Life Lessons on a Family Road Trip

There’s nothing like watching a road trip movie or a movie about a dysfunctional family. How about watching a dysfunctional family on a road trip? Meet the Hoover family: Richard (Greg Kinnear), a naïve, hypocritical motivational speaker married to a blatantly honest Sheryl (Toni Collette), who has a father with a drug problem (Alan Arkin),... Continue Reading →

Smelly, Messy Summer Fun

As we near the halfway point of summer (cue gasps and self-contained sobs), I thought it suitable to revisit this endearing sisterhood story, starring Amy Adams before she became Lois Lane and Emily Blunt before she took on Mary Poppins. Before these two incredibly talented actresses rose to megastar status, they were cleaning up crime... Continue Reading →

Empathy: One Blink at a Time

At first, all we see are blurred images and sporadic darkness. Then, we realize that we are looking through the eye of a man who is coming out of a coma. We hear his thoughts, vaguely see the frantic doctors observing him, and realize that he (we) cannot speak. We cannot move. This first-person viewpoint... Continue Reading →

How I Rate the Movies

Rating movies couldn't be any more subjective, personal, and inconsistent. One thing is for sure - a "great" movie doesn't necessarily mean it's a "favorite" movie. I mean, my favorite bad movie is Weekend at Bernie's (for obvious reasons), but I won't be seeing the great Gone with the Wind again because it will take... Continue Reading →

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ****1/2

I realize I'm alone in the (Marvel) universe when I say I’m not a fan of the tiresome outburst of comic book/superhero movies, and I see no point in differentiating the two descriptors because they, more or less, follow the same tiresome formula: Arrogant hero + desensitizing CGI +/- obligatory love interest + forgettable villain... Continue Reading →

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