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!
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
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.
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!