…in which I attempt to anthropomorphise the signs of the zodiac. enjoy xx
The Aries is drawn to the Hindu-originated art of fire-eating, and all of its dangers. It will intimidate some and lure others, but none of that matters as long as they’re having a good time.
The Taurus admires and respects this Zen Buddhist practice of maintaining perfect stillness; it is a rare opportunity to find stability in a modern life lived at breakneck pace.
The Gemini reflects the instantaneous and highly reactional nature of the Japanese art of drawing one’s katana, and does so beautifully. Even if some say it lacks practicality as an offensive method, it makes for a deadly counter-attack. Underestimated and looked down upon by some, revered and respected by others; this multi-faceted practice, much like lightning, rarely strikes twice in the same place.
Cancer: Zhōngyào Xué
The Cancer is a master of healing; both of the self and of others. The art of traditional Chinese herbal medicine is the perfect way to demonstrate the protective yet nurturing nature of the sign of the Crab.
The Leo is not to be mistaken as full of themselves - on the contrary, those closest to them know the truth - that they may struggle with their self-perception as much as any other sign might. The Western-driven phenomenon of the commitment to the self, self-love and self-understanding, is something the Leo can strive towards.
The Virgo sees Ikebana, derived from ‘ikeru’ (to keep alive), as sacred. The art of Ikebana flower arranging demands ethereal, almost unnaturally perfect lines and shape - which in turn demands ethereal, almost unnaturally perfect skill from its maker. Though it is a creative art form, it is governed by rules which make up its clean and untouchable aesthetic.
The Libra can be known to twist themselves into extreme positions, like the pretzel-esque shape of the Hindu sleeping yoga pose, in order to seek and maintain peace. This sign manages to turn the most uncomfortable of feelings into something beautiful for others; and eventually, the self.
The Scorpio has a natural affinity for this Western-driven alternative healing method. The use of colour to balance the energy of the body can bring simple relief or draw out intense emotional strongholds in a person’s life. Much like the Scorpio themselves, one should not discount the legitimacy with which chromotherapy is performed if it is to be appreciated fully.
The Sagittarius will throw themselves at any challenge with a unique, yet effective method of conquering. They choose to climb walls instead of breaking through them, to somersault gracefully over every obstacle where others would stumble. The Sagittarius will rise where the weaker will cower.
Capricorn: Free climbing
The Capricorn is the sign of the mountain goat - although it may be a long and arduous journey full of danger and with little reward, they find solace in the building of a stronger, more fearless self. Even being painfully aware that they could fall at any moment with nothing to save them, the Capricorn keeps on climbing.
The Aquarius makes a martyr of breath to extend one’s life force and strength beyond themselves using this Hindu practice. Constantly reaching further and further into unmapped territories, this sign unconsciously leads us to a promised land.
Pisces: Water scrying
The Pisces has a connection to the psychic realm that has been acknowledged by many across time. The stillness of the water and the vividness of the images they see there are unmatched in truth by anything in the mundane blur of the world around them. But when a Pisces allows themselves to visualise with intent, anything can become a reality.
Jack & the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is Stéphane Berla and Mathias Malzieu’s French language, stop-motion adaptation of Malzieu’s fantasy/romance novel, La Mécanique du Cœur. The story revolves around the titular Jack, a young man born in 1870s Scotland on ‘the coldest day ever.’ Because of the extreme cold, Jack’s heart stops beating. An attending midwife saves him by replacing his heart with a cuckoo-clock, only this has an unintended side effect: Jack must never get angry or excited, or the clock will stop working. As he grows up, Jack realizes that he also cannot risk falling in love, because that too could stop his fragile, clockwork heart!
The LEGO Movie - 2/7
In the LEGO universe, an ordinary minifigure named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Special—the last living Master Builder—who can save the LEGO universe. With the help of an old mystic named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) along with a small troupe of LEGO DC Heroes, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and learn the power of imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the nature of LEGO universe and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman - 3/7
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The film features Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his adopted boy Sherman. When Sherman’s misuse of their time traveling WABAC machine results in disastrous and comical results, it is up to them to put things on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed. It is produced by DreamWorks and directed by Rob Minkoff.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 6/13
It has been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. At the beginning, Hiccup is pressured by Stoick to start a family and become chief, but Hiccup rebels by flying away from Berk and exploring new lands. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. HTTYD2 is a DreamWorks film directed by Dean DeBlois.
Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary - Summer 2014
Legend of Sanctuary is the sixth movie — but the first CG film — based on Masami Kurumada’s manga Saint Seiya. Originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from January 1986 to December 1990, the series was later collected in 28 volumes. Toei adapted the manga in an animated series which aired on TV Asahi from October 11, 1986 to April 1, 1989. The Saint Seiya anime continued with theatrical films, an OVA series, and the current TV series. The new film is based on an original story by Masami Kurumada and focuses on Sanctuary, the hidden realm ruled by Athena that strives to maintain peace on Earth. SS:LoS is directed by Keiichi Sato, whose credits include Tiger & Bunny and Asura.
Omoide no Marnie - Summer 2014
Studio Ghibli’s next film will be an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s English children’s novel classic When Marnie Was There. The story: Anna hasn’t a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems. An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognizes - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learned so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed. Hiromasa Yonebayashi is returning to direct his second film after 2010’s The Secret World of Arrietty.
The Boxtrolls - 9/26
The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called the boxtrolls. The boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), and Eggs has to save his friends from that evil exterminator. The Boxtrolls is a Laika film, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.
Book of Life - 10/17
The film is described as the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears. Directed by Jorge Gutierrez.
Big Hero 6 - 11/7
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion - a robot named Baymax - Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall.
Home - 11/26
Home is based on the 2007 Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday. When an overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek, invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor, they begin to relocate the human race, but one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture. When on the run, she is accompanied with a banished Boov, named Oh, who has accidentally notified the enemies of his whereabouts. Home is a DreamWorks film, directed by Tim Johnson.
Flip flopping from playing by the structured rules of social norms to being completely reckless is a common trait seen in Capricorns. They know how to play, and in any environment they are extremely adaptable to any guidelines assigned to themselves. Whatever clique they are brought into, they ultimately conform to, but constantly improve the ways of their society. For sure, they are natural born leaders. They conquer unmapped or undiscovered territory, they pick dare over truth. Constantly they feed their lively rebellious spirit as well as their ego, which can often go completely hand in hand. They impress others through this method and get control, and seemingly power as well. Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens, Capricorn.
Typical day, typical weather, typical people. It all was beginning to seem like a drag now. Like nothing really mattered. Day in and day out Zia worked the afternoon shift at FireSide Coffee House.
The weather was almost always pleasant, but it got boring after a while. She wanted to see raging storms, blistering heats, and dark colds. But, you don’t get much of that where she was.
The people were the only thing that really ever changed, for that was the nature of man. Some were kind and polite, others brash and cruel, and the rest were like unmapped territory.
Right now, she was dealing with an extremely rude one, and she was about to lose her patience. Finally, they grabbed up their coffee, and left.
Mumbling hateful curses and shrewd language, Zia turned around to clean out the coffee machine. No one else was in line anyways.
Then, against the boring drone of the coffee shop came the bell. And it was different this time. The sound sent a shiver down her spine, and her heart began to race. It wasn’t even the sound that made her that way. It was the feeling that came with it. Her mate had just walked through the door, and into her life.
| Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 | Number 1 | How to Train Your Dragon 2 |
Release Date: June 13th
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera
Synopsis: It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
If you didn’t foresee me putting this as my number one, you must not know me very well. This is the sequel to my favorite movie, which, while its ending wrapped up the plot nice and tight, left plenty of room for sequels. That alone is enough to put this on this list, maybe even at the top. But also, from what I’ve heard from interviews, comic con panels, reviewers who have seen rough cuts, etc., this sounds like it’s going to be bigger, darker, deeper, and maybe even better than the original. If all that is right, then it is going to be beyond amazing. I’d say this might not just be my most anticipated movie of 2014; it might be the movie I’m anticipating more than any other upcoming movie ever. I realize that my expectations are dangerously high, but I can’t help it. I just can’t freaking wait for this movie.