My Current Addiction…

In my weakness for good stories, I also have a serious weakness for movies and television shows. When the medium of film is used well, it can create such a magical experience; and it’s also nice to get lost in a story for just a couple of hours rather than the time commitment of reading a whole book. However, alongside my purging of social media the past few years, I’ve also given up the majority of streaming video services. Currently,…

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“Tolkien” Movie Review

When I first learned that there was going to be a biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien, I was excited but also extremely apprehensive. Tolkien was a man who might not be easily grasped by today’s culture: a devout Catholic, a loving and faithful husband and father, a survivor of the Somme in World War I, and someone who loved language so much that he invented several of his own, just for fun. Tolkien is criticized for a lack of female characters…

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Shakespeare Love

So, I am definitely someone who loves traditions. I love familiarity and I enjoy having different things to look forward to throughout the year. You might recall my Hobbit-fest tradition. In my book, An Adult-ish Toolkit, I have an entire chapter about the importance of celebrating birthdays. And I put a lot of thought into the planning of holidays and other milestone events. One of my favorite traditions that I have adopted in the last few years is the declaration…

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Hobbit-fest 2018

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are nice and all, but my favorite day of the year is my annual Lord of the Rings marathon. Traditionally taking place on the day after Thanksgiving, this is the day that I indulge in watching all three Extended Editions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, which takes about twelve hours in total. It’s glorious. I also like to plan a hobbit-worthy menu for the day, which includes all seven hobbit meals spaced…

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What a Piece of Work is Man

I’ve been watching Shakespeare in some form or another for as long as I can remember. One of the joys of being home schooled is that I wasn’t forced to study Shakespeare until I was in college and was already in love with the stories for themselves. Instead, I was introduced to these stories by my mother, with various movie and theater productions, accompanied by the enthusiasm of my older sister. I can still remember the first time that we…

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

One of the things that I love about the MCU movies is that one could take the entire series and use it as a course in storytelling. Even though the basis of all the movies is superheroes, there are still multiple other sub-genres represented: war movies, spies and espionage, fantasy and mythology, heists, and, I would argue, the Iron Man movies are your basic modern action movies with some interesting character development thrown in. There are also quite a wide…

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

When Avengers: Infinity War is released in theaters next month, it will be the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and, somehow, the movies just seem to keep getting better. This is quite an impressive thing for such a massive franchise, which involves so many different directors, writers, actors, genres, and themes. The fact that all of these movies can work so well on their own while also forming a coherent whole is an unprecedented feat, in my own…

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Stories are my Center

I don’t know if you have ever seen the animated movie Rise of the Guardians, but it’s a sweet and fun movie that depicts Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman as the guardians of childhood, under the guidance of the Man in the Moon. When Pitch Black (the boogeyman) threatens the world, another guardian, Jack Frost, is brought into their ranks to protect the innocence of the children of the world. I was introduced to…

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