I'm going to start a few new regular features that will hopefully add some levity to this blog. On Thursdays I'm going to answer questions -- about grief, motherhood, movies, life. Anything goes. Here are this week's, based on a couple of emails I received recently:
Easy enough. I DO write movie reviews, but for a living, not as a movie blogger. I occasionally write about movies here, and maybe I'll do that more often in the future, but my official reviews are located at Common Sense Media; it's a wonderful nonpartisan, nonprofit resource for parents and kids to make informed decisions about media consumption (movies, DVDs, books, music, TV shows, and video games). My reviews are also syndicated to the "Parents" tab at Netflix and other CSM partner sites.
I also write fairly regularly for Variety's features section, and these pieces are usually TV and movie related, since I'm a big TV person as well. My articles for Variety are mostly aimed at industry insiders and pop-culture junkies obsessed with award nominees and the like.
I miss hearing about your kids. What are they up to?
I know I spent a lot of time writing about my grief, because that's just where I am right now, but I'm hoping to write more about lighter topics as well. My three kids are doing well. My eldest son just started second grade, my 4-year-old daughter is in pre-K at a cooperative preschool, and the baby is closing in on 18-months-old, which means he's officially a toddler. Since he's most likely (or definitely, if you ask my husband) our final child, he'll always be my baby.
Any new movies or TV shows you're into?
Yes! I love, love, love the FOX show Glee, and I had to hit pause on the DVR remote a couple of times last night, because the husband and I kept laughing so hard in a few bits. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't love the show, so if you haven't seen it yet, definitely give it a try. I believe episodes are available on Hulu.
As for movies, I thought the animated fantasy 9 was visually amazing, and worth a trip to the multiplex if you're into stylized, mature animated movies. It's the kind of film that plays better on a big screen (as opposed to, say, a romantic comedy), so if you have any inclination, don't wait for the DVD to come out. And despite the deviations from the novel, I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter movies, and Half-Blood Prince did not disappoint. It was refreshing break from the darkness that Order of the Phoenix was steeped in, and that is sure to loom over the two Deathly Hallows films. Between Won-Won and Lav's hilariously shallow romance, Ron's love-potion antics, Hermione's heartbreak, and Harry's turn at humor under the influence of liquid luck, HBP was a funny and touching installment in the series.
I haven't gotten around to District 9, Inglorious Basterds or The Hurt Locker, all of which I'd love to see, but they weren't assigned to me this summer.
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