Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Hello, hello!
This month I have another review special for you. I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time and apparently Netflix read my thoughts as now almost all Studio Ghibli movies are available on the streaming platform.
So, dear years, prepare yourselves and bear with me for a full month of Studio Ghibli movies!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaa leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic. In addition to her people’s conflicts with other factions, Nausicaa must also contend with the insects of the jungle including the Ohmu, a race of giant, intelligent bugs that poisons the surrounding atmosphere – and is spreading rapidly.

The Rating:

Okay, so technically speaking this is not really a Studio Ghibli film. However, this film’s success is what later allowed director Hayao Miyazaki to found the famous animation studio with many people who worked on Nausicaä also joining the team there. In a sense, this film is the mother of all Studio Ghibli productions.

Anyways, let’s get down to the review!
The first thing I noticed was the stunning animation design. It reminded me a lot of the anime-shows I watched growing up, so I immediately fell in love.
Everything about Nausicaä is beautifully made and I can’t help but marvel at both the skill and creativity that went into this project.

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Wrapping it up for May!

Hello, my darling readers!
Another month is over, so let me give you a little summary of the amazing posts just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. 😉

This month I decided to check out some pretty cool comic book/graphic novel adaptations. After getting a good stack of material at Comic-Con (and some additional books from my local library) I was all set to catch up and bring you some Comic Book/Graphic novel vs. Movie/TV Show posts!

As usual, I participated in Top 5 Tuesdays (about books) and Thursday Movie Picks. This month we had the following topics:

And finally, here are my favorite quotes of this month:

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TMP Television Edition: Competitive Reality Shows

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Although I don’t watch much reality TV, I managed to come up with some shows for today’s topic!

#1 Project Runway

I am a very hands-on and DYI person – sewing included. Although I don’t have the time to do it very often, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. Project Runway always manages to teach me something new and is inspiring. Especially, the season with kids was impressive – so much talent!

#2 Nailed It!

Baking is also one of my hobbies so every now and then I liked to watch a baking show on TV. My favorite so far is Nailed It. Again, it teaches you something and you don’t feel bad because everybody is so much better at baking than you. In fact, you’ll actually feel great because most likely you’ll be better than the people on the show.

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Graphic Novel vs. Movie: V for Vendetta

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome to my final graphic novel vs. movie/TV show review for this month. V For Vendetta was one of the things I bought at comic con and I was super excited to read it. Let’s see how both the iconic graphic novel and the movie fared imho!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, this graphic novel takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with some thoughts on the graphic novel.
First of all, I am rather smitten with the artwork. At times it’s super colorful, at other times it’s drab, always perfectly capturing the mood.
The drawing reminded me quite a bit of the Watchmen graphic novel. Alan Moore is the author of both but the illustrators differ, so I was rather surprised by that.

Alan Moore wasted no time giving you an accurate picture of just how horrible this world is. By the way, on one of the first pages we get the line “every man needs to seize the initiative and make Britain great again.” I found it a little unsettling that the slogan of the president of the United States comes from a graphic novel about a fascist regime. I don’t know what I’d worse: that they have no clue about that line being in V for Vendetta and they accidentally went with it, or that they deliberately chose it.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week I tell you which books are on my reading list for this summer!

#1 Norwegian Wood

This book has been on my list for. so. long.
Look at the cover, it just has to be a perfect read for summer, right?

#2 Neverwhere

I’ve heard SO much about this and already got quite some bookish merch from several subscription boxes for Neverwhere. I really need to tackle it and it seems to be the perfect book for curling up at home when a typical summer-thunderstorm is passing by.

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