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Movie Review: "Selma" (2014)

When the black citizens of Selma are refused the right to register to vote, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) comes to the city to lead protests and convince President Lyndon B. Johnson to introduce a bill that will guarantee voting rights for all citizens, as well as help prevent states from disenfranchising voters....more

Taking Your Blog To Hollywood!

Want to have huge crowds eating popcorn and Whoppers as they’re enthralled by YOUR original words? Want a chance at an Oscar?  People talking about you at the water cooler?  Well, forget making your blog into a book.  Think BIG.  The film industry is running out of ideas (that’s why we’re seeing the Bible recycled as “Exodus: Gods & Kings”)  Just follow these easy tips to turn your blog into a movie. Or if you’re slightly more of a homebody, into a television series!...more

Books to Read Before They Hit the Screen in 2015

Now that we're in the thick of movie awards season and I'm spending way too much money heading to the theater, my mind has shifted toward some of the books headed for the big (and small!) screen next year....more

Why I'm OK with death in children's movies

At first it is disturbing: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid...no mothers. Most people notice the trend of parents (especially mothers) dying in children's movies when they introduce the classics to their children....more

Stories of Dynamic Women On Screen and In Print (Part Two)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Chances are, Hollywood producers will find a way ...more

The 'Burbs

I know I’ve already done a very special movie this month, but The ‘Burbs is on Netflix and I just love it. If you haven’t seen this movie then go check it out now. Tom Hanks plays a burnt-out suburbanite staycationer whose neighbor manages to convince him that the new family on the cul-de-sac are murderers. Much to the chagrin of Tom’s wife (in this case, Carrie Fisher) he and a few of the guys from the neighborhood (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) decide to conduct their own guerrilla-style investigation of the new family and their creepy basement....more

Why I Absolutely Loved Interstellar. No Spoilers

I can honestly say that Interstellar  is one of my favorite movies of all time.  From what I see on social media, and in reviews like that of IGN, this movie is getting mixed feelings.  I don’t know if it is because it has a large sci-fi aspect to it, or if people have extraordinarily high expectations for a Christopher Nolan film, or if some people just generally weren’t fans, but in my opinion Interstellar is not being...more

7(ish) Movies that Had an Impact on Me

Sweet Land – a little indie flick that is touching, comforting, and reminds me of both Minnesota and my childhood.Princess Diaries – silly, I know, but I find it sweet and comforting. It’s what I like to watch when I’m feeling down.The Hobbit – the old cartoon version. My brother used to watch it when I was little, and I adored my brother (still do). So the old version of the Hobbit – complete with inaccurately drawn elves – was important to me. It got me in to reading Tolkien, and that has had an impact on how I see the world....more