'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Dive Into The Creative Mind Of Wes Anderson's Love For Japenese Culture And Man's Best Friend

'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Dive Into The Creative Mind Of Wes Anderson's Love For Japenese Culture And Man's Best Friend

A review of Wes Anderson's new movie, "Isle of Dogs."
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Wes Anderson movies always have a creative and unique way of expressing themselves. When I see an Anderson movie, I know it’s his movie. "Isle of Dogs" was released April 13th this year and contains a large array of actors from Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, etc. There are many elements that stood out to me like cinematography, camera positioning, and screenwriting but the reason this movie deserves to be seen is the amount of love that went into making this movie. While watching "Isle of Dogs," I realized that this movie was so much fun to make just because it was so much fun to watch.

The story follows a group of dogs that have been left, like all other dogs in the movie, on Trash Island to fend for themselves when they are found to have snout fever, a deadly disease to all humans. Everything sucks, and they all want to get back home when they encounter a little boy looking for his lost dog, Spots. They all try to help him get back and then problems ensue, as is expected. It is a very interesting plot story but nothing too complicated. The only things that would not make sense to a large audience would be the references made about Japanese culture, at least to me. I know there were a lot of nods to Japanese elements that I did not catch but I still respected the whole movie. One thing I did catch was the mayor of the main city, Megasaki, was named Kobayashi, as a nod to the famous Japanese hot dog eating contest winner. This is one of those examples of a "just for fun" reference to something non-serious.

When watching this movie in the theaters, there were a lot of trailers for children’s animated movies for the only reason that "Isle of Dogs" is a Claymation movie, which means that it is a shot-by-shot take of all small movements of clay figurines. Despite the trailers, the movie never seemed childlike, especially since it was not a happy-go-lucky story with no moral. It is definitely a more adult movie, especially with some graphic scenes involving blood.

Speaking of morals, Wes Anderson tackles a lot of current problems today in this movie. A huge issue is the idea of refugees and why the United States and other countries are forcibly removing them, for political and economic reasons instead of moral ones. Another allusion was the concept of a corrupt and unreasonable leader, which can be seen in many countries today. This movie is about dogs, after all, so Wes Anderson shows his love for canines without being cliché. Like most children movies today, the only things dogs do are smell each other’s butt or play dumb or do silly things. "Isle of Dogs" contains intelligent and vulnerable dogs with human personalities and they talk about issues that bother them. For example, there is a stray dog that bites even though he doesn’t want to or know why he does it. It gets into the emotional struggle between owner and man’s best friend, from the dog’s perspective. There is a lot of current and moral concepts that Wes Anderson tackles and executes beautifully.

This is a Wes Anderson film, after all, and I could tell it was one even if I never looked it up because of his trademark camera work. There are many wide shots taken of a large room or field with all the characters interacting with each other in one long take. Most of the time, several events are happening at once on the screen and paying attention to any of them would still result in an enjoyable movie experience. An example from the movie occurs when the mayor is talking with his staff members about an issue. The left side of the screen has a rotating image switching every time someone else talks. The right side has a continual close-up of the typewriter paraphrasing the conversation on the left, getting closer with each turn of the left side. And again, all of this is being done with Claymation figurines that take a lot of time and patience to get right. To coin Wes Anderson as a genius would be an understatement.

5/5. This movie is for all audiences (at least old enough to see a little blood) that can enjoy true creativity and genius. A fun and enjoyable story that could only have been created by Wes Anderson. He also directed a Claymation before with his adaptation of "Fantastic Mr. Fox," originally a Roald Dahl book.

Cover Image Credit: The New York Times

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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7 Random Thoughts And Deep Realizations I've Had As A Big Sister

Lessons that sisterhood has taught me.

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I've been a big sister for about 15 years now, and my little sister has indirectly caused me to think about myriad things. Here are just a few that others can surely relate to.

1. I basically got the beta version of Mom and Dad's parenting, while my little sister gets the release version.

2. I'm supposed to be my sibling's role model, but I'm a mess who has no idea what I'm doing. Surely there's someone more qualified out there.

3. I don't pick on my sister because I hate her, I pick on her because that's my God-given right.

4. It's not that my sibling is babied by my parents, it's just that they are treating me like an adult.

5. I'm told I was originally super excited to have a little sister, I wonder what changed. Like what could my sister have done as a baby or toddler that made me go, "no I'm pretty much done with you."

6. Where's my thank you for not making teachers hate my sister solely on the grounds that we're related?

7. Hypothetically, would I like you more if we were full sisters, or do I only dislike you half as much as I could since we're half sisters?

I wouldn't replace my sister with anyone else in the world, I can't wait to see what else she helps me to realize as we get older. She's slow to get the joke, stubborn and is a little tone-deaf, but she puts up with an overly sarcastic, equally tone-deaf me, and I love her.

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