Film Review: Scream

Horror Heroines: Sidney Prescott (Scream, 1996) Scream was released 22 years ago with the teenage Sidney Prescott as the main character. One year after her murder of her mother, Sidney is trying to move on with her life. Her world is turned upside down when two of her classmates are murdered. News reporters descend on the town of Woodsboro and the emotions surrounding her mom’s death and the subsequent trial are brought back to the fore. She tells her friend Tatum that it’s “deja vu all over again” for her. Later that night she is attacked in her own home by the killer; for the...

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TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Confession time: I’m a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the ’90’s. When I was a teenager we only had a handful of TV channels so it’s only now that I’ve discovered many shows. Thanks to Netflix, one of those shows is Gilmore Girls. The great thing about this show is that in every episode I can relate to at least one character. Lorelai, Rory, Lane, Paris and Sookie all have relatable...

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Review: The Worst Witch is Heartwarming and Hilarious

I had heard about The Worst Witch from a friend of mine who had watched the first few episodes and loved them. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and it was one of the suggested shows in my profile, so I settled down and started the show. Two minutes into the first episode, I fell absolutely and completely in love. I ended up watching the series once alone and then again with my sister, who also fell in love with it. As a lifelong Harry Potter fan, the idea of magic has always fascinated me. I was pleased to see similar themes of adventure, friendship, loyalty, adversity and...

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Book Review: Mandy

I recently moved away from home and had to leave the majority of my library behind, except for a few of my favorite books. One day, I was browsing Amazon and I came across a book in my cart that I absolutely loved as a child. I received Mandy by the incomparable Julie Andrews for my 8th birthday, and read and reread the book dozens of times throughout my childhood. On this dreary fall day last year, I was suddenly filled with the urge to read the book immediately. So instead of waiting a few weeks to go home for the holidays and read my much-loved copy, I decided to buy another copy on...

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Book Review: Divergent

Divergent is another addition to the YA dystopian genre. This series of books follows the life of the teenage Tris who lives in a dystopian version of Chicago. The city is divided into different factions that all have different virtues. One day a year, all sixteen year olds must choose which faction they will spend the rest of their life with. Tris chooses to leave her family and friends behind and join the Dauntless faction. Separated from her family, the other initiates in Dauntless become like her family. The training is quite tough and only the top ten will be allowed to stay in the...

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Review: Miracle on 34th Street

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is Miracle on 34th Street, and I watch it every year (both versions) without fail. So naturally, when I got home for Christmas, I made my sister watch both of them with me — the black and white 1947 version with Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara and the 1994 version with Mara Wilson, which is the version we grew up watching. In the original version, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) is in charge of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is at her wits end after having to fire the parade’s Santa for getting drunk before the parade. She encounters a man...

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