{comics} 15 & Fated

Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack Graphix (Scholastic) 2014 Comics you should already have read (and hopefully own) before the middle-grade years hit: Jellaby (Kean Soo), Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke), Amelia Rules! (Jimmy Gownley) and Kazu Kibuishi’s Explorer and Amulet series (still incomplete). I’m obviously only naming a few. And I am beingContinue reading “{comics} 15 & Fated”

{comic} brand spanking new, except not.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope First Second 2013. One of the things I like about superhero comics is their ability to both maintain continuity and prove regenerative. Need to reboot a character or story? Will do. Has the essence of the hero and their story really changed? No. Even so, it is still hard to break intoContinue reading “{comic} brand spanking new, except not.”

{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.

I’m sure someone will decide their means for being relevant will require them to pan James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). They’ll claim some disconnect with the director’s work in general as their opening disclaimer or some such entry wound into their “review.” I am fine–relieved, actually–to be absorbed into the clamoring for an encore. WasContinue reading “{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.”

{film} her

The discordant pulse of an alert opens the Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), a film bout a lonely middle-aged man who falls in love with his new operating system. If this sounds rather pathetic, it is, at first blush, meant to. Jonze plays on cultural expectations as we are first introduced to Theodore Thwomble (Joaquin Phoenix), whoContinue reading “{film} her”

{film} ginger and rosa

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) have been best friends since their birth in the year 1945.  As the opening footage reminds us, this is the year the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima (& Nagasaki). The pair are now 17 in 1962 London and looking to declare their independence from their mothers once more.  ThisContinue reading “{film} ginger and rosa”

{television} the fall

The Fall (2013) is a dark television series out of the UK that should appeal to viewers of Wallander (2008), Broadchurch (2013), and True Detective (2014). Its degree of ‘disturbing’ fits right in there between Broadchurch and True Detective; so while the impulse may be to binge-watch season one, the content is hard to takeContinue reading “{television} the fall”

{film} the broken circle breakdown

When Sean and I saw the trailer for The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) some time back, we were fascinated by the idea of a Belgium film featuring blue grass. We wondered maybe that it was a Belgium film set in the American South, but no. It’s just that Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) is in love withContinue reading “{film} the broken circle breakdown”

{illustrator} yuyi morales

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “picture book list” for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’,“Day Six” features three books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Thirty:  Little Night; Just in Case: A Trickster Tale & Spanish Alphabet Book; and  Nino Wrestles the World . —————————— Yuyi Morales is an author,Continue reading “{illustrator} yuyi morales”

{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange

Day Twenty-Nine: Ellington Was Not a Street Written by Ntozake Shange Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Simon & Schuster for Young Readers [text: 1983] 2004 The narrative of Ellington Was Not a Street comes from Ntozake Shange’s poem “Mood Indigo” (from A Daughter’s Geography, 1983). The poem, excerpted for the picture book, is a reflection of and tribute toContinue reading “{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange”

{book} card carrying

Day Twenty-Eight: The Midnight Library By Kazuno Kohara  Roaring Book Press 2014 “Once there was a library that opened only at night.” The Midnight Library’s hours are dusk to dawn and its serves an adorable population of animals. The librarian? A young girl assisted by three owls. The picture book has a fairy tale opening, “OnceContinue reading “{book} card carrying”