Kubo and the Two Strings

I quite enjoyed Kubo and the Two Strings. I kept wondering why it was called that when his shamisen (Japanese banjo-like instrument) has 3 strings. I liked the surprises in the story and creepiness. I read somewhere that more people die in kid's movies for some reason. I loved the look of the film, the humour, and harshness, although the very end with the grandfather seemed weird to me. The magic of animation allows Charlize Theron and Matthew McConnaughy to play Japanese people. Plus in the credits you a time lapse view of them doing the stop motion animation.

Eddy the Eagle

I must have been in Japan when Eddy the Eagle soared in Calgary at the 1988 Olympics, but somehow I was aware of his name. He was an antidote to the obsession with owning the podium. According to this movie, despite a childhood handicap, he was obsessed with getting into the Olympics one way or another. Ski-jumping was a semi-calculated alternative path to his goal. His mother encouraged his dreams while his father tried to plaster over them. This kind of follow-your-dream-no-matter-what stories probably inspires a lot of people to get into trouble.

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The Man who saw Infinity

My daughter had been wailing about some basic arithmetic, so this movie about a man who was personal friends with each of the positive integers was a strange experience. I'd been vaguely familiar with Ramanujan, but wasn't aware of the sad details of his life - the racism he met in England and the betrayal by his own mother back in India. Mathematical formulae came to him as divine inspirations. British mathematician Hardy made him prove his intuitions to be acceptable to Western mathematicians. I did not learn any math in this movie, but they went through a lot of paper.