Top 5 Books That Messed Me Up As a Kid

This post should actually be titled “Top 5 Books That Messed Me Up as a Kid But Influenced My Growth as a Reader”, but it was too long. I’m sure everyone can count on one hand the books that they read as a child that have stayed with them well into adulthood. You don’t have…

The 7 Most Shocking and Emotional Moments in “Morning Star”

The reason I haven’t posted much about my feelings on Morning Star is due in large part to my new placement on the floor of my bedroom, curled into the fetal position and crying “It’s over? Wait, IT’S OVER??” But with Pierce Brown’s recent admission that a new trilogy set in Darrow’s new world order…

Most Underrated Movies: “Confessions” (Kokuhaku)

David Fincher is hard to replicate, let alone found in another director with a style even remotely similar to his work. His iconic dark imagery, noir overtones, long, foreboding camera shots, and artistic license has garnered millions of fans worldwide. However, over in Japan, a director named Tetsuya Nakashima seems to have done just that…

Holmes in Rome: Why You Should Read the “Roma Sub Rosa” Series

Who doesn’t love a good detective story? But on my shelf, you won’t find your typical James Patterson or John Grisham. Naw, I’m more of the classic Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie fare. But in terms of historical fiction mysteries, my heart belongs only to the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor. I adore…

Top 5 Fantasy Series That Deserve To Be On TV

Have you ever come across a book that’s so rich in world detail and character that you think to yourself, “Oh my gosh, I can totally picture this on HBO.” Brotha, you ain’t alone in that regard. I seem to pick a lot of my choice reads (and rereads) based on how cinematically written the…

Exploring Gothic Fairy Tale in “Wolf’s Rain”

There aren’t many anime that my family will watch, but this was the show that my dad and siblings loved right along with me. We even brought it on our family vacations in the mountains, and watched each episode well into the night, camping in the forests of Yosemite. Very fitting. “Wolf’s Rain” is one…

The Force-Convenience of Rey and Other “Force Awakens” Thoughts

I saw “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, and I thought it was pretty great! I blame the overhype for saturating my expectations, but I still left the theater feeling happy with this revival of the franchise on film and eagerly await Episode VIII. I thought there was just the right mixture of the…

“Galavant” is a Treasure We Must Protect

I once had a teacher who was utterly bewildered by musicals. “Why are they singing their lines,” she said, “If they can just say them instead?” She was practically insulted by the suggestion that we watch a musical film on the last day of school, with nothing to do. But it brings up a point…

“World War Z”: Trusting the Transcript Style

No doubt, most of you have seen the Brad Pitt movie that was inspired by this book. I say inspired, because from what I’ve seen, there are very few aspects that the book shares with the film. Now, I’m not saying the film was an atrocity, I simply mean that it shouldn’t be taken as…

Most Underrated Movies: Sympathy for “Speed Racer”

Everyone has those rainy day movies, the ones you pull out when it’s time to get cozy and think of nothing, but you still want to have a good time. I’ve reviewed quite a few underrated movies here and I think “Speed Racer” (the 2008 film), my rainy day movie, is definitely one of them….

“Watership Down”: Lord of the Rings with Rabbits

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. She was a huge fan of the “Lord of the Rings” films, the recent Peter Jackson imaginings. She loved the films so much, she owned the extended editions and would occasionally have movie marathons with her family. But anytime she tried to tackle the books, it…