If you go to the TV Tropes link, you’ll see the Grinch is the poster child FOR the Heel Face Turn.

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It always amused me how his eyes went from red irises surrounded by yellow to the “more wholesome” blue, because of course that’s what happens when you turn from evil to good in children’s stories.  Either way, the message of the Grinch is one we still sorely need.  It’s ubiquitous and eternal since, despite the fact it centers around Christmas, it’s not really religious.


What’s your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?  Is it something you’ve loved for a long time or is it new to your heart?

I suppose I should say my obligatory Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays since it is the big day for the first and continues for the second.  While Christmas morning was always the most exciting time of my youth, I find in my old age, I enjoy Christmas night much more.  I can relax, play with my toys, and recuperate from the day’s festivities.  I also still have a ton of dough left to make so I’ll probably bake that and eat a ton of cookies.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

<–Question of the Week: 12/18/16          Question of the Week: 12/31/16–>

Question of the Week: 11/13/16

<–Question of the Week: 11/6/16          Question of the Week: 11/20/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite dystopian narrative?

More than anything now I want to write a meta about how closely Final Fantasy VII aligns with current society (which was a major conclusion in “The Seventh Is the Darkest”), and I thought this prior to the US election.  Stories, no matter their media, serve as mirrors to our culture in addition to warnings.  This is just one of the many reasons FFVII is my favorite game and story, and while I sure as hell don’t want to live in that world, I can’t deny it’s my favorite dystopia. Environment destruction, government corruption, lack of bioethics, gross (and in game physically manifested) disparities between the rich and poor, amongst other things are blatantly displayed and sadly ignored as significant due to video games being considered bastard media by a good portion of the population :\

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Second place goes to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, another narrative that is disturbingly close to our reality.  Glorification of violence for the sake of the show and the sacrifice of the future (children) as a form of systematic terrorism.

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What’s your favorite dystopian narrative?  What about it draws you?  What about it reminds you of something in society/culture?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Question of the Week: 10/23/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

*******SPOILERS FOR THE RING*******

I’m trying to think up Halloween type questions I haven’t already answered in my Halloween Fun Time post hehe.  While there was a question about scary movies, it didn’t get specific, and also while I did ask favorite Halloween/Halloween type movies, that doesn’t necessarily mean the scariest.  The scariest movie I’ve ever seen, the movie that made me stop watching scary movies is The Ring.

Hell to the no

Hell to the no

I saw this movie back in college with a bunch of friends.  Our university had a theater that would show fairly recent films (which is how I first saw Titanic), and we figured why not.  This lackadaisical decision would cost me.  I hid against my one friend’s shoulder through the majority of the film.

The horror started when the one girl Katie was found dead in the closet with an absolutely horrified expression distorting her gruesome corpse.  She looked as if she’d drowned and started to rot in water (…), but I said my “Nope,” at the part with the horses.  When animals are that terrified of something, you know it’s bad.

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