‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a love story for our time

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is in her 17th year of life and fourth year of thyroid cancer. The chemo has severely damaged her lungs, so she needs constant oxygen. She doesn't go anywhere without the tank and plastic tether that keeps her going.Her mom, Frannie (Laura Dern), drops a less-than-enthusiastic Hazel off at the local Episcopal church so she can join in a support group for teens coping with cancer. The group leader, Patrick (Mike Birbiglia), is a cancer survivor who … [Read more...]

16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year

 Arielle Calderon over at BuzzFeed has posted a cool list of "books into movies" scheduled for release this year. I've read two of the books on her list: Unbroken, Gone Girl and I am reading The Monuments Men. Calderone has them listen in order of release date.1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard What it’s about: Over the course of a Labor Day weekend in the late ’80s, 13-year-old Henry and his depressed mother Adele’s lives change when they harbor fugitive Frank Chambers at home. Frank … [Read more...]

15 Memorable Movies that inspired me (and so did the books)

When I saw my friend's Rae's list on Facebook it made me think of some older films that I really enjoyed or found inspiring (and the books - all except "I know where I am going" - if there is a book I haven't read this one.)1. Rebecca 2. Jamaica Inn 3. All this and Heaven Too 4. To Sir, With Love 5. The Song of Bernadette 6. Northwest Passage 7. I Know Where I'm Going (Wendy Hiller and Petula Clark!) 8. The Scarlet Pimpernel 9. The Glass Virgin 10. Dr. Zhivago 11. The Trouble with Angels 12. L … [Read more...]