Book Review: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

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Rating: B/ There isn’t much funny about Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, it’s a somewhat bleak and depressing book narrated by a ten-year-old unsupervised hell raiser who runs with a group of kids who are more Lord of the Flies than Our Gang. The lack of plot or traditional structure offered in this novel can be initially jarring and frustrating, but Paddy Clarke’s idiosyncratic, often tangential voice rings true and there is a real artistry hidden behind the seemingly random and directionless prose. Continue reading Book Review: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Movie Review: Idiocracy (2006)

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Rating: B-/ Joe (Luke Wilson) is nothing special; he’s startlingly average, a slacker, and doesn’t seem particularly bright or capable of thinking things through any more than is absolutely necessary. His name is no accident, he’s an ‘average Joe,’ and no one thinks much of him or considers him to be anything particularly special. So when Joe is chosen for a military experiment and cryogenically frozen, supposedly to be woken up a year later, it is precisely his averageness and his lack of meaningful relationships with anyone who might start wondering where he had gone to that makes him perfect for the job. Continue reading Movie Review: Idiocracy (2006)

Movie Review: Deathgasm (2015)

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Rating: D/ My dad chose this movie and Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead for our horror film night a couple of days before Halloween. It’s times like that when my mom and I think he should not be allowed to choose movies, ever. Deathgasm is pretty much what you’d expect if you crossed Evil Dead with Beavis & Butthead, and if that gets you jazzed up, great. It wasn’t for me. The first ten minutes or so got me anticipating a funnier movie than I actually ended up getting, and the premise of a group of teen death metal fans living in a oppressive, bible-belt town accidentally summoning a horde of demons by playing a possessed song sounded like it would be… well, not Oscar-worthy, but a lot of fun. Continue reading Movie Review: Deathgasm (2015)

Movie Review- Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

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Rating: C+/ The best thing you can say about Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is that it makes the best out of a relatively small budget and is not nearly as bad as it could have been. That might seem like faint praise indeed, but in the annals of low-budget zombie horror, it is easy to offer this movie more leeway than it deserves. Yes, the sets, the costumes, and the action sequences are not nearly as cringe-worthy as other films of it’s kind and it is actually an entertaining, if not indispensable, watch for the first forty-five minutes or so, before it gets increasingly silly and crashes and burns at it’s blood-splattered finale. Continue reading Movie Review- Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

Book Review: Lucky by Alice Sebold

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Rating: A-/ Over the last few years, but particularly since Trump’s vile ‘grab ’em by the pussy’ comments recently resurfaced in the form of a viral video, sexual assault has been a commonly discussed topic in the American media. Most people would probably agree that it’s a subject that needs to be talked about, and incidents like Brock Turner’s trial have brought to life time and again the rampant issues concerning sexual violence against women and the justice system. Continue reading Book Review: Lucky by Alice Sebold

Book Review: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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Rating: B+/ I’ve been having a creative dry spell lately, ever since I finished a novella I was writing and became completely stumped over what to work on next. My mom encouraged me to read this book, a copy of which she had bought me a couple of years ago and which has spent ever since just kind of gathering dust with all my hundreds of other books on the shelves in my room. I hadn’t read a book all the way through in several months, lacking the concentration and patience, but I completed this short, sweet bit of autobiographical non-fiction by one of my mom’s favorite authors within three days without hardly trying. I found it an easy and leisurely read, and in the end, I was glad I took the time with it. Continue reading Book Review: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

My Super-Long Music Post; Part the 1st

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Hi, everybody! As a unemployed 22-year-old with on-and-off crippling depression and anxiety, I’ve been spectacularly amotivational lately, and by ‘amotivational’ I mean ‘getting up at 3pm, vegging out on the couch for hours’ amotivational. Like, amotivational amotivational. I did submit a 150-page novella I’ve been writing over the past year (the lovely story of a deranged backwoods family who, as my mom says, ‘you wouldn’t want to share a cab with’ and their personal descent into hell) to a writing contest and I will be getting the results next month, but otherwise I have absolutely no engagements, until of course I get caught up with my job counselor and find someone who will hire me. The plus side is I have time to do whatever I want. The downside, of course, is that I have time to do whatever I want (see what I did there?) because I tend to do better with a schedule. I’m pretty much an overgrown child who can’t seem to be arsed to do anything unless I have my day planned out beforehand. I said to my dad the other day, can you imagine me on pot? You’d never be able to get me out of bed (not so different from the way I am now, actually.)

So, I’ve been spending the interminable evenings listening to a ton of different kinds of music, courtesy of my youtube playlist. We like to tease my dad for having an obsession with primarily yelly and angry music, but that’s not entirely true. He has had versatile and interesting tastes that cover a range of musical genres, and he has passed that eclecticism on to me, his eldest child. But, y’know, I’m proud to say that I that I’ve developed perhaps even more versatility in my musical tastes than my dad ever had. As an adult, I’m listening to groups my dad played on repeat throughout my childhood (for instance, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest) and seeing them in a whole new light. Like, ah, that’s what all the fuss is about. Simultaneously, I’m branching out into new groups and genres, some of which my dad wouldn’t be caught dead listening to. I guess essentially that’s what growing up is about. You separate yourself from your parents, their tastes and views, while at the same time finding yourself forming a deeper appreciation of some of the things they love that you took for granted as a kid.

So, herein lies my self-indulgent and (incredibly long, apparently) post on music, limited to no one genre or artist, but providing a broad view of the stuff I like (or, in some cases, absolutely hate.) My layout is simple; I take a theme (i.e. Hard Rock songs of the 90’s, or whatever) and pick two songs that I think personify that theme for me. I’ve established the rule for myself that a song can be of any genre whatsoever, but I’m going to use each artist only once on the entire list (honorable mentions can be malleable.) By the way, you are welcome to take any ideas from me (I got some of my inspiration for the demo list I wrote out on paper from Watchmojo.com anyway,) and you can even take my idea from me entirely and run with it (as long as you don’t directly take stuff from my list without credit.) Finally, once you’ve read the post, leave me a comment! Bloggers are narcissistic people, we love comments. We love to know what you think. And, without further ado, my list- (drumroll, please…) Continue reading My Super-Long Music Post; Part the 1st

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