A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (2011)

A Monster Calls

Everybody Fiction | Contemporary | Paranormal
5 stars
Blurb:

“The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.”
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BRN #9: Movie-Going Survey

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One of many film students at my ol’ University has some project about the move theater and shared his survey via Facebook. So I filled out and then thought maybe some of you would find it fun to fill out too!
Here is his official survey: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/8XDXT7
I decided to share my own answers below!

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The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (2008)

The Host

(NA) Fiction | Science Fiction: Aliens4.5 starsBlurb:

“Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.”
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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Movie, 2015)

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Science Fiction | Space Opera
Rated PG-13
4 Stars

Lead Cast: Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)

Blurb: “Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.”
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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (Movie, 2012)

Anna Karenina

Drama | Historical | Romance
Rated R
4 Stars

Lead Cast: Keira Knightly (Anna Karenina), Jude Law (Karenin), Matthew Macfadyen (Oblonsky), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky), & others

Synopsis: “Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley), the wife of a Russian imperial minister (Jude Law), creates a high-society scandal by an affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a dashing cavalry officer in 19th-century St. Petersburg. Anna’s husband, Alexei, offers her a difficult choice: Go into exile with Vronsky but never see her young son again, or remain with her family and abide by the rules of discretion. Meanwhile, a farmer named Levin pines for Princess Kitty, who only has eyes for Vronsky.” –Google Continue reading

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness (Movie, 2014)

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Dramedy | Adventure | Life
Rated R
4 Stars

Lead Cast: Simon Pegg (Hector), Rosamund Pike (Clara)

Okay. Okay. Okay yeah. Well I’ve seen this pop up on Netflix but never really got around to watching it because “search for happiness”??? What?? But I watched the trailer and decided that yeah I’m going to watch it. Give it a go.

Synopsis: A psychiatrist named Hector is the ultimate definition of the slang term “square.” His life is a literal flat-line. But it’s fine. But ya know what? Contentment is not the same thing as happiness.  Continue reading

Benny and Joon

Benny and Joon (Movie, 1993)

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Dramedy | Romance | Family
Rated PG
5 stars

Lead Cast: Johnny Depp (Sam), Mary Stuart Masterson (Joon), Aidan Quinn (Benny)

This movie perhaps can be called a classic in that it is beautiful, simple, complex, and delightful. It is a movie made twelve years ago and yet still holds its own without seeming obviously dated or held back. The leaps and bounds that have been made in the film industry since 1993 do not take away from the soul of this film and thus it holds its own and in my eyes becomes a classic.  Continue reading

Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (2013)

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YA Fiction | Dystopian2 StarsBlurb:

“The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.  Continue reading