January Word List 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

A new year, a new list of words! Not that many this time, but only because I have been extremely busy this January with tests so I haven't been tracking new words as much. Will definitely pickup momentum next month!

robust - strong and healthy; vigorous.
braggadocious - boastful or arrogant.
insurmountable - too great to be overcome.
potable - safe to drink; drinkable.
reverence - deep respect for someone or something
clout - a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object.; influence or power, especially in politics or business
emblematic - serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic
sodomy - sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation
palpable - so intense as to seem almost perceptible by touch.
redundant - not or no longer needed or useful
dichotomy - a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different
juxtaposition - the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
apothecary - a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs
inanities - a nonsensical remark or action; lack of sense or meaning
semantics - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text
mutilation - the infliction of serious damage on something
magnum opus - a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer

Regular Show Tribute: Bittersweet Goodbye

Monday, January 16, 2017

*disclaimer: everything before Season 8 Finale, is my review before I saw the last episode.
And also, spoilers!

Because Regular Show ending now, this only felt right. I started watching Regular Show on cartoon network when I was in the 5th grade, and now I'm a junior in high school, just as big of a fan as I was now. I still have my eggscelent hat and my High-5 ghost keychain and poster. My older cousin always makes fun of me because I obsess over a cartoon that's only 11 minutes long and for kids.But whatever anyone has to say, nothing won't ever make me love every aspect of that show.

Regular Show has always been in my number one spot for top 5 cartoons, next to Adventure Time, Spongebob, Amazing World of Gumball and Chowder. I thought it was so funny and unique, and I loved the title and how ironic it was (lol). I instantly loved the characters and their backgrounds. Mordecai and Rigby to this day stand as one of my favorite bromances ever, in any entertainment format.

I guess I'll start with my favorite character of Regular Show, Rigby. But a close, close second would be Mordecai of course, followed by High-5 Ghost, Benson and the old flame, Thomas. Rigby is my favorite character because of his sense of humor and how much character development he's gone through in this whole series. He kind of started out as a kind of arrogant yet insecure at the same time. He is overly self-conscious at times too, like when Mordecai beats him at punchies competitions or video games, but he still keeps his egotistical behavior, which has kind of changed over time. He was always full of himself in the beginning, but after he starts hanging out with Eileen and starts to make something out of himself, his personality drastically improves. It's almost like being with Eileen brought out so much good in him. Going back to school, doing good deeds, being a better person. I can't think of any other character on the show, not even Mordecai who has had this much growth as a character. This may sound weird but I kind of hope I get to see them kiss before the series ends, somehow, but I don't think it'll happen. When Rigby kissed Eileen's cheek under the mistletoe in 'Merry Christmas Mordecai'.

Best Episodes

I'll start with the highs and best parts of the show. These are my favorite episodes of Regular Show. First would be 'Do Me A Solid'. (These really don't have any real order, they're all just at the top of the list for me). I was about 10 when It was aired, and I was pretty on board with Mordaret, silly, naive me. But I loved how funny Rigby was in it, and the budding relationship of Rigleen. Eileen was so cute in it too. Safe to say that for the next 3 months, I always said do me a solid, because I was so obsessed with how good the episode was. Next episode would be 'World's Best Boss' because I love all the admiration and love in that episode for Benson. Benson is such a great character, and this episode really shows it. I always appreciate the episodes where the whole crew tries to do something nice for one another. The next would be 'Eggcelent', just for the sole purpose that the bromance between Mordecai and Rigby is so great. I bought the eggcelent hat from the episode and I think it's totally awesome. One that's probably on the top of my list is 'The Eileen Plan'. It's one of the first episodes that really centered on Eileen and Rigby, and fueled my shipping heart. 'Skip's Story' was good too. Even though Skips isn't one of my favorite characters, it was still really intriguing to finally find out his story, and looking at his prom and love life. Also, Forever Young played during the dance part of the episode, and I really couldn't help but sing along really loud. Finally, I absolutely loved 'The Real Thomas'. Thomas had instantly become a favorite character of mine instantly when he came part of the crew. I thought he was a good comic relief and the perfect straight man for the Park. Regular Show the Movie was really great too. Wish they could've done another project like that again.

The Lows

There were some lows of this show, I'll admit, but none of them were deal breakers for the show. One off the top of my head would be the repetitive storyline of the Mordaret and Cloudycai relationship triangle. That was definitely so tiring and I'm glad I didn't have to deal with it at all in season 8, nor a love interest for Mordecai. Liked dumped at the altar when Mordecai practically rudely interrupted Starla and Mitch's wedding.

Now that the show is ending I feel as if it was rushed way too quick. I wish the schedule for the last season weren't as frantic. Some nights two episodes would air and other times it'd be a week between each episode, it wasn't in a constant routine. I felt as though it should've been two episodes a week on Monday/Tuesday and then another on Thursday or Friday. It would have made the finale season experience way more enjoyable I feel but whatever. The dome thing from the previous season was a really cool concept in my opinion, and I didn't expect them to all go into space. I was really surprised, and I'm not completely sure how I feel about it either. Yeah, the whole going to space thing was totally random, and the whole Pops being a powerful entity thing is pretty amazing, but I didn't even have this in mind when I thought of the show ending. I've been really scared of watching the finale, and I'm very scared that I will cry or have post-series depression, that usually sets in after a favorite series ends. Books, movies, tv shows, or cartoons. What I always loved about the series was the pacing. It didn't feel like it was going too slow or fast. It was perfect in my opinion. - this was pre-watching the finale. This whole paragraph is so ironic now.

Season 8
*this is after the point which I've now seen the finale.

Holy shit. Words can't even describe what I'm feeling right now. I just finished watching the Season 8 Finale of Regular Show. I'm not ashamed to say I even started crying towards the end, it was so good and pleasing and emotional all at the same time. The whole ordeal made y heart pump so fast because I really realized that this was the end, and that there wouldn't be another episode of Regular Show carrying on after this, but like I said, it's a bittersweet goodbye. I wore my eggscelent hat the whole entire time and felt real proud doing so.

The Cheer-Up Pops episode was so cute, and I loved it so much. I loved the Blu-Ray disc box set they made, and I really hope that was a planted seed for Cartoon Network to make a DVD box set for all Regular Show seasons. (Take my coins CN!). Then in the next part of the finale when they were in the coliseum and Anti-Pops erased Muscle Man and High-5s, I gasped so hard. I was so shocked, and my heart fell so bad.

The flashback part at the beginning episode of the finale where it's a replay of when they were beating up the wrestling doll, was the first tear-jerker. Then throughout the episode where they go back to help Pops defeat Anti-Pops was so awesome and epic, with all the storyboarding jokes. And of course the FINALE. BRAVO. ENCORE. I almost thought for sure when I was watching it in the beginning that Pops would've caught Anti-Pop's hand midway during the battle, but them hugging into the sun might've been even better. The Naive Man From Lolliland bit was so epic too.

When the crew returns back to earth, emerging from the glass dome after 3 years, this is when the tears started to flow. II was a little weary when Margaret came running, but thankfully it wasn't for a romantic reunion with Mordecai. Mordo's parents came, Rigby's family showed up too, and his dad was so proud of him and Rigby looked so bashful, it was such a perfect moment. Also, I did get my wish that I thought would never happen in a million years, Rigby finally kissed Eileen! My god, I was so happy I internally screamed and outwardly shrieked a little when it happened. Starla came to Muscle Man with their 2 or 3-year-old daughter, WOW, which he started welling up when he saw her. High Five reunited with Celia which was cute, and Benson got back together with Apple Sauce and Pam! (And continued to work at the Park for years to come, even with new workers). Skips met with his old friend Techmo, and continues his eternal life at the park, which I'm actually okay with, because I really think that's where Skips belongs. I'm glad they didn't try to force a love interest on him in the end.

Mordecai continued to own an art gallery, which I thought was so appropriate since he was in art school before working at the Park, and then met someone at his galleries. Thank god he didn't pull a Mordecai, because he and this bat lady end up having 3 kids together. I'm glad CJ didn't make an appearance in the last episode, because frankly I didn't like her and Mordecai's relationship anyways, and why would she even be there waiting for him after he was in Space for 3 years? Exactly. Rigby and Eileen get married and have kids?!?! This is even better than my kissing vision, this is more Rigleen than I could've imagined! Can't wait for the fanfic. Of course Starla and Muscle Man have more kids, and Hi-5 Ghost and Celia start a DJ-ing gig around the world, and end up having a child in the future, and so did Pam and Benson, who live happily ever after. I'm really glad they got to continue their lives and have kids, not remain static characters through the future.

It was so emotional to see them put up Pops statues, then years later put up Mr. Maellard's. The 25 year reunion was absolutely amazing (and yes, I did make a calendar event on my phone for 2042, Regular Show 25 Reunion so I can cherish and remember this moment forever). When the Regular Show tape pops out of the T.V. with all the flying butterflies, and you can hear Pops say "jolly goodshow", that's another moment where tears were pouring out of my eyes.

The last 'OHHHH' at the end really put the cherry on top. Seeing Mordecai and Rigby Still best buds after 25 years. Perfect.

So overall? Regular Show was 100% a 10/10 experience for me, and I'll never forget it. I was 9 years old in the fifth grade when the first episode came out, and now I'm a junior in high school, 16, still watching and loving the show like I did then. It has brought me so much laughter and joy when I was in such bad places, and I seriously absolute my greatest gratitude to J.G. Quintel for not only creating a cartoon series that changed my life, but also one that I'll tell my kids and everyone I know when I grow old, about how important it was and always will be to me.

When Marnie Was There

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Possibly standing as the best anime I've ever seen, 'When Marnie Was There' was an emotional and inspirational movie that left me with absolutely no words. It's unforgettable, original, and I really hope to get the book and movie DVD for Christmas or my birthday. It's a story that made my heart wrench and turn, feel bittersweet and melancholy at the same time.

When she meets Marnie, a mysterious girl her age who lives in a beautiful mansion across a marsh, Anna is instantly drawn to her. Anna is visiting her relatives in a seaside town, Hokkaido after her mother is worried about her mental state. Anna, who is recalcitrant that her adoptive mother actually loves her and is very bashful, escapes to the town's beach strip to draw when she is drawn to a manor across the water. Then when she crosses the swamp at low tide, she gets closer to the house and is able to see a girl in the window. The girl is first seen in a bedroom window, as an older woman brushes her hair, but when they actually meet, their encounters are often some sort of lucid dreaming and ominous, and then Anna wakes up in a state of confusion to how and why she woke up where she did. Their relationship develops, going on small adventures where they learn more and more about each other and their lives. They become extremely close and create a beautiful and enthralling story, that's compelling and moving to watch.

First, the art style of the movie is just incredible and gorgeous. The pastel colors and soft tones in the film gave a calming aura, and completely fit the setting of the seaside town in rural Japan. There were no harsh colors, nothing clashed, and the mute colors of every scene tied in really well with the characters and their style. Art style is a very important factor for the quality of a movie(in my opinion). That and music, but I guess you could argue music is a form of art that also falls into this category. The background ambiance of the movie, the melodies of sound when something dramatic happens, when something heartfelt happens or maybe when something extremely happy occurs, all can be amplified by the music playing.

Characters are a vital component of a film. You wouldn't want to watch a movie with bad characters that you couldn't sympathize, cry, or be happy for. The two main characters in this movie are phenomenal, and I don't think there was one part in this movie when I was bored with Marnie or Anna at all. Anna, an introvert, asthmatic 12-year-old girl, who deals with her depressed and unexpressed emotions with drawing. Marnie, who is a sweet, delicate girl on the surface, is friendly and outgoing to Anna wanting to be her friend and keep their friendship a secret. She is innocent and bubbly, but later in the film, it's revealed there is more to her beneath the surface and that she has been through many traumatic things. Both these characters definitely drew me to the story more and more. Anna was not made too stereotypically depressed and victimized. She was soft-spoken, but not completely a victim in the story. She does her part to comfort and protect Marnie, just as Marnie returns the favor with the same amount of solace. Marnie also wasn't portrayed as a stereotypical girly girl, she is more than who she seems on the outside, which is showed in the windmill tower.

This is a perfect coming of age movie, with mysterious and heartwarming elements embedded into them. The end with Anna realizing Marnie is actually her grandmother and is caring for her in her time of need, just as she had when she was a baby. Her troubled past and how they were alike in more ways than Anna could realize was a very good plot and was heartwarming to watch. Anna became at peace at the end, accepting and understanding herself, made new friends, and came to good terms with her adoptive mother.

I'd rate this movie overall an 8.7 out of 10, only because it felt like the story was being dragged out towards the end, but that's really the only thing that wouldn't allow me give this movie a 10/10. I can't wait to get the DVD for X-mas and buy the book!

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