Film Review: Arrival (2016)

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival has been getting praise and appreciation from critics and moviegoers alike. And this is not surprising at all. Denis Villeneuve has crafted a masterful work that breaks away from the typical formula of a sci-fi film: Extraterrestrial beings arrive on Earth, war ensues, explosions everywhere, and it usually ends with a hero saving the entire town. Arrival on the other hand, is nothing like this. This film is more than just your typical sci-fi blockbuster film. Arrival, at the end of the day, is just about the importance of communication and connection we have with one another. Continue reading “Film Review: Arrival (2016)”

Book Review: Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys once again successfully shed light on tragedies during World War II that are not talked about when discussing World War II. Usually, when it comes to discussing the WWII, it is usually about Hitler’s regime against the power of Stalin but in Salt to the Sea, the reader is immersed in a story that is devastatingly beautiful and will leave you with a broken heart and an enlightened mind. Continue reading “Book Review: Salt to the Sea”

Film Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls follows Conor O’Malley and his journey with grief, acceptance, life, and inevitably, death. This film shows how hard it is to hang on to something that will eventually fall out of your hands. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson as the Monster, this adaptation is heartfelt and soulful in the simplest way.  Continue reading “Film Review: A Monster Calls”

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Princess Saves Herself in This One, written by Amanda Lovelace is a poetry collection that tackles themes such as life, death, love, family, and more. It is divided into four parts: The Princess, The Damsel, The Queen, and You. An emotional collection, this serves as a way to empower the readers to fight and eventually, survive. Continue reading “Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in This One”

BOOKS: January Wrap-Up

I only read four books this month and honestly, this is a big step for me towards reading more books. A couple of years ago, I mostly read young adult fiction and now one of my goals is to read books that belong in different genres. For the first month of this year, I would say I did a pretty good job in doing that. So, without further ado, here are the four books I read in January 2017. Continue reading “BOOKS: January Wrap-Up”