Happy Death Day: a Film Review

Please forgive me, dear readers, for my prolonged tardiness. I have no excuse to offer you. Consistency is my biggest challenge as a blogger. It’s hard to carve out the time to post regularly, and even harder to motivate myself to sit down to write. However, I now present to you a review of the film HappyDeathDay, as promised. Continue reading “Happy Death Day: a Film Review”

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The Child Finder: a Book Review

The Child Finder is the story of a woman, Naomi, whose life calling is to locate missing children. Known simply as the Child Finder, Naomi works as a private investigator with word of her uncanny ability traveling from person to person.  Like the children she is hired to find, Naomi was abducted in her childhood.  As an adult she has no recollection of the events that transpired while being held captive. Her mind has blocked the trauma and she only has memory of being found by a group of migrant workers after she escaped. She remembers them driving her to the Sherriff’s office, she remembers being deposited with her kindly foster mother, and she remembers meeting her foster brother Jerome. Perpetually haunted by nightmares, Naomi is terrified of her past catching up with her, but has made it her life’s mission to save and help children like her. Continue reading “The Child Finder: a Book Review”

Kedi: a Film Review

Istanbul is home to thousands of stray cats that freely roam the city’s streets, making homes in the city’s communities and building relationships with the city’s people. Kedi is a heart-warming documentary that brings to light the complex relationship between Istanbul and her feline friends. The film follows the day-to-day lives of seven of the city’s cats and the people who care for them. It focuses on the immense joy that the cats bring to the lives of their caregivers and the love they bestow upon the cats. Even though the cats are technically “strays,” coming and going as they please, they are still cared for. Continue reading “Kedi: a Film Review”

A Million Reasons why Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” is Her Best Album to Date

Admittedly, I am more than a little late to this train. For me, Lady Gaga lost most of her lustre something like 5 years ago. At the beginning of her career, I worshiped her for the same reasons everyone else did. I adored her catchy dance tunes (so much so that I blame The Fame for at least one speeding ticket,) I found her avant-garde fashion sense to be entirely mesmerizing, I was both shocked and emboldened by her blatant sexuality, and like so many others I loved the way she was so willing to use her music and celebrity as a mechanism for speaking up about gay rights. As time went on, for me at least, her antics grew tired, drab and finally  boring. Gaga ushered in an age of garish pop-stars and grew to have so many imitators that she herself seemed to lose some of her originality,  and with the release of Artpop any interest I had in her music was gone. Continue reading “A Million Reasons why Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” is Her Best Album to Date”