Coraline (the movie)—Spellbinding

Coraline movie poster

Coraline (yes, that’s spelled correctly) is the stop motion animated tale of a young girl who moves into the Pink Palace Apartments and finds a door to a magical world that’s more sinister than it first appears. Based on a book of the same name, by Neil Gaiman, it is one seriously creepy movie.


The “wonders” the Other Mother creates for Coraline are suitably spectacular, seeing as in-story there were created to be spectacles. Spink and Forcible’s musical and high-diving act with its scottie dog audience; Mr. Bobinsky’s Jumping Mouse Circus in the attic; and of course, the garden. Oh my, the garden. And of course all these wonders turn to horror in their time. Continue reading “Coraline (the movie)—Spellbinding”

Down Among the Sticks and Bones—Lyrical and Even Darker

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire book cover
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire, is a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, telling the story of Jack and Jill, how they came to the Moors and what happened to them once there.

1—Realistic Evils

Two of the most evil people in the book are Jack and Jill’s parents, who don’t love their daughters, only the desires they enforce upon them. So concerned with appearances and their own dreams of what their children should be that there’s no room for Jacqueline and Jillian to be themselves. This twists them so much that the Moors opens a doorway for the twins and invites them in. Continue reading “Down Among the Sticks and Bones—Lyrical and Even Darker”

A Wrinkle In Time (the 2018 Movie)—A Fun Kids’ Film

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A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time, based on a book by the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, follows Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace as they search the universe for their missing father. Their adventure begins when one of the mysterious Mrs.’s visits their house in the dead of night.

1—The Power of Love

It’s an old theme but it never goes out of style. Meg’s love for her father pulls her and her companions across the universe. And later saves her brother from being consumed by The IT. And it’s in learning to love herself that Meg does this. Continue reading “A Wrinkle In Time (the 2018 Movie)—A Fun Kids’ Film”

Over the Garden Wall—Fun Fairytale About the Brink of Death

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Over the Garden Wall

Over the Garden Wall is an animated short series (just ten episodes) following Wirt and his little brother Greg as the traverse the forest of the Unknown and try to avoid becoming prey to the Beast.

1—Liminal Places

Liminal places are places that are between—between life and death, between human and animal, between madness and sanity, between dreams and reality, even between roles in life. Over the Garden Wall is made of such liminal places. Continue reading “Over the Garden Wall—Fun Fairytale About the Brink of Death”