Guardians of the Galaxy II Review

It took a while but I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.  The reason I hesitated to see the first one was because of how many crass jokes made the cut, and this second film’s parental advisory on IMDB made me hesitate even more.  But somehow, I managed to sit through this sequel,…

My Thoughts on Doctor Who Series 10 [SPOILERS]

Yesterday, the season finale for the tenth season (or series) of BBC’s Doctor Who ended, and I think now’s a good time to share my thoughts on Steven Moffat’s final acts as showrunner. The nicest, most optimistic way I can say this is, I loved it. The more blunt way I can say it is,…

Evolve by Imagine Dragons

I’ll note, I did not like Imagine Dragon’s last album.  After Night Visions, the Tolans left the band and I felt like Imagine Dragons didn’t sound quite the same.  The harmonies on Smoke and Mirrors lacked a woman’s (or simply a soprano’s) touch, if that makes any sense.  (On the bright side, a bunch of my…

Starting the Piano

I think I resisted playing piano for a long time because I naively felt that “everyone else” was doing it.  Practically all the goody-goody girls in the books I grew up reading practiced piano dutifully before embarking on their little adventures.  Those who did it in real-life seemed to view piano-playing as cultured and classy….

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (2017)

I remember reading that Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 album Tango in the Night was meant to be a collaboration solely between Buckingham and Mcvie, the band’s guitarist and keyboardist respectively, who’d remained close friends despite the various personal crises which shook their band.  Then the others got involved (namely Stevie Nicks) and it became a Fleetwood…

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Originally posted at ATW. Usually, I’ll encourage people to read a book before watching its film adaptation, or just read the book exclusively. I’ve had a very hard time getting my head around Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, mostly because the plot is sooooo long-winded and monotonous, so I did the unthinkable and watched…

Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Note: This will eventually get posted on ATW. Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday.  (All Scythes take on new names, after “Patron Historics,” aka historical personalities, when ordained.)  Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to…

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

I won’t bore you with a brief rundown of the plot in my own words; I’ll just tell you what I thought of it: The movie, in its 2-hour glory, is basically eye candy of a tasteful variety.  Lots of colors and dancing and aesthetics and good-looking Hollywood people.  I’m not saying that’s a bad…

Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

The first time I heard this album (on a vinyl record, at that), I was thoroughly weirded out.  Let’s just say listening to music you like with headphones on is a completely different experience than having it blare out of an old stereo system where all the non-ELO-loving nerds can hear it. I just realized,…

Undercurrent by Matisyahu

So, Matisyahu made a new album and it’s … interesting. Although I don’t enjoy rap or hip-hop, I listened to this album because I was curious about what a modern Matisyahu album sounds like.  Growing up, my religious peers either loved Matisyahu’s music or frowned upon it.  Some didn’t like the rap / reggae influences…

Album Review: After Laughter by Paramore

Originally posted on Allison the Writer for lack of a better place to put it, with a bonus parental content advisory. You could say the entire After Laughter album is “Fake Happy” (which is the fifth track on the album), as poignant lyrics about depression and loneliness are couched in deceptively upbeat melodies. It’s quite…