Posts Categorized: Movie & TV Musings

Mar 19
That Time When the Paper Towns Movie Was Filming In My Backyard *

That Time When the Paper Towns Movie Was Filming In My Backyard *

* OK, not exactly my backyard, but rather my neighborhood’s courtyard right off my back patio. While I was on my 5 month blogging hiatus, THINGS happened that I never got to share with you here.  One of the coolest things was the day in November that the movie adaptation of John Green’s book, Paper Towns, filmed some scenes around 100 feet from my back door.  I was aware that Paper Towns was being turned into a movie, but I had no… Read more »


Jun 14

Speculations on the Game of Thrones Season Four Finale

In less than 24 hours, I will be equal parts ecstatic and distressed.  The fourth season finale of Game of Thrones will air.  I’m not ready for it to end!  At the end of last season, I stated that I was going to read all of the books before the start of this season, at least up through Storm of Swords.  Guess what?  It didn’t happen.  I still haven’t even cracked open the first book.  On Sunday night, I assume I’ll… Read more »


Apr 05
Winter is Coming…Again!

Winter is Coming…Again!

We have been waiting for this moment for almost a year, although it feels much longer.  In about 24 hours, the fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO.  When the show last aired in June of last year, I wrote a recap of the final episode in which I stated that I planned to read the first three A Song of Ice and Fire books before today.  Well, that didn’t happen.  My main issue is finding the time to… Read more »


Feb 09

The Walking Dead Recap 4.9: “After”

“After” is the title of the first episode of The Walking Dead following the mid-season break in December.  After the Governor’s second (and much more successful) attack on the prison.  After poor, sweet Hershel took a sword to the neck and lost his head.  After Rick got the crap beat out of him by the Governor.  After Michonne rescued Rick by killing the Governor.  After the whole group scattered in twenty different directions.  Here’s where we stood at the end of… Read more »


Feb 06
The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that you MUST watch the film version of The Silver Linings Playbook, staring Bradley Copper and Jennifer Lawrence.  I saw it in the theater, even though I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy a film focused on mental illness.  But it was fantastic, and it was funnier than I could have expected.  Lawrence and Cooper were both nominated for Oscars (Lawrence won), and they… Read more »


Jan 15
Film Review: Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson

Film Review: Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson

“I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my computer.”  Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) in Her. Her sounded so strange to me.  A guy falls in love with his operating system?  How would a romance like that even work?  And how would it be portrayed on film?  I’ve had my share of conversations with Siri, but I can assure you they never became romantic.  (WHEW!  Don’t you feel better now?) In Her, set in the near future, intelligent operating systems are… Read more »


Jan 09
Film Review: Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg

Film Review: Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg

With a title of “Lone Survivor,” the outcome of this film depicting an actual 2005 SEAL mission in Afghanistan isn’t in question.  The lone survivor is Marcus Luttrell, and the film is based on his book of the same title.  The four SEALs (played by Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch)  are briefly introduced amid some moments of camaraderie and levity with the rest of their unit before they are given their task: capture or… Read more »


Nov 22
Movie Review: Catching Fire

Movie Review: Catching Fire

I am happy to tell you that Catching Fire was amazing.  It was a major improvement over The Hunger Games film, due, in part to a larger budget, but also to a new director.  I love the story of THG enough that I was able to forgive the film its flaws, but there were some things about that movie, of course.  The shaky cam, of course.  But a much bigger problem was the lack of horror.  There are kids being… Read more »