So admittedly, I saw this movie, like, three months ago, but for the purpose of this post just pretend I watched it last week, I don’t know. Wolfwalkers is set in 1650s Ireland, and follows a little girl named Robyn struggling to find her place in life in Kilkenny, a town that’s been abruptly taken over by Lord Protector. She’s grown up believing the wolves outside their town are terrible monsters that need to be hunted down, but when she meets Mehb, a little girl around her age, and a wolfwalker–human in the day, and wolf at night when her human body sleeps–who makes her rethink everything she thought she knew about the world.
The art style is absolutely gorgeous. Like, holy shit, flawless writing aside, this movie is just so pretty to look at? I’m sure you’ve probably seen clips of the “Running With The Wolves” montage, because it was all over my social media feed a few months ago, but just in case you didn’t, here you go, honestly this alone does a better job hyping up this movie then I ever could.
It was really beautiful, and made me tear up a little bit, and yeah, I would absolutely recommend it.
So, I really love superhero stories done right. Like, when they acknowledge the well-worn tropes of their own genre and twist them, often being really hilariously self-aware… I don’t know, it’s so good, and maybe this is just because the theme of feeling like you have to save the whole world, or having your whole self esteem hinge on being better than other people somehow, or being forced to grow up way too fast–kinda hits a bit close to home for me… but I’m just such trash for them, I don’t know.
The Beacon follows Bee, a college student who realizes she can control fire. It’s like a podcast within a podcast, because the show you hear as the listener exists in-universe, as a show Bee is making to try and reach out and find other people like her with superpowers, who could help her defeat the wolf-lizard who lives in the woods outside her university. It’s smart and self-aware, and to be honest, pretty painfully relatable, with some really interesting themes, and overall just has such a wholesome message? I don’t know, it has a way of always making me feel better. I just finished season one, and I can’t wait to see where this show goes in the future.
The Far Meridian
Another show I haven’t finished, but really liked so I have to talk about it here.
The Far Meridian follows Peri, and agoraphobic young woman whose house has, seemingly randomly, showing up in a different location every day. I’m only on the fourth episode as I write this, so don’t spoil me too much, but oh my gosh, I’m already so in love with this show! The sound design is beautiful, and while I don’t have agoraphobia, I do have anxiety, so I can definitely relate to some of the main characters’ experiences in that department. I really appreciate how the show portrays her, and how getting better is often a very slow and gradual process, and it’s okay to be afraid and take things one step at a time. I feel like it’s probably going to take a dark turn and absolutely emotionally destroy me, because if I were the writer that’s what I’d do, but in the meantime, it’s just a very soothing, whimsical show, and I like it a lot. Oh! The music is absolutely gorgeous, I have to mention that as well!
Alice Isn’t Dead
So, I’m not totally finished with this show, and I actually listened to a lot of the first season last year, in one big sitting after school, got really obsessed with it for a few days… and then randomly stopped. I don’t know, sometimes my brain is just like that. But I still have a bunch of it on my phone, and I ran out of other things to listen to while I was working, so I decided to pick it up again, and now I’m almost finished with season two.
It definitely has a Night Vale-esque feel, since it’s got some of the same people behind it, but it’s also not Night Vale at all. I can definitely imagine them taking place in the same universe of Weird Shit Happening in America.
It follows Keisha, a truck driver chasing her missing wife Alice across America. The deeper she goes, the more messed up she gets in this terrifying, nonsensical conspiracy. At times it’s really sweet–Keisha and her wife have a really beautiful relationship that makes me feel things, at times just strange, and at other times absolutely terrifying, but in a good way. I’d definitely recommend giving it a listen.
Speed round of on media related very nice things I’ve been enjoying of late and feel the need to share with you, dear reader. In no particular order: these fairy lights I ordered a little while ago and have strung up on my walls, this colour changing lightbulb I got, and to complete the funky lighting scheme, this super nifty lamp from IKEA that looks like a big glowing sphere! Macarons from this bakery I’ve been walking to after school, I’ve tried two out of the five flavours they have, once because I was feeling kinda down and wanted to cheer myself up, and once to celebrate finishing my midterm exam! Drinking enough water! Spring flowers! The vague idea that at some point I should make myself a picnic lunch but the amount of preparation and disposable time this requires means it’ll probably take me a while to get up the motivation! This very pretty Penumbra podcast poster I got! Trying to get into nonfiction books!
Feel free to share your happy things in the comments if you want to share, no matter how little or silly they might seem! Hearing from people always makes my day.
Lots of love,