John Green's third YA novel, Paper Towns, was published in 2008 and received mixed reviews. Lauded by pretentious teenagers everywhere, the novel relies on philosophical musings rather than substance.
This popular young adult fantasy adventure was the debut novel of Ransom Riggs. Although the book has experienced admirable success, the story itself lacks the magic of previous books in the genre.
Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Life and Parks and Recreation fame released her first book in 2014. Unfortunately, her humor doesn't translate well to print, and the book as a whole is disappointing.
Thirteen Reasons Why is a bestselling young adult novel. Since its publication in 2007, it has been both lauded and criticized for its portrayal of teen suicide. The book is trite and unrealistic.
Dream House (2011) is a thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a young couple who move into a house with a bad history. The film is awkwardly paced, confusing, and downright dull.
Swimming with Sharks is a 1994 black comedy that received mostly positive reviews upon its release. However, according to Internet forums, many viewers remain divided about the film's ending.
While critics may have raved about Steve Martin's bestselling novella, Shopgirl, his true literary achievement lies with the short yet absurd novel, The Pleasure of my Company.
The much anticipated fourth installment in The Sims series was released in September 2014. It received lukewarm reviews from critics and primarily negative reviews from players.
Every young person in his or her early to mid-twenties can find something in common with the privileged yet directionless Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) from the classic film, The Graduate.
Shopgirl is a bestselling novel by Steve Martin published in 2000. Despite its intricate themes of isolation and the search for connection, the novella falls flat when it comes to its end.
The Oscar-winning film, American Beauty (1999), brought the philosophical idea of existentialism to mainstream audiences. The film explores key components such as death and isolation.
William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.
The 2004 French Art House film, Ma mère, is a floundering attempt at an edgy coming-of-age film. Even Isabelle Huppert's portrayal of Hélène, the best aspect of the film, is a disappointment.
Robert the Haunted Doll was given to Eugene Robert Otto in 1904. The doll is believed to be enchanted due to strange reports from witnesses spanning over more than a century.
Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, published in 1911, is an iconic example of surprisingly dark turn-of-the-century children’s literature. This novelization was published several years after the play.
A review of Johnny Martin's 2004 film, Skeleton Man, in which I give a brief synopsis and then critique various elements. The movie features Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers fame.
A book review looking at the children's book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and the way that the protagonist functions in the narrative.
A book review of L. Frank Baum's iconic children's novel, published in 1900. This book was the basis for the famous Judy Garland movie, which was released into theaters in 1939.
City of Bones is the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. The book is urban fantasy, marketed towards young adults. A film adaptation is scheduled for release in August 2013.