Movies: Months in Review {June & July 2020}

Baby Mama (2008) ● PG-13

I like this.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make as fantastic a team as I expected they would, and I also love seeing Dax Shepard, Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin, and Sigourney Weaver in their roles.  
That said, there are a few instances of what appears to be "casual racism"; and even though those instances aren't framed as good things, they aren't framed as dreadfully serious things, either.  So.  That makes me a little uncomfortable. 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) ● PG-13

This is very heavy, and the narrative wasn't my favorite.  That said, it was an important one and I'm not aware of another film quite like it.  There were moments that were extremely moving, and lines that got caught in the back of my throat because they were so piercing.  ("This is my favorite thing" almost made me cry.)
Also:  Quvenzhane Wallis is amazing.  It's official.  I'd liked her in Annie (2014), but the fact that she made this movie at the age o…

'One Bad Apple' Virtual Book Tour: Author Interview with Rachel Kovaciny

Happy August!  
I'm excited to be participating in the virtual book tour for Rachel Kovaciny's newest novel, One Bad Apple.  The latest installment in Rachel's Once Upon a Western series of Old West fairytale retellings, OBA sets Snow White in the midst of the Exoduster migration. 
The book is told from the perspective of Levi Dalton, an orphaned white adolescent who is taken in by a Black wagon train along with his siblings and cousins.  I've already read it, and I can definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a compact, historical, textured take on Snow White.  However, I have to get this interview started, so I'll simply direct you to One Bad Apple'sGoodreads page for more readers' thoughts.  {Be sure to also visit the other stops along the book tour, including a giveaway hosted by the author!}
Meanwhile, the interview!

What was the easiest part of the writing process for this installment?

The dialog? Dialog is always my favorite thing to write. …

Agent Carter {Seasons 1-2}

"What's your name, darling?"
"Agent." My feminist soul, grabbing anyone who'll listen and shaking them by the shoulders:  "hAVe YoU eVer HeARd aNYtHinG sO glORioUS iN YoUr LIFE?!?!"

As you may have guessed, I recently finished watching Marvel's Agent Carter television series.   
But before I do so, I first have to share what will probably turn out to be a rather lengthy recap of my history with Marvel — both in general and in particular as relates to the Captain America universe.
I feel it incumbent upon me to warn you that Unsavory Revelations may follow.  I may be about to say Hurtful Things about Beloved Characters.  (I am definitely going to.)  Ideals may be about to be shattered.  You may never think of me in the same way again.  I'm telling you like it is so that, when the time comes, you'll be prepared.
Okay.  Now that we're all on the same page:  A Not-…

// summer reads //

Several of you voted for this post; I didn't know these were so popular, but I ain't mad about it! 😜  Let's crack open some summery books. 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I know you've probably already heard of this one, and I know that if you have, you've probably also heard about the Soul-Crushing Emotional Potency of the plot.  So . . . I get it if you don't actually want to read it, lol.  But if you do feel like getting your heart twisted around a bit, this one's got you covered.
(okay in all honesty "Soul-Crushing Emotional Potency" is a bit of an exaggeration and I don't want to overhype the book but it does get under your skin and stay there)  
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
To be honest, Sepetys's latest didn't wow me like some of her others.  However, I think a lot of that is due to personal preference, and either way, the aesthetic is immersive and perfect for summer.  
In My Father's House by Ann Rinaldi

Christian Media: The Representation of Suffering

Well, hello.  
It appears that "Olivia angrily ranting about problems within the modern American Church" is turning into a series.  
Tbh, I'm down for that. #noregrets

Do y'all remember this post?  The one in which I vindictively gracefully addressed some of the negative aspects of Christian literature, specifically?  I mentioned in that post that I wasn't going to delve very deeply into Christian film, because that was A Whole Other Deal.
Welp, today, my dudes, we are going to dive headfirst into that Whole Other Deal.  
That's right!  I'm going to talk a bit about the world of Christian cinema: a couple of the trends I'm seeing that concern me, as well as some of the exceptions to the rule that give me hope.  (#Positivity!)
Here we go.

I want to keep this post reasonably short [edit from future Olivia:  I failed], so I'm going to restrict my remarks to the primary issue I have with Christian media right now.  There are several, but here's the bigge…

New blog look + a question for you

Yes, I changed the blog look again.  No, I don't know what I'm doing.  The look I just had was nice, I get that.  For some reason it just wasn't working for me right now. *shrugs*  Anyway, what think you?

So, I'm feeling a bit unmotivated when it comes to blogging.  I have plenty of ideas, but I think with everything else that's going on right now (a pandemic, school concerns, necessary discussions of racism), I don't have much emotional bandwidth left, I suppose. 
Still, blogging can also be cathartic for me.  Talking to you guys, whether the topic be frivolous or profound, can be therapeutic.  So we're going to make it our goal to keep working on some new posts. 😜  In that vein, I thought I'd gauge your interest level for a few different posts I currently have either already in drafts or percolating in mah brain.  You take a look-see and let me know which strikes your fancy, will you?  I can't guarantee that'll be the one that gets published fi…

*aggressively sings "You Belong with Me"*

Featuring:  Eight Fictional Ships That Should Have Sailed and The Girl Who's Still Mad That They Didn't.
(Which I guess means that you could consider this whole post one big SPOILER?  Idk.  It's your call.)
⎼ ⎼ ⎼
You know what I'm talking about.  We all have those couples who needle at the back of our brains because they didn't get the ending we thought they deserved.  And sometimes the best way to cope with the injustices of a cruel team of creative directors fate is to just thrash it all out.
So here we are.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does cover the couples who've been most actively milling around in my mind lately.  And I gotta say, I've loved writing this post, delving back into all the reasons why I love them and why, in MY fictional universe, they all live happily ever after. ♡
(I defy you to watch some of these fanvids and not agree with me.)

Rey & Poe

"You know what you are?"
"You're diffic…