Hi. My name is Sarah (Spanish pronunciation, yes even thought has an H). I’m an award-winning YA author and one of the two voices you’ll hear on the podcast "What the Kids Were Watching." If you grew up in the late 70s and 80s and watched the same movies again and again on HBO, if… Continue reading About WTKWW

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

“It”: The Fight for Your Life

Welcome to the first-ever Halloween post on What the Kids Were Watching. To celebrate the season of Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which I don’t like), maple-flavored things (which I also don’t like), and scary movies (which I mostly hate), I decided to write a few posts about scary movies. I’m not sure how many I can… Continue reading “It”: The Fight for Your Life

“Jumanji”: The Jungle Within

End up like a dog that's been beat too much 'Til you spend half your life just covering up. —Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the USA” When I decided to write a post about Jumanji, the most important thing to do was figure out how the three pieces of the puzzle — the book, the first… Continue reading “Jumanji”: The Jungle Within

“The Golden Girls”: With Friends Like These

“I’m much too young to feel this damn old.” — Garth Brooks “Sonny Bono, get off my lanai.” —Blanche Devereaux Last week, I bought a miniskirt for the first time in almost 20 years. (And for 30% off. Thanks, Madewell!) I bought it because I’ve been thinking a lot about the past, and unlike the… Continue reading “The Golden Girls”: With Friends Like These

“Catch-22”: Straighten Up and Fly Right

Milo: If I could take one of the planes this afternoon, I'd like to get this material over to Alexandria. There's huge cotton crop this year. Colonel Cathcart: Cotton? Milo: Yes, sir. Cotton is a particularly liquid commodity. Colonel Cathcart: How much? Milo: We'll trade for it, sir. Colonel Cathcart: With what? Milo: Silk! 4,000… Continue reading “Catch-22”: Straighten Up and Fly Right

“Chernobyl”: Going Nuclear

"What is the cost of lies?" --Jared Harris as Valery Legasov "Nobody speak, nobody get choked." --DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels I'm writing this around 12:30 at night. It's late, but not ridiculously late. Still an hour before the time of night when the Chernobyl disaster occurred, the startlingly simplistic 1:23:45, as if President… Continue reading “Chernobyl”: Going Nuclear