The classic book Emma is one of Jane Austen‘s most beloved classics, by book readers and movie goers alike. It’s second only to Pride & Prejudice in it’s popularity. Emma and P & P are both remade by Hollywood or the British BBC every 10 to 20 years. A brand new version of Emma was recently released to the movie going public, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, so I thought it might be a good time to give some pointers on which of the Emma adaptations is the best of the best. They’re all good entertaining movies which makes it a difficult task to … Continue reading Emma Movies – Which is the Best?
For those who have yet to discover The Chosen it is a new TV series about the ministry of Jesus Christ told through the eyes of those who knew him. The show was produced by VidAngel and paid for through crowd-funding. According to Wikipedia, it was the highest crowd-funded media project of all time. All eight shows of season one can be seen for free on YouTube or purchased as a set of DVD’s. One of my kids gave my wife the DVD set for Mother’s Day and we’ve been enjoying watching it as a family. I was hesitant to … Continue reading The Chosen TV Series
This is part 2 in my series of blog posts that highlight some of the great comedy from the past that was not dependent on vulgarities or sexually related humor to be funny. Monty Python is another huge influence on me as far as the kind of humor that I enjoy. When it comes to my inspirations for my Glazed Man and Rat Girl books, the top two are definitely SCTV (see my previous post) and Monty Python. Specifically, I’m a big fan of the old Monty Python and the Flying Circus British TV show, plus their classic movie, Monty … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #2 – Monty Python’s Olympics
In celebration of Easter, I’d like to share the video below. It was created by The Bible Project. Their videos are top notch, both in artistic style and in clarity of message. To see more of their videos, go here. The one that I’ve shared below is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It not only describes what happened in the events of the resurrection, but it also does a good job of explaining the significance of it all. It’s more than just a cool Bible story. It is the most important event in the history of the world. I … Continue reading Cool Easter Animation
This is book #1 in the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. As of this writing, there are eight books in the series. A movie is also on the way, scheduled to come out this August. I’ve seen the Fowl books on the bookshelves for several years and always thought they looked like something I would enjoy. I finally got around to reading the first one and was not disappointed. This book does a good job of introducing our main character. Early on in the reading, I was surprised to see that Artemis is not what I’d expected … Continue reading Artemis Fowl – Book Review
I finished off 2018 by watching two of Disney’s newest remakes and I absolutely loved both films. In fact, they are at the top of my list below. In a day and age when moviegoers are getting more difficult to please because there are so many other appealing options available for movie watching, Disney has stumbled upon a pot of gold. They’re remaking all of their classic animated tales from the past sixty years into live-action films that include all of the computer-generated wiz-bang effects available today. So far, their new formula has worked wondrously. I believe their success is … Continue reading Disney Remakes – Ranked
Stan Lee died yesterday at age 95. He was the co-creator of Marvel Comics and the man most responsible for their success. Most of the popular Marvel superheroes, including Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men and many more would not exist without the fertile imagination of Stan Lee. I grew up reading Marvel comics and I still cherish my collection of comic books that I’ve owned since I was 12 to 16 years old. Stan’s influence along with other great writers and artists like Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Steve Ditko and more can still be seen in my … Continue reading Stan Lee R.I.P.
Remember when superhero movies were fun, action-packed, feel-good movies? Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 1 & 2 are good examples. And then there was the first Iron Man, one of my favorites of all time. Even the first Avengers movie had plenty of good triumphing over evil and solid heroes that we knew would always do the right thing in the end. Things have changed in superhero movieland. It seems like the two big guns, Marvel and DC are in a battle to see which one can put out the most depressing movie about heroes who are almost as bad as the … Continue reading Ant-Man & Wasp, Bringing Back the Fun
It may not be much of a surprise, but my favorite movie of all time is The Incredibles. I have waited anxiously for the sequel and after viewing it over the weekend with my teenage kids, I was not disappointed. If you don’t count the Toy Story movies (all three are so brilliant, 2 and 3 hardly seem like sequels), then Pixar got into the business of making sequels back in 2011 when they made Cars 2. That movie alone instantly cheapened Pixar’s brand as soon as it came out. The rest of their sequels have been better, but all … Continue reading The Incredibles 2 – My Review
One of my passions is to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ communicated to the world in creative ways. Just because we’re talking about God doesn’t mean we have to preach a sermon, standing in a pulpit, delivering a dry monologue, using Biblical terms that many people don’t understand. We believers should use the talents and gifts God has given us to tell the lost world about Jesus in creative ways. Jesus did when he spoke in parables. Storytelling was one of the highest forms of entertainment of His day. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of Christians who have inspired me, throughout … Continue reading My Creative Christian Heroes