Before the virus, my friends recommended that I go see Knives Out. However, my town essentially shut down the day I was going to see it, so I had to wait some time to watch it on demand with my family at home. But Jesus Mary Christ was it worth the wait.
Now, I know everyone is already raving about this movie. So I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but just in case you haven’t heard: Knives Out is now tied for my favorite movie of all time. Yes, of all time.
I always worry about hearing hype for a movie or book, because I don’t want to be disappointed while watching/reading it. I worried that Knives Out would have this issue, but I enjoyed it far more than my friends made it out to be (Unfortunately, now that I’ve effectively called it my all-time favorite, I’ve increased the likelihood this will actually happen to you. But you should see it, anyway!).
Because Knives Out is a whodunit murder mystery, most of the appeal lies in spoilers. I’ll split this review into a spoiler and non-spoiler section, with the second alluding to what I found appealing and what you might find appealing, as well. … More Knives Out by Rian Johnson (2019)
You know what I hate about the Copenhagen Zoo? Nothing, it was a delightful experience.
I always felt like I was spoiled with zoos and museums growing up, having access to the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural History. Obviously they’ll be outclassed by the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian, but I wasn’t expecting the Copenhagen Zoo to be any better than Houston’s. Heck, I was expecting a repeat of the Central Park Zoo, which I remember having very small enclosures (it’s in the middle of a city) and even inaccurate informational posters.
One of the indoor elephant enclosures
But even though the Copenhagen Zoo is in Denmark’s capital, the exhibits were absolutely enormous. The Zoo only has 27 acres of land (compared to Houston’s 55 and San Diego’s 100), but the enclosures for any given animal seemed about three times the size of Houston’s. No animals were pacing except for the wolves (granted, it’s difficult to give wolves enough space). The polar bear had five separate enclosures, not including the water sections. Even the tiny red panda and Capuchins had two different exhibits they could walk between, using mesh tubes that spanned overhead. And the elephants? Jesus Christ. Not only did they have the usual large outdoor sandlot, but they also had three separate indoor enclosures (though one was exclusively for the bull elephant).
And it really seemed to show. The animals all seemed a lot happier and more active — not to mention fertile, as there was hardly an exhibit without babies. The macaques, elephants, giraffes, hippos, Capuchins, and bears all had offspring following them around. … More A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo
I do not recommend this book. I’m tempted to say that I would slap this book out of your hand before you can read it, but I’m sure you’ll be so bored by the end of part one that I won’t need to. … More Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (1995)
You start off the game as a 2-year-old wolf in Yellowstone Park who has left their natal pack to carve out a living away from the nest. Your primary goal is to survive by hunting prey and avoiding competitor species such as bears, mountain lions, and the enormous wolf packs that hold territory around you.
The hunts are thrilling, all the competitors and potential mates are engaging, and it’s honestly just cool to zoom around with the speed of a greyhound (when in real life I can barely climb the stairs without feeling winded). … More WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition by Eduweb (2019)
While at my parents’ place, I happened to glance over at what remains of our old VHS collection, and saw the 1973 Hannah-Barbara adaptation of Charlotte’s Web. I realized that I’d never read the book, and hadn’t seen the movie in what must be over ten years.
So here we are.
I read the book and watched ALL of the film adaptations of the book. How do they compare? … More Charlotte’s Web (1952 , 1973 , 2003, and 2006)
This will be news to most of you, but my dad recently moved to Denmark for his work, which means I’m going to be spending a lot of time with the Danes! For New Years 2019, I spent two weeks in Lyngby — a small town just north of Copenhagen. Which means I had plenty of time to try traditional Danish foods, as well as the Danish incarnations of many American and International foods… … More Danish Food Review #1 – Traditional Dishes
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)
Lead image from luizclas on Pexels.com There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. –Maya Angelou News: The first chapter of Alloland is now in the final editing stages! I’m also considering submitting some of my short stories and (gasp) poems to literary magazines. So keep an eye out for announcements … More February 2018 Newsletter
I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman.
It’s not very often that I don’t finish a book. Generally, when I start a book, I finished the series. If I don’t like a book, I’ll still read it; I just won’t look any further into its author or its series.
But then there’s the occasional book that I dislike so much, I stop reading it. Nothing to do with time constraints. Nothing to do with reading another book. No. As in, if I had to choose between sitting in a room doing nothing for three days straight and reading said book, I would choose to sit around doing nothing.
I Wear the Black Hat is one of those books. … More I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman (2013)