This summer was a summer of movie watching and videogame playing. So as summer comes to a close, I want to take a blog post to do some quick reviews on pieces I didn’t have too many thoughts about. I mean hey, if you don’t have a lot of thoughts about one movie, why not just shove ten others together? … More 10 Quick Reviews: Incredibles 2, Marvel, Prince of Egypt, Kubo, and Portal
Casually combining chocolate and dragons, as children’s books should.
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart follows the story of a young dragon named Aventurine who is turned into a human by a “food mage” who tricks her into drinking cursed hot chocolate. Once a human, her dragon family no longer recognizes her so she has to join human society and get an apprenticeship, which she chooses to do at a “chocolate house.”
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to kids and even teens, but I’m not too certain if it holds up for adults. … More The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (2017)
In my view, whether or not someone likes this game is entirely dependent on how they view Chloe Price by the end of it. Chloe has a strong personality, which will polarize people: either they will be fond of her at the end, or hate her at the end, with hardly any in between. This makes the game fuck up people who learn to love her (like me). I do want to mention, however, that I hated Chloe at first. More on that in the spoilers section… … More Life is Strange by Dontnod Entertainment (2015)
I’m not sure whether to call this “Girl Power: the Novel” or “PTSD: the Novel.”
The Alice Network is a historical fiction novel telling the combined stories of Charlie Sinclair and Evelyn Gardener, who both lost a close, spirited friend to the cruelties of the two world wars. They team up in search of Charlie’s missing cousin, Rose, and in the end discover that their experiences were quite similar, embrace independence, and finally hunt down the person who wronged them both.
Now, I don’t think you should read this book. … More The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (2017)
The Academy Award winning thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele). Did it deserve to win best original screenplay? Heck yes. Should you see it? Maybe. Entertainment: 4/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 8/10 4 STARS It will be difficult to go into the film’s rankings without some spoilers, but … More Get Out by Jordan Peele (2017)
A film that approximately 1 in 7 Japanese citizens has seen, Your Name is the single highest grossing anime film of all time. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely. Entertainment: 5/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 9/10 5 STARS Now, Your Name relies heavily on plot twists. So I’ll be lumping all my spoilers into one little … More Your Name by Makoto Shinkai (2016)
Originally posted 1/3/2016. Lead images from Amazon. 5 STARS and 3 STARS (respectively) So the full titles of the books are: Epigenetics: How the Environment Shapes Our Genes by a professor named Richard Francis and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher. These are both non-fiction books, so I won’t exactly be focusing … More Epigenetics (2012) and Game Theory (2008)
Lead Image Credit: Pixabay via Pexels You may have noticed that I am now using a different rating system when reviewing books and movies. Just as a reference, this is a quick guide to what the rankings mean. Entertainment and Intellect These are the two things that I appreciate the most in a story. Entertainment … More My Book/Movie Ranking System
Moneyball is not what I expected it to be. I expected it to be a depressing account of how math and machines are slowly going to stamp out our individuality, but the narrative I read was quite different. It was about merit triumphing over appearance, about strategy outdoing wealth, about brain beating brawn, about overlooked young rookies finally being given a chance. It’s one of those untold, hope-inspiring stories of a quiet revolution happening right under our noses. … More MoneyBall: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)
Whoever has the gold makes the rules. -Various attributions Last Friday, I went to see Marvel’s latest masterpiece, Black Panther. In the Marvel universe, one of the strongest and most versatile metals of all is made from vibranium. This element can absorb incredible amounts of shock with its vibrational properties, and it is one of the … More Black Panther by Ryan Coogler (2018)