REVIEW: Begin Again (2013)

Jesus Christ, do I have a lot of work left behind or what?

Finally got the chance to watch Begin Again, the highly praised film of 2013, and boy, I was not disappointed.

MOVIE REVIEW Begin Again

Quick sidebar:  with so many balls up in the air, I do my best to avoid the things that I want to experience first hand.  Music, movies, books are all jotted down in a tiny little (now long) list that I have committed to start going through the moment school is over.  So… :)  (hint hint)

This is one of those movies you instantly fall in love with.  Hands down, right away, the moment that beautiful soundtrack plays, you’ll fall in love with it.  Throw in a Ruffalo that aged very well in spite of the role-required beer belly and the naïveté of a waif-like Englishwoman in the form of Kiera Knightley, and you’ve got yourself a melancholic hit, best for viewing on a rainy season, with a partner, a group or alone, definitely under the covers, definitely touching some skin.

For those who have not seen it yet, please do so.  Do not deny yourself the pleasure of fantastic narrative and riveting music.  Do not deny yourself of the feels trip that come with every twist and turn of this film.

Oh, and you MUST hear her sing.


4 out of 5 stars

REVIEW: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Have you seen You’ve Got Mail?  Think about that movie, remove the bookshop wars, and reduce the interactions to more passive ones.  That would have to be Attachments.  Rainbow Rowell’s grown up novel is an amusing kick off to my reading week.  Honestly, she can write for any audience and the story would be seamless and flowing.

This has to be the first novel where I don’t know who the lead character is.  All I know is the male lead, Lincoln, has the same name  of my favorite couple’s first baby.  What a life Lincoln led.  You’d think it was plain and simple, but that’s the beauty of it all.  Oh and the lack of meet cute.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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REVIEW: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I was on a YA high when I decided to give this book another chance.  Although it hits a little too close to home, I have to admit Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up perfectly illustrates the overthinking and mild psychosis as each relationship ends, whether it was just a budding romance or dinner-party-planning-a-month-ahead kind of thing.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Cover)

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REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I felt compelled to use the ampersand more than anything else, because Eleanor & Park, you know.

I haven’t been so struck by YA literature since I last read John Green’s Looking for Alaska, but Rainbow Rowell knew what she was writing about when she imagined a red-haired wonder and an Asian-Irish boy in high school.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Cover)

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REVIEW: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I did it.  I read the next book by the genius behind Gone Girl, and it is far more twisted than the fuckery you witnessed in her debut novel.

Not even an exaggeration.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Cover)

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