Ria hugs herself tight as a cyclone of agony sends a surge of tears through her levee of composure at Ada's funeral.
As a sequence of sobs detonate throughout her unsheltered soul, she again whispers to herself, "She sacrificed her life for mine."
A priest walks up to the podium and commences with his eulogy for Ada; Ada, the friend who jumped in front of a blade that was meant for Ria. Ria strives to rebuild her facade of calm as the pastor's speech continues to unfurl yet when he reaches the middle, she gives up the effort.
Tis at the midsection where the eulogizer utters with a great sigh, "Bless Ada. Not many knew that she had an unbiden desire to die and..."
"What the fuck!?" Ria yells amidst a sob as she gives Ada's corpse the stink eye.
Author's Note: All joking aside, two common misconceptions are that the majority of people who have suicidal desires actually wish for the finality of death and that the basis of suicide is a selfish attitude.
Suicidal impulses bring a delusion that death will bring about a better version of one's life and a false notion that one will improve other's lives through one's own departure.
So you see, suicide is usually an act of desperation and selflessness from the suicidal though suicide itself unleashes tragedy.
Whether you are suicidal or not, remember that your life is sacred.
- Written by C.A. Nicholas.
- Photograph by Jieun Lee.
Charlie: Sigh, maybe I'll be famous after I die.
★★★Some years later.★★★
Narrator: Charlie gets buried alongside some of the Greats. Every person who stands before his grave wonders "who the hell is this dipshit?"
((Meanwhile, at Heaven's Gates...))
Here are the highlights of Charlie's experience at the Palm Beach County Courthouse today! And please excuse his hair; it's been dancing with the wind.
I am pleased to announce that Aaliyah Harris has joined me to talk about the latest blockbuster, Avengers: Endgame!
Heads up, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS in this article.
Love, Death & Robots is an animated anthology series of flash fiction from Netflix (I mean that they are ultra short stories and not fan fiction stories about the Flash). How would I rank and review all 18 episodes?
18) Alternate Histories
A fascinating and famous concept is tackled in a deliberately nonsensical fashion. The humour is also juvenile though the cameos of other historical figures and current celebrities is certifiably cool.
17) When the Yogurt Took Over
A delightfully wacky concept is unsuccessfully implemented in this episode. The script is fantastically witty though.
16) Beyond the Aquila Rift
The character interactions aren't wholly believable in this episode though the ultimate reveal is unpredictable and horrifying despite the narrative frequently broadcasting that all isn't as it seems. The nudity is also a bit superfluous to the story though the lovemaking sequence does have a narrative purpose (even though it initially seems cynically tacked on).
P.S. Thom's Catholic faith is evidenced by the totem he keeps though his belief isn't expanded upon.
This is a relatively straightforward story that is complimentary to such fantasy monster flicks as The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and Van Helsing; which is to say it's very entertaining without being particularly insightful. It does have a theme about prejudice but it's so broadly implemented that it's not particularly meaningful. The episode also contains stereotypical military bater though it's convincingly carried out by the actors.
14) Helping Hand
Without sacrificing a spoiler, I can say that this is like a take on Gravity. The story isn't unique though the acting, visuals, and pacing are phenomenal.
13) The Secret War
This narrative is conceptually and executionally middle-of-the-road. However, the episode is far from being artistically poor. The visuals are wonderful and I love the portrayal of Russians as people instead of vodka guzzling, women objectifying, or violence loving caricatures.
It's like a climactic action sequence out of a Jetix show (remember that program on Fox)? The episode is knowingly cheesy with fun action beats and with the added benefit of one-liners that would have plenty of company if it were spoken in the 1980s.
11) Lucky 13
This episode's action beats are tropes yet Samara Wiley's acting is Emmy worthy. Actually, I'm not sure if the animators used motion capture for the role or if they just used her likeness along with her vocal talent; the animation appeared so realistic that my brain tricked me into believing that I was watching a live-action episode about halfway through the story. Anyways, the acting from Wiley was groundbreaking whether it was truly from her or simulated by the animators.
10) Sucker of Souls
The retro 2-D animation is completely enrapturing with its winning blend of comic book and anime aesthetics. The "camera pans" and musical cues illicit genuine tension too while the interpretation of a mythological being is wickedly distinct (though the creature lacks certain necessary traits). Thus the redundant opening scene, whiplash swerve into gallows humour, and generic plot reveal aren't enough to derail the episode's effectiveness to entertain.
9) Three Robots
The episode's charms are born from the characters' sitcom-like banter. Their interaction with a basketball is easily the story's outstanding segment while the plot twist is nonsensical yet amusing enough.
8) Zima Blue
The stylized animation of the people isn't my cup of coffee though it was executed beautifully. I enjoyed the messages against pretentiousness (I doubt that the episode is speaking against artistic innovation) and for enjoying the beauty of simplicity. The twist was also the best of the series since it is unlike any twist that I have ever seen.
7) Sonnie's Edge
The gladiatorial smackdown is a symphony of imagination titillating creativity though the characters are one-note characterizations. The twists are gloriously surprising and empathic while remaining logical to the story though.
6) The Dump
This episode is engaging in its naturalism married to the fantastical and by its morbidly amusing tale-within-a-tale. On the surface, it's merely a purely adult take on Up's first act (after that montage) though its soul speaks about how homeless people are disregarded by society.
5) Ice Age
It's like The Twilight Zone meets Night at the Museum. The episode isn't narratively or thematically complex yet it is mysterious and totally winsome.
P.S. This is the only episode to feature live-action.
4) The Witness
There are a few beautifully disorienting shots in this hypnotic blend of photorealistic and stylized animation. The narrative is meager and the characterizations are one dimensional though the theme of violence begetting violence is expertly implemented.
P.S. I wish that the creators would have tied all of the nudity into the narrative's sense of purpose or linked it to a theme since it just comes off as gratuitous as is. However, I'm grateful that they depicted a character having a bush down under since contemporary Hollywood pushes a completely bald style.
3) Fish Night
The episode reveals itself to be one of the most visually stunning pieces of art in existence when the fantastical arrives. It's narratively skimpy yet its conceit is unique. The final stroke of the fantastical segment is disappointing though it's not nearly powerful enough to break the episode.
The lighting contrasts are mesmerizing yet the deceptively effortless portrayal of camaraderie is what shoots this episode into the stratosphere. You also know the creative team are brilliant when a tragic moment in a 17 minute story slices your heart.
1) Good Hunting
Wow, this is a masterpiece! The deceptively simple animation is belied by its consistent elegance, as well as by its lack of distracting flourishes to mask what could have been a malnourished narrative. The empathy rich story includes real-world themes such as ethnocentrism, acculturation, imperialism, and female objectification.
The romantic chemistry between the male and female leads (Liang and Yan) is refreshing since it is all encompassing: it includes implicit sexual desire though it is devoid of lust (which is emphasized by Yan being innocently partially nude at times when talking to Liang) due to the characters' true love for one another.
I love this episode.
At long last, I succeeded in re-experiencing the one Toy Story film which I hadn't seen since I was a child. Toy Story 2 is refreshingly one of the rare first born sequels whose existence isn't recycled from the main purpose, narrative links, and character arcs of its predecessor. The first film presented an analysis of dreams which shatter, depression being born of a sense of dematerializing purpose, as well as transforming jealousy, catalyzed by a self-esteem left to tumble, into affection via empathy. Toy Story 2's themes include the selfish side of a self-esteem gone too high, some individuals' fear of loved ones leaving them eternally behind, and the temptation to be timelessly praised rather than loved as one spends a mortal time with some souls which are interlaced with theirs.
While the sequel's messages are conducted as masterfully as those in the predecessor, the comedy in Toy Story 2 isn't nigh in quality as the first's. Where the humour in Toy Story is delightfully witty with a depth for adults, as well as being impossibly original throughout, that which is in Toy Story 2 is not as eloquent in its composition (though the patriotic Buzz moment and the literal interpretation of using one's head are exemplary) and it is touched by a parody already turned trope (I'm talking about the reveal of Emperor Zurg's relation to Buzz Lightyear).
Even with my assessments of the sequel's comic relief, I do believe that Toy Story 2 is a wonderful film and it is one which I immensely enjoyed. Taking everything into account, it is merely a smidgen below Toy Story.
★ The opening of Toy Story 2 is brilliant as it takes first time viewers aback by seemingly featuring Buzz on an actual space mission.
★ When She Loved Me, otherwise known as Jessie's Song, is paired with the film's most soul aching segment and that montage goes along well with the I Will Go Sailing No More segment of Toy Story when Buzz tries to fly in that film's most heartrending sequence.
★ I appreciated that there was a scene where Woody's friends believed that he was being tortured. It was a nice homage to the first film's theme of the cost of forming judgements about people without learning the context of situations.
'Twas the dawn of midnight on January's twelfth day when I last rewatched Toy Story. It was only then when I finally realized how wonderfully witty and amazingly adult its themes are. The film which brought me near tears during a couple sequences like never before used to rank near the bottom of my Pixar film ranking (though I've ever objectively admired it) but now it's within my top three. I'm curious to see where the sequels land subsequent to my rewatch in honor of Toy Story 4's release this year.
P.S. I love this film.
"Why am I alive?"
🎵"God only knows what I'd be without you..."🎵
I was moderately skeptical about the purpose of this sequel yet I remained cautiously optimistic about its quality. Now I am sold on this film which seems to exceptionally present themes on existentialism, how different individuals react to moving from familiar people as the next chapter in life commences, the beauty of social connections, as well as the ache of either losing or never sensing the ability to bond with souls.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Toy Story 4. How about you?
Captain Marvel is an unapologetically female empowering film whose heroine isn't feminine to those who define that word while perpetuating the male gaze. Yet neither is Captain Marvel a nurturing averse fighter like a gender swapped representation of masculinity as defined by a testosterone overdosing patriarchal society. No, Carol Danvers is a human being who happens to be a woman; a beautiful soul who is a non-caricature to the offense of no feminist audience members anywhere and to the displeasure of no intelligent viewers everywhere.
Beyond their portrayal of a person in the lead role, I love that the filmmakers proudly stuck up their middle fingers (via subtext which was upon the border of non-ambiguity) to the real-world propaganda which posits that refugees are terrorists.
I enjoyed this film, as I expected I would, even though this film's first act is in a hurry to meet its latter two act companions. Yet what I wasn't prepared for was how empathic of a film Captain Marvel is.