A Wild Journey to Friendship: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

This post is part of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon, hosted by ME at Moon in Gemini. Read the rest of the friendly posts in this event HERE!

When I first chose Desperately Seeking Susan for this blogathon, I forgot to consider one important fact about the movie:

The two “friends” in the movie don’t actually meet until about five minutes before it ends.

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Animation, Memory, and War: Waltz with Bashir (2008)

This post is part of the 2nd Annual One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Waltz with Bashir, the 2008 Israeli animated documentary written and directed by Ari Folman, certainly would never be called a “cartoon.” But it is an exceptional example of the mostly untapped potential of animation’s use beyond children’s films.

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Hail to the Chief! Blogathon: 1776

This post is part of the Hail to the Chief! Blogathon, hosted by Robin as Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

If you think the hip-hop musical Hamilton is an odd duck as far as fictional treatments about the American Revolution period, you must not have seen 1776 yet.

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The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

When it comes to the actual text of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory, the lessons in the story are, well—

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The Monty Python Movie Blogathon: Fierce Creatures (1997)

This post is part of the Monty Python Movie Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the read of the posts in this event HERE!

Almost a decade before the release of Fierce Creatures, Monty Python alum John Cleese wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda. A critical and box office smash, there were many fans of the movie who were open to the idea of a sequel.

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The Dual Roles Blogathon: Dead Again (1991)

This post is part of the Dual Roles Blogathon, hosted by Christina Wehner and Ruth of Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Even when it was made twenty-five years ago, the suspense thriller Dead Again was already a throwback to a kind of film they almost never make anymore.

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Keep Watching the Skies Blogathon: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

This post is part of the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon, hosted by Louis at The Cinematic Frontier. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

SPOILERS: It’s rather difficult to discuss this film without revealing its ending, so there will be some major spoilers.

As the Cold War intensified throughout the 1950s, it’s no surprise that anxiety over a possible nuclear war was reflected in various Hollywood films. Some overtly explored the issue (i.e. Fail-Safe and On the Beach) and others put it in the subtext (i.e. Them! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers).

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Mini Book Reviews – September 2016

Time for some mini book reviews! All the following reviews are for the audiobook versions.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m very, very picky about the kind of fantasy novels I choose to read. I don’t like too much magic or tons of fantastical creatures. World building has to be complex but not so complicated it becomes confusing and frustrating. All this on top of great characters and storytelling.

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The Back-to-School Blogathon: Legally Blonde (2001)

This post is part of the Back-to-School Blogathon, hosted by Robin at Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Looking at reviews of Legally Blonde, starring Reese Witherspoon, from its original release, certain adjectives were used repeatedly to describe it:

Fluffy

Lightweight

Cute

Silly

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The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Backstory

SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL CITY OF MIRRORS BY JUSTIN CRONIN

Recently, the final book in Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic horror series, The City of Mirrors, was released. I loved the first two installments, The Passage and The Twelve. For close to four years, I had eagerly anticipated the finale to a great story.

I was mostly pleased with the final book. Very gratifying wrap-up to the series.

About two-thirds of it, that is.

In the middle of the book, Cronin plunks a very long flashback that dramatizes the backstory of the story’s major antagonist, a vampire-like creature who controls an army of other vampire-like creatures. Continue reading “The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Backstory”