"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Presenting...Reader Requests! (ft. my review journal)

Hello, guys!

I claim to be a MovieCritic, yet I haven't written a review in almost a year. The last review I did was of both a book and a TV show, of A Series of Unfortunate Events 2: The Reptile Room - by Lemony Snicket, and that was published on July 11th, 2021. This isn't because I don't want to. But why exactly have I not done any since then? Well, this is mostly the fault of college and time. But, there have been moments when I have started typing up a review but stopped. Why?

I'm not sure about the interest in the topics. I love to talk about my favorite things, but I also love getting new opinions about said things, and that can only happen when people have seen it. I also love talking about books and movies people have never heard about to help spread the love, but I don't know if you guys have actually never heard of them? To help me out in this area, I'm incorporating you guys, my readers!

How will this work? I am introducing a new page on my blog called Requests! It is just as it sounds. I review a lot of books and movies, but I'm never sure if anyone is interested in any of them. This page is for some books and movies that I'm thinking about reviewing, and if you actually want to hear my thoughts on it, then you vote! Type which you would like to see me review in the comments, and when any of these get enough votes I'll do it. Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, or maybe you've never heard of it but the title catches your fancy and you want to learn more. All of those are good excuses for requesting them!

I've gotten requests in the past, and to those of you who have done so, I'm working on them (if I haven't talked about them already)! Sometimes accessibility is the biggest issue there, but I will do my best. You guys helped inspire this idea, so pat yourselves on the back!

The Requests page right now is almost identical to this post, but the difference is you get a peak at how I review things! When I started reviewing things I immediately realized I needed to take notes. Guys, I take notes on everything, from lectures to homilies, so obviously I would need to do the same thing for movies and books. These were for quotes as well as thoughts! For ages my sisters would complain that I had little pieces of paper with this scribbled notes scattered all over the house. Starting in 2019, I decided to get more organized and dedicate a whole journal to these notes. It all started with Miss Potter (2006), and now, on June 16th, 2022, I used the last page with Much Ado About Nothing (1993). I get to start a new one!

Using my YouTube channel, I created a minute flip-through of this journal. Now, either my eyes are giving out, or the quality isn't that good. Sorry about that! I also apologize for the strange background; I took it outside to use a glass table to film through so I could use both my hands... And it's utterly quiet because I couldn't figure out any good music to put in the background...

In the first half of the video you may see some titles that I've already reviewed, so let me know which of those were your favorites! The full list for the next review possibilities are next.

(Keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube channel because a new fan video is coming out next Monday! I aim for the fourth of every month with hiatus during the school year).

Note: Just because I'm thinking about reviewing these doesn't mean that I like them. In some cases I'm thinking about ranting the opposite, but you won't know what my thoughts on it are until it happens...


100 Days of Sunlight - by Abbie Emmons
2010: Odyssey Two - by Arthur C. Clarke
The Adventures of Robin Hood - by Roger Lancelyn Green
Anna Karenina - by Leo Tolstoy
The Book Thief - by Markus Zusak
Caddie Woodlawn - by Carol Ryrie Brink
Charlotte’s Web - by E. B. White
Christy - by Catherine Marshall
The Count of Monte Cristo - by Alexandre Dumas
Death on the Nile - by Agatha Christie
Dune - by Frank Herbert
Ella Enchanted - by Gail Carson Levine
Everything, Everything - by Nicola Yoon
Fahrenheit 451 - by Ray Bradbury
Flipped - by Wendilen Van Draanen
Framed - by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Frankenstein - by Mary Shelly
The Giver - by Lois Lowry
The Great Gatsby - by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Heidi - by Johanna Spyri
Howard's End - by E. M. Forster
The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha - by Miguel de Cervantes
The Isle of the Lost - by Melissa de la Cruz
The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini
Middlemarch - by George Elliot
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - by Kate DiCamillo
Miss Perigrine’s Home For Peculiar Children - by Ransom Riggs
Murder on the Orient Express - by Agatha Christie
My Name is Asher Lev - by Chaim Potok
North & South - by Elizabeth Gaskell
Persuasion - by Jane Austen
Rescue Road - by Gayle M. Irwin
Romeo and Juliet - by William Shakespeare
Spinning Silver - by Naomi Navok
The Truth About Twinkie Pie - by Kat Yeh
Wild Bird - by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Witches - by Roald Dahl
Wives & Daughters - by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Zookeeper’s Wife - by Diane Ackerman

Book Series':

Parenthesis indicate which in the series I am able to review at the time being.

All the Wrong Questions (1-4) - by Lemony Snicket
Artemis Fowl (1) - by Eoin Colfer
The Avonlea Chronicles (1-4) - by L. M. Montgomery
The Chronicles of Narnia (2-7) - by C. S. Lewis
Divergent (1) - by Veronica Roth
Fairy Tale Reform School (1-2) - by Jen Calonta
Flavia de Luce (1) - by Alan Bradly
Enola Holmes (1) - by Nancy Springer
The Great Brain (1-5) - by John D. Fitzgerald
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (1-5) - by Maryrose Wood
Keeper of the Lost Cities (1-3) - by Shannon Messanger
Lord Peter Wimsey (1) - by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Lunar Chronicles (1-3) - by Marissa Meyer
The Penderwicks (2) - by Jeanne Birdsall
A Series of Unfortunate Events (3-8) - by Lemony Snicket
Shadow and Bone (1-2) - by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows (aka The Dregs) (1-2) - by Leigh Bardugo 
Three Rancheros (1-2) - by Kate DiCamillo


10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Albuquerque (1948)
Anastasia (1997)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Big Fish (2003)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Black Widow (2021)
The Book of Life (2014)
A Bug's Life (1998)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Captain Blood (1935)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Cinderella (2021)
Cloud 9 (2014)
Cold Mountain (2003)
The Court Jester (1956)
Death on the Nile (1978) & Death on the Nile (2022)
Descendants (2015)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Downton Abbey (2019)
Easter Parade (1948)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Encanto (2021)
Enola Holmes (2020)
Eternals (2021)
Father Stu (2022)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Flipped (2010)
The Founder (2016)
Gladiator (2000)
Going My Way (1944)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Home Alone (1990)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
The Illusionist (2006)
In the Heights (2021)
Justice League (2017)
The King's Speech (2010)
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Leap (2018)
The LEGO NINGAGO Movie (2017)
Lemonade Mouth (2011)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
The Lorax (2012)
Luca (2021)
Made For Each Other (1939)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
The Mission (1986)
Monsters University (2013)
Moonfall (2022)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Mulan (1998) & Mulan (2020)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) & Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
The Music Man (2003)
My Man Godfrey (1936) & My Man Godfrey (1957)
Nancy Drew (2007)
Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Newsies (1992)
Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Of Gods and Men (aka Des Hommes et Des Dieux) (2011)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
The Patriot (2000)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Pygmalion (1938)
Red Notice (2021)
Robin Hood (2010)
Sabrina (1995)
Shaggy Dog (1959)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Shark Tale (2004)
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in Green (1949)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Stardust (2007)
Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)
Teen Beach Movie (2013)
Tick, Tick...BOOM (2021)
True Grit (2010)
Unicorn Store (2019)
Up (2009)
War Horse (2011)
Whispering Smith (1948)
Words on Bathroom Walls (2020)

Movie or TV Series':

Ant-Man (2015) Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
The Avengers series (3-4)
The Back to the Future Trilogy
The Captain America Trilogy
Emma (2009)
Frozen (2013) & Frozen II (2019)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014) & Vol. 2 (2017)
Legally Blonde (2001) & Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde (2003)
North & South (2004)
The Pink Panther (2003)
 & The Pink Panther 2 (2006)
Sense and Sensibility (2008)
Shanghai Noon (2000) & Shanghai Knights (2003)
Spider-man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-man: Far From Home (2019)
The Thor Trilogy (er, how many there are out, because apparently we're getting a fourth one...)
WandaVision (2021)
Wreck it Ralph (2014) & Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Zombies (2018) & Zombies 2 (2020)

Except, I'm actually thankful.

Some of these that I particularly want to review are: Cinderella (2021), Enola Holmes (2020), The Book of Life (2014), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Encanto (2021), 100 Days of Sunlight, and Murder on the Orient Express in all its forms, and so, so, so many others. Am I just bonkers or is there some interest in any of those titles?

This page will be changing constantly as I take things off of the list to review them and put more on as I watch them. Also, see anything that isn't on this list that you want me to review? Let me know!

This is what I'll say once those requests start coming in.

I also want to say happy birthday to Olivia de Havilland who would have been 106 tomorrow! This is the first time I won't be able to get a post out to celebrate, but I haven't forgotten about my darling Livy. Any requests for her movies for July 1st, 2023?

Thanks for reading! What are some stories you want to talk about but haven't gotten around to it? How many of these movies have you seen and books have you read?

Chloe the MovieCritic


  1. First off, how exciting!! I look forward to seeing where you go with these requests! I can understand college taking up time.
    Miss Peregrine!! :) My sister and I watched the movie a while back and absolutely loved it! The aesthetic is amazing! Read the book afterwards and it had a different vibe, good, but different. Also have read the second book in the series, Hollow City, which felt fresh and different take on time travel.

    Would love your thoughts on The Great Gatsby. I've never read it, but its been on my list forever. Also, Dune! The book has some deep word-building! Although the characters are a bit challenging to connect with.
    Seen both versions of Sabrina and actually like the 1995 better. Which one do you prefer?

  2. I love reading all your reviews, so I'm game for anything. Love to know your thoughts on 10 Things I Hate About You, because I think it's a fun film.

  3. This is such a great idea! I'm headed right off to your Requests page to make some...well...requests!


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