Movie Review: "End of Watch" (2012)

Written by: David AyerDirected by: David AyerRated: RRunning Time: 109 minutes Cast:Jake Gyllenhaal: Officer TaylorMichael Pena: Officer Zavala...more

So much for the date

With it being a Tuesday night and no kids I was thinking it would be so nice to have a half night out and a half night in. So Sonny and I loaded up to head to Cleveland for some delicious Golden Wu and then to Walmart so we could pick up some movies and chocolate. We stopped at my friends house so she could burn me some music since I lost ALL of mine from when my laptop was stolen back in November. ...more

Which Movie Will Win Best Picture At The 85th Academy Awards?

If you're a football fanatic, you probably look forward to the Super Bowl every year. But if you're a movie fan, the big annual event is definitely the Academy Awards. On February 24th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate their 85th Oscar fest. We will cheer as the best actors, directors and assorted film folks walk the red carpet. We will hold our collective breath as it takes them an eternity to open the magical envelope....more
I work for the DoD and currently live in Germany, so most of the nominated movies have not had ...more

Top Five Romantic Movies You Might Not Have Seen (But Ought To!)

In case you just crawled out from under a rock, you need to realize that Valentine's Day is only a couple of days away and if you haven't made plans, well, you're most likely out of luck as far as dinner reservations go. If you're like me (broke), staying in and seeing a movie (a la Redbox or Netflix) might be a better way to go.Chocolat courtesy of Miramax...more
When my 13 year old son heard that I didn't cry after the first 10 minutes of "Up" he said, ...more

Girls don't need math

What can you say to attract undergraduate college students to a course in science communication? When I explain to new acquaintances that my work revolves around science communication, their eyes glaze over. Boredom sets in. So how can I persuade students? My Indian relatives advise me to speak from the heart and tell a story when I’m attempting to convince folks that science is scintillating. That math is sexy. But I haven’t always felt that way. ...more

Romantic movies that make you laugh.

Romantic movies are not generally my cup of tea. I don't mind watching them, sometimes I even like them, but you won't find me sleeping in a tent outside a movie theater just to be the first in line to see one. ...more

Oscar Watch: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" [Review]

The Indie darling of late has been Beasts of the Southern Wild, a little film about a community living just off a levee in Louisiana in a place called The Bathtub. The focus of the film is on Hushpuppy, a 5 year old girl, and her father, as they make a life off the grid. The world is divided into The Bathtub and the Dry World (the civilized world). Their life stands in stark contrast to the life that most of us live in the Dry World. In the Dry World, kids usually go to traditional schools and learn the usual subjects....more
Favorite, most creative and unique movie I have seen in the past 5 years or so.more

What Am I Missing?

Pray tell, why do we have some much violence as entertainment?We’re good people. We love peace. I don’t believe we want to train our children to be fighters. Am I wrong in this? We lobby for gun control while using guns abundantly in movies or on television. Are we teaching that a gun is the way to solve a problem?I don’t get it. What am I missing?...more

I Will Sacrifice Proper Movie Theater Etiquette for the Sake of Winning an Argument. You've Been Warned.

Last night at the movies:Dragon: Can I get two for The Django, please?Me: Did you just say “The Django”?Dragon: Heh.. no…Me: I think you did. You just called it “The Django”. It’s just “Django”.Dragon: No, it’s “D-Jango!” There’s a “D” at the front!...more

Marilyn Monroe Matters

It was just a year ago that I wrote a post about Marilyn Monroe's weight, "Why Marilyn Monroe ('s size) Still Matters" — it was in response to an article written about her in Slate that I found to be generally clueless about Marilyn, women's weight, and the perception of women in our society....more