Ian Holm: “There and…” Back Again to LOTR for Us

Sir Ian Holm’s passing on June 19 was sad. I dread to think of other household names we might lose during this loser of a year. Did you know he was knighted? He was, back in 1998. Ash was my favorite character in Alien. He was the voice of Skinner, the tiny chef (not the rat)Continue reading “Ian Holm: “There and…” Back Again to LOTR for Us”

15 Great Movies that You Missed in the Last 5 Years

It’s summer, and movie theaters are starting to open back up finally!! So if you don’t make the 33% capacity cut, and you want something to watch, read on. As you know, I took a few-year hiatus from blogging, but it sure feels good to be back. In those years I didn’t report on someContinue reading “15 Great Movies that You Missed in the Last 5 Years”

What if The Happening Isn’t What You Think?

No matter how you look at it, M. Night’s The Happening is cheeseball at best. For ten years, there’s been nothing but hatred circulating around the movie. But what if… WHAT IF… the deaths in the movie aren’t as random as it seems. What if there’s more of a method to this madness than anyoneContinue reading “What if The Happening Isn’t What You Think?”

Movies I Still Can’t Help but Love Part II

As promised, here’s the rest of the list of movies I still can’t help but love. Like last week, I tried to steer clear of the obvious choices like Hook, E.T., Dumb and Dumber, etc. Hopefully you’ve never seen a few of these and decide to give them a chance. You can check out Part I ofContinue reading “Movies I Still Can’t Help but Love Part II”

Toy Story 3: The Wilderness of the Playroom

Being an emotional guy (it comes with the territory of being a writer), it’s rare that I don’t cry in movies. I seek out unity and beauty in storytelling, and when all the pieces flow together like a great symphony, I’m a goner. Now, it’s fine to let the floodgates open in the privacy ofContinue reading “Toy Story 3: The Wilderness of the Playroom”

Letting Go

Here’s a fascinating and insightful take on Pixar films as a whole. This is taken from the book The Art of Up by Tim Hauser: Taken as a whole, Pixar’s films can be viewed as serialized chapters in a single life: from sibling rivalry, early attachment (Toy Story), and socialization (A Bug’s Life), to maturation (Monter’sContinue reading “Letting Go”

Summer Books for Your Kids (Part 2)

I consider myself to be a treasure-hunter. Part of that means storing up treasures for my kids to inherit in the future. This is one of the reasons why I read children’s books on occasion. Buried somewhere under all the Harry Potter and Captain Underpants influenza is a Tuck Everlasting , or a Charlotte’s Web. Stories that carry on into people’s lives.Continue reading “Summer Books for Your Kids (Part 2)”