Category Archives: Films

Meditations on Realistic Entertainment

“I don’t want my show/book/movie to explore real stories! I watch TV/read books/go to the movies to get away from real life!” This is a constant whine that unfortunately any storyteller has to contend with. After all, it is a … Continue reading

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Coco (2017)

Coco (2017) I finally got to see Coco this week! (I have only wanted to see it since I saw the first teaser trailer…) The film well exceeded my expectations for it – and they were high expectations, being that … Continue reading

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Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing (2017) One of those films that looked interesting but was not immediately on my “must-see” list, Downsizing pleasantly surprised me in how entertaining and thought-provoking it is. Similar to The Martian, it takes a serious approach to science fiction … Continue reading

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Meditations On Scrooge, the Grinch, & Charlie Brown

For some reason, this year, I was struck by how important and yet misunderstood the characters of Scrooge, the Grinch, and Charlie Brown are. I felt a great kinship with these characters – not because I hate Christmas (I most … Continue reading

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The Book of Life (2014)

The Book of Life (2014) While waiting to see Disney-Pixar’s new film Coco, I finally got to see The Book of Life. Both films are about Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 2, but that is … Continue reading

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Stalingrad (2013)

Stalingrad (2013) Every year around Remembrance Day weekend, I usually pick a war-related film to watch. This year, I decided to watch the 2013 Russian film Stalingrad, which is about the eponymous battle that lasted six months 1942-43, turning the … Continue reading

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The Host (2013)

The Host (2013) Talk about a film that had a lot of potential and a great concept, but fell flat! (And a book, for that matter, although I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading it.) I had not heard good … Continue reading

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