The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Eric, Andrew, and their young daughter, Wen, are enjoying a peaceful getaway in a New Hampshire cabin when the world begins to end. Or so they are told. Four strangers show up in coordinating outfits and with terrifying homemade weapons claiming that one member of their family must be a willing sacrifice to halt the apocalypse in its tracks. The four insist that they will not harm or injure anyone, yet Eric and Andrew find themselves bound to chairs, hurt, and terrified. Although these people initially come across as wack jobs, their prophecies start coming to fruition. Or perhaps it just seems like they do. The hostages are left to desperately plot an escape while dealing with a psychotic cult, yet they also find their minds wandering to the possibility that these strangers are actually telling the truth. Continue reading “The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay”

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Jurassic World: Fallen Franchise

I knew all along that Fallen Kingdom would never live up to Jurassic Park, so going in, my expectations were low. I was hoping for something that was terrible, but in a delightful way; to a degree, it met my expectations. That being said, I hate that this is the state of the franchise. Continue reading “Jurassic World: Fallen Franchise”

A Beautiful Maui – The Truth Behind Moana

On the surface, Moana is about a reluctant chief-in-training who struggles to rectify the expectations of her people with her own wants and dreams. Chief Tiu (Moana’s father) believes that no good can come from ever leaving their island paradise. Even when vital resources begin dwindling, Tiu remains firm in his convictions that all boats are evil, and while preserving his uncomfortable adoration of coconuts. Nevertheless, Moana embarks on an epic voyage to save Motunui, and does so with one of the very boats that enrage her father so. Thus, Moana restores life to her island and reinstates her people’s previous livelihood of voyaging the open seas. Continue reading “A Beautiful Maui – The Truth Behind Moana”

Beauty and the Beast – A Troublesome Viewing Experience

Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic beloved by millions, including myself. I always identified with the quirky Belle and her love of books. It had been many years since I sat down and watched the movie in its entirety, but recently, it has replaced Frozen in my home. Thus, I now watch it on a daily basis, and, predictably, I have taken issue with some key details of the film. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast – A Troublesome Viewing Experience”

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

I recently re-read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. It’s admittedly a saptastic cry-fest, but I loved it. Yeah, it had romance, but it was good, proving that “romance” and “good” can coexist. Lulled into this false sense of security, I decided to try out Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice. The novel was recently made into a movie – as all Nicholas Sparks books are – and the previews are catered towards people that enjoy crying. Looking for a good cry myself, I certainly found it in The Choice, but not for the reasons I was hoping. I cried because of this sixth sense I have that enables me to constantly locate the worst books ever written. Continue reading “The Choice by Nicholas Sparks”