In The Heights (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: HBO Max

Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes

Directed by: Jon M Chu

Genres: Drama, Music, Musical

Writers: Quiara Alegría Hudes…(screenplay by) 

Quiara Alegría Hudes (based on the musical stage play, book by) Lin-Manuel Miranda

(based on the musical stage play, concept by)

Starring:  Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace 

The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

A Week Away (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 Hour and 37 Minutes

Directed by: Roman White

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Stars: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, and Jahbril Cook

Nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure, and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.

Deadly Illusions (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 hour and 54 minutes

Directed by: Anna Elizabeth James

Genres: Thriller

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Greer Grammer, Shanola Hampton

After a bestselling novelist suffering from writer’s block hires a new nanny for her children, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur.

Bliss (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 103 Minutes

Directed by : Mike Cahill

Genres: Drama and Science-Fiction

Stars: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper

A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation.

Megalodon (2018) Movie Review

This year I have made it a point to watch a movie at least once a week and I really wanted to find a way to share those with you. I’m not the best with talking about movies so I figured the best way to do this was through an infographic on the movies along with sharing the notes that I take while watching the movie.

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 88 Minutes

Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror

Directed by : James Thomas

Writing Credits : Koichi Petetsky, Thunder Levin, Canyon Prince, and James Thomas

A military vessel on the search for an unidentified submersible finds themselves face to face with a giant shark, forced to use only what they have on board to defend themselves from the monstrous beast.


After Book Vs Movie Comparison

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

I haven’t completed reading the whole series yet but I did read the first book and I loved it. I had heard that the movie didn’t live up to the book and was just so wrong but had to see it for myself anyway. Now that I have watched it all the way through I really wished that I hadn’t because even if I want to go back and read the series how do I erase what I just saw from my mind.

First, I think the thing that I couldn’t get over the most was how quickly everything moved. Like I understand that it’s a movie so things can’t take as long as they do in books but the pace really changed everything. I felt that things were very rushed and there was no time to get to know any of the characters. The relationship between Hardin and Tessa felt rushed and the rest of the relationships seemed surface level or not even there. I think the book did a great job of letting us know these characters and making us feel for them but in this movie I didn’t care about what happened to any of them.

Another big thing that I couldn’t just by pass was Hardin’s personality and attitude with everyone not just Tessa. Hardin is an ass-hole in the book, it is the main reason why I like him and find the book so intriguing. Yes I know that the majority of their relationship is abusive and wrong but there’s something about it that makes me read more. The movie takes away so much of that and Hardin just seems like an awkward boy but nothing about him is scary, or harsh. Like at least make it believable that he isn’t just like the other guys Tessa interacts with.

There was so much more but I don’t want to write pages about this and go on for hours. I will probably watch the next movie though because I have to keep seeing how much worst it can get.

If you watched the movie without reading the books let me know your thoughts. Even better, if you read the books and then watched the movie lets talk.

A Dog’s Way Home Book/Movie Comparison

Now there are a few books to movies that I really enjoy and this series of books to movies have to be some of my favorites. As soon as I see that these movies are going to come out I have to watch them. I always plan to see them during their time in the theaters but wind up watching later because I want to read the book first.

As we all know movies go a lot quicker than books do so there are only snippets of longer scenes that happen in books. What I really enjoyed about this movie though is that each person/animal that Bella encounters on her journey home is included in the movie. I found that nothing was really missing in her encounters with animals/people.

The movie really does a good job of still making it about the dog and keeps the narration. I love that the movie doesn’t change that the book was all narrated by a dog because that really adds to how the viewer feels about things. There were so many scenes that I was glad that we got to hear from Bella’s perspective because it makes it so much more enjoyable. Like imagine if you were in the head of your pet?

In the book I thought that the scene that was so impactful was the portion in which Bella is staying with a homeless man. It was such a heartfelt scene in which Bella doesn’t want to leave the man so I wished that the scene was even longer in the movie. I was hoping that the scene between them would last a bit longer so that the viewer could feel that heartbreak.

While there were so many scenes in the movie that I wanted more of I also understand that movies have a limit with time. So while I love the movie and think that if you don’t want to read the book the movie is a great alternative I still advise you to read the book. You get so much more from the book and can feel for Bella and so many of these moments break your heart.

The Sun is Also a Star Movie Review and Book Comparison

I had the chance to see The Sun is Also a Star for free as an advanced screening through Warner Brothers so I decided to give it a try since I recently read the book. I took my mom with me to see what someone else’s opinion of the movie would be without prior book knowledge and we both walked away with differing opinions. Now before I begin I want to say that this movie would have been good if I had not read the book before.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

The love story between Natasha and Daniel is really cute and just how I imagine it would be in the book. They start off very awkward with each other and Natasha being completely closed off to the idea of love until their relationship develops and she finds herself falling in love with Daniel. So while I loved watching their dynamic change there were small aspects of the movie that were big in the book that I wasn’t too fond of.

First, the reason that they are being deported in the movie is drastically different from the book. There is one mention in the movie of their deportation being due to a random factory raid while in the book it’s due to Natasha’s dad’s carelessness while being pulled over for a DUI. I thought that the reasoning behind the deportation was a central part of the book and why Natasha had such strong and conflicting feelings towards her dad. I believe that it really added another layer to the story and really made things complex and wish that they would have kept that the same in the movie.

Second, we all now that this isn’t going to end well, you can tell from the beginning and even the trailer to this movie but there was a key reason for the deportation not being changed that wasn’t included in the book. The fact that they changed this really upset me because this was another change that made it so that Natasha wasn’t angry at someone. I wanted to see her anger as the book clearly shows it as one of the most important aspects to her story and what contributes to her feelings towards Daniel.

Third, for me I think this was one of the most important aspects that I really wanted to see and was so dissapointed that the character wasn’t included. The whole reason that Natasha and Daniel crash into each other in the book is because of a security lady who holds up the line because she so thoroughly inspects each of Natasha’s items in her bag. This woman feels so disconnected with the world and just is hoping for someone to see her and Natasha thanks this woman for her encounter with Daniel. It isn’t until the ending of the book that we meet this woman again and she thanks Natasha for that day because she was ready to commit suicide until she got that thank you. It is in that moment that Natasha and Daniel notice they are on the same plane and that is what you are left with. Not with a happy ending but with a question of what happens next? The movie isn’t like that, the movie gives you a happy ending and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Now all that to say the movie wasn’t bad it just didn’t compare well to the book. I recommend watching the movie first and then reading the book if you haven’t already read the book. I think that would be a great way to take it all in. I enjoyed the movie when I ignored the differences between the movie and the book and I hope that you all will too.

What are your thoughts on this movie?

The Hate U Give Movie/Book Comparison and Movie Review


If I had to use just one word to describe this movie that is the word that I would choose. It was the word that kept popping up in my mind scene after scene and dialogue after dialogue.

“Reasons to Live, Give Reasons to Die” This is the words that Starr’s Dad speaks to her when she apologizes for speaking up about Khalil’s death. That was the first scene that the words powerful came to my mind because it was such an impactful and unforgettable scene, and the scenes got better after this. Another scene that I thought was impactful and unforgettable was the scene between Starr and her uncle when she points out the differences between cops in a black neighborhood and cops in a white neighborhood.

I really enjoyed the range of emotions that were shown through Starr and how we finally get anger from her. I feel that so many times I’ve seen books to movies and the anger isn’t right but this was spot-on. I really enjoyed how difficult conversations and issues were handled through this movie and how the way things were handled were very similar to the book.

Something that I was thinking about during the protests and later on the riots was how we often times get desensitized by watching this happen on the news so often. I kept thinking about how so many of us just start to ignore what’s happening around us and I was glad that this movie forced you to listen. I mean the book made you listen and think about these things happening daily but the movie showed it to you and I think that you can’t ignore these occurrences once you see them.

Normally I always like the book more than the movie but in this instance I loved the movie and the book equally. I think that the addition of some scenes and the changing of the scenes from the book to the movie really added to the story versus taking away. The addition of the scene that occurs between Hailey and Starr at school was something that I really enjoyed because you see hurt and anger from Starr.

Now I don’t want to give you any real spoilers but I have to mention that the scene near the end had me in tears. You’ll all understand once you watch it but it’s a scene that is going to stick with me forever. I finally understood the Tupac quote ( “THUG LIFE,” he explained, actually stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody.”) that they reference through the whole book/movie during that scene.

I highly recommend watching this movie whether or not you have read the book. If you haven’t read the book I also recommend picking that up as soon as possible because it is a good read.