(spoilerfree) Film review: Captain America: Civil War

 

After months of waiting and countless teasers, trailers, promo photos/stills, interviews, and me blocking literally every tag related to this movie on Tumblr, it’s finally here: the new Captain America movie, and the start of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you’re anything at all like me, you’ve been probably been bouncing everywhere for the past week or three.

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Kokoro no Sora: ‘Japan from the Outside’ as seen from the actual outside

For the past 8 years or so, I’ve been a fan of the Japanese group Arashi. Although I use the word ‘fan’, in reality it’s pretty lowkey and sometimes I don’t keep up with them for years. Recently, however, I checked in with them again through a newfound obsession with their show on Fuji TV, VS Arashi.

I figured I might as well check what I’ve missed music-wise, and came across a song called Kokoro no Sora, released in 2015. The theme for the song, the accompanying video and even the album, is Japan. More specifically, Japan as viewed from the outside.

Now, not only did I recognize traditional Japanese things and influences in the video set design, costumes & choreography, I also came across the ‘Japan from the outside’ bit. And things suddenly got a lot more hilarious. And by hilarious I mean “I thought about this too much and things turned really serious all of a sudden”.  Continue reading

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March reading wrap-up!

I hit a reading slump.

I still read some things this month! Just comparatively little, is all. And I have especially not been reading for the past two weeks or so. Explanations, quick book reviews, and probably way too many exclamation marks beneath the link!

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Book review: And Then There Were None (by Agatha Christie)

Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Page count: 250 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Book review: Percy Jackson & the Titan’s Curse (by Rick Riordan)

Title: Percy Jackson & the Titan’s Curse
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians (#3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Page count: 294 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
(Reviews of part #1 and #2 of the series)

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Book review: The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Page count: 874 pages (Wordsworth classics paperback)
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Thoughts on unhauling books (+ a big unhaul)

Yesterday, I went through my shelves and picked out all the books that I either didn’t like, didn’t finish, or that I really don’t think I’ll ever reread again and didn’t like enough to keep around regardless.

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