Diversifying My Media

There are a lot of complaints about the lack of diversity in film. In part, this is because there is a cycle of creation and consumption and, basically, we need to be putting our money where our mouth is — if we demand these films, then we need to support them. So this year, I am going to make an effort to see 52 movies by women — an average of one a week. I Continue Reading →

Finding Films

The rule is: life is way too short for crappy movies. The problem is there are a LOT of crappy movies out there… so how do you find the gems? Of course “crappy” is completely subjective, and some bad movies have to be seen, anyway, from a collective culture standpoint.  I will still watch a trainwreck of a film if I can be doing something else while the film runs or if I can watch Continue Reading →

Dollar Store DVDs

Once in a while, I check the DVD bins at various dollar stores, because you never know what you might find. They’re not always a dollar, sometimes $2 or even $4 but I’m usually only willing to risk a couple of bucks on something so unloved it ended up there. In November, I happened across a whole bin of Christmas-themed DVDs at Dollarama. Most were easy to leave behind but I pulled out two that Continue Reading →

When you love Christmas this much

When you love Christmas this much… they call you Mister. Mr. Christmas is an award-winning  documentary is “an offbeat, touching portrait of a man who has spent three decades turning his small Northern California home into a beautiful, towering Christmas display people travel across the country to see.”

Disney Deficiency

I’ve long been aware of a significant gap in my Disney filmography; I’ve never seen many of the “Disney Princess” films: Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Princess and the Frog, or Tangled. Kiddo was astonished at this fact and immediately put the Little Mermaid on to watch this morning. I’d seen Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella when I was young — along with other Disney kids’ movies like Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Bambi, but I Continue Reading →

If Wishes Were Horses

When I was younger (and even now, if he thinks he can get away with it) when I would start a sentence with “I wish…” my father would reply, “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.” It took me a few years to figure that one out, but it always shut me up. The origin of the phrase seems to be 16th century England, or possibly Scotland, and there are often other parts to Continue Reading →

Sick Day – Movie Day

Each of us spent the long weekend fighting sinus cold; for me and Kiddo it peaked yesterday. Today, though, we maintained “hang mode” and ended up watching a collection of movies back to back. All were films we’d seen before and there was no real connection from one to the next, but it feels good sometimes to ignore whatever is on television — the news and the prime-time and crap reality series — and just Continue Reading →

Goodbye Mr. Hoffman

Celebrities come and go all the time but sometimes, someone will die and it will be a gut-punch for me. Today, it was Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was more or less my age (46) and apparently died of a drug overdose. Such a waste, but he left behind an amazing body of work. Shawn and I have been watching him act since near the beginning of our relationship; we always looked forward to what he’d Continue Reading →