Movie Reviews, Not Books

Lady Bird [movie review]

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Lady Bird [2017] directed by Greta Gerwig
my rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
rotten tomatoes:
100%
Spoiler-free Review

I recently saw the previews for Lady Bird and knew it was something I was going to have to see. The scenes selected for the trailer made it look like a comedic, emotional coming-of-age film. Going into the theater I was very excited, and this movie definitely delivered!

I haven’t been a teenager for a little while now, but I found Christine (“Lady Bird”) to be an extremely relatable character, when I thought about myself at her age. She was awkward, naive, and certain she knew everything she needed to. Also refreshing is the fact that Saoirse Ronan actually looked like a teenager. Too often we see teenagers in media portrayed by much older adults, and it’s usually pretty obvious.

The whole film felt so authentic to me, from the settings to the actors. It felt like it was all pulled straight from real life. Usually I don’t love movies with slow-moving plots that are character centric, but this was so well-done that I didn’t mind at all. It did feel like it dragged on just a little too much, but maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I highly recommend y’all give this a watch! It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in the entirety of 2017.

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One Lovely Blog Award [tag]

I was tagged for the One Lovely Blog Award by the One Lovely Wendy (see what I did there? 😉 ) @ What the log had to say.

THE RULES:

-Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog

-Share 7 things about yourself

-Nominate others (up to 15)

-Include this set of rules

-Inform your nominees

1. I have three tattoos and I really, really, really want some more. My first was a truffula tree from The Lorax, my second was a bundle of lavender, and my most recent was a nautilus. I have three or four more ideas in my head, but I need to find the perfect artists AND save up some money!

2. I have lived in New England (USA) my entire life, but I haaate the cold and the snow. I have absolutely no cold tolerance and often compare myself to a small lizard — I just want to lounge in the sun all day.

3. I got into baseball over the summer and went to around 10 MLB games between May and October. My sister and I are talking about splitting season tickets for next year because we both go so much that it just makes sense.

4. Jurassic Park is my FAVORITE movie. I love the first three with my whole heart and thought Jurassic World was a travesty to the series, but fine as a standalone movie.

5. I loOoOoOove cephalopods so much (note the nautilus tattoo). My apartment is filled with cephalopod paraphernalia and I have an aquarium membership (also split with my sister). People usually give me octopus stuff for gifts and send me pictures of anything tentacle-related they see.

6.  I listen to podcasts whenever I’m walking somewhere and most of the day at work. I listen to a lot of podcasts. I can’t even tell you how much time I spend listening to podcasts.

7. I love snail mail. I love writing letters and sending people things and recently invested in a bunch of stickers to use for letters and cards!

I nominate:

Anna @ reading peaches
Rachel @ pace, amore, libri
Destiny @ Howling Libraries
Rachel @ Rachel Reading
Kathy @ Books & Munches

Movie Reviews, Not Books

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women [movie review]

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women [2017] directed by Angela Robinson
rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
cw:
homophobia, kink

Recently, I was scrolling through the Fandago app looking at current movies when this one popped up. I hadn’t heard of it and initially almost scrolled past, thinking it was just the new Wonder Woman movie, until the title caught my eye. I selected it and the summary read:

The unconventional life story of Dr. William Marston, Harvard psychologist and inventor, and the relationship between his wife and his lover, who became her lover after his death, that inspired the iconic super heroine Wonder Woman.

I was immediately intrigued. I hoped for a nice lbpq f/f relationship, and maybe a bit of polyamory. What I got was so much more than that.

I went to a matinee showing at 11am on a Sunday, and there were only a handful of other people in the theater. For the next two hours, I found myself wrapped up in the kind of story I never thought I would see on the big screen. The film is so much more than the blurb implies. In fact, that summary is actually kind of inaccurate. I would rephrase it as “[…] and the relationship between his wife and their lover, who remained together after his death.” 

This is not the story, as it initially seems, of a man who took on a lover and then left his lover to his wife. It is the story of a man who brought these two women together. I would argue that the relationship between the two women, Elizabeth (his wife) and Olive (their lover), began sooner, burned stronger, and was more important to the story the film told. Professor Marston did play a role and was part of their triad (a mutual relationship between three people), but the focus was much more heavily put on the women.

Y’all better believe I cried in the theater watching this. As a queer polya woman, this is the kind of representation I never thought I would see in a major theater, on the big screen. It was beautiful to see how deeply in love Elizabeth and Olive were, every scene between them had such incredible chemistry. And to see such a healthy, loving polyamorous relationship portrayed as just amazing. This may be my favorite film of the year, for these reasons.

There has been some talk of historical inaccuracy. I haven’t done a great deal of research, but there seem to be a lot of conflicting reports on the topic. I’m definitely reviewing this film through the lens of cultural importance and enjoyability and not as a documentary or a historical document of any kind.

All in all, this was just a beautiful film and I am so glad I got to enjoy it. It’s not doing very well in the box office, so I encourage you all to go see it and to support it in any way possible, to tell the film industry that movies like this are important, and are wanted.

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Movie Reviews, Not Books

Happy Death Day [movie review]

(Spoiler Free)

Although the majority of my content is and will remain book-related, I’ve been on a bit of a movie kick lately! So I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the movies I’ve seen. I also made an account on Letterboxd and I encourage y’all to join me if you’re interested! It’s kind of like Goodreads for movies, and I find it fun and interesting — you can rate and review movies, create lists of movies, and keep track of when you saw them.

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Happy Death Day [2017] directed by Christopher B. Landon
rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
cw:
(besides blood & death) ableism, fat-shaming, bi erasure

Now, I’m going to start off by saying that this isn’t a good movie. Don’t go into this if you’re looking for a cinematic masterpiece. Don’t go into this if you want a scary movie. Go into this if you’re looking for something goofy and fun. In my opinion, the best way to describe Happy Death Day is “Groundhog Day with cheesy horror” and if you like the sound of that, I’d say it’s worth a shot.

I had a couple of qualms with it, but I also wasn’t expecting a perfect movie. My biggest issue was probably the bi erasure–in the movie the main character sees another character watching a porn scene with two men in it, and then later says that he’s gay and doesn’t like women. Not the worst thing they could do, but kind of annoying. The love interest’s most redeeming quality ends up being… that he’s not a rapist. Kind of a low bar there.

I will say that there is a montage with Demi Lovato’s “Confident” that I just loved (I kind of have a thing for montages featuring great songs). I genuinely had a good time watching it. I laughed plenty, and find myself talking about it a lot. If this sounds like it’s your thing, I highly recommend you watch it. But if it sounds like something you wouldn’t like, I wouldn’t bother.

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Discussions, Not Books

Podcasts

Okay, so podcasts aren’t books, but I’d argue that they’re closely related! They’re kind of like audiobooks! Some tell stories, some teach you things, and some are just plain fun. For today’s post, I wanted to show y’all some of my favorite podcasts and learn what some of your favorite podcasts are!

Reading Glasses with Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara
[discussion, education]

Do you love books? Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join hosts Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better on Reading Glasses, a podcast designed to help you get more out of your literary experiences.

As professional creatives and mega-readers, Mallory and Brea are experts on integrating a love of reading into a busy lifestyle. Listeners will get help for bookish problems, like how to vanquish that To-Be-Read pile and organize those bookshelves. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on reader dilemmas. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the bodies of the people who won’t stop talking while you’re trying to read? No matter what you read or how you read it, Reading Glasses will help you do it better.

My Brother, My Brother, and Me with Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Griffin McElroy
[comedy, discussion]

My Brother, My Brother and Me is an advicecast for the modern era featuring three real-life brothers: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For roughly five-sixths of an hour each week, with new episodes dropping every Monday, the brothers McElroy will answer any query sent our way, each fielding questions falling into our respective areas of expertise. We operate like a streamlined, advice-generating machine. It’s both terrifying and humbling to behold.

The Adventure Zone with Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Clint McElroy
[Dungeons & Dragons, fiction, comedy]

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of … you know, kobolds or whatever in … The Adventure Zone.

The Heart with Kaitlin Prest
[discussion, storytelling]

The Heart is a show about love, life, bodies and feelings. With rich sound design, intimate subject matter and a critical lens, the stories on this show ask the important question of our era: What is love?

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Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
[education]

How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

It might have been overdoing it two put two McElroy podcasts, but you should just be grateful that I didn’t put three now that Wonderful! has started. Anyway, these are just 5 of the podcasts I listen to, but I’d say they’re my favorites! I actually went to see My Brother, My Brother, and Me live on Sunday night and it was an incredible experience! What are some of your favorite podcasts?

Thanks for reading! You can also find me on Twitter and Goodreads.
(All logos courtesy of each podcasts’ respective website.)

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Unplanned Hiatus

Happy Sunday, everyone!

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t made any posts and haven’t done much in the way of comments or interactions for the past week. I’ve had some health and some work stuff come up and just wasn’t able to get onto WordPress. I barely got any reading done, and I also didn’t do much on Twitter either. Anyway! I have three posts queued up for this week and, uhh, I think one or two already written and queued for next week, so I’m back!

I’m also still planning on doing the Make Me Read It Readathon and am excited but nervous about that! Any general motivational advice would be much appreciated, as it has been difficult for me to find the energy or time to do anything!

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Road Trip 2k17

So!!! My family and I went on a road trip to Washington, D.C. recently to visit some family. I hadn’t been down in a few years and I haven’t taken a proper vacation in years.


I don’t even want to talk about how much coffee I had during this vacation.


Compulsory Starbucks bathroom selfie! Why am I wearing a flower crown on a road trip? I don’t know.


Obviously cats are the most important part of any vacation, so here’s a handsome one.


We went to the National Zoo! This was the Amazonia exhibit, which was really cool because the animals weren’t fenced in! They were all around us.


I went to Duck Donuts for the first time… and the second… and the third. They’re fresh, made-to-order donuts with whatever toppings you want!


This is Cat #2! He’s an angel and my baby and I love him. His name is Malbec. 💕


I got liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time and it was so cool???????


Me and Malbec bonding 



We went to a Nats game and their park is STUPENDOUS, but their mascots are a little creepy. This is my mom and I with Teddy. I also met Screech in an elevator, but didn’t get a picture!


My final picture: me and Lincoln (my second picture with him–I got one at Nats park too!). This was taken at Gettysburg on our way home.

All-in-all it was a great vacation! It was so lovely spending time with family I don’t get to see often and it was nice to see a different part of the country for a bit. I don’t travel nearly as much as I’d like to, but I’m hoping to do a bit more starting next year!

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Anything but books [tag]

Very exciting, my first tag that I’ve actually been tagged in! The lovely Wendy over at what the log had to say tagged me for this one. 🙂

Name a cartoon that you love.
There are probably lots of way better ones, but the first one that comes to mind is Superjail! It was one of my favorite shows in high school. I just love that no matter how many times you watch it, you’ll always see something new. Even though it’s wildly offensive and inappropriate. Very problematic.

What is your favourite song right now?
“St. Joe Keeps Us Safe” by Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties. UGH, my HEART.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Netflixing! Although it’s been harder for me to watch TV for extended periods of time lately. I’d also say walking and listening to podcasts.

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What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I love to go horseback riding!! I used to be an avid rider, but I had a really bad fall and haven’t done it in years and years. I hope that when I start making more money I’ll be able to start back up again.

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(me smooching a cute mini horse at a friend’s wedding!)

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
Cephalopods!! My little babies in the ocean.

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What is something unusual that you know how to do?
I don’t know how unusual it is, but I kind of know how to longboard!

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Name something you made last year and show us if you can.
A nautilus doodle!

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What is your most recent personal project?
Honestly? This blog!

Tell us something you think about often.
Besides books? Tattoos.

Give us something that is your favourite.
When the weather is perfect and you feel nice and happy and you’re curled up with a book in the sun.

Say the first thing that pops into your head.
I feel weird not using images with the last few questions, but I didn’t really have much to fit them!

I tag: whoever would like to do this next! It was fun. 🙂

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When something clicks


If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been getting into yoga recently. I’ve done yoga a handful of times before, but it’s never become anything of a habit for me. A couple months ago, I found out that one of my coworkers does yoga regularly at a studio in Cambridge. She sent me a Groupon and I decided to buy one of the passes on sale so that I could check the place out, and maybe find a form of exercise that I actually enjoy.

Well, I did just that! I fell in love right away. The first class I took was sweaty (it’s hot yoga–the room is usually heated to 95 degrees Fahrenheit), extremely difficult (my coworker said that day happened to be more intense than usual as far as practice goes), and immensely rewarding. My body was shaking, I was surrounded by a puddle of sweat, and I realized that this was something I could get behind.

Since then, I’ve gone to probably 8 classes. I try to go two to three times a week, sometimes on weekends and somtimes before work. So far, I still love it. I love feeling almost every muscle in my body at work, and I love the mindfulness required of me. I have to pay attention to how every part of me feels, and how my breathing helps to move me through the poses. I have become much more mindful of my body outside of class. My posture is improving, I feel more confident about the way my body looks and moves, and I feel much more grounded in the world around me.

This all may sound stereotypical and like a bunch of hooplah, but yoga has given me an awareness of and appreciation for my body that I have never experiencced before.

Last night’s class was another turning point for me. Something within me just clicked. I could hold poses longer and my form was better. I felt rooted into my mat and found myself modifying less. My body felt stronger than it ever had before and I was filled with a combination of joy, pride, and love for myself. I know I still have a long way to go, and that perfection is unattainable, but this is a big step in the right direction. I can’t wait to see my body continue to progress and hope that my mind follows suit.