Falcon 4 Entertainment: Week of November 1

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Megan Finke and Megan Finke

Book

The Truth About Magic’ | Atticus (2019)

This is a poetry book written by the poet, Atticus. He is one of my favorite poets and has various books full of moving poems. The book is sectioned, with titles: explore youth, love, adventure, her, darkness, woods and stars. Each section explores the magic behind the topic. For example, the her section talks about the magic behind a girl and the things she experiences. The book flows through about 250 poems and each is beautifully written. This is an easy read, as poems don’t take too much time; however, there is always room to analyze and better understand what they’re saying. One of my favorite poems comes from the darkness section and reads, “My loneliness loves the rain.” I think this poem is simple and beautiful, as it embellishes the section of darkness and summarizes it.

Another poem that I believe sums up the whole book reads, “Poetry at the wrong time is madness / poetry at the right time is magic.” If you’re interested in a good poem book, be sure to check this one out. “The Truth About Magic” is available on Amazon or at Books-A-Million.

Movie

My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988)

“My Neighbor Totoro” is an absolutely adorable Japanese animated fantasy film, and a quick watch. This movie runs for 86 minutes and was created in 1988. Hayao Miyazaki directed this film and the famed Studio Ghibli animated it. This movie consists of dad Tatsuo and his daughters Mei and Satsuki moving into a new house while their mother is in the hospital. The three make it to their new town and run into their neighbors. Satsuki and Mei run around the house and open windows to let some light in and find soot gremlins everywhere. Later the family meets Nanny, who tells them about soot gremlins. And the neighbor boy, Kanta, tells Satsuki and Mei the house is haunted.

The family gets nervous as they have strange encounters in the house, but they just laugh it off, literally. Satsuki can be seen taking on a mother-like role in her mother’s absence, so she steps up to help take care of Mei. One day Satsuki goes to school and Mei goes outside to play while their dad does some work. Eventually, Mei sees forest spirits, which lead her to Totoro’s cave. After the two develop a friendship, Totoro goes on to help Mei and Satsuki, who is later introduced by Mei, with adventures and sprouting plants. Totoro comes in handy to Satsuki when a major problem arises, but you’ll have to watch it for yourself. “My Neighbor Totoro” is available on HBO Max, YouTube and Apple TV.

Album

Faces’ | Mac Miller (2014/2021)

“Faces” by Mac Miller has been brought to all streaming services. This mixtape was originally released on May 11, 2014, but was re-released on Oct. 15, 2021. “Faces” was created amidst Mac’s struggle with addiction. There are various songs that talk about drugs, alcohol, parties and girls. But, each rap song and lyric is crafted beautifully and genius. Faces will make you feel all kinds of emotions, especially if you’re a Mac Miller fan. There are songs that make you want to get up and dance, like “Thumbalina,” but there are also songs that make you want to curl up in a ball and cry, like “Wedding.”

With this re-release, the estate of Mac Miller included a bonus track, titled “Yeah.” Getting new music from the late Mac Miller is truly a blessing that no one could anticipate. My jaw was on the ground while listening to this new track. Thank you, Mac. “Faces” runs for 91 minutes, but I recommend listening to it from start to finish, because it sounds like one big song. The flow and song layout of the album is amazing, so if you like rap music give this a listen.

TV Show

The Voice’ | NBC (2011-)

The 21st season of “The Voice” is airing now. The season has been full of twists and turns as they have reached the halfway mark. Ariana Grande is a new judge this season and has definitely made her spot known. She was the first to fill her team and has had many steals. Also on the show are returning judges Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and John Legend. Each episode this season has ranged between six to seven million viewers and it’s rumored to be because of Grande’s participation. Aside from these four celebrities, the show features many more in different episodes, such as Camilla Cabello and Ed Sheeran.

It’s so exciting to see the artists meet celebrities and be paired together for battles and knockouts. I have never watched this show from start to finish, but this season has changed that. There are many different types of voices on this show and new episodes come out every Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. “The Voice” is available on Hulu, Peacock, NBC and Youtube TV.