The Incredibles 2 – My Review

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

Christmas Movie Favorites

One of the great things about the holiday season is that we adults are home on vacation and we get to spend more time with our kids and our spouse. A big question that gets asked around my house during that special time of the year is , “what do you all want to do tonight?” More often than not, the answer that we all agree on is to watch a Christmas movie together. Below is a list of our personal favorites for the holiday season. These are the movies that everyone in my family can enjoy. Not only is … Continue reading Christmas Movie Favorites

BFG is Big and Friendly

The new movie, BFG (Big Friendly Giant), has disappointed in ticket sales so far, but in the “great movie” department, it’s a huge success. I took my 13 year old daughter to see it this past weekend and we both had nothing but good things to say about it. The story, adapted from a much beloved book by Roald Dahl, has a classic feel with plenty of old fashioned good versus evil action, and just enough magic mixed in to carry us viewers into a world that’s much more fun and exciting then the one we live in. The giant is lovable and … Continue reading BFG is Big and Friendly

Movies About Thankfullness

This is my list of  great movies that teach thankfulness. Only a few of them include the Thanksgiving holiday, but they all have being thankful as part of they’re core message.  Also, you should know that these are all personal favorites of mine. I’ve watched each of these movies more than once, over the years, with my family. 6. MR HOLLAND’S OPUS – be thankful for your life – This is a wonderful movie about a high school band teacher whose personal life and professional life includes many ups and downs. As he approaches retirement, he’s feeling as if his life has … Continue reading Movies About Thankfullness

Great Fathers in Movies

I’m a father of four wonderful kids. I know from personal experience and from professional studies that I’ve come across how important fathers are to the well-being of families. Their role is huge. Most fictional fathers, portrayed in television and movies, are bumbling clueless oafs, a fact that saddens me to no end. However, over the years I’ve come across a few movies that feature smart, loving and resourceful fathers. With Father’s Day just a few days away, I thought it would be appropriate to spotlight some of my favorite movies that feature strong father figures. 1. COURAGEOUS (2011, Sherwood Pictures) – Short Summary: When a tragedy … Continue reading Great Fathers in Movies

Christmas Movies, Good & Bad

Here is my take on the Christmas movies I’ve seen. As usual, I’m coming from the point of view of a  Conservative Christian father of 4 kids. The ultimate goal for me is to find movies that I can watchwith my wife and kids and we all enjoy. The Muppet Christmas Carol – This is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. The muppets in their most heart warming, yet still very funny, movie. Great family entertainment with great lessons that come from the always great Christmas Carol story. The Polar express – Incredible special effects and one of the most magical and imaginative … Continue reading Christmas Movies, Good & Bad

Alexander’s Bad Day

Finally, a family comedy that’s funny, clever, well acted, clean for the most part,  and full of that old-fashioned Disney Magic. Crosswalk.com says this … If not for the omnipresent iPhones, the otherwise delightfully retro Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day could pass for something very early Disney, like maybe The Shaggy Dog or even Honey I Shrunk the Kids with better acting. Based on the popular grade-school book with the same title, Alexander successfully maintains the spirit of Judith Viorst’s original 20-page story while incorporating plenty of sitcom hi-jinx to help bulk it up to … Continue reading Alexander’s Bad Day

Family Friendly Wins

The 2014 Annual Movieguide Report, published by Dr. Ted Baehr’s movieguide.org, was just released, and it reveals some very interesting statistics about the movies being released by Hollywood. In a nutshell, family friendly, patriotic and even religious films are more successful at the box office than films that feature substantial amounts of sex and violence. Here is part of that report as quoted on http://www.fox17.com. “Movies that had no foul language, like “Frozen,” earned the most (an average of $65.81 million), while films with more than 25 incidences of profanity, like “Wolf of Wall Street,” averaged just $30.43 million and did … Continue reading Family Friendly Wins

Surprised by The Croods

My office was closed yesterday due to the heavy snowfall, so I got to stay home with my kids. After I finished shoveling out three driveways (mine and two neighbors) I had the pleasure of sitting down with my kids and picking out a movie to watch together on Netflix. We settled on The Croods, not knowing what we were in for. I knew it was made by Dreamworks so I knew it would be beautifully animated, but what about the story and content? My girls and I were all pleasantly surprised. The story was original, with equal parts laugh-out-loud … Continue reading Surprised by The Croods