Archive > January 2013

Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Rating: Director: Drew Goddard Release date: 2011 I’m not sure why it took me so long to see this film. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan (he cowrote the script), and I had heard great things about it. The movie did not disappoint. It is a horror movie turned on its head, deconstructed. Much like […]

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Safe (1995)

Rating: Director: Todd Haynes Release Date: 1995 I knew nothing about this film before Nick popped it into the DVD player, but it could not have been more on point with my recent contemplations on the American obsession with fear. On the outside, Carol White (Julianne Moore), it would seem, has nothing to fear. A […]

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Do Americans thrive on fear?

I have been trying to understand why America can’t seem to get certain issues figured out. Pretty much the entire developed world has figured out the axiom that healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a right, but many Americans are outraged at the idea poor sick people should be taken care of as well. Rich […]

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The Fault in Our Stars

Rating: Despite the fact this book was on about a jillion Best of 2012 lists, I hesitated to read it. It’s a genre thing, which is kind of silly since genre is often subjective. But, it’s shelved in the Young Adult section. And despite the fact that I love Harry Potter and the Hunger Games […]

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The Five Love Languages

Rating: I heard about this book several years ago when a friend was reading it. The concept intrigued me: each person loves and feels love in a different style, so sometimes our feelings of not being loved are merely a miscommunication, a result of one not understanding the other’s “language.” So, if you are someone […]

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Crime and Punishment

Rating: Despite eons of schooling, even specializing in literature, I have managed to avoid the Russian novelists until now. Except for a short story here and there, I wasn’t assigned much of anything from that part of the world. It was enough to know it existed. “What are you reading, War and Peace?” an aren’t-you-so-clever […]

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mermaids singing each to each

I love artistic endeavors, and I don’t have children, so I’m starting a blog. Let me back up. I have been reading voraciously lately. Well, listening mostly, probably 70%, and even though my boyfriend would disagree, audiobooks are reading in my mind. I use my Kindle Fire too, and occasionally, even a real live paper […]

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