Wreck It Ralph On Friendships & Insecurity

We cancelled Thanksgiving this year. When my daughter got sick on Wednesday evening we knew we’d likely be making a hospital run, due to her genetic condition. To be totally honest, it ended up being a pretty fun daddy-daughter sleepover at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Thanksgiving Day and night.

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The Hate U Give

Tupac Shakur, the iconic nineties rapper, made popular the acrostic THUG LIFE which was tattooed across his torso. It stands for The Hate You Give Little Infants *expletive* Everybody. Tupac explained, “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.”

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The Worldview of Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes Hollywood gets it right. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a treat for any age, offering humor, nostalgia, and inspiration. If you’re looking for a family film with zero curse words and no innuendo, then now is the time to head to the theater. Movies like this don’t come along often anymore.

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Why Star Wars Doesn’t Work (No Spoilers)

The latest Star Wars installment has sparked mixed reviews. After seeing it (for my second time) I had an interesting conversation with some friends about a pervasive worldview misfit in the galactic epic. Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers here for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, like my twins whom I’m taking to see the film after school today.

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Coco: A Syncretistic Masterpiece

Pixar’s latest animated film Coco released on November 22, 2017, just in time for the Thanksgiving movie rush. While in my hometown of Jacksonville, IL, April and I took our kids to the show along with their grandparents. Our evening, like the plot of the film, was a family affair.

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Spider-Man & Slavery

The latest Hollywood blockbuster about the insect-bitten adolescent wearing a mask and red tights while climbing tall buildings includes a reference to slavery. As Peter, I mean Spider-Man, attempts a physics-defying rescue at the Washington Monument, doing all he can to enter the building, a student stands below refusing to go in because the monument was built by slaves. This article in Slate Magazine does a little fact checking on the Spider-Man slavery reference.

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Jaws: The Middle-Aged Shark & the Difference Between Man & Beast

Jaws turns forty-two today. I was born a couple years after the debut of the shark epic. I guess we’re both middle-aged. The continued popularity of this film highlights our fascination with the animal world in contrast to the premium value we place on human life.

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Five Lessons from Cars 3 About Transition & Legacy

For Father’s Day my children took me to see Cars 3. It’s a coming of age, old age that is, story about the last lap of Lightning McQueen. Spoiler alert. I think there are some leadership lessons worth considering from the film.

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What To Expect From Captain Underpants

This weekend I decided to take my kids to see Captain Underpants. Some of the comedic elements in the movie were entirely predictable given the target demographic and that it’s from the creators of the Shrek and Madagascar franchises. But there were a few themes that I think are powerfully redemptive and worth considering should you make a theater visit in the near future.

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