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Stay Tuned for Our Discussion of The Maze Runner on Cinefantastique!

I recently recorded a discussion of the new movie The Maze Runner, based on the bestselling YA novel by James Dashner.  We had a great discussion about this boy-oriented action-packed dystopian story, and our star ratings turned out in a way that no one would have expected!

Maze Runner movie still

Our discussion will be appearing on the Cinefantastique website and on iTunes very soon!



Visit Cinefantastique to Hear our Discussion of The Giver!

We just recorded a conversation about The Giver, the new film based on the award-winning CR/YA crossover book by Lois Lowry.

The Giver movie poster

Are dystopias dead?  Was this a good adaptation of the original novel?  Will you be pleased or disappointed if you’re a fan of the book?  Tune in to the Cinefantastique podcast to hear my latest guest appearance, and learn the answer to these and other questions inspired by this movie.  The episode should be up on the CFQ website and on iTunes very soon!  ETA: The episode is up right now!


Tune in For Our Discussion of Mary Poppins on Cinefantastique!

Mary Poppins BookMary Poppins Film

On weeks when there isn’t a new fantasy / science fiction / horror film release, the Cinefantastique podcast will often use those opportunities to go down memory lane and revisit a historic film.  This week they invited me to join them to discuss one of the favorite films of my childhood, Mary Poppins.  Our conversation starts as a discussion of the original 1964 film, but it quickly branches into a discussion of the book, the soundtrack album, Saving Mr. Banks, child psychology, bad parenting, musical numbers, dancing penguins, and more.  The episode will be ready very soon — stay tuned to the CFQ website!

Stay Tuned to Cinefantastique For Discussions of Divergent and More!

I’m going to be appearing on the next episodes of the Cinefantastique podcast.  Yes, that’s right, EPISODES!  First will be the “Spotlight” episode, in which we’ll be discussing the soon-to-be-blockbuster movie Divergent based on the blockbuster book.
Divergent poster

Will the movie be as good as the book?  I certainly hope so!

Then in the “Dossier Fantastique” episode that will be released later in the week, we’ll be discussing new movies like Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets Most Wanted

old movies like The Creeping Terror
The Creeping Terror

and everything in between!

Stay tuned to the Cinefantastique Podcast to catch both of these episodes.  I’ll provide direct links here as soon as they’re ready.

ETA: The first episode is ready now!  Divergent: Spotlight Podcast
ETA: The second episode is up!
Muppets Most Wanted & The Creeping Terror: Dossier Fantastique

Discussing Vampire Academy on Cinefantastique

This weekend I went to see Vampire Academy, and … well, were you a fan of the original book by Richelle Mead?  Then you might want to see it.  Not a fan or never read the book?  Then maybe not so much.

I went on the Cinefantastique podcast to discuss this film (along with The Lego Movie and several other releases).  The episode is up right now:

The Lego Movie, Vampire Academy, & After the Dark

And please make sure to visit Cinefantastique next month, when I’ll be joining the guys to discuss Divergent!


Discussing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Cinefantastique

We just recorded a discussion of the second part of the Hunger Games trilogy.  On the next episode of the Cinefantastique podcast, you’ll hear us discuss the differences between the book and the movie, what we thought of the casting choices, and what it was like seeing this in a theater full of enthusiastic teenagers on opening night!

Hunger Games Love Triangle

Check out the Cinefantastique website to see when the episode goes live. 

ETA: Woo-Hoo!  The episode is up RIGHT NOW!!

Discussing Ender’s Game on Cinefantastique

I went to see the new film adaptation of the classic teen novel Ender’s Game this weekend, and recorded a conversation about it as a guest on the Cinefantastique podcast.  We had one of our best conversations about this movie, we addressed several different controversies surrounding it, and we had a WIDE variety of opinions about it.

Enders Game movie still

Was this a faithful adaptation?
How violent is too violent?
How did we react to the twist endings?
Would Jake Lloyd have made a better Ender Wiggin?

Listen and find out!
Ender’s Game: CFQ Spotlight Podcast


Discussing City of Bones and More on the Cinefantastique Podcast

I was very excited to discuss the film version of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  It was based on an exciting urban fantasy story by Cassandra Clare that featured intrigue, romantic entanglements, fight scenes, magic, and hot guys. 

And then I saw the movie.

Well, I can tell you this much.  When I tried to describe this film in a nutshell, I said that it was like they took the book and gave it stupid pills.  If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts, along with those of Dan, Steve, and Larry, you’ll need to check out the latest episode of the Cinefantastique Podcast!

In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of the plot, fight choreography, special effects and more (up to and including “hot guys,” of course).  We also discuss some other new releases, namely The World’s End and You’re Next


My Latest CFQ Appearance, Discussing World War Z

I just realized that while I did announce in an earlier episode that I was going to be on an episode of the Cinefantastique podcast discussing World War Z, I never actually announced when that episode went up.  Oops!

World War Z poster

Well, let me take this belated opportunity to let you know that our discussion of World War Z, the zombie war movie that was really quite different from the zombie war book of the same name, is up RIGHT NOW!  Plus, we also discuss Monsters University and several more films that will entertain and engage you.  Enjoy!!!
World War Z & Monsters University: CFQ Spotlight Podcast

Check Out Our Conversation About Beautiful Creatures!

The latest episode of the Cinefantastique podcast is now available, in which I discuss the film Beautiful Creatures with Dan and Steve and compare the movie to the (much better) book that it was based on

Learn more about this paranormal romance that weaves a modern-day love story with a Civil War subplot, and more importantly learn why the story is called Beautiful Creatures!  Check out the episode HERE.  Enjoy!!!