Movie Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service

May 22, 2011

It’s kind of a shame that I never watched this movie before. I’ve likely mentioned this before, but I watched Spirited Away, another Miyazaki movie, at a fairly young age and didn’t understand the plot at all. I saw Princess Mononoke when I was older, but I still wasn’t quite old enough to understand the plot and disliked both movies greatly. Unfortunately this bad history with Miyazaki movies has clouded my opinion of them and I have a tendency to avoid them even now.

This movie has changed my opinion of Miyazaki movies entirely. Maybe it’s just because I’m old enough to understand the movies now, but I have every intention of watching almost all the rest of Miyazaki’s movies now (except Spirited Away, nothing will get me to watch that movie again).

13-year old Kiki is a witch in training, and as per custom she has to leave home for a year as part of her training. Eventually she finds a beautiful seaside town called Koriko, and despite a somewhat less than perfect introduction to the locals, she and her cat Jiji settle nicely into the town. Eventually Kiki begins her titular delivery service, making friends with people around town. Unfortunately, after she is crushed by certain events, the worst thing possible happens to Kiki. She then must redefine herself in the face of losing everything that she believed defined her. Read the rest of this entry »


Movie Review: Lemonade Mouth

May 2, 2011

I feel kind of weird writing a blog post on a Disney Channel movie. But I actually liked watching this one. It’s the usual “outcasts” of the school throwing aside their differences for a common interest – music.

Stella (Hayley Kiyoko), Olivia (Bridgit Mendler), Charlie (Blake Michael), Mo (Naomi Scott), and Wen (Adam Hicks) meet in detention. After singing together “Turn Up the Music”, they perform at the Halloween bash and are an instant hit…but the rivaling boy band Mudslide Crush, led by Ray, is furious. Not only are they furious, but so is Principal Brenigan because not only do they express themselves in their music, but they also begin to express the

These are the band members: (from left to right) Win, Olivia, Stella, Charlie, and Mo.

voices of the students of the oppressed Mesa High School. Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Review: Grave of the Fireflies

April 27, 2011

I can honestly say this was one of the most depressing, moving, and heart-wrenching movies I have ever watched. Based on a true story, Grave of the Fireflies depicts the sufferings of two children who lose their houses in the Kobe bombing during WWII. This movie is unrated, but I personally would not recommend it for anyone under 13 years old due to some graphic depictions of suffering and disease.

I feel that the WWII context gives this movie a bad reputation. Many people might assume that this movie is an anti-American movie, but it’s not. This movie is profoundly anti-war itself. It begins with the death of a main character, and then backtracks to when the story begins at the Kobe bombings. Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Review: Tangled

April 7, 2011

Well I finally took the chance to go see this movie that all my friends are raving about. Was it good? Yes. IT WAS BEAST.

Do you like the way Disney is taking classic fairy tales and morphing them into something cooler? I do. How’d you like The Princess and the Frog, the way they added jazz and flair to the whole story? Tangled, as you might have guessed already, is a retelling of Rapunzel. And Disney brings it to a whole new level. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part II

April 2, 2011

There are three rides: Flight of the Hippogriff, the Dueling Dragons, and the amazing Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

The Flight of the Hippogriff is a fun and simple rollercoaster. I wish it had gone around the track more than once, but it was fine for a minimal thrills girl like me. Because I’m not a fan of being raced along upside down, I did not go on the Dueling Dragons rollercoaster. However, I heard from the many scary-rollercoaster-loving people that it was one of the best. Also, the ride is made up of two rollercoasters which run at the same time, the Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball. Apparently, the Chinese Fireball is the better of the two, although both are thrilling. Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

March 23, 2011

This movie was absolutely incredible. On the surface it looks like your standard “girl gets magical powers, abuses them, learns an Aesop lesson and comes out of it more mature than before” boring movie. …It’s not. It’s so much better.  Read the rest of this entry »

Teen Newsletter needs you!

March 15, 2011

Did you know that West Regional Library has a teen newsletter called The Splash and they’re looking for contributors?  All content is authored by teens, and the library’s teen advisory board puts it together.  All teen, all the time.  Check out the latest issue here.  The Splash features artistic and written work by local teens. They accept:

  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Digital or Traditional Artwork
  • Photography
  • Book Reviews
  • Riddles/Jokes
  • Comics
  • Questions for Ask Elizabeth, an Advice Column

There are two easy ways to submit your work. Email
Drop off your work in person in the Teen Section of West Regional Library in Cary.  Please include your Name, Title of Work, Age and/or Grade.

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