This time of year makes me think of high school and that awesome, tingly sensation we all had right before school got out. Seems like I had that blissed-out feeling of hope the whole month of May, like something incredible was BOUND to happen that summer. That’s probably why I’m excited about Everything Everything. This tale of doomed love between a sick, home-bound girl (Amandla Stenberg) and her new neighbor (Nick Robinson) definitely would have appealed to 16-year-old me. I’m not proud to admit that I’ve had a gross old-lady crush on Nick Robinson ever since Kings of Summer, as well. So, do you want to pretend you’re back in high-school with me and see Everything Everything EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
This week on the Podcast, I review The 5th Wave, Dirty Grandpa and Son of Saul. I’ll also talk about the #OscarSoWhite controversy, since Straight Outta Compton is now available on DVD. I’ll also answer some emailed questions about The Martian, because people are still asking me if it’s appropriate for kids. It really all depends on your kid…and just how much you swear around them. I’d also like to share this article with Scott from Dallas, who asked if I knew how solid the science behind The Martian is. Scott, bless your little heart for assuming I’m smart enough to answer that question. Instead, here’s an interview with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, because HE would know! http://www.cbsnews.com/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-science-behind-the-martian/
I should probably go ahead and tell you that I am a fan of Young Adult novels. I feel pretty weird admitting it, being a full-grown mother of two but YES, I enjoy reading the same books as my daughters. I have NOT, however, read Richard Yancey’s 5th Wave series, but I plan to after seeing it’s rave reviews. I also have to assume, after seeing The 5th Wave, that the books are MUCH better than the movie.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays Cassie, a plucky high-schooler whose world is turned upside down when aliens try to take over the planet. They do so through a series of waves, which include earthquakes, floods and disease. The final wave, intended to wipe out the remaining humans, is WAR. The aliens’ plan of attack though, has to be one of the WORST I’ve ever seen in a book or on a screen. I can’t say what that plan is without giving too much away, but it must have sounded far better in writing. Continue reading →