DAY 1- Month of Movie Quotes: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Art, no matter its form, is always a personal matter: a journey into the things which influence us on a deeper , more profound level. I believe that art is a manifestation of man’s potential for creation.

After a long leave of absence, I’ve decided starting today to release a series of memorable movie quotes. These are the kind of lines and scenes which often replay in my mind. I believe we all have them: those moments in film which really make us stop and think.

So without further ado let’s begin!

For today, I chose a quote from the newly acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings. I won’t do a review of this film for awhile, but I will say I loved its story, animation and message on family and courage. It was truly a joy to see. I highly recommend this movie for those who love traditional Japanese folklore and stop motion animation.

(After seeing golden herrings fly overhead)

Monkey– It’s believed that they carry the souls of the departed. Carrying them over to where ever they need to go.

Beetle– What are they singing?

Monkey– Many say, the songs about what happens when we die, how we don’t just disappear. Like Kubo’s paper, we shift, we transform, so we can continue our story in another place. The end of one story is merely the beginning of another.

I love this quote because it speaks the profound eternal truth that death is not the end. Familial ties, love and memories cannot be severed by death. I believe one of the greatest illusions in this life is the illusion of separation. Life truly has a deeper meaning beyond what we initially understand. Beyond what we see with our physical eyes.

For the movie, I think it is especially important to remember this truth because Kubo struggles with separation almost the entirety of the story. From the death of his parents and the murderous intentions of his extended family, his story could be counted as one of the loneliest. But, as one discovers in watching the movie, he is not as alone as he believes. Nor is his family as far away as he thinks.

Last of the Breed  (1986): Book Quote

Louis L’amour is a peculiar writer. He is known for his westerns but that description does not suit him well. This book in particular is an insightful look into inter-relations between Russians and Americans. It is a testament that our differences as countries are an illusion. L’amour brought into perspective how it is individuals who show the true, unqiue characters of the countries they live in.

Anyway, this was a most intriging, unbiased look into Cold war history. L’amour is truly a great historian and writer.

Quote 1:

“You’re a good woman,’ he said. I shall pray for you and yours.’

‘Pray is it? A long time since I’ve heard of that. Not since I was a small girl and we had churches where I lived, and priests. Well, pray if you will. I could do with a few prayers. Now be off with you, and if you say you have seen me, I shall say you lied.’

‘Of course. He smiled suddenly. ‘But don’t forget there’s a man walking away who will hold a place for you in his memory.'”

Quote 2:

“When you get back to America will you think of me?’

‘How could I forget you?’ He said, and was startled at the words. Now why did he say that?

‘It is very far. Everyone will be against you.’

‘How could it be otherwise? If our people and your people could sit down together and talk about our families, their farms, and their jobs, I think there would be no trouble.

‘It is our governments that are continually fencing for position, each trying to gain some advantage.

Russia does not trust its own people. They have built a wall to keep them in …'”- Louis L’amour

Random Post

I have a question, who is the person who has seen my Day 21 Month of art post over a hundred times?  I am really curious to know why. I am glad you enjoy it but…. I am confused. That is all. 

Art comes again! 

This piece is called, ‘The Key to Her Secret Garden’ by Christian Schloe. I like it to its innocence and colors. I well I continue posting art pieces that catch my fancy. 😉

Привет! Я вернулась! 

(A picture of a Russian temple in Краснодар,  Россия where I loved for seven months)

For the past year and a half I have lived in Russia and it was a life changing experience for me. For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and I served in Russia as a missionary. I left for my mission with no experience in the language. In fact, there were a great many things I did not know how to do. But I grew a lot in these past few years. I feel as though I returned an entirely new person. 

Now you may ask why I decided to serve. The answer is very simple. It is because I love God and felt very strongly it is what I should do. It is strange how the biggest sacrifices turn into our greatest blessings. I really learned to love on my mission and I also gained greater perspective on the world and why we are here. 

I will continuously post pictures and stories here about my time in Russia, for your benefit of coarse, but mostly for myself. So I never forget. If you have any questions or are curious to know about the church I served for please go to this website. https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng or also visit https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages?cid=HP16MM_LSL. 

Periodically, I will be posting links to these and other sites. So be ready! 

Hope you didn’t miss me too much while I was away! I promise I will be writing a lot more now that I am home. If there are any requests please let me know. 

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.