Video Review: Love Never Dies

Accompaniment, the next book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out in less than two weeks!  It’s put me in a Phantom mood, so I rewatched Webber’s sequel: Love Never Dies.

I first saw this movie (filmed play, actually) as a Fathom event in theaters eight years ago.  It wasn’t good, for many reasons.  I didn’t really expect it to be better on a rewatch, but I was curious what my impressions would be all this time later.

It still wasn’t good.  But I did have a lot of feelings about it.  So naturally I made a video review!

This video is about fifteen minutes, but if you really want a full, scene-by-scene analysis (with more ranting!) I also made a 35-minute video.  As I said, I had a lot of feelings.

Anyone else seen Love Never Dies?  Or have a movie you love to hate? 🙂

Video Review: The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Happy Monday!  I recently signed up for Disney+ so that I could watch Hamilton for the Fourth of July (excellent, by the way!)  Before my month-service expired, I decided it was the ideal time to re-watch the original Star Wars trilogy after too many years.  And then I made a video review!

Book Review: The Wayward Children Series

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Book 1 of the Wayward Children series, was one of the final books I got out of the library before everything shut down due to pandemic.  And the subsequent books in the series were the very first ones I requested once the library moved to “curbside pick-up” options.  Because this is an amazing series.

The series centers around Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a boarding school for children (or teens, really) who have returned from magical lands.   Stories like Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz focus mainly on the adventure and end when the child gets home.  This series picks up what happens next, when children try to fit back into a world where no one believes their stories of where they’ve been.

I love virtually everything about this series.  It gets a little gruesome for me in spots and I don’t love that – but I love everything else.  The concept is brilliant; I always love stories that take a new angle on something familiar, especially an angle that is somehow both new and obvious.  As soon as it’s said, I don’t know why it hasn’t been thought of before – but it wasn’t.

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Movie Review: The Gerard Butler Phantom

With Nocturne coming out in just a few weeks, you can probably expect a lot of Phantom around here for a while!  Today is no exception, as my review today is of one of the major Phantom of the Opera versions: the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber movie, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.  I have mixed feelings about this one – and a theory involving Raoul and unreliable narration to explain everything from strange costume choices to the Phantom’s unstable character…  Enjoy watching!

Video Book Review: Star Wars – The Thrawn Trilogy

Happy Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with you!  I may be a Trekkie, but I enjoy a good Star Wars book too, and today I’m offering a video review of what I think are the best: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.  Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching my review below!