Movie Reviews, Reviews

Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am just full of unpopular opinions today. I need to get off of Reddit before I completely lose faith in the human race. Anyway.

I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the other day, and I absolutely hated it. This is going to be more rant than review, and it’s going to be chock full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet and are planning to, run. Run far, run fast, run like Chris Pratt being chased by lava and dinosaurs. Continue reading “Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

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Movie Review: The Kissing Booth

Image result for the kissing boothIt’s so new I couldn’t even find a decent res movie poster.

The other night, I was deeply in need of a fluffy, cute, indie movie that I knew wouldn’t make me sad or angry or feel anything but a cheesy sense of awwww. So, when Netflix threw The Kissing Booth at me as their giant, annoying advertisement, I watched it.

Spoilers. Continue reading “Movie Review: The Kissing Booth”

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Movie Review: Good Kids

An indie coming-of-age movie, Good Kids follows four incredibly smart best friends as they spend the summer after graduation making up for all the fun they missed in high school, which basically amounts to drinking, drugs, and sex. A lot of it. Continue reading “Movie Review: Good Kids”

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Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

I finally got around to watching Birdman the other day, and I have very mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the cinematography was beautiful, the acting was phenomenal, and it was all-around a well-made movie. The creativity and rigor that went into making it look like one continuous shot is definitely admirable, and it deserved most of the praise and awards it received.

On the other hand, the movie is self-important, pandering, and inexcusably pretentious.

Spoilers. Continue reading “Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

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Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3

I absolutely love the first two Pitch Perfect movies. I know they’re not quality cinematography or anything, but they’re cute, quirky, fun, and a whole host of other adjectives that make me love movies. Anna Kendrick is adorable, Skylar Astin is perfect, and the films are filled with off-beat humor and, of course, a cappella music.

Spoilers. Continue reading “Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3”

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Book Review: Shades of Magic Trilogy

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What if there was not one London, but four? Kell is one of the last of the Antari, magicians able to travel between the Londons. He was born and raised in Red London, in service to the Maresh throne, and takes messages to the thrones of the other Londons. On the side, he smuggles artifacts from one London to the others, a highly illegal trade, and one that gets him into trouble after he smuggles something that’s more trouble than it’s worth: a magical artifact from Black London, the dead London.

I read these books because friends of mine loved them, and the entirety of the bookish part of the Internet is raving about them. I was less than impressed. Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Book Review: Shades of Magic Trilogy”

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Book Review: Windfall

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What would you do if you won the lottery? When Alice buys her best friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday as a gag gift, they find out that against all odds, it was a winner. A millions and millions of dollars winner. But of course everything comes with a price, and luck isn’t always good luck. Will the money be too much for their friendship to weather?

Spoilers. Continue reading “Book Review: Windfall

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On Political Correctness, Plausibility, and Really Bad YA

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I started reading How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, but I’m not going to finish it. It was bad on so many levels. It was poorly written and not very interesting, and the characters were mediocre and unlikable at best. But, the worst of it all is that the premise of this book isn’t even remotely plausible. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: Continue reading “On Political Correctness, Plausibility, and Really Bad YA”

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Double Book Review: The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction

Both of these YA novels by Robin Constantine feature some of the same characters, and I read them one right after the other, so I’m just going to review them together, The Promise of Amazing first.

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Wren Caswell is an academically and socially average girl getting over a breakup and working at her parents’ medieval-times-type restaurant. Grayson Barrett was a star athlete and top of his class—until he got kicked out of his prep school for pimping term papers. Their paths cross one night when Wren saves Grayson from choking at a wedding, and they can’t seem to stay away from each other since. But will both their pasts (and the threat of their futures) let them be who they want to be? Continue reading “Double Book Review: The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction