Whisper of the Heart: A Reflection on Writing from a Film Academic

Fun fact: my all time favourite Ghibli movie is Whisper of the Heart. It continues to be the most vulnerable and relatable of the bunch for me, and to this day I rewatch it maybe once a year because of how emotional it makes me. With the Ghibli repertoire finally available on Netflix in Canada, I wanted to take some time on this blog to explore how this movie whispers into my heart as I’m writing my thesis for my MA in Film Studies.

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An Indulgent Narrative Analysis of the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour

Another foray into unknown territory for me! This past year I accidentally dove head first into Taylor Swift’s music after years of avoiding it. Well, I’m pleased to say that Taylor Swift has quite the repertoire. I did a fair bit of digging into people’s reviews of her reputation Stadium Tour, a 2018 Netflix special, and didn’t find a whole lot of analysis contained therein, so here we are! I thought I’d take some time here to explore how her storytelling translates to a whole concert tour in a really long post. Enjoy!

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Bingeing Food Anime in Quarantine: A Love Story

I don’t know about you, but quarantine has done crazy things to my appetite. I’ve found myself turning to food or cooking anime more and more to recapture tastes that I probably won’t be able to get until things start opening up again. More than that, food anime has become exactly the sort of meditative fluff that helps me through my day. What follows is just a little ramble about my recent addiction to watching 2D interpretations of stuff I could probably actually eat if I knew what I was doing.

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Starkid’s Black Friday: Sequels, Music, and Theme

I just finished watching and rewatching Starkid Production’s latest musical, Black Friday, and I have some thoughts that I have to get out, so my blog seemed like a good place to put them. There don’t seem to be too many analytical posts out there about Starkid that aren’t more fandom-driven so this will fall outside of fandom discourse for the most part. Also disclaimer: I’m not an expert on musicals, nor do I really go out of my way to enjoy them, so this is way out of left field for me. Though I usually focus on narrative, this post will more or less focus on structure and larger implications of how the musical is presented.

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After finishing She-Ra S4, I was struck yet again by an inexplicable dislike for Glimmer’s character. Each new season brings the same knee jerk reaction, and I was convinced for the longest time that it was just me. However, I’ve done some thinking and since I keep feeling that way about her, I wanted to break down why I might dislike her so much in a little exploratory post. This post WILL spoil so be aware!

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Over the Garden Wall: That Fall Aesthetic

Happy Halloween! It’s time for another seasonal post. I’ve always wanted to tackle analyzing Over the Garden Wall, but never really had a good reason to write about it. At this point, much of what needs to be said about OTGW has been said, but I just keep finding things in the show to gawk at! So then, let’s look at what the miniseries offers in spades: that fall aesthetic.

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The Barbie Cinematic Universe

I have always loved Barbie movies. They’ve been a staple of mine since I was little and I find myself returning to them more often now than ever. On a recent rewatch, I was struck by and got to thinking about the shift in Barbie’s role as a personality brought to life through all of the different media she’s appeared in since the movies started up in the early 2000s. I wanted to take the opportunity here to speculate a bit about Barbie’s media evolution, and hopefully figure out some narrative implications for her more integrated media strategy as of late. Let’s get to it!

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My Japanese Movie Theatre Anime Experience

Hello from Japan! I’m wrapping up a research term over here at the moment, and among other things I’ve had the opportunity to watch a few movies in theatres for that ‘big screen anime’ experience with both Children of the Sea and Weathering With You. I had a few thoughts floating around about how these experiences panned out, so this post will largely discuss that. While this isn’t necessarily a genre breakdown, it does follow my little formula for those types of posts. Let’s get to it! 

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