This morning we began to brain-storm to try and figure out what of our favorite Christmas movies we have not yet seen this year, so we can purpose to find and watch them before it’s too late. So I googled some top Christmas movie lists and found that none of the lists really reflected the favorites of our household. I polled the kiddos and the wife, and found that we all had very different favorites.
As a result, I have created some lists of our favorites so far. There’s nothing scientific about these lists, neither do they reflect national popularity. But they’ve made an impact on us. Why thirty-three? Because I had to make three lists, one for my son, one for my daughter, and one for mom & dad. some of the movies were repeated and thirty-three is the number of unique titles. So without further ado…
This is a really difficult review for me to write. First let me say that I actually enjoyed the Lego Movie. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s imaginative, high-energy, and exciting. I was also very impressed that the movie was created with actual Legos using stop-still animation. (UPDATE: I now know that it was computer animated. Good job animators! Fooled me!) And contrary to the title of this review, maybe surprising to you…maybe somewhat hypocritical on my part…I will probably own this movie and my children will watch it till it wears out. BUT not before I explain to them what I’m about to explain to you.
Despite being such a fun movie, everything is NOT indeed awesome. Everything was great until the movie took a very existential and philosophical twist at the end, making it the most anti-Christian film I’ve seen in a long time. Almost as blatantly anti-Christian as the Golden Compass, and I’m surprised there hasn’t been a wide-spread out-cry against it.
SO BEWARE. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Continue reading The Lego Movie: One of the most anti-Christian movies ever
**CAUTION. CONTROVERSIAL POST**
This morning an article came across my Facebook feed about an 11 year old boy who attempted suicide because he was bullied for liking My Little Pony. (I happen to like My Little Pony. FYI one of the writers for the Power Puff Girls is the producer…and I REALLY liked Power Puff Girls. But that’s beside the point. My prayers go out to the parents. BOTH my children enjoy MLP and if either of them were consistently bullied because of it, I’d come out of my skin to defend them.)
Yesterday, there was an older article being passed around by my FB friends of a loving father ranting against parental verbal abuse. (I agree with everything this father says, but also think this article is an indication of another issue that I’m not talking about in this article…stupid dead-beat parents who should be sterilized, and have their children taken away and given to a loving family. Was that too harsh?)
And these sorts of verbal abuse and bullying stories are becoming more and more common. It makes me absolutely angry. Not anger at the bullies or the parents accused of this abuse (though there IS plenty of anger for them as well), but anger at a society that is producing a bunch of victims who don’t know how to process these sorts of things in a healthy way.
Continue reading Grow a thick skin…please!
I wish I could say 2013 was an amazing year. It was an excellent year, by all accounts, but it was one of those rebuilding and relearning years that you’re happy to see behind you. Those of you who are closest too me know the many things that went on. Some of you may not, and for the sake of my fans who are eagerly awaiting Winter 3 then I’ll take a moment to tell you a little about this past year.
Continue reading Last year and next year…