A Review of ‘Smurfs’ by Claire Ramsey A movie like ‘Smurfs’ comes only once in a Blue Moon… but only because blue moons are more common than the legend would have it. Starring Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, ‘Smurfs’ has a lot going for it, especially for 80’s kids like me who grew up with them on Saturday mornings with our She-Ra pajamas and Cheerios. And my chosen descriptors for this reconstruction of the Peyo little blue darlings, from …
New Effects in the Final Chapter A Review by Claire Ramsey I think Peter Jackson and David Yates are secretly related. Long-lost cousins, or something. Based on my enthusiastic viewing of the final installments of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings film series, I have to say that here are two directors who knows how to end movie series. And I think I enjoyed the last Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two …
Review by Claire Ramsey May 2011 Strange and stranger, indeed, or perhaps, to quote from Lewis Carroll, curiouser and curiouser. The subtitle of the latest installation of the popular Johnny-Depp-headed saga is appropriate in more than one way. First, the strangers – which means the majority of the cast. Familiar faces include Kevin McNally as Gibbs, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, another cameo by Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow’s father Captain Teague, and, as goes without saying, Johnny Depp back in …
Beastly A review by Claire Ramsey (c) May 2011 “Everyone knows that story,” says Lindy to Kyle, still darting her head as she looks for Hunter, the boy with whom she has fallen in love. It takes another minute and a cell phone ringing in Kyle’s pocket for her to realize that Kyle and Hunter were, or are, one and the same. Lindy is right. The story she and Kyle/Hunter share is better known as ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ In …
© Claire Ramsey Used by Permission I think, with the advent of Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight Saga, together with the continued popularity of Anne Rice and the once-and-future-king of vampire stories, Bram Stoker, I can make a safe assumption: humans, especially young adult humans, LOVE the tales of the bloodsucking fiends that look at us like we look at cheeseburgers.
by Claire Ramsey Mrs. Fox said it all: “My husband is a fantastic fox!”
Passion born of Youth, Courage born of Despair. A Review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon by Claire Ramsey “Eyes, look your last, Arms take your last embrace, and lips (O you the doors of breath) seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing Death!”
by Claire Ramsey Huh?
by Claire Ramsey As an amateur movie reviewer, I find it interesting what movies other reviewers like and dislike.
What do you get when a mouse simply refuses to be timid… scared… mousetrap-shy… in fact, all the things a mouse should be? You get Despereaux!
I love watching movies. I love writing movie reviews; that’s why I do it.
“You probably think this world is a dream come true…” Cat, from Coraline Alice discovers Wonderland. Pinocchio travels to the island where all naughty little boys have fun (until nightfall.) Dorothy is carried to Oz, Thomas More finds Utopia, and Gulliver wishes he had never left the land of the Houyhnhnms.
“On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing…enjoying the jungle’s great joys… When Horton the Elephant heard a small noise.”
by Claire Ramsey The latest installment in the popular Dresden series, Small Favor by Jim Butcher keeps the adventure and weird geeky humor going, keeping faith with Butcher’s many fans.
by Claire Ramsey It is a unique moment in my experience: movie makers take a story with severe sequel-itis and create a movie without it!
A review by Claire Ramsey “Tally smiled…. ‘I’m Tally Youngblood,’ she said. ‘Make me pretty.'”
Learning about Bugs (and Books, and Character, and…) in Summer Reading 2008 by Claire Ramsey Imagine the world from the view of a bug! An ant, a fly, a bee — or from a real bug, like a shield-bug — or one of the things that looks like a bug, but isn’t, (like a spider!).
To write this review, I have to make two bald statements:
Well, maybe it isn’t Shrek’s swamp, but Disney’s latest flick makes for “some ‘Enchanted’ evening!” (Unless, of course, you’re at the matinee with your kids…)
Dear Home in Henderson readers, In one of my last acts as Vance County and Perry Library’s children’s librarian, it is my very great pleasure to introduce a new children’s librarian to you.