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Day 10/25: I Watched The Spanish Movie Roma | Mojo Magic

I love foreign movies because not only are you forced to just focus on the movie and nothing else, you learn more about a new culture. I’ve always felt that this is incredibly important. We need to broaden our worlds and learn new things. I specifically didn’t want to watch a Korean, Japenese or Chinese movie for this project as I quite regularly watch movies or series in those languages. My first thought was a Spanish movie. I’ve always loved the language but haven’t really explored much of the culture so well I was a blank space. The first thing I did when I decided to watch a Spanish movie is Google what Netflix had for me. Roma was the first movie that popped up. Before this, I’ve seen it on my Netflix home page under new releases but other than that I didn’t know much.

I started the movie a bit confused and uncertain what to expect but boy did the story intrigue me. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a movie quite like it. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a black and white movie either but damn, it’s brilliant. I don’t really want to go into too much detail and spoil the movie for others but yeah, if you have 2 hours or so to spare, you should definitely consider watching the movie. I’m sorry if this blog is sounding lackluster. It’s 38C and I’m running on two hours of sleep. There is so much more I want to say but my brain stopped working at 4am when I woke up soaked in sweat with a swarm of nerves turning my stomach in a knot as I stressed about my first day at my new job. Luckily, a review on IMDb summed up everything.

Already Want to See It Again by evanston_dad

I already want to see “Roma” again. It took me a good while to settle into the rhythms of Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed new film, and by the time I did I wanted to go back and start it over to see what I might have missed. A lot comes at the viewer in “Roma,” and it’s hard to take it all in on a first viewing. No…that’s the wrong way to put it. Nothing comes at you — you have to go after it. That’s what makes “Roma” unique. Cuaron crams his frame in any given scene with tons of movement and sound, but he shoots almost everything in medium and long shots and chooses to pan his camera rather than insert a lot of edits. The result is you have to decide what you want to look at, and while the main protagonist is in virtually every scene, she’s not always necessarily the focal point. That protagonist, by the way, is Cleo, maid to a wealthy family and played in a quiet and quietly devastating performance by Yalitza Aparicio. “Roma” is an episodic assemblage of scenes that shows what life is like for Cleo, without big showy emotional moments or much editorializing. She’s treated fairly well by the family she works for, but make no mistake — they rarely let her forget she’s their employee. The film is a lot about privilege. The family treats Cleo as one of their own when they feel like it or when it’s convenient to, but don’t when it’s not. She’s part of their most intimate moments and they her’s, but she’ll never really be one of them. She has much to take care of, but nothing of her own to really care for. And there’s a big wide world out there, the movie makes clear, that will never include people like Cleo. For a while I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t feeling “Roma” as much as I wanted to and as much as rapturous reviews led me to believe I would. I was engaged by it, but I didn’t feel heavily involved emotionally. But then pretty far into the movie something happens to Cleo, and in that moment I realized how invested I was in how things turned out for her. “Roma” sneaks up on you in that way. Grade: A

I do want to add that I enjoyed the movie and it wasn’t quite like something I’ve watched before, but there were a few things I didn’t like much less love. I was confused and sometimes borderlining on bored for some parts of the movie, but at the same time, I still got emotionally invested in the movie. It took some time to pull me in though or to pull any emotion out of me. I honestly don’t know what I feel at this point. I’m okay with it. I would encourage others to watch it if they have the time and they feel like watching different but I wouldn’t neccerssaily watch it again? I only truly connected to the movie after I realized the movie ended (I was so confused) and started to look into it more. The story behind it is what pulled the most emotion out of me minus the massive moment in Cloe’s life that made me sob like a little bitch. Those types of things shouldn’t be sprung onto you.

Anyway, before I wave my goodbye here is two other foreign (at least to me) series that I just adore.

Terrace House

Terrace House is a Japanese reality TV show.

Reality at its Best!!!!!!!!!  by ecllc02

Terrance House is addictive to say the least. This is truly Reality at its best. Place 6 total strangers in a home and allow their common or not so common personalities to emerge over time. What’s most interesting is the fact that most enter the home with a certain objective in bettering themselves in one way or another. Whether it be a desire to become less shy, create new friendships or even seeking a dating relationship. Since there are no scripts many times such objectives are not so easily accomplished and can be rather rough, which makes it all the more exciting. As each episode slowly evolves you may find yourself, “Being in the shoes,” of one of the occupants which could have the same similarities as yourself. Eventually the show concludes when all have felt their objectives have been met through normal day-to-day activities. For those whom have not met their objectives the pressure can get tough in which they are must make a decision to stay on the show or simply leave. For the individuals that have created an outstanding friendship with others this can be some what of a tear jerk-er for the departing individual or yourself as well. To add a little spice to the show there are normally 2 intermissions which involves the hosts and hostesses that narrate the show in the beginning providing a brief summary to the past episode and again near the end of the episode. Truthfully the intermission is somewhat of a breather and allows each to provide their input to what they believe is happening or going to happen. I actually Love it because its funny, outgoing and has great perspectives from different age groups. What’s even more great about the break is that there is no holding back. Each host or hostess says what they truly feel and is on their mind about the episode. There are instances where I simply could not stop laughing, especially since one host is a sort of comedian. His look and reactions are totally, one-of-a-kind but so true in wisdom from his standpoint. Granted not all will enjoy this sort of reality show but in my opinion its true reality and that’s what is addictive to me. Reality to the core and Reality at its Best.

I decided to add the review above as I felt the summary on IMDb didn’t do the show justice. Okay, so the reason why I enjoy this series is that I get to see the ‘real’ aspect of one of my favorite places in the world; Japan. I’m also obsessed with Japanese food and I’ve been playing around with their flavor pallete. It’s so much fun.

Meteor Garden

Meteor Garden is a Chinese series that’s sometimes a bit cringy and a tiny bit ‘unrealistic’ and ‘overdramatic’ but damn I love it. I watch it every now and again and it just makes me so happy.

Here is a summary of the series: Shan Cai is an 18-year-old girl from a family that’s barely able to make ends meet. Due to a turn of events, she gets accepted into a school that only accepts the upper class elites. She immediately clashes with her classmates especially Dao Ming Si who is spoiled, arrogant and a bully. She remains defiant even after becoming a target of a series of pranks intended to torment her and just when she’s about to give up, Hua Ze Lei always seems to show up to lend her a helping hand. Eventually, the four boys begin to acknowledge Shan Cai’s unyielding personality that is like her namesake which is that of a weed that can never be brought down. She also begins to see the good in the boys, which paves the way for friendship and an eventual romance. Written by mydramalist.com

For shit and giggles: My top three Afrikaans movies (I’m not up to date with new releases though) is Bakgat, Semi Soet and Pad na jou Hart.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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