Emma Movies – Which is the Best?

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?

The Chosen TV Series

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

Now That’s Funny #4 – Mr. Bean Christmas

Mr. Bean might be the last brilliant comedian who also happens to be G-rated. If you haven’t heard of him I encourage you to look him up on YouTube. Everything he does is hilarious. The sketch that I’m sharing below is perfect for the holidays. It includes a rather large turkey plus some awkward Christmas celebrations between Bean and his girlfriend. Enjoy. Continue reading Now That’s Funny #4 – Mr. Bean Christmas

Now That’s Funny #3 – Carol Burnett Show

The Carol Burnett Show ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978. For most of the 70’s it aired on Saturday nights at 10pm and it was one of the highlights of my week as a boy. Carol and gang, including Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway, set a new standard for sketch comedy. I have vivid memories of laughing with my Mom and my brothers as we watched her show on Saturday nights religiously. It was difficult to pick out a video to  share here because there were so many classic characters and sketches that came from her show. … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #3 – Carol Burnett Show

Now That’s Funny #2 – Monty Python’s Olympics

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

Now That’s Funny #1 – SCTV’s Half Wits

Our world today seems to have forgotten how to be funny. Most modern humor on television, streaming services, or movies depends on humor that shocks the viewer into laughing. It’s as if the writers and producers think that only R rated material can be funny. Recently, I heard one director of comedy movies say he was getting out of the business of making comedies because he is tired of people complaining about the way his movies insult people. He complained that our culture has gotten so sensitive that it was almost impossible to make a funny movie without getting sued. … Continue reading Now That’s Funny #1 – SCTV’s Half Wits

The Crown – Season 1

Finding a television series that my family and I can watch together and actually enjoy together has always been a challenge. My girls are in their young teens which makes it a little bit easier since they now have more mature tastes in programming. My wife likes a good love story and nothing with suspense. Me, I’m not hard to please. I enjoy seeing any movie or TV show that is well written and produced. The four of us have spent many evenings browsing the Netflix listings looking for something to watch together. Many times, those evenings end in disappointment … Continue reading The Crown – Season 1

Galaxy Quest – Funny Sci-Fi

I introduced my kids to one of the great science fiction comedies of all time, Galaxy Quest. The plot centers around the cast of a fictional science fiction TV show. It’s obviously patterned off of the original Star Trek tv series starring William Shatner and Leonard Neemoy. The series in the movie is called, Galaxy Quest, and it’s tired and older cast members includeed Tim Allen as the actor who played the Captain of the Spaceship, Alan Rickman who plays the actor who plays the science officer, and Sigourney Weaver who plays the actor who played the lone female cast member. I … Continue reading Galaxy Quest – Funny Sci-Fi

The Other Letter

Here is my third video discovery in my series of video shorts that illustrate the heart of Christmas. This one, made by Ikea, is aimed squarely at parents. I can attest that I had tears rolling down my cheeks one minute into it. They’re good tears, the kind we parents should cry more often, but too often we’re too busy for these kind of tears. So, please watch it with a box of Kleenex by your side, and enjoy. And don’t let the fact that it’s in Spanish turn you off. The subtitles are easy to read and the message still speaks loud … Continue reading The Other Letter

The Flash

The CW Network TV series, The Flash plays like a classic superhero tale that the whole family can enjoy. My daughters (13 and 11) and I watched several episodes together this past weekend and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. As a superhero story it has everything going for it that one would expect. It’s about a likeable guy who gets extraordinary powers and ends up being a really cool superhero. Our hero, Barry Allen is surrounded by colorful characters that add lots of relationship drama that compliments the good hero verses bad villain plotlines. I thought the show did a good job of balancing … Continue reading The Flash