Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for book club. I was sucked into the book from the first moment. I enjoyed the characters, for the most part. The story was wonderful, up until the last few chapters. It seemed to almost go off on a tangent when the narrator, Elizabeth, started talking about her own thoughts about women’s rights and discrimination. It felt like I was hit right in the face with it. The story told it on its own, without the message being slammed into the reader’s brain.

I felt that the story could have ended a few chapters early and it would have stood on its own. This one went just a little too far. 

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Hot Pot Night! by Vincent Chen

Hot Pot Night! by Vincent Chen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had wonderful illustrations. There were very few words, but the point still came across. The book was about neighbors coming together to make and eat hot pot. Each of the neighbors brings something to the table to cook and share. It’s a story about being together and sharing the work and each other’s company. I was a little disappointed when the neighbors seem to have left and didn’t finish doing the dishes with cleanup. 

The food and neighbors were drawn well and I loved the way that all the colors came together to make the story complete. 

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Hot Pot Night!

Get Out

I finally got around to seeing Get Out. Actually, I was informed that I was going to watch it with my daughter.

I knew that the movie was kind of creepy, but I was under the impression that it was a full on horror movie. It was not. It was definitely a thriller, but not bad enough to keep me awake at night, since not much popped out me randomly.

It did give me cause to think, since it was about racism. It was done well. I recommend the movie. It’s worth seeing. Don’t be forced to watch it like I was. Just watch it.

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great book to listen to at bedtime if you want your kid to stay up all night. I suppose that reading the book itself would be OK, but the audiobook has a creepy sounding monster giggling during the whole reading. Leave the monster out and it would probably be fine. I still suspect it might rile kids up, though. 

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The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. When I first heard of it, I thought it was just another biography. Not at all! It’s the story of a truly fascinating woman who lived an amazing life. She went on to invent something that helps us daily. Either part of her story would be very interesting, but she has three really different parts to her life that make her story truly amazing. 

I would recommend this book to multiple groups. The WW2 buffs would enjoy it. The readers who like old Hollywood stories would enjoy it. People interested in women’s history would find it interesting, too, especially those interested in scientists. 

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Films Roger Ebert Hated

Films Roger Ebert hated

Here’s the list mentioned in the above linked article. I have seen a few of these. Some of them I actually liked. The article, though, show’s Ebert’s actual comments. Some of them are funny. It’s worth reading the article.

1. ARMAGEDDON (1998) // 1 STAR

2. THE BROWN BUNNY (2003) // 0 STARS

3. JASON X (2001) // HALF STAR

4. MAD DOG TIME (1996) // 0 STARS

5. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) // 1.5 STARS

6. DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (2005) // ZERO STARS

7. MR. MAGOO (1997) // HALF STAR

8. SPICE WORLD (1997) // HALF STAR

9. GOOD LUCK CHUCK (2007) // 1 STAR

10. FREDDY GOT FINGERED (2001)// 0 STARS

11. CORKY ROMANO (2001) //HALF STAR

12. CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000) // HALF STAR

13. MANNEQUIN (1987) // HALF STAR

14. EXIT TO EDEN (1994)// HALF STAR

15. HOCUS POCUS (1993) // 1 STAR

16. TOMMY BOY (1995) // 1 STAR

17. THE VILLAGE (2004)// 1 STAR

18. THE LOVE GURU (2008) // 1 STAR

19. SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL (1989) // 0 STARS

20. SUMMER SCHOOL (1987)// HALF STAR

21. CLIFFORD (1994) // HALF STAR

22. NORTH (1994) // 0 STARS

23. 200 CIGARETTES (1999)// HALF STAR

24. DEATH TO SMOOCHY (2002) // HALF STAR

25. SAVING SILVERMAN (2001) // HALF STAR

26. THE JAZZ SINGER (1980) // 1 STAR

27. ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (1994) // 1 STAR

28. STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (1992) // HALF STAR

29. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (2005) // 1 STAR

30. GODZILLA (1998) // 1.5 STARS

31. THE BUCKET LIST (2007) // 1 STAR

32. DIRTY LOVE (2005) // 0 STAR

33. BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000) // HALF STAR

34. THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (2000) // HALF STAR

35. PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) // 0 STARS

Queen and Slim

I was unsure about watching this movie at first, mostly because I had no idea what it was about. I soon got into the movie. Later when I was asked about what the movie was about, I would say that it was a story of online dating gone bad.

Seriously, though, it was a hard movie to watch. There were so many points in the movie that another choice could have been made to make it less stressful, but the characters never did any of these things. It did make for a better movie with the characters making bad choices. At least they made one really bad choice and the rest of the movie flowed from there.

I kept thinking of Thelma and Louise during this movie. It had a lot of the same feeling to it, but it really wasn’t that similar. I think I have to rewatch Thelma and Louise to get a better comparison, but my brain wants to compare them.

This was a really good movie and was definitely worth watching. I recommend it to anyone who like action movies.

Tremors

I saw this movie back when it came out in the theaters. It was terrifying then.

I watched it again, online with friends, a few weeks ago. We were able to type our comments to each other. This time, it was not as terrifying, since we could see the humor in the way it was filmed. There was some bad acting, and the special effects, although pretty good for its time, were just ok.

I am glad I took a chance and watched it again. It definitely isn’t the stuff of nightmares anymore.