Words of Warriors – Kindness


“People shouldn’t have to earn kindness. They should have to earn cruelty.”

 – Maggie Stiefvater, Forever


“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

  – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


“But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”

  – Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth


Share your favorite quote about kindness in the comments!

Have you heard of "Serial" yet?


Are you a fan of podcasts? Mysteries? True crime?
Then you will LOVE Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial.” Following the 15 year old case of a young girl murdered and a very shaky case against her ex boyfriend Adnan Syed, Koenig delves into the details, the evidence and the plot holes in each potential retelling of what really happened the day Hae Min Lee was found dead in her car. She speaks to a variety of officials, people who went to high school with them, and even Adnan from prison. You follow Koenig through her doubt, her frustration, and her ultimate search for the truth. The first season just ended 12/18 but a second season has definitely been confirmed which will follow a completely new case.

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1954: The Kaiju and the Samurai (Part II)

A couple weeks ago we discussed Gojira (1954), and as promised this week, we will cover the other masterpiece that came out of Japan that same year, Seven Samurai (1954). Seven Samurai is the quintessential Japanese samurai film from the quintessential Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. The global impact this film had is sometimes overlooked but its status as a defining work of cinema is not. Perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves, though. Get ready to turn up some ska and jive music as we travel back to the spring of 1998… Continue reading “1954: The Kaiju and the Samurai (Part II)”

Gremlins and the Golden Age of Christmas

Here we are at the apex of the holiday season and as we near Christmas, I thought it would be a great chance to reminisce about some great Christmas classics and talk a little about the season. First and foremost, I must admit that Christmas is not my favorite holiday, but one of the things that really gets me into the Christmas spirit are Christmas movies and all of those classic television specials that make the rounds.

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In fact, my best memories of Christmas involve my family all gathering to watch classic specials such as Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). Each one of these are a product of their era, but I would argue that there has never been a better time period for Christmas than 1950 through 1975. Continue reading “Gremlins and the Golden Age of Christmas”