And Now Our Watch Has Ended

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It’s okay, it’s over now. They can’t hurt us any more.

It’s been almost a week since Game of Thrones finished and I think I can finally digest everything that transpired during the final episode and the season as a whole.

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Unring The Bells

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There’s only one episode left of Game of Thrones. However during the penultimate episode, Game of Thrones pulled the ultimate shocker with the demise of our most beloved characters. In a twist almost no one saw coming, Game of Thrones decided to kill itself.

Listen, series finales are never going to be everything the fans want it to be. Especially when you have a built a world so big, and the stakes are incredibly high. That being said, I have no idea what was running through David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ heads when they decided to cut down to just 6 episodes. Because of this, every episode of Game of Thrones feels incredibly rushed to the point where a coffee cup that was right smack in the middle of a scene went completely unnoticed by the editing team.

Let’s break down D&D’s biggest betrayals this season.

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Kitbull

This short will definitely tug at your heartstrings so make sure you have the tissues near by  if you’re a crier! Kitbull is a new short from Pixar that tells the story of a panicky ball of fur and an abused pit bull who are both in need of a friend.

A deviation from the Pixar norm, Kitbull is 2D animated with all frames hand drawn and hand painted. The backgrounds are painted in an impressionistic style while the kitten is drawn more cartoon-like which gives the story its classic Pixar charm.

Like most people on the internet, Rosanna Sullivan (writer and director),  fell down a rabbit hole of cat videos that eventually led to some doodles that led to this short. Initially, Sullivan says she just wanted to draw something that made her feel good, but eventually her kitten drawings developed into a personal project. Sullivan describes herself as someone who had trouble connecting as a kid, and this is reflected in the skittish kitten who takes quite awhile to warm up to her pit bull neighbour.

If you’re like me and always dying to know more about the creative process you can also check out the Behind the Scenes feature below:

 

 

The Lion King Teaser is Here!

There are few things more sacred to me than The Lion King.

Released in 1994, I was just two years old when the original film made its debut. When I was two I also got my cat that would be part of my family for nearly 20 years. She proved to be very useful in recreating this scene over and over again, never once complaining.

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Of all the Disney remakes to come, this was the one I was most apprehensive about. Now that the teaser is out.. I’m still not entirely convinced. For whatever reason, the teaser is very desaturated. I hope that’s fixed later on. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” consists of the most vibrant scenes in the whole film and possibly the Disney canon.

James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa which is a smart move on Disney’s part. His voice is so iconic, it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else taking on the part. There’s also been a lot of buzz about Beyoncé being cast as Nala. Though the teaser appears to be a shot for shot remake of “The Circle of Life” sequence, I imagine that with Beyoncé cast Nala may have a bit more to do than in the original. Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing my personal favourite Scar. I still have my fingers crossed that they will be including “Be Prepared”. Scar is already so sarcastic and sassy, the song just really brings his personality to life.

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I’ll try to reserve any further judgement until the full trailer comes out and/or I see the film. However, The Lion King already has a live-action remake that I’m a huge fan of – The Lion King on Broadway. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first saw it (under 10 for sure) but I was awed. Every time it comes back to Toronto, I make sure I always make time to see it. It’s such a beautiful show, if you have’t seen it you have no idea what you’re missing.

What do you think of the teaser trailer?

Leta Lestrange, Queenie, and Nagini – The True Crimes of Grindlewald

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Yes! This article is full of spoilers.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald has a woman problem. The movie was already a mess, but the treatment of every female character in this film was incredibly disappointing.

Let’s start with Nagini. A few weeks before it’s premiere, Warner Brothers released the final trailer for Crimes of Grindlewald. The big shocker in this trailer was that Nagini used to be human! Not just a person, but an Asian woman in a circus who suffers from a matrilineal blood curse that forces her to slowly transform into a snake until one day she won’t be able to revert back. She is a Maledictus.

Much has already been said about how problematic it is to retcon Voldemort’s pet snake into a person. It is implied that Voldemort met Nagini after his near-death experience at Godric’s Hollow when he was hiding out in Albania. At some point after their meeting, Voldemort kills Bertha Jorkins and makes Nagini into his final horcrux further binding her to him. Years later as he works to regain his strength, Voldemort has Wormtail milk Nagini for her venom in order to make a potion that will help sustain him. Making Nagini a human complicates these already established facts by now forcing us to wonder if all of this was consensual. Making her an Asian woman in particular complicates matters further as Nagini has to side step falling into stereotypes as a subservient Asian woman, or exotic dragon lady.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald Review

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I wish I could Obliviate The Crimes of Grindlewald from my memories. I really do. The plot was all over the place, and really did not make sense for any of the characters involved. But here’s a quick run down of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good:

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One thing I have always loved about the world of Harry Potter is the magic. The teams behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts have always put so much effort into the films has never truly been recognized. Set design, Wardobe, Make Up and Special Effects, so much detail goes into it – often unseen. I loved the sequence featuring the Circus Arcanus, watching the children float around in bubbles, because why the hell wouldn’t you be able to do that. Nagini’s transformation into the serpent was also some beautiful special effects work. The brief glimpses of the Ministry of Magic (Paris Edition) was also stunning.

For a film series titled “Fantastic Beasts” there weren’t too many in this film. However we do get a few minutes to enjoy a couple new creatures that are in Newt’s care. There’s the Augurey that eyes Jacob, the awe-inspiring Kelpie, and the big feature the Zuowu. We also see some familiar faces Pickett the Bowtruckle is back, and like Guardians of the Galaxy capitalizing on Baby Groot, we also have some baby Nifflers running around.  Watching Newt capture and rescue the Zuowu was probably my favourite scene in the film – which is quite sad as it happens early on.

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It was also quite nice to revisit Hogwarts. The last time we saw the beautiful castle we call home it was in shambles, having been completely destroyed during the final battle against evil. Seeing Dumbledore as a teacher was also pretty great – though having him teach the exact same lesson the exact say way Lupin would years later just screams lazy to me.

The Bad:

When it was revealed that Johnny Depp would be playing Grindlewald many moons ago, fans knew that this would mean we would eventually see Dumbledore take down his greatest foe.

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