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My name is Elizabeth Periale. I am an artist, blogger, and culture critic. I write about movies, books, television, pop culture—old and new—with a feminine/feminist perspective. Sometimes I post pictures of the kid, too.

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jurassic world's not-so-hidden messages

There is no denying what a huge hit Jurassic World is — certainly the blockbuster of the summer, possibly of the decade. It delivers on all counts. It's thrilling, terrifying, fun, funny, and even a tad romantic ....more

game of thrones ... well, we all saw that one coming, didn't we?

Lots o' spoilers ...Whether you are a reader of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books or not, you probably could have predicted the closing shot of "Mother's Mercy," the final episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow, lying on the ground, stabbed by his own Night's Watch men, bleeding out on the ground in the snow, left for dead. Or is he? ...more

throwback summer vacation thursday

We are now in our first full week of summer vacation, which has me thinking about summers of the past ... No castle this, the kid helps make a sand fortress Three generations on the beach Loving cousins At the Avon Inn ...more

baby's first disaster movie

The kid and I checked out San Andreas over the weekend. We are both big fans of the ever-charming Dwayne Johnson. There really was not much of a plot to speak of, but that's not what put most of us in the theater seats ....more

zombie-palooza

I don't know what it is, lately, but I have been drawn to watching zombie movies. That may not seem such a big deal, with today's post-apocalyptic zombie-heavy film offerings, but it is a real departure for me. I really don't like zombies ....more

game of thrones — this week, we had fire

Spoilers for the first four seasons abound ...Still reeling from last week's icy White Walkers and their zombie minion attack on Jon Snow and the Wildlings, viewers must have settled in to watching this week's episode, "The Dance of Dragons," braced for anything to happen — and it did not disappoint. Game of Thrones has made a habit of serving up some of its most shocking and exciting developments in the penultimate episodes of its first four seasons: the beheading of Ned Stark, the Battle of Blackwater, The Red Wedding, the Battle at Castle Black, and now ... well, there were two major things that happened in this episode, both to two young women.Let's start with the most difficult first ....more

throwback happy birthday bro thursday

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sounds like ...

David Guetta's new song, "Hey Mama," featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack sounds a bit reminiscent of Rihanna. But whatever they're doing, it's working. It's great, and fun to listen to ....more

short take on ... how i live now

Every once in a while I see a movie that really captures my complete attention. Thats saying a lo n the crazy frenetic, distracted world we live in. How I Live Now is a British film based on the 2004 YA novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff ....more