Movie Review : [Little Manhattan]

Greetings.

I’m back with another movie review. I know that this is a lil’ different compared to the usual anime reviews and such, however I haven’t had much time to start up any new anime series. I stumbled over this movie, Little Manhattan, that was released in 2005 that starred an adorable, chubby, little Josh Hutcherson.

Now, let me just give you the rundown on my past with young Joshie.

I’ve been a fan of the films : ‘Zathura’, ‘Journey – To the Centre of the Earth’ and ‘Bridge to Terabithia’. Also, unbeknownst to me… he was also that chubby, obnoxious kid in the film- RV. Yes, I do mean the one starring Jojo and Robin Williams [The one and only].

However, I was completely unaware of this movie- Little Manhattan’s existence, until I recently saw Josh’s IMDB. After watching the cheesy trailer and stumbling over the movie online, I just couldn’t resist watching it…even though I was in the midst of studying for my exams… [It was okay though!! I swear. I limited myself, I actually found my performance in studying and focusing better! So what I did was sort out my time and spent 50 minutes of pure concentration on my studies and later rewarding myself with 15 hilarious minutes of ‘Little Manhattan’.]

My thoughts on this incredibly old school movie? I loved it! I absolutely loved it!

I mean, yeah. What it cheesy? ABSOLUTELY.

Was it corny? UNCERTIFIABLY.  (I don’t care if that’s a word or not. Because it’s the only way to express my thoughts.)

But it was its undoubtedly cheesy and corny existence that made it so hilariously adorable!

I don’t know…but it was just something about seeing a cute, little Josh freak out and overthink every single detail and going through the stages of paranoia that every single person of the female gender has been a victim off… that was oddly satisfying and oh-so- gratifying.

So to kick this thing off, let’s start with a quick summary of this lovable movie.

‘Little Manhattan’ is set in Manhattan (obviously) and highlights the cruel two-faced nature of love through Gabe’s (Young Josh) tale of First Love. Gabe is a typical 90s kid that lives in the fabulous ‘Big Apple’; New York. At the young cheery age of ten and three quarters, Gabe is quick to become the victim of love as he sets his eyes (and heart) on Rosemary Telesco, the rich, pretty, tap-dancing, karate-loving girl that he used to play with… before kids started reaching that whole gender-segregating phase.

As he starts falling hard, we are given the golden opportunity of savoring every little bit of it as he gets his butt kicked, overthinks everything, goes on dates with her, kisses her, proclaims his false hatred towards her, cries as the sinking feeling of regret hits him hard, declaring his undying love for her (repeatedly might I add) and of course… slow dancing with her.

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I don’t know about you, but I found myself cracking up every five minutes, either from the sheer cuteness  or how Young Joshie was an adorable, creepy, little stalker. You have got to admit that at least. My favourite seen was how he still, under all that love-sickness, was just a childish little kid. Just watching him yell ‘I hate you’ and then bursting into tears completely makes my day. Does that make me kinda mean..?

But how does that not just crack you up?

It’s inevitable!!

So far, I have come to the conclusion that this film is an absolute MUST-WATCH. Even though, it is no where near the list of my favourite movies, it just definitely something you must pick up.

It’s a light-hearted romantic comedy that everyone can enjoy, so I highly recommend it!

If you’ve already watched it, then tell me what your thoughts are on it!

Did you burst into tears? Or burst into laughter?

Let me know!

First Manga Review: Power!! [Girl Got Game]

Hi again!

I finally read the manga: Power!! And I actually stumbled across it during manga drawing class in school, I was looking for inspiration, and I just completely fell in love with it!

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All that went through my mind, when I first saw the cover,was: Girl. Basketball. She looks like a boy.

After that I just went crazy and started looking it up.

My friend was sitting next to me and he was like: She’s going crazy again..

[And he’s more obsessed about these stuff!]

Anyway, back to more important things.

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This manga was written by Shizuru Seino and it’s also know as Girl Got Game.

[I actually knew about this manga for quite a couple of years, but never dared to read it because I judged the title: Girl Got Game. So I thought it was a bad manga and didn’t think much of it.]

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What I liked about this series was that it was pretty much a Shounen series as well as a Shoujo series combined.

It had that sports factor in it [basketball] and still that ‘almost innocent’ high school romance life all rolled up into around 34 chapters, with some comedy chucked into it.

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Story Outline: The main girl, Aizawa, is forced to attend high school as boy. Who signed her up for this you may ask?

Her father did.  Turns out Aizawa’s dad enrolled her in as a male student since he wants her to join the all boy’s basketball team at school, to fulfill his own dreams of entering the NBA league when he was younger. [Which didn’t come true, due to an injury in his younger days.]

Life then carries on during Aizawa’s high school days where she has to share a dorm room with the main guy of our story, Eniwa.

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But what I really like about this manga is that the girl ACTUALLY looks like a guy.

I mean comparing Aizawa to Mizuki in Hana Kimi, Aizawa is very convincing.

Mizuki doesn’t even look like a guy.

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[Look for the girliest guy]

So since they actually made Aizawa look like a guy, it just seemed more realistic and there was less of that screaming: “HOW CAN NO ONE TELL THAT THAT’S A GIRL?!”

But even though, I’ve pointed this out, I have nothing against the manga series: Hana Kimi, in fact, it was my first manga that I’ve bought physically.

Of course though, throughout the whole series of Power!! Aizawa slowly looks more and more feminine as more guys find out her identity.

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AHHH!~ She looks so CUTE!~~~ (//.//)

So, all in all, this manga was a great read. I tried not to fit in too many spoilers into this review, or it would’ve have been longer.

This manga is perfect if you’re looking for a break from those really typical shoujo series and each chapter is guaranteed to make you laugh.

If you like playing basketball but you don’t really want to read something as hardcore as “Slam Dunk!” this is also a great alternative.

I was a bit upset, however, that this series did not go on longer, I thought it ended pretty abruptly, but the ending was still pretty sweet.

Now tell me, what are you’re thoughts about this manga?

Have you read it?

Do you feel like reading it now?

What are your thoughts after reading it?

Leave a comment below and tell me!

[Signing Out, Linn.]