These Classic Movies Taught Me Who I Wanted To Be

When I was a kid, I lived a block from a really cool old movie theater that showed second-run films for a dollar. This resulted in me seeing the original "Rocky" 26 times, and "The Sting" just as often. I am nothing if not weird. And compulsive....more
For me, Joe Vs. The Volcano.  It taught my child heart so much about wonder and living fully ...more

Costner's ‘Black or White' Is Sadly Calculated to Be Stereotypical and Provocative

Black or White, which went into wide-release on Friday, January 30, is the story of a grandfather Elliot (Kevin Costner) who loses his wife in a car accident, and is then forced to fight off a custody battle for the granddaughter they’d raised since birth from her other grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer). I saw the film last weekend in a Harlem theater with my African-American husband.  ...more
I plan on seeing it.more

I’ve Waited 20 Years to Watch 'Fresh Off the Boat'

My family doesn’t watch much network TV, but that may soon be changing with the premier of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. I’ve waited 20 years to see a show that even vaguely resembles my own on the screen. ...more
I liked it. I didn't think it was as funny as I expected, but I'd watch it again. I'm not sure ...more

Harper Lee Agrees to Publish Second Novel 55 Years After 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Fans of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, long have mourned that Lee only published one book. Lee's publisher HarperCollins announced today that a missing manuscript from Lee's first novel Go Set a Watchman was found and will be published in July.  ...more
I feel the same way.  My spidey sense tells me that someone is taking advantage of her.  ...more

'American Sniper' and the Ethics of War as Entertainment

"Most of America is tired of hearing about Iraq. But now, they're at least open to being entertained by it." —Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq War veteran and activist, in a Variety guest column ...more
I read the book - yet haven't seen the movie yet, though I want to.  I think people need to see ...more

Why I Still Love 'Groundhog Day' Two Decades Later

I walk past celebrities here in the City of Angels. It's not because I'm polite, it's that I rarely know who they are. But upon hearing the news last year, I cried the day that Harold Ramis passed away. I had never met him. I had lost one of my favorite writers and the depth of my sadness surprised me. ...more
WOW - that's commitment!more

I Was Wrong About the Asperger's Storyline on 'Parenthood'

Dear Ron, Jason, all the writers and every member of the cast of Parenthood: I’m sorry. I owe all of you an apology. A big one. Back when your new show Parenthood premiered (how could that have been six seasons ago? seems like forever, yet not long enough) I underestimated you. ...more
They did an amazing job!more

My Daughter Asks Why 'American Idol' Contestants Are Judged on Their Looks

On Saturday night I let the kids stay up a little later. We were all kind of lazy and didn't feel like playing a game so we thought we might watch a movie. But it was past 8:30 p.m. and too late to start a movie, so instead I decided to check out the DVR to see what we had waiting for us. ...more

AHS Freak Show: Was it Good for You?

When I originally wrote about the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, I had no idea how wrong I would actually be about the storyline, about the characters —basically about the entire season. ...more

The Playlist that Pulled Me Through Cancer Treatment and Recovery

It’s weird when the music you love stops sounding good to you. It’s happened to me before, once after a terrible breakup, and once during an awful day job, writing adventure travel brochures for the elderly. The breakup ruined The Band’s entire discography for me, and the copywriting gig ruined Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It’s been years, and I still can’t get through “Up on Cripple Creek” or “Simply the Best” without breaking into a cold sweat. ...more