My Favorite Things: August 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely August and I hope for even better things for everyone this September!

August flew by so quick! I mostly spent the month being sick- two weeks of the flu and the rest of the month with an uncomfortable cough. It’s all got to do with the bad, unpredictable weather- one day it’s sunny and very humid, the next it’s chilly and rainy. On the bright side, I discovered a bunch of new things this month in the books and movies department! So here are My Favorite Things from the month of August.

 

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out finally opened in theaters in the Philippines last August! And I got to see it with my mom during its opening weekend. It was stellar!

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, Inside Out is about little characters who heavily influence/control a certain person while trying to defeat external forces from the inside of that said person. Let’s face it, we’d be lying if we said that that whole idea was original. We’ve gotten too many versions of that already over the years: 2001’s Osmosis Jones, that Spongebob episode that featured fine dining, that 90s Nickelodeon short series Inside Eddie Johnson (especially that one episode where they featured his mind), etc.

But… what made Inside Out special is its execution. It was beautifully and creatively made. The whole thing was also very well-put together. Personally, it made me emotional at parts- without giving too much away, I enjoyed seeing Riley’s childhood memories. I also learned a lot about the importance of a good balance of emotions.

I would watch it again in a heartbeat!

 

Descendants (2015)

Disney’s Descendants (2015) was an unexpected surprise. Honestly, I haven’t really watched a Disney Channel original movie (DCOM) in a while but I did use to be the biggest Disney Channel fan back when High School Musical was big (tween days *sigh*). In my opinion, the channel pretty much went down after that era.

But… I would dub Descendants as Disney Channel’s comeback (as well as the sitcom, Girl Meets World). Of course you can’t set the bar high since it’s only a low-budget TV movie, however Disney made sure to make the most with what they had and even stepped up their game a whole lot for this one.

I thought the villain kids’ outfits were very well made, the acting was good considering it’s Disney Channel (Dove Cameron was great as Mal!), and the story was not your typical predictable Disney Channel flick.

My only issue is that this movie would’ve been better without the song and dance numbers (except I did enjoy Rotten to the Core) as I felt they were out-of-place. And this is coming from me, a Broadway fanatic. (Descendants is NOT a musical movie, you guys. It did not feel like one.) Other than that, the whole movie was very, very well-made and is something people of all ages will enjoy!

 

The Lunar Chronicles

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Introducing… My latest fandom, the sci-fi YA dystopian series: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve only finished two books so far (Cinder and Scarlet– so no spoilers please!) but I am darn hooked. I heard it gets even better. And oh, Winter will be coming out this November 2015 so I’m also really excited for that!

Don’t be fooled by the covers- this series got me out of my reading slump! All four books focus on stories based on different fairytales: CINDER is based on Cinderella, SCARLET is based on Little Red Riding Hood, CRESS is based on Rapunzel, and WINTER is based on Snow White. And what’s interesting is, the author masterfully wove all those stories together to come up with a single solid plot (so make sure you read the books in order). Also, the books are not mere retelling such as books like Romeo & Juliet & Vampires, etc. Sure, they’ve been inspired by those fairytales but they’ve become stories, unpredictable even at points, of their own.

If you are into fairytales/romance, strong female characters, and sci-fi (or if you’re trying to get into that), I highly recommend this series!

 

I have much more to say but I’ll probably create a separate fangirl post for this featuring non-spoiler discussions.

 

Steven Universe

I finally decided to give Steven Universe a shot a few months ago after hearing about it so much from artists I looked up to. I thought it was “alright” the first time I saw it but through time, I’ve eventually developed a love for the show. It wasn’t like Adventure Time as I had imagined it to be- and in fact, I now personally favor it over AT! I’m nearing the end of Season 1 and the episodes just keep getting and better! And the backgrounds and animation in Steven Universe are just sooo beautiful- art at its finest in terms of modern cartoons. I often find myself pausing just to stare at the art. Also, can I just mention how I love how ethnically diverse the cast is!

If you’re looking for an eyecandy animated show with unique short storylines, interesting music, and some action, try giving this a go!

 

Kaela

Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture. www.KaelaAnte.com

23 thoughts on “My Favorite Things: August 2015

  1. I only saw the first part of Inside Out, and I remember really liking the whole concept! It was so original and different. Though what I watched of, Sadness greatly annoyed me, haha ^^;; However, I think I’m definitely more fond of Big Hero 6, and now I am wanting to re-watch that! XD
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    1. You should watch the whole movie! It’s one of the smartest animated flicks out there. 🙂 And this is coming from me- someone who is veryyy picky about what I watch.

      I love Big Hero 6 too! 🙂 I have a Baymax plushie that I keep on my bed. And also, I cosplayed GoGo Tomago last year.

    1. Ohhhh Gravity Falls. In the Disney Channel animated show category, I guess it’d be that and/or Phineas and Ferb. 🙂 Which reminds me, I still have to see it! I’ve heard so many good things about Gravity Falls.

      Yes, you should! I thought it was an Adventure Time copycat at first, but no. It has much, much more to it!

  2. I’m sorry to hear about the flu! I hope you’ll get well soon, or are already feeling a whole lot better by now. I’ve heard of Inside Out, but thought it was a movie with people acting or something while not being animated (I don’t know why @_____@). A coworker said that the movie had a lot of tear jerking moments, it must be good! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it :).

    Wow, it’s been years since I’ve heard of Disney channel! It’s great that Disney did what they could and made a move based on a low budget. The book sounds interesting, especially with the fairytale characters all being put into one story and with a solid plot!

    1. I’m feeling a lot better now, thank goodness! 🙂 Maybe it was just a seasonal thing.

      Hahaha XD That made me laugh. 🙂 Though seriously, Inside Out turned out to be a whole lot better than I had expected it to be. Top-knotch stuff from Pixar right there.

      I know! I grew up with Disney Channel (yes, from Lizzie McGuire/That’s So Raven to High School Musical) and since I have younger siblings around, I tend to watch what they watched. So that’s how I got to watch Descendants. 🙂

  3. I loved Inside Out! I thought it was very well done too, and one of the more emotional ones that Pixar has put out. I think it’s because it felt very relatable.

    Disney’s Descendants seemed like a neat idea, but I wasn’t really sure about it. Good to know that you liked it though!

    Aahh, Steven Universe is so ridiculously popular now. I really want to check it out. It looks like a really good show 🙂
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    1. That’s so true about Inside Out! 🙂

      You should check out Steven Universe! At first I thought it was just some Adventure Time copycat. But man was I wrong! It’s one of the best things out there at the moment. 🙂

  4. I’m so happy you like the Lunar Chronicle books, like I said before, they are one of my favourite book series right now. I am so excited for the last book, I already preordered it! 😛 I didn’t think it was going to be based on Snow White for some reason, I thought it was on Frozen LOL. Obviously wasn’t thinking when I read the title xD

    I still haven’t seen Inside Out, I really need to!

    OMG, Steven Universe is amazing. My brother is a big fan and we watch it together sometimes. I love the songs in it!
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    1. THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. I just can’t seem to get enough of it and I’ve only finished two books in the series! 🙂 I actually made some fan art too. 😀 And I too can’t wait for Winter (Yes, I totally agree! I didn’t expect her story to be of Snow White’s) but I still have to get around to buying Cress first! XD

      Inside Out was awesome! 🙂

      Steven Universe! <3

  5. I adore Steven Universe. The end of season 1 was amazing. I can’t wait for new episodes which I believe is starting sometime this month. Its one of those shows you think won’t be good, but turns out to be amazing.

    I might have to check out that book series. Sounds cool!
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    1. No spoilers please! 🙂 hahaha… I’m still nearing the end of Season 1.

      You have no idea how much I love The Lunar Chronicles. I recommend it to anyone! 🙂

  6. Inside Out was great! I couldn’t stop the leaky eyes when I saw that movie :’D I was worried for it in the beginning since it had a lot of big name people for their cast but after seeing the film, they were all really perfect for their roles. I Lava You was really sweet too!

    I also love Steven Universe! There are so many catchy tunes in that show that it makes me want to pick up a ukulele and learn how play it just like Steven XD
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  7. Inside Out was a great movie and it made me cry at some points. I won’t spoil it for people that haven’t watched it yet, but yeah, just a great movie all around. I keep seeing all sorts of things about Steven Universe but I shall check it out eventually. Looks like a cool show.
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    1. Yesss Inside Out!

      Haha 🙂 I understand. Coming from a partly-film course, I appreciate a good film when I see one. However, I guess you would call it a quirk of mine that I still enjoy watching Disney Channel stuff- simply because it reminds me of my younger days. 🙂

  8. I watched Inside Out with my best friends last week. It was amazing! 😀 It’s been a long time since I watched a movie at all, much less an animated one. I really thought the concept was good. It made me think, “What if it is this way in real life, too?” I enjoyed it and would very much like to see it again!
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  9. I watched Inside Out and then bawled. I actually saw it with my sister and her boyfriend and they didn’t drop a single tear! And then asked me if I was crying hAHA. Anyways, it was great!

    I also read the Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t read the latest book though because it’s been a while since I read the first two that I don’t completely remember everything that happened. But I keep telling myself to re-read them since I want to read the newest ones!

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