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My Favorite Movies of 2021

               Thanks to a semi-active Letterboxd account, I can share that I watched about 118 films for the first time in 2021. I also re-watched 106 movies. I saw my usual bout of horror films thanks to OcTerror and a vigorous research project. A lot of new movies were released digitally and in theaters. While… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2021

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My Favorite TV Shows of 2021

            If 2021 was the year where I was an average reader then it was also a year where I enjoyed more TV, movies, and music than before. I dove back into old favorites with new seasons and discovered shows that I’d somehow missed along the years, along with premieres. I binged. I tuned in.… Continue reading My Favorite TV Shows of 2021

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“Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

            Look, we all have our comfort books—the ones that lift you up when you’re feeling down, help you escape when you need an out, the comfortable world that feels made just for you. Like soaking in a warm bath, a comfort read settles the mind in ways some media just can’t. We all have… Continue reading “Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

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My Favorite Movies of 2020

As of this posting, I’ve watched 102 films for the first time in 2020. Most of them were horror movies, obviously, because I dedicate a lot of my viewing to OcTerror preparations. However, plenty of others diverged from my usual habits or met expectations; I also re-watched a lot of old favorites this year, but… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2020

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My Favorite TV Shows of 2020

            We can all safely say we probably binged, enjoyed, and consumed more media in 2020 than in some years prior. I’m a person who regularly watches TV shows and movies, reads books, and listens to music and I (mostly) increased the value of all of those categories during this year. Prior to quarantine, with… Continue reading My Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Lifestyles

Giving Thanks: A Year After the Accident

One year, a week, and three days ago, I was in a car accident. I still don’t really know how to talk about it. How do you explain a traumatic event? Do you talk about the physical trauma—cuts, bumps, bruises—or the mental? The minutes before, hours after, or following months? How do you sum up… Continue reading Giving Thanks: A Year After the Accident

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“The Breath Before the Note”: Black River by S.M. Hulse

Grit lit is a special genre with rules, tropes, and stories that are all its own. In any other genre the situations that take place within these settings would be too dark, too violent, too dramatic, but within the realm of grit lit it’s normal for abuse, rape, drugs, alcohol, and the horrible sides of… Continue reading “The Breath Before the Note”: Black River by S.M. Hulse

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Minimal Effort in Parenting: Deadpool

*This is an old review I wrote back in February when the movie was released but never posted due to technical difficulties. I present it now in full 2-D format. This is not a review of Deadpool as a movie. This is a review of the experiences I have had while watching it. The overall… Continue reading Minimal Effort in Parenting: Deadpool

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“Taiki E”: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

My dad bought me a copy of The Whale Rider on my first trip to New Zealand, my fatherland, and said that it was one of those Kiwi books you just had to read. I remember watching the movie when I was twelve, but couldn’t recall much other than the longing for fatherly approval. To… Continue reading “Taiki E”: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

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“Matter Never Disappears”: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles is the kind of book that will make you cry in the parking lot of a Trader Joe’s. And not like a single, solitary tear, but actual sobs that would make anyone looking into your car wonder what the hell is wrong with you. Then you have to wander into the… Continue reading “Matter Never Disappears”: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder