Review: Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One is a movie made specially for me. I love underdog stories. I love a good quest story. I love a good band/gang/team. I love nostalgia. I love 80s-90s pop culture. I love the idea of a virtual world existing in a grimy, worn-down real world. And for the most part, Ready Player…

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

I have yet to read Ransom Riggs’ YA novel from which this movie is adapted from. Hence, I came into this with no expectations whatsover concerning the narrative. So you won’t hear anything from me about any book to movie differences. But I’ve seen the book around and flipped through it on several occasions. And…

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

At one point in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the brainwashed, still suffering Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) tells the mockingjay Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence): “Our lives were never ours, they belong to Snow and our deaths do too. But if you kill him, Katniss, all those deaths, they mean something.” This is the fourth and…

Review: The Martian (2015)

I never would have guessed that I’d have a rollicking good time watching a movie about a man left for dead on Mars. Space Opera Lite is what I would call Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015). And I mean that in the best way possible. NASA astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars after he…

Five Potential YA Franchises that Failed

The Maze Runner (2014), a film adapted from James Dashner’s young adult post apocalyptic sci-fi series, made a killing at the box office last year, earning a whopping $102 million in the US ($238 million internationally) with just a $38 million production budget. Yesterday, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, the second installment, graced big screens all over the…