A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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The problem with “Deathly Hallows Part 2″
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 10:57 | 2 Comments
The problem with “Deathly Hallows Part 2″

Day of Reckoning: July 15, when Harry meets Voldemort for the final throwdown, unless J.K. Rowlings goes cuckoo and writes another sequel. I really hope she doesn’t – how the heck do you best the …

Bloody Mary? Oh, the horrors!
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 10:02 | Comments Off
Bloody Mary? Oh, the horrors!

Big Guy will watch “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra” repeatedly and not be bothered a bit. He didn’t flinch during any “Harry Potter” one through four, though he did think “The Goblet of Fire” …

Letting them watch things I never thought I would
Friday, 28 Jan, 2011 – 13:24 | One Comment
Letting them watch things I never thought I would

“Too violent for kids, too childish for grownups,” is how Common Sense Media describes “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”
“There are probably no more than 20 minutes when there is not violence,” reviewers at IMDb …

Do movie ratings work? Heck no.
Tuesday, 26 Oct, 2010 – 22:07 | Comments Off
Do movie ratings work? Heck no.

I thought I had merely run into a strange one last winter when a mom was fine with her pre-teen daughter watching a movie about a force so demonic that even an exorcist was scared …

Why Shyamalan’s right, but wrong, about Airbender casting
Wednesday, 7 Jul, 2010 – 11:39 | Comments Off
Why Shyamalan’s right, but wrong, about Airbender casting

Shopping for a bathing suit is bad enough, but it becomes virtually impossible when a kid wearing pale-yellow paints and has an arrow eye-linered onto a freshly shaved scalp pops around the corner.
“Hey, guys, look! …

Toy Story became my story
Thursday, 1 Jul, 2010 – 14:51 | One Comment
Toy Story became my story

I can’t complain about the 3D, because I saw it at a drive-in.
I won’t critique the CGI, other than to say it’s amazing how much emotion filmmakers can pack into characters that exist only in …

9to5to9: The real thrill of parenting: You get to watch their movies
Saturday, 13 Sep, 2008 – 7:51 | Comments Off

I’ll admit it: The only reason I had kids was because I ran out of people to share movies with.

It was easy when my older nieces and nephews were young. Spend the weekend with Aunt Deb and we’ll rent animation up to Blockbuster’s limit. Forget the popcorn: All I care is that we snagged “”Cinderella,”" “”Lady and the Tramp”" and “”The Aristocats.”" At Christmas, I always bought two copies of the latest release. One for them, and one for my personal “”someday when I have kids”" vault.

Later, a boyfriend took over the duties. One of our early dates was to see “”Beauty and the Beast,”" and he introduced me to “”Fantasia.”" He also was headed for grad school for a master’s in puppetry, which explains why kiddy animation didn’t bother him.

Next, co-workers were

Why there are no more Lion Kings
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 21:09 | Comments Off

It’s a dark tale of a murderous uncle who denies his nephew the throne. Ghostly visions ultimately convince the prince to return from exile in a far-off land, goofy sidekicks in tow, and take back the crown.

This tale has gripped the guys for the past week. And if you’re going to be sentenced to seven days of home confinement, you could do worse for entertainment.

Hamlet? No, sillies. “Lion King.” It might well be the greatest animated movie of all time and the last one in the true Disney tradition. Everything that’s wrong with children’s movies today is right in this one.

It has everything – romance, action, drama. Its straight-to-video sequel is better than most of the schlock studios are cranking out today. I’d take the