The Garden Filled With Weeds

Movie Reviews, ACG and Cosplay Discussion, or just any rambling topics that come to my mind.

[Movie Review] Mr Peabody & Sherman March 25, 2014


IMDB: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Certified Fresh

Metacritic: 60/100

My rating: 8/10

The trailer definitely did not do this movie justice, after I watched the trailer I thought it’s going to be a really childish movie that’s only aimed at children and hard for anyone above the age of 13 to like it.

Of course, after giving it a chance, my prejudice was proven wrong.

For someone who is not of the targeted demographic, they manage to draw me in by using this strong sense of nostalgia.

The nostalgia for the 1960s cartoons that’s still being shown over and over again on TV, for many generations.

Naturally the visuals are of modern-day 3D animation, but the humour is definitely what we remember of the olden day cartoons.

I must also say I really like the pacing of this movie, it caters very well to the short attention span of most children, and thus everything is moving very fast, changes happen all the time, from one thing to another, and it’s simplistic enough for the kids to understand and catch on, I can hear the children laughing at one joke to the next.

My favorite part of this movie, is the father and son relationship between Mr Peabody and Sherman.

There’s a lot of moments which are so realistic that you can definitely find a piece of memory which you’ve witnessed that kind of fits exactly into the situation at that point.

Such as when Sherman is trying to reason himself, and said something hurtful to Mr Peabody, then Mr Peabody says something that shows how disappointed he is at Sherman, and Sherman sort of just lowers his head in silence.

It touches on both sides of this issue, between the struggles of parenthood and the struggle of accidentally upsetting your parent.

Those are the moments that made me take this movie more seriously than I did initially.

The history aspect of this movie is the part which I assume, would only find connection with older audiences, there’s a lot of puns that even I didn’t get.(Though I must say I’m not that knowledgeable myself)

Which is why it’s fitting for Sherman to constantly say ‘I don’t get it’ at Mr Peabody’s historical puns, because I bet a lot of the younger audiences wouldn’t get it either.

There’s one thing that I really really hated about this movie, which is Penny.

Let’s all agree to this, she’s a bully, she bullied Sherman, and terrorizes the other students.

I don’t like how this movie handled the issue on bullying, they had the perfect opportunity to educate children to not bully, or how to actually face bullies.

The reason why it bothers me so much is because children relate very well to such things, bullying and getting bullied, and by not addressing it properly, it kind of sends a different message to kids.

I’m not very sure whether it was cut from the movie, or it just didn’t make it into the final draft of the script, but there was almost no condemning towards Penny’s actions.

All of a sudden, she became a nice girl, she no longer bullies Sherman or anyone, she became compassionate and developed a friendship with Sherman.

It just feels like a very important scene was cut from the movie, something like Penny and Sherman apologizes to each other and  agrees to being friends.

But when you don’t touch on it, I’m afraid some kids would think that what Penny did was actually right and acceptable, and would end up copying it, because they would assume the victim would be like Sherman, doesn’t get that affected and ended up becoming their friend.

Of course I’m not a child expert, but I do have experience on being bullied, and so as someone who relates to Sherman very well on that aspect, I don’t feel very satisfied with how this issue was handled.

I understand that it’s properly just a plot point for Penny and Sherman to collide into each others’ life, and for the rest of the movie to happen, a convenient story that is also interesting enough.

The ending of this movie felt very rushed, and everything just worked out of convenience, all the problems Mr Peabody had just poof and disappeared.

But I can forgive it because after all this is a comedy, it’s still a movie aimed at kids at the end of the day, so when goofy things happen and solve all the problems, it really doesn’t affect how much I enjoyed this movie.

In conclusion, everything about this movie is very simplistic, from the character design, to events that happen, it won’t exactly be remembered as an animation masterpiece, but definitely entertaining enough to be a movie worth watching just for the fun of it, for the entire family.

There are some re-watching values for those who want to understand all the historical puns that Mr Peabody made, or for kids to grow up and find new surprises that they would only understand with more knowledge about this world.

 

The Female Body Size and Confidence Issue – From Guys’ POV? February 20, 2013


Note: I’m not gonna bother to censor any of their names, when you post a comment on a public page, jolly well expect it to be public else where too. I’ll only censor names when conversations are held in a place the other party expect it to be private, like a private chat, or facebook profile.

You can actually consider this to be just a rant.

You can also skip down directly to my opinions on such issues, and ignore this long argument.

Just a while ago, I got into this argument with a guy on the Singapore Poly’s confession page, about whether a fat person love and respect themselves.

Here’s the original confession,

 

Of course, being the Aries I am, I posted a reply.

Some people try to defend the person’s thinking, but I countered it either way.

Then this guy came in, his thinking is almost identical to the person who posted the confession.

My reply.

This guy continued to counter me, but in a way which I believe religious people would.

Then I gave my final reply because at the end of the day, all these argument provided for me was running in circles, just the same thing over and over again.

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I really wish I could speak like TheAmazingAtheist, have a good quality camera, and do this on Youtube instead.

First and foremost, they are guys.

To all my male readers out there, if you’re a guy, don’t try to act like you understand girls well enough.

Because you almost never will, and unless if you’ve been inside the brain of each and every girl on this planet, don’t try to act as though you do.

You can understand the few girls that you’ve dated, your sister, mother, or even grandmother, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

There are times even girls do not understand ourselves, but we see through things females do a lot easier than you can.

What seem confident about a girl to you? How much skin she dares to show?

Let me tell you, the more a girl flaunt her body, the less confident she is.

How is that even possible?

Because she’s fishing for you compliment, she wants to flaunt it so as to feel loved and wanted.

Surprising huh?

A true confident lady don’t need to flaunt anything, she don’t need to show her body to you to prove that she’s confident, confidence is an attitude, not an action.

Now moving on to fat pride.

Almost everyone on the comment section assumed that I’m fat… Well I can’t exactly say am I fat or not, but for those of you who had seen me in real life, you can be the judge.

I’m not thin or fit, that’s for sure.

The people on the comment section kept repeating one thing, which is, ‘Fat people have no self love and self respect, they don’t love their body’.

How do you love your body? Love itself is very abstract.

Let me use an apple as an example. I love this apple, so, am I gonna eat it, or not? Because I love it, but love it as in, eating it? Or preserving it and hugging and and taking care of it?

That’s the giant flaw in their argument, how can you define how another person love something else.

A person love his or her body because she simply love and accept everything of themselves, or a person love his or her body because they’re taking care of it?

I hate arguing about abstract things, such as God.

Because there’s no basis to what you’re saying, no real life example, no hard solid evidence which I can counter.

You’re giving me a thinking, an ideal, like making me a castle in the sky, and expect me to jump onto it.

The entire time, these guys were trying to tell me what sort of girls attract them.

Guess what, I don’t give a fuck.

The other guy even tried to do it on a personal level, by telling me I’m unattractive to him.

Guess what, I don’t give a fuck.

I have a boyfriend, so why the fuck do I care? As long as he loves me for me, he thinks I’m attractive, I’m not gonna give a shit to what other guys think.
(Which is the direct evidence my previous post about weight and size issues is valid, the opinion of someone we love is way more important than a stranger’s)

It’s funny, because throughout my argument, I’ve never said anything like, “you should date fat girls, you should be attracted to them’.

The entire time, I was trying to explain that every living human being can have self love and self respect, regardless of their size, race, age, sexual-orientation, anyone can love themselves, why are you saying these people don’t?!

Simply because they don’t follow your lifestyle? They’re not like you?

So can I say that, a guy who takes half nude pictures of themselves and post it online have no self love and respect for himself? Because that’s exactly what he did.

I clicked on his profile, and I see himself taking half nude pictures of himself.

I’m gonna say, you have no self respect for your body because you’re showing it to the entire world.

But no, that’s just my opinion, I can’t force it on you.

In fact that’s not even my opinion, for those of you who still don’t realise it, I’m simply using it as an example.

Yet the entire time, they’re trying to tell me, oh I love a girl who train herself, who lift weights, who stay fit.

Yeah, so the fuck what? I didn’t mention no shit about girls you’re attracted to, you can say, you love girls with D cup boobs, and I won’t give a single fuck.

Because that’s your opinion, something I won’t even bother trying to control or change, why would I? Who are you to me? Not like you’re my 12 year old daughter falling in love with a pedophile.

Actually, I do understand why they keep mentioning it, they’re trying to seek reassurance from me, try to get me to say, ‘yeah those girls are the best, fat chicks are not worthy, everyone should date fit chicks’.

You, my dear reader, should know that I won’t.

I adore fat people, I adore them, I adore how chubby and nice it is to hug them, I fucking love it when they have poise and pride, when they’re happy to be who they are.

I adore fit people, I adore their dedication, I adore how they can be the perfect anatomy model for my drawing assignments, I love the determination in their eyes to reach their own personal goals.

One last thing that got me very annoyed is that, these guys thinks that, if a girl is fit, she must be really confident, if a girl is fat, she must have no confidence at all.

Now, if you’re a guy, let me lead you to explore the female brain a little, if you’re a female, let’s just review on this thing we can all agree on.

99.9% of the females on this planet, are not 100% happy with themselves.

Which brought about the famous Dove advertisement, that told all the ladies, you’re beautiful for who you are, and don’t think otherwise.

If you don’t know about it, here’s a video.

Dove realised one thing, most ladies aren’t happy with themselves, they want to become someone else, usually someone on TV, or megazines, someone who they believe is perfect.

No matter how fit, skinny, plump, fat, tall, short a girl is, they won’t be happy with themselves.

If you think that the lady in a club, her make up is perfect…

Have you ever think about this, why is she wearing make up then? If she’s confident about herself?

If she work out, is she really trying to stay fit, or just because someone told her they don’t have her size for a beautiful dress she saw in a shop?

This is one thing most guys always don’t understand, females are like that, and if your girlfriend ever ask you, is she fat?

Don’t, don’t you dare, don’t you ever tell her, ‘yes’.

The answer is always NO.

Unless if you want to cripple her confidence for the rest of her life, and make her hate herself.

Anorexia and bulimia exist for a reason, people die from it, our society is hard on us, and yet these guys are still trying to tell girls, ‘you’re fat, go work out, if not I won’t even giving you a second look’.

You’d be surprised how many people agreed with the confession, liked it, shared it, hailed the guy who posted the confession as a hero.

You don’t ever, EVER talk about a girl’s size like that, and act like you’re justified.

There are girls, who have the BMI that is considered underweight, who STILL think they’re fat.

And here you are, saying, ‘fat chicks don’t deserve my second look’.

Did you know that, girls who consider themselves as fat, aren’t limited to just girls who are overweight?

Even skinny girls will cry about how they think they’re fat, even the fit girls might feel like they’re not ‘fit’ enough.

The dream girl these guys are looking for, is a mere 0.01% of the entire female population, and might become extinct if these guys continue with their attitude.

I believe those guys barely knew much about love, and you might agree or disagree with me.

But if you love someone, and they grow fat, if you’re giving them up simply because of that, no, you don’t love them.

Love is beyond superficial things like looks or money, love is a choice you make.

You choose to continue loving that person, no matter what they become, no matter whether do they lose a leg or completely have their face ruined, you love them anyway, and never give them up.

That is love, despite the fact I’m a non-religious person, I have a huge respect for the Roman Catholic marriage vow, which is the following.

“I, ____, take you, ____, to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”

In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, that is love, not something like, ‘the moment you grow fat, I’ll want to give you up’.

No, that’s not love, that’s just attraction.

That’s end of this long post about somethings in life I just can’t agree with, sorry if you hated it, thank you if you loved it.

Also terribly sorry for my long absence, I’m being honest here, was REALLY busy with school, barely even had time to sleep, but right now it’s my holidays, and I hope I can squeeze more blog posts out of myself.

 

[Movie Review] Arthur Christmas – Do you believe in Santa? December 23, 2011


So my friend just randomly invited me to watch this movie with her, and it was quite a while ago, so I can’t remember everything as clearly.

But here is a review, I think this movie is actually worth a review, recommended for everyone in the family.

Fun fact, before the movie start they showed a video of Justin Bieber singing “Santa Claus is coming to town”, I almost went out of the theatre when that happened.

Ratings –
IMDB – 7.2/10
Rotten Tomato-92% fresh
My own rating that’s a little too high at times-8

Trailer – 

Gwen, who is sending a letter to Santa

Do you believe in Santa?

I once did, then my mom asked me a pretty innocent question, “You still believe in Santa?”

Then my dream died.

However in this movie, they’re giving out a message to everyone, perhaps all the kids who still believe in the magic, to not lose faith in this obese man dressed in red climbing down your chimney.

So the story follows the same old routine, an ordinary guy, who is probably labelled as ‘useless’, having a little special thing in him that no one discovered.

Yep that's him

He is Arthur, the son of the current Santa Claus, and his job is just to read and reply all the mails sent in by children for Santa.

Perhaps that’s what made that special part inside him alive, reading all the innocent letters sent in by the children around the world made him believe in what’s right about being Santa.

All those wonderful elves that seems more like secret agent than elves.

The movie displayed a very different perspective of Santa, such as the high-tech spaceship that travels at extremely fast speed(can’t remember the specific speed), and deliver presents to all the children in the world with the help of elves that should probably work as secret agents instead of giving presents.

The present that was left out

Then a child was left out due to a mistake, the part of this movie that brought up the question – does one single child really matters?

The answer the movie gave is, yes, of course it matters.

The reality side of this movie is perhaps Arthur’s exceptionally capable brother, who made the entire delivery process during christmas high-tech, and determined to become the next Santa Claus, also, Santa Claus himself, who lost his passion for being Santa, and fell asleep without any problem despite knowing a child was left out, then the father of Santa, who was also the former Santa, who only wanted to show his grandson that he is still capable of being Santa.

It showed the ugly side of people who only want to become something for that certain title, like someone who wants to be a doctor but doesn’t have the determination to heal and cure people from their illness.

The movie is filled with passion, at a good pace, the climax of the movie had a lot of action packed, with Arthur, his grandfather, a gift wrapping elf, and a few reindeer pulling a sleigh named Eve across the sky with the help of magic dust.

Just to deliver that one present to Gwen, the child that shouldn’t be left out by Santa,

At the end of the movie, like all animation for everyone in the family, Santa himself, his father and Arthur’s brother Steve saw that bright smile on Arthur’s face when Gwen opened her present, and agreed that Arthur is the person who should become Santa, in order to bring joy to every child in the world.

Why is this movie worth watching?

It’s one of those movie that keeps your dream, your hope for humanity and the world alive.

It tells a story about a useless guy who has a wonderful good intention becoming a respectable figure who bring happiness to everyone.

Despite being slightly predictable and cliché, unlike most Disney movies filled with unique surprises and deeper messages, it’s worth watching simply for the fact it’s a movie that NEEDS to be watched during the festive season to get the atmosphere alive.

You might say those who still believes in Santa are naïve, but admit it, you wish you’re still naïve, and someone makes that effort to keep your dream alive.

‘Cause admit it, having a dream really does feel magical.

Now for my random rant about movies LOL

The next movie I want to watch is We Bought A Zoo, I can’t seem to resist movies based on true stories, like The Blind Side, and I love animals, I really do, so I suppose I’m going to like a story about a group of people trying to keep a zoo alive in order to save the animals.

I’m not sure is New Year’s Eve worth watching, it seems like one of those movie they invite a long list of celebrities just to make sure there are people who actually watch it. Which reminds me, Valentine’s Day kinda sucked.

Oh well that’s all, I’m sorry I haven’t been updating, I’ll try to update more often~ Next post should either be The Muppets review, or EOY review, or maybe, just maybe, a year review.

Yep, both reviews, have a good day. 8D

 

 
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