Movie Review: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE MOVIE INSURGENT: I enjoyed the first movie in this series, Divergent. Based on the first novel in Veronica Roth's dystopian YA series, it boasted good casting, energetic direction by Neil Burger, creative envisioning of Chicago after an apocalypse, and a tight screenplay. All these elements helped make it a decent, … Continue reading Movie Review: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Pop Culture Roundup March 2014

1. The Oscar telecast didn't totally suck! I was not crazy about host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue (look, Liza Minnelli is fair game, but don't insult her to her face on live TV where close to 1 billion people can see her reaction) but otherwise she did a good job. I thought the "selfie" segment … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup March 2014

Why Allegiant by Veronica Roth Didn’t Work For Me—It’s Not The Reason You Think

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK ALLEGIANT BY VERONICA ROTH—PLEASE STOP HERE IF YOU PLAN TO READ IT. Another week, another fandom meltdown. In some ways it’s justified. In others, not so much. The biggest controversy over Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the final book in the young adult dystopian series that started with the … Continue reading Why Allegiant by Veronica Roth Didn’t Work For Me—It’s Not The Reason You Think