turning red is the latest pixar movie that went straight to streaming. Nothing about the commercial made me want to watch the movie so I just went in with the trust I have for Disney/pixar and the high of Encanto.
To say it was different was an understatement. It’s about an Asian-Canadian teenage girl who comes of age into a red panda. It takes the element of puberty, Asian culture, and magical fantasy and puts it into that new age Pixar category where we are dealing with generational trauma like in Encanto. We are exploring other cultures. And even the representation in some of the background characters (a Sikh man worked as a security guard for the school, there was a little girl with a diabetes patch).
The most unique thing for me was the fact that they actually discussed periods. The mom thinks her daughter got her first period (she didn’t you’ll see) and she actually said it. I haven’t heard an animated movie ever address it or even regular movies tend to dance around it but no! The mom actually says the word ‘period’ and even shows up with ibruprofen, hot water bottle, tea and she says ‘pads’ and you literally get to see pads! It’s actually a huge deal which shouldn’t be huge because it should not be taboo when billions of people get their period. But while I thought it was one small but huge step for mankind, the Karens are upset honey!
Let me just say, this movie is definitely not for smaller kids and that’s why it’s rated PG. there’s ‘twerking’, teenage sass, and the main characters have crushes on boys. She’s 13, this is natural.
Not only did that get a lot of people ready to ‘cancel’ Disney Plus but get this — people are upset about the period talk. Guys when I say I am flabbergasted I mean it. There’s sooooooo many people talking about how they weren’t ready or didn’t want to talk to their children about periods or that it made them uncomfortable. I’m just shocked that it’s so taboo. Especially if you’re watching it with an older child. Idk it’s wild to me.
Oh but the movie was cute I give it a 7/10 and something to watch. If you saw it already let me know! Do you think the backlash is warranted?
It can be any movie at all. And you don’t have to participate in the plot, just the world of it. So like if you said Harry Potter you would not need to visit the Chamber of Secrets or anything but when Voldemort goes to war against the wizards it’s a pretty big deal for the wizards so you might need to get involved. So yea what would you pick?
You know what I mean. You've seen it once (or maybe more) times and you love it, but now that you know what it's all about, you have to steel yourself for the next viewing.
For me, it's Pixar's 'Inside Out.'
Don't say the twist, but I'd love to compile a list of movies that have twists and turns you could have never seen coming! There's of course Fight Club and The Sixth Sense, but here are a few of my personal favorites...
The Prestige (another good magic movie with a twist is the Now You See Me series)
Searching (< if you haven't seen this it's SO good, completely done through webcam / cell footage and John Cho is just 👩🏼🍳😘🤌🏼)
I like a Marvel movie as much as the next person. But, upon hearing the news that Sydney Sweeney got cast in Madame Web, I'm starting to get a little annoyed. I love that some of my favorite actors are getting the opportunity to make bank with Marvel, but as soon as they get sucked into the universe, it's hard for them to have time to commit to any other interesting projects.
I LOVED when RDJ redefined what a superhero could be (and this was before all Marvel superheroes had to go through a swole transformation), but, at this point, it's almost gone too far. Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson... we've gotten bits and pieces of them in other works (Paul in Shrink Next Door, Chris Evans in Knives Out, to name a few highlights), but their IMDBs are filled with mostly Marvel-adjacent projects. What I would give to go see a Paul Rudd Comedy in the theaters that feels fresh and doesn't demand a new set of abs!
Am I being selfish?
Yes the awaited question everyone has been asked at least once in their lives. Some people have many answers and some have none. I am one of the people that have only recently come to my decision.
I know, a peculiar choice but it comes with much thought. I have always been told to be her doppelgänger from random boys at college parties which gave me the confidence to say we somewhat resemble each other. But the truth to my answer is that I would want a movie written about me to be a solid rom-com. A story of love and heartbreak but thrown in raunchy humor here and there. Therefore, Mila is the perfect choice. What about you?
BIG NEWS FOR THE FAMILY - Brie Larson is joining the Fast & Furious franchise! She and Vin (if you will) both posted about her starting in the 10th film (can’t wait) and I am HYPED. She’s such a fun addition.
We don’t know anything about her role, I’m obviously hoping she’s somehow linked to Cipher (Charlize) but maybe she’ll be a good guy! Who knows!
The news got me thinking about who I’d wanna see join The Family. (With a capital F.) Obviously when the Rock joined, they bested themselves with that. So who else is there? I love HDTGM podcast so obviously would love Jason, June, and Tall to make cameos. It’s the least the studio could do (throw Adam Scott in there too.) I’d also love to see Julie Andrews as Helen Mirren’s crime-boss sister. Maybe that’s a spin-off opp, too? (Still waiting for 2Hobbs 2Shaw.)
I also would love a chaotic cameo from Nic Cage. I feel like that needs no explanation.
In fact, there are quite a few things in the MCU's robust collection of movies and Disney Plus shows that both movies are better than. You wouldn't know this by traversing to some of the social media comment sections--filled with toxic people (mostly men, let's be honest, who pretend to know comic book lore) hiding behind their keyboards--ready to put down every project that is led by someone who isn't a white male superhero. Diversity should be welcomed in all things, but honestly (internet trolls aside), there are so many reasons outside of having diverse casts/leads that give both movies MAJOR step-ups from "Thor: Dark World" (universally hailed as the MCU's worst outing). Let's just speak on the cinematography of "Eternals." Director Chloe Zhao managed to put together a movie that doesn't look like anything we've seen in the MCU before-one of the prevailing themes of phase 4 of the MCU. I'd love to hear from you all. Are "Captain Marvel" and "Eternals" bad movies?
I’ve never been a fan of sequels (unless there’s source material that demands it) — some movies end so well that adding sequels actually messes up the satisfaction you feel after seeing a great film.
For example, 1999’s The Mummy — this is a near-perfect action movie. But it’s actually made worse when you fold the sequels into the narrative, particularly with the whole Evelyn-is-reincarnated side plot. And then adding even more sequels of diminishing quality only further hurts the film’s legacy.
Which sequels do you wish hadn’t been made?
The plot? Sounds insane. Superstar J.Lo marries a man in the audience (Owen Wilson) because she was supposed to marry her fiance but finds out he's cheating on her moments before it was supposed to happen. The two obviously are complete opposites and yet — no spoilers, but come on we know how these movies go — you know they're gonna fall in love.
Guys, I've had this on my CALENDAR to watch on Peacock for months. So corny and yet, I cannot wait.
Trailer here: Marry Me - Official Trailer