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  • They Both Die at the End – General Review
    Summer break is the perfect opportunity to get back into reading. Adam Silvera’s (2017) novel, They Both Die at the End, can serve as a stepping stone into the realm of reading. The pace is fast, action-packed, and develops loveable characters. Also, Silvera switches point of view each chapter where narration mainly focuses on the protagonists, […]
  • My Favorite Book – Freshwater
    If there’s one book that I believe everyone should read once in their life, it’s my favorite book – Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. From my course, Queer Literature under Dr. Bill Albertini, I discovered Emezi’s Freshwater (2018). Once more, my course, Creative Writing Thesis Workshop under Professor Amorak Huey, was instructed to present our favorite […]

Movie review: Corpse Bride

Grade: A “Corpse Bride” is a lighthearted tale from director Tim Burton, who makes his first return to animation since 1994’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Burton infuses the film with the same visual style that has made his movies so popular over the last fifteen-plus years and manages to repeat the same magic he has woven to release yet another very well made movie. With an original story written by John August (“Big Fish”), he tells a love story with a twist to it. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play the lead roles in this film about a man who gets cold feet at his wedding rehearsal and winds up married to a corpse instead. Depp and Carter, who are regulars in Tim Burton films, play the leading roles of Victor and Emily, the Corpse Bride and both infuse them give the characters the emotions that bring them to life. Coupled with an entertaining supporting cast, which includes such actors as Tracy Ullman (“The Tracy Ullman Show”) and Albert Finney (“Big Fish,” who adds a sense of irony to his character), combine to make a very enjoyable movie experience. “Corpse Bride” is a short, enjoyable movie that is infused with Tim Burton’s artistic style and somewhat twisted sense of humor. It runs less than an hour and a half and is fast paced so moviegoers are kept involved in what is going on. The film makes for a worthy successor to Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas,” which has become a classic in its own right. Although when Oscar season comes around this wouldn’t be my pick for Best Animated Feature, it is a close second. “Corpse Bride” is a good movie and worth seeing for its originality and it’s just a fun movie to sit and watch.

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