Lest we forget: The courage to care

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Today is a significant anniversary, but chances are you won’t have heard of it.

If I told you that 3000 men, women and children were massacred on the night of 2 August within the last 100 years in Europe would it surprise you that it’s not well known?

What about if I told you that hundreds of thousands of others died alongside them within a few short years? Surely you would have heard of that right? Actually, maybe not.

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Forgotten Masterpieces collection

roiFor those of you who regularly read my posts {thank you for that} you have probably noticed an influx of reviews on animated movies I consider masterpieces. I have decided that they are simply part of my “Forgotten Masterpieces” series. Many of you remember my three posts on memorable animated shorts. Think of these posts as a sort of extension of that. Just for clarification, I will not be discussing widely recognized films. . . at least for awhile. These are only ones that I consider to be forgotten, artistic masterpieces. Also, this doesn’t mean that no critics and historians recognize them. It simply means that they aren’t widely appreciated.

Talking about these movies is very important to me. One thing I have noticed is how little people acknowledge them. Yes there are some wackos out there who obsess over them (especially the Japanese films) and some Disney fans who love ALL Disney films regardless if they aren’t actually well done. I think recently I have just been drawn to them. I have a thing for lost, lonely things. Most of the movies I will be writing about are some of my favorites. At any rate, what I hope to accomplish in writing about all of these animated films is an awareness: I want to unearth them and try to spark an interest in true quality films. Movies I have already talked about include:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Wind Rises (2013)

Tarzan (1999)

My future posts will be as follows:

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Metropolis (2001)

The Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Fantasia (1940)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

There will probably be others. . . but we will let that happen when it happens.

 

Welcoming Message

Hello! I was somewhat inspired by my sister Jessica to create a blog. If not for her I probably wouldn’t bother because I am lazy and I tend to keep my opinions to myself. However, I have realized that I a very passionate about certain things; mainly about quality entertainment and human expression through the art of storytelling. What I view as quality entertainment will probably confuse many. The basis of my opinions lie in my values and also in my education. I will probably seem harsh at times but despite everything I try to be fair to those who put in the effort to make what they did whether it be a movie, book or music. I hope you will find while reading these a way to differentiate between abysmal, mediocre, average, above average and exceptional created works. I will sometimes talk about music, but as a rule I don’t particularly like one artist but specific songs that they produce. This is because I am picky and I get bored very easily.    Now to important matters. I will be grading and reviewing on a scale from 1-5 for movies, books, music and TV shows (if I find one I like. I don’t tend to watch much cable television) on specific categories I believe are important in understanding and evaluating each work. Throughout all of these I will also put in something like a parental guide. If the books get really bad I will probably just burn them and not worry about giving you a review about it. I will just tell you I don’t think it is morally acceptable and proceed with my review. Those will probably be pretty short.

Movies: Characters, Plot (Which will include execution as well as overall message(s) of the story), Music, Cinematography/special effects, and Personal Enjoyment

Books: Characters/Character Development, Plot, Writing Style (author’s overall execution) and Personal Enjoyment.

TV Shows (same as movies)

Music: Tone, Execution (vocal technique/talent and instrumental), Lyrics and Personal Enjoyment

Even if people don’t read this, I think it will be nice to finally write down my opinions. May this be an enjoyable experience.