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47 Ronin (2013)

Starring

Keanu Reeves ~ Kai
Hiroyuki Sanada ~ Ôishi
Ko Shibasaki ~ Mika
Tadanobu Asano ~ Lord Kira

Summary

“Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves)—an enslaved half-breed they once rejected—in their ultimate fight for redemption in a savage world of mythic and wondrous terrors. Kai becomes their most deadly weapon and the heroic inspiration for these outnumbered warriors to confront their enemy and seize eternity.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Wow…all I can really say is wow. And I know I say that a lot but with my love of Japanese things such as their language, culture, anime, weapons and all of that good stuff, this movie was just fabulous. I will warn you, do have a box of tissues ready because there were quite a few gut wrenching scenes. I honestly spent quite a lot of time crying my eyes out over a few of the scenes and what makes it worse is the fact that it is based on real events and a real legend from the Japanese culture.

They brought in seppuku quite a few times which was painful to watch, not in the sense that it was gruesome, but in the sense that it was just sad to see it happen and because of the reasons that it did. Of course all of this echoed back to the Japanese culture and such and that made it so much sadder because of the fact that it was real. I mean, these people did all of this stuff, that was honorable, or not even their fault, and still they were essentially punished. It kind of gives you a new kind of respect for a person when they kill themselves, or beg to be able to kill themselves, so that they can redeem their honor. And then when the time comes, they do not flinch. It’s just inspiring in a sad kind of way.

Now, I know that a lot of people have seemed to dislike this movie, based on reviews and such, but it was really really good. I can understand why people wouldn’t like it because it’s not all flash-bangy like many modern movies but it was just so good. The 47 Ronin were real people and you can actually visit their graves, but this story follows more of the legend with the mythological creatures and witches of the sort. It was definitely different but I really liked that about it. It isn’t a movie for everyone because of the style with which it was done, but I do recommend that everyone gives it a try because it was unique in the story line and the entire idea of the movie.

The cinematography was interesting as well. When the more evil guy took over, everything went darker and when there were good times, it was lighter and it was just quite interesting how it was done.

Also there was some magic in the movie as well as some mythical creatures and that just added an interesting element to it. Instead of it being more of a real life account, it made it more of a legend which was interesting and just added some quite nifty qualities to it because it made it a little harder to guess how it would end and what would happen because of this other element that defied the laws of logic to a level.

The general idea was of a man trying to protect his love and when he lost her, he wanted to do anything to get her back and protect her. I mean, nothing is more romantic that your true love doing anything, even after a period of time not being able to, to come and save you so that they could love you.

Overall I just loved it and definitely do suggest checking it out and watching it and let me know what you think. I’m curious how many people like it and how many don’t.

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month when the Academy of American Poets helps us to stop and take note, appreciate and discover poetry. Throughout American poetry is celebrated with readings, events, activities for students, encouragement to write your own poetry and it ends with Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30).  Whatever you do, or wherever you live spend some time during this month reading, writing, reciting poetry. Find a poetry slam. Or if you can’t find one get some of your friends together and have your own. If you want to find out more go HERE or check out some of the many links here in Poetry and Poetry Month tags. There are lots of good poems. No, make that lots of great poems. Some serious, some funny, some deeply thought provoking, some just plain silly. And stop by the rest of the month for some new and interesting poems.

Whatever you do enjoy some poems!

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NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Predicts We’ll Find Signs Of Alien Life Within 10 Years

My heart skips a beat reading this. Really? ET will be here? Maybe phoning home, or not, but here.

 

Or will it be a space person in a silver suit, who despite best intentions, terrorizes us?

 

Or a little green man?

Or some kind of  horrifying, jaw ejecting entity that wants to incubate somewhere warm?

The possibilities are endless and my imagination leaps at what this might mean. Of course I have Hollywood to thank for much of this. Nothing like the special effect team who have filled my head with C3PO and R2D2, Klingons, Vulcans, and on and on. Possibly all housed in Area 51.

But somehow I think the truth behind this statement is a little less….dramatic. Heart stopping. Somehow what I think what Ellen Stofan is predicting is that there will be microbe, something contained in a little glass dish, that you will need a microscope to see (possibly while wearing full protective Hazmat suits) that has been picked up on the surface of somewhere out there and brought back. The first signs of life. The first signs that there might have been life.

Not so dramatic but still might make a great movie.

 

 

 

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FunDay Friday ~ Jurassic Park The Lego Version

So, what do people do who aren’t spending all of their time reading books?

Well, check this out and you might just find out.

Just in time for the coming summer movie blockbuster season here is Jurassic Park.

In Legos!!!!

Enjoy!

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Book Art

A little something to jump start the weekend, looking at books in different ways.

So interesting, yet somewhat unsettling.

Scroll down for the English translation.

HERE.

What do you think?

 

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Uta No Prince-Sama: Maji Love 1000% ~ Uta No Prince-Sama: Maji Love 2000%

Uta No Prince-Sama: Maji Love 1000% ~ Season 1
Uta No Prince-Sama: Maji Love 2000% ~ Season 2

Characters

Haruka Nanini ~ Main Female
Otoya Ittoki ~ Red haired male
Tokiya Ichinose ~ Blue haired previously famous man and Harukas idol
Natsuki Shinomiya ~ Blonde male in glasses (Satsuki is his ‘evil’ counterpart once glasses are removed)
Masato Hijirikawa ~ Uptight blue haired male
Ren Jinguji ~ Blonde ladies man
Syo Kurusu ~ Blonde boy who is the smallest
Cecil Aijima ~ Black haired, olive skinned male and appears in Season 2
Tomochika Shibuya ~ Harukas best friend; usually called Tomo-chan

Summary

Season 1

“With dreams of becoming a composer and someday writing a song for her favorite idol, Haruka Nanami enters the Saotome Academy, a prestigious performing arts school. If successful there, she’ll be able to join the Shining Agency after graduation. However, it won’t be so easy when Haruka is already surrounded by potential idols and composers. On top of that, her homeroom teacher is a current idol, the headmaster was a record-breaking singer, and the academy itself is an eccentric place where anything could possibly happen.

In the end, right at the graduation, two students are to be teamed up by the choice, one will take the role of the idol and the other should be the composer. After being paired up, they will sing a song that was both composed, written and sung by them. If successful, they will join and take the spot as the new Shining Agency debut artists. In addition, romance is strictly prohibited at their school.”

-From Wikipedia.org for Season 1

Season 2

A continuation from Season 1 after they have all become professional and shows the continuance of their journey together as a group of friends and their work in the professional world, trying to become the best that they can be in their work.

Review

Okay, yes. I have officially fallen in love with Anime. I didn’t used to watch it ever, but I’ve just fallen in love with so many good shows and this one was silly, but still an enjoyable watch. If you are looking for a deep story, then this is definitely not the show that you are looking for, but it was still so cute either way and definitely gave me some good laughs.

The characters were funny and there was some development and there were some quite good songs. I have an obsession with the soundtrack as a lot of it was piano music and as a pianist I automatically have a love for that kind of stuff, so I just can’t stop listening to the soundtrack, even though I have NO idea what they are saying.

The animations were cute in it and the drawings were adorable, and yes, you can’t not help but fall in love with the cast. Maybe it’s just me, but I honestly think some anime characters are like…really..really..really good looking. Damn animes by setting standards too high xD

But yes, this was honestly a cute little thing to watch if you have some time to spare and just need a distraction. The episodes aren’t that long but I will tell you, by the end of Season 2, you will wish that they continued on, just because.

You can watch all 2 seasons on CrunchyRoll which is a website with many full seasons of anime shows. Make sure you scroll down and find the button for Season 1 as I started Season 2 before I realized I had skipped parts. Click here to go to the website.

And enjoy! Let me know what you think. ^^

Unfortunately there are no trailers, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one xD

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Don’t Know What To Read?

Stuck for suggestions for a something to read? Going stir crazy with winter? MLCWO to the rescue.

How about checking out the new book of short stories by Kelly Link? The stories described as eery, gothic, surreal are something that might hit the spot on a cold winters day. HERE Read more about Kelly HERE.

However, if you are stuck and can’t get to the library The Guardian has got a free read available on their website. Despite the fact it appears for children the story has an interesting take and it is free. Free. HERE.

Enjoy!

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