Last week, the true Queen of Survivor watched as the “queen” of Vokai was dethroned. On Lairo, Chelsea found an idol and Kellee was given one by the Survivor Idols, Boston Rob and Sandra. But what will happen this week? You can only know if you keep reading this re-cap (or if you watched the episode)!Read More
Girls’ Boarding School and Demonic Possession? Where do I sign up?
In all seriousness, every horror fan has their sub-genres that they’re particularly passionate. Boarding school stories just happen to be WAY UP THERE for me. Demonic possessions are also a fave, and something I love talking about (I’m not weird, you’re weird). So when I found out that I had somehow missed The Blackcoat’s Daughter, a boarding school horror movie featuring demons and my girl Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men and Sabrina fame, I ran to Netflix to watch this movie ASAP.
What follows are my (non-spoilery) opinions on the movie.Read More
BSG #33: Lower than Doritos and Salsa / Nine Perfect Strangers with Tirzah Price
Are you ready to change your life? Join the #BookSquad and special guest Tirzah Price (BookRiot) at Tranquillum House for our discussion of Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. We talk about character development, body image, the “wellness” trend, and most importantly, whether Doritos are good. Head to the #BookSquadBlog for more content, including Survivor recaps, a roundup of fall poems, new TV and movie reviews, and Emily’s Spooktober series. Speaking of spooky things, read along with us for our October 21 #othersode on Grady Hendrix’s novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism. After that, our next #bookpisode will cover Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel Freshwater. Join us for that discussion on November 4. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Send feedback on anything to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Welcome back to Survivor: Island of the Idols. Last week, one of our beloved recappers picked a person who proved herself to be shrewd and able to deflect votes from herself when her name came up, and our other recapper picked *checks notes* the person who got voted out this episode? That can’t be right. *checks notes again* Huh. Well, without further ado, let’s get to tonight’s recap of Survivor: Island of the Idols!Read More
When Candace Chen, an office worker at a big name publisher specializing in overseas production in China, agrees to keep working when most of her coworkers stay home--sick with a new disease called Shen fever or fearful of contracting the disease--she doesn’t expect to work through the apocalypse, but that’s exactly what happens. As Candace continues going to work each day, she watches New York crumble around her, the infrastructure deteriorating with no one to maintain it, businesses shutting down. The world is ending.Read More
We’re deep into Spooktober, my little ghosts and goblins. No turning back now.
And for Week 6, I’m reviewing the movie The Perfection, starring Allison Williams and Logan Browning, and directed by Richard Shepard. This is such a difficult movie to discuss without spoilers, because this entire movie is basically plot twist after plot twist, but I’m going to try my darndest right here to explain this movie without spoiling anything. Deep breaths.
I think my husband Ben actually described it best when he called it Black Swan meets Whiplash. In this movie, Allison Williams plays Charlotte, a former cello prodigy who had to leave a prestigious music academy when her mother fell ill. Ten years later her mother has finally died (Charlotte’s words, not mine) and Charlotte is ready to return to the world of music. Only in her absence, another cellist has risen in the ranks. Lizzie (played by Logan Browning) is the new HBIC of the cello. When these two are reunited, will they become friends? Bitter enemies? Lovers?
Mary & Emily are avid watchers of MTV’s long-running reality TV series Catfish. So when they learned that MTV was releasing a new show called Ghosted, all about tracking down people from your past who have totally disappeared on you without a word, they both knew they were all in. And then they found out former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay (or is it Abasolo now?) was going to be a host. That’s when they decided they had to review it for the blog. Here is that review. Some spoilers for past Ghosted episodes to follow.Read More
It's finally fall, and I'm running on pumpkin spice lattes and dying to wear all of my cute sweaters. (Is it going to cool down anytime soon?) Poetry always gets me in the mood for new seasons, so I'm here with the perfect autumn-inspired poems to help you pretend it isn't 95 degrees outside. Get out your decorative gourds and a cup of (iced) apple cider to read the poems on this list because it's October, damn it, even if it doesn't feel like it yet.Read More
It’s Fall premiere season, and lots of new shows aired on network TV this week. Interestingly, a lot of shows caught my eye, and so I’m now delivering to you, dear reader, a rundown of television shows you could add to your weekly lineup. I’ve watched them all for you so you can pick out your favorites.Read More
Our long Survivor-less nightmare is over! That’s right, Survivor is back and Mary and Todd are back to re-cap it. So let’s find out who will outplay, outwit, and outlast all of the other castaways on tonight’s premiere of Survivor: Island of the Idols!Read More