*Spoilers* Dreamworks’ final installment of How to Train a Dragon holds a surprising twist--a mature perspective on marriage. The story picks up some time after the second episode where Hiccup’s father has died leaving Hiccup as the chief, albeit a reluctant one. Berk, his island hometown, is facing some serious issues--they don’t have space for... Continue Reading →
“I just got KonMari-ed!” sings the husband from the Holderness Family’s hilarious parody “Tidying Up: The Musical.” In this video, he jokingly complains about all the changes his wife has made based on an organizational strategy spearheaded by Marie Kondo. This strategy was launched into the limelight when Netflix released a series called Tidying Up... Continue Reading →
One of my favorite type of books is the one where the main character has a plan and the audience is left out of it. We observe, like the other characters, the preparation, and execution of a plan that looks ridiculous. Some even look doomed to failure. Then, at the last moment, a final piece... Continue Reading →
When I was a kid, I used to be perplexed by what I considered the stodginess of elderly people. They seemed desperate to maintain their routines, angry even. This type of character is captured comically in Disney’s Up and beautifully in Frederick Bachman’s A Man Called Ove. In both stories, the main character, a man,... Continue Reading →
The first Star Wars movie came out the year I was born. Though I never saw these movies in their original releases in the movie theaters, these movies helped define my childhood. I owned the action figures and played with them constantly. When I ventured away to more traditional toys, Star Wars came with me—my Barbie named was Leia and Ken was named Luke. There are too many iconic moments in these films to count, but I always remember Princess Leia’s rescue scene with mirth.