Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Quote of the Day: 07.30.17

Today's quote comes from Jonathon Tropper's book, This is Where I Leave You. I'm pretty sure I've talked about this book before because it's one of my faves. I haven't actually read any of his other books. Look at me being a bad fan.

Let's see, what did I do today? I talked myself out of buying the Criterion Collection version of Pan's Labrynith. That was so hard to do because it was on sale and it's got the prettiest cover and Guillermo del Toro is a genius. It's fine, I guess. Apparently, all L.A. residents with a library card get access to a streaming service of The Criterion Collection, so I guess I'm gonna have to wait a few more days.


Will Mike Mills ever make a movie that doesn't utterly decimate my soul?

I finally watched 20th Century Women the other day and it has been so long since a movie hit me like that. It's sweet and pretty and just the way that it's shot and edited ohmygodddddd.

Like, guys, it was so good. I can't stress that enough. Greta Gerwig is probably one of my all-time favorite actresses. She is everything Lena Dunham wishes she could be. Gerwig's best in this, though. Actually, I take that back. Mistress America is her at her best, but the scene in 20th Century Women where she goes around the table and makes all the dudes at dinner say "menstruation" out loud is why movies exist.

The movie's the story of a woman, Annette Benning, in her fifties with a teenage son and she has no idea how to relate to him. She doesn't get the music he likes or what it's like growing up in 1979. She enlists Great Gerwig and Elle Fanning to help her son become a man. The kid's so dumbly sincere and I love him. Greta Gerwig gives him some feminist books and after he reads them, he just says in the cutest lil voice, "I think I might be a feminist." He literally gets into a fist fight at a skate park over women's sexuality and says that "age is a bourgeois construct." My boyyyyyy.

Listen. How in the actual hell did Casey Affleck, who is trouble for a lot of reasons and also just a very bad actor, get nominated AND WIN an Oscar when my sweet lil boy, Lucas Jade Zumann, didn't even get nominated? Like the damn dog in Mike Mills' other movie, Beginners, had more depth as an actor than Casey Affleck.

In fact, how did the whole cast and crew get snubbed except for Best Original Screenplay? HOW? How? AND IT LOST ITS ONLY AWARD TO MANCHESTER BY THE SEA? I'm not even italicizing that because it doesn't deserve that.

Moral of the story; Manchester by the Sea can get outta here and 20th Century Women will save your soul.