Review for “Hush”

Review for “Hush”

Cast:  Kate Siegel as Maddie, Michael Trucco as John, Emma Graves as Max, Samantha Sloyan as Sarah, John Gallagher, Jr. as Man

Synopsis:  A deaf writer is terrorized by a psychotic masked killer in her isolated cabin.


Wow.  Two Kate Siegels in a week!  The first Kate Siegel from last week’s review of “Mother, Can You Not?”.  Now this week, we spend time with another Kate Siegel in the new movie “Hush”.  And I happened to like both Kates. “Hush” takes  place entirely in and around Maddie’s cabin.  Initially, it’s a comfortable place.  It has everything that Maddie needs and wants, including her computer.  The portal to the world Of course, it does not stay that way for very long.  I should start watching more Netflix original series and movies.  Anyway, on to the review…

There are only 5 characters in this entire movie–2 main characters and 3 supporting ones. All of the characters did a great job in their roles.  But Kate Siegel was the star of the show, both literally and figuratively.  Hers is probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in a horror film.   Maddie was such a survivor.  She was tough, smart and fairly quick.  I’d like to see her in other parts in the future.  John Gallagher is the crazed killer.  He did a good job overall with his character, but he got kind of annoying towards the end.  I think the fact that we know practically nothing about him makes him even scarier.  He’s a psycho, and Maddie is his victim.  And that is all we know.  Maybe that’s all we need.


“Hush” takes on a premise that is kinda similar to the first “Purge” movie.  Both movies takes place completely inside of the person’s home.  It’s a pretty unique premise because there’s nowhere to run or hide.  This is what make work so well.  It’s a terrifying cat-and-mouse race that is entertaining to watch….for the most part.  Towards the end, it got a little infuriating though.  After a certain amount of time, you just want the killer to leave Maddie alone.

Despite a few minor problems, I really liked “Hush”. Mike Flanagan directed a thrilling, intense story of survival. It was a simple yet entertaining ride.  It is streaming on Netflix right now.  Go watch it, but not alone.  I’d give it a 8 out of 10.


Review for “Mother, Can You Not?”

Review for “Mother, Can You Not?”

Synopsis:  This book is based on the popular Instagram account, @crazyjewishmom.

Author: Kate Siegel


Helicopter mom?  Have you ever heard of the term?  I have for brief moments in time, but I didn’t know what it meant until recently.  That’s what “Mother, Can You Not?” is about.  It takes the phrase “helicopter mom” to a whole new, side-splitting level.  I also reminded me a bit of my own childhood, and how I was raised.  Another Facebook add to the list.


I must say that I enjoyed every second of “Mother, Can You Not?”.  Both Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman are two of the funniest people I’ve ever come across.  It’s the perfect book for your first real audio experience.  Well, I had to use that Audible membership sometime.  I’m sure it would’ve just as good being read the the old-fashioned way, but there’s just something about audio.  Anyway, I enjoyed the relationship between mother and daughter.  You can easily tell that Kim and Kate care about and love each other greatly.  They seem to be the best of friends.  Some of these stories reminded me of my dearly departed grandmother, who was like a mother to me.  She and Kim could’ve easily gotten along.  They have/had so much in common.

“Mother, Can You Not?” is absolutely hilarious.  I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much while reading a book.  Seriously, these two are so funny, it (almost) hurts.  Kate Siegel is a great writer, and I hope she continues to do so.  She and her mother are a fantastic duo.  But it can’t be funny all the time.  There were more somber stories in the book.  For example, the story of Kate’s first heartbreak.  That story was a bit too relatable. Right down to my loved ones and not-so-loved-ones telling me to back off. It made me really sad.   They were more hopeful stories, too.  It was also thought-provoking.


Other than a few sad moments, I really enjoyed this book.  What was my biggest problem with this book?  It ended.  But that’s what the Internet is for, partly.  Get ready to laugh like you never laughed before.  I highly recommend it, and give it a 9 out of 10.  “Mother, Can You Not?” is available on Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores.