“All I Want for Christmas Is You”: A Holly, Jolly Act of Rebellion

“So I guess you hate that Mariah Carey song.” I looked at Raf with shock. “What are you talking about?” “Christmas music. You were literally just saying how much you hate Christmas music.” “Oh. Yeah. That sounds like me.” “So I assume you hate that Mariah Carey song, too.” “God, no! I love that song.… Continue reading “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: A Holly, Jolly Act of Rebellion

“Ocean’s 11”: I Still Have Some Questions

I saw the 2001 version of “Ocean’s 11” at a pivotal point in my young adult life. At the time, I was broke and in grad school but dating a software person who owned a fancy BMW and loved going to Vegas. When I wasn’t in Vegas with him, I was attending grad school classes,… Continue reading “Ocean’s 11”: I Still Have Some Questions

What the Kids Were Podcasting: A Season 2 Recap

I’m not going to lie: I’m pretty embarrassed that It’s been almost a year since my last blog post. Granted, a lot has happened in the past year. There’s the pandemic, for one. And I’m still processing my mom’s death last September. I also started a new full-time job in May (which I love). So… Continue reading What the Kids Were Podcasting: A Season 2 Recap

The Yard Is Filled With Cardinals

Meditations on Losing My Mother to Cancer During a Global Pandemic (In October 2019, my mother was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. In December 2019, she had a stroke and began experiencing dementia. In July 2020, she and my stepdad moved back to my hometown so she could be closer to family during her recovery.)… Continue reading The Yard Is Filled With Cardinals

Childhood Movies, Racial Justice, and Calling Out “Products of Their Time”

Hi. My name is Sarah (Spanish pronunciation). I’m the founder of the podcast and blog What the Kids Were Watching. And I’m back on the blog, for the first time in months, to remind y'all that Black lives matter. I have a lot to say about how racial justice impacts a podcast about childhood movies.… Continue reading Childhood Movies, Racial Justice, and Calling Out “Products of Their Time”

Holiday Leftovers: A Podcast Update, Mini-Movie Reviews and More

Greetings and salutations. How's everyone's 2020 going? Mine's a bit of a doozy. To catch you up: My mom started feeling sick in August, was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in October, had a stroke in mid-December and was hospitalized for over a week, and still is struggling with temporary dementia. The good news is… Continue reading Holiday Leftovers: A Podcast Update, Mini-Movie Reviews and More

Dillon Francis at XS: We Both Know How Weekends Go

Fear and Dancing in Las Vegas “I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.”—T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” “Today we have the chance to feel again To hear the sounds that brought us in To laugh, to cry, to live again Like… Continue reading Dillon Francis at XS: We Both Know How Weekends Go

“Fright Night”: When Men Suck

Boo! Yes, Halloween has come and passed; but a good scare is always in season, so here’s my treat to you: a second Halloween blog post. This one is a special double feature for "What the Kids Were Watching." You’ll hear from Raf, my fellow podcast host (I swear, we are going to release the… Continue reading “Fright Night”: When Men Suck