Movie Review: Little Door Gods (2016)

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Little Door Gods (2016)

I had the wonder of watching this movie despite being incredibly sick, and I will likely watch it again and again for the rest of my days.

Little Door Gods is about two brothers, a pair of guardian spirits, during a time of financial crisis in the spirit world– a crisis born of human neglect for the Gods. As humans lose faith, the crisis increases. Many spirits lose their jobs and even their homes! What is a spirit to do? The humans do not need them, so they do not remember them– and if they do not remember them, they do not honor them. It’s not like there’s a way they can force them to need the Gods again.

I do love this movie. I have so many good things to say about it, and so few I can’t tell you without spoiling the movie for you. If you read any of my reviews, you know that I will not do that one.

But some things I can do: I can tell you this movie has a great set of moral teaching. It teaches patience, and how to adapt to change. It teaches mortality, or a strain of it, I suppose. It teaches vengeance, and how it hurts, and who it hurts. It teaches humility, and honoring your ancestors, and love of family.

This movie depicts more morals than I have seen a number of Western movies for a long time.

I don’t know of it in English. I watched it with English Subbing, and I’m sure some of the nuances I missed because I don’t speak the language its audio is in. That didn’t stop me from being endlessly entertained by all the little pieces of the movie, the dialog between characters, and the little bits of the mythology I could understand. It was beautiful, and I would love to see it– and many more like it– become common things to watch and enjoy.

–Natasha

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Update: the YouCaring link to the same/similar fundraiser. YouCaring takes less from each donation. We do still need your help! It’s important to us, and your help will not go to waste.

Author Natasha York

The GoFundMe page to Save My Home

I hate to ask for your help, but I need it.

When I was young, I moved into the home where I currently live. I was tiny and I didn’t know much better, and there was my mother, my father, my two brothers and me.

Unfortunately my father had a gypsy heart and wasn’t the sort who could stand to settle down– and what was worse, he didn’t believe in settling debts when he left. He convinced my mother to sell her place that had been paid for, the house I had been born in, and move from my home state, claiming that he would replace the home she had for something even better.

My mother believed him. We all did. We didn’t know, at the time, what he was like. That he would cut and run, run, run. As far as he could go.

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Movie Review: Kingsglaive FFXV (2016)

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)

Rec’d. Obviously. You want to watch a movie that messes with your brain? This one will do it. Pull on your heartstrings? This one.

As it says on the tin: King Regis, who oversees the land of Lucis, commands his army of soldiers to protect the kingdom from the Niflheim empire’s plans to steal the sacred crystal which gives Lucis its magic and power.

But this movie? That’s not what this movie is about. This movie is about Nyx Ulric. A member of the Kingsglaive, a refugee regiment of King Regis’ army, Nyx is one of the most talented, taking to Lucian magic so well that the others in the force call him by the moniker ‘hero’ due to his exploits. However, he does rather have a hero complex because of it, and often takes unnecessary risks to save his peers, abiding by the Kingsglaive motto: for hearth and home.

It’s a motto that Nyx has taken to heart. The Empire has taken his home already, but while he still misses it and considers it home, he also considers Lucis home, and will fight and defend it. His king is King Regis. His home is Insomnia. These are his people, and he’ll fight to safeguard the future of everyone.

This movie is animated, but animated so well it’s nearly live action. The characters are very human, very realistic, with fully fleshed personalities and motivations, different strengths and weaknesses in their abilities. I did not find anyone in this movie that did not feel like a real human being, and alright, maybe having magic lets them pull off super human feats, but it’s still realistic within the margins we’re given. Moreover, their reactions to things is equally realistic to how people would react to the things that happen in this show.

Except perhaps the cars. These cars do not function like real cars. Okay, no, they do, and I’ve seen some weird pictures of cars doing the impossible and getting in impossible situations and somehow coming out of it intact, but I’m not even sure those cars are real cars.

Of course, bearing in mind that this is a Final Fantasy movie, you will have to suspend your notion of disbelief for a while and just go with it. I was not disappointed when I put it into the player.

was upset I cried, but okay, it was worth it.

–Natasha

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The GoFundMe page to Save My Home

I hate to ask for your help, but I need it.

When I was young, I moved into the home where I currently live. I was tiny and I didn’t know much better, and there was my mother, my father, my two brothers and me.

Unfortunately my father had a gypsy heart and wasn’t the sort who could stand to settle down– and what was worse, he didn’t believe in settling debts when he left. He convinced my mother to sell her place that had been paid for, the house I had been born in, and move from my home state, claiming that he would replace the home she had for something even better.

My mother believed him. We all did. We didn’t know, at the time, what he was like. That he would cut and run, run, run. As far as he could go.

He also didn’t believe in paying above the lowest choice on bills. When he finally cut and run, we worked out a budget to get it paid off in the next five years– and it was a good, solid plan. We’re two years into it. Except on New Years Eve 2016, we were told we have to crush it into the next three months, and there’s no way we can do that on our own. We just don’t have that much saved up.

The money I’m asking for is enough to pay off the house and land. The alternative is to move, and we’re desperate not to do that. It would take more to do that than it would to simply pay off the property, and I’ve lived here since I was a small girl. Getting your help means that I don’t have to move– that my family and I get to keep our home, that we don’t have to use our income tax to move.

I cannot tell you how grateful I would be for any help at all. If you can’t donate but you still want to help, please pray for me and my family, keep us in your hearts and send us good will. But if you can donate, if you can find it in your hearts to help us, I beg you, please help us keep our home.

–Natasha