I almost didn’t see Lion.
From the trailer, I could tell the movie had the dreaded Disney structure:
Child has a beloved family.
Child is ripped from his beloved family within the first five minutes.
Child spends the rest of the movie looking for his beloved family.
Let’s face it — that story line is hard enough to watch when little cartoon characters are involved; I wasn’t sure I could stomach it with real people.
And I wasn’t altogether wrong.
But this true story — and the actors who portray it — are so compelling, I couldn’t have looked way if I had wanted to. It is heartbreaking and life-affirming, all at the same time.
And I hope, in the course of my life, I can be one-tenth as brave as that little boy.
Posted in Academy Awards, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Movies
Tagged Academy Awards, beloved family, brave, cartoon character, Disney, entertainment, lion, Lion movie, movie trailer, Movies, Oscars
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Television
Tagged animated film, celebrities, comedy skit, entertainment, Golden Globes, golden globes host, Kristen Wiig, Movies, Steve Carell, Television
If you’ve seen a trailer for Manchester by the Sea or read any reviews, you may be hesitant to see it.
Now. During the holidays. A time of good cheer.
Because this not a feel-good classic or a comedy about a drunken holiday party gone awry. It’s a family tragedy and how one family struggles to survive.
But I would argue that this is the perfect time to see it.
Not only will you appreciate a nuanced, Oscar-worthy performance by Casey Affleck and his supporting cast, but you will walk away feeling lucky…grateful for each day and every friend and family member in your life. Because they are a gift.
And this movie, while tragic, is a beautiful reminder of that.
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Tagged commentary, entertainment, family, friends, holidays, Manchester by the Sea, Movies, review, survival, tragedy
Like so many of you, I was in an airport on Thanksgiving eve. And since it was raining in both my departure and arrival cities, I ended up sitting on the tarmac…
Luckily, it was only a little over an hour. And I had the forethought to bring snacks. THE snack of the Thanksgiving holiday — Bugles corn chips.
Sure, we’ve all put them on our fingers at one time or another to look witchy, but on Turkey Day, they are the perfect little cornucopia of salty goodness.
I expect someone to make these for me.
Posted in Airplanes, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airport, Bugles, cornucopia, family, friends, Humor, rain, snack food, Thanksgiving, Travel, travel delay
I haven’t been posting to the Egg as frequently as I did in the past. For those of you who may have wondered why…
I wrote a book!
This book, to be precise. It was released today, on National Authors Day. You can find it online everywhere.
(Hint: Search by title. The publishers were smart and listed it under the creator Charles Schulz instead of an unknown first-time hack.)
I am egg-cited!
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Tagged book, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, comics, leadership, Peanuts, You're a Leader Charlie Brown
Met Life, say it isn’t so.
You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?
Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse.
The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.
If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:
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Tagged advertising, books, Charlie Brown, comics, entertainment, Humor, Met Life, Movies, Peanuts
I’ve watched three episodes of This Is Us on NBC.
The pilot was so good, it could have been a stand-alone movie. The second episode matched it. And tonight’s made me realize I wasn’t keeping score any more —
I’m all in.
So, I am sorry I’m just now mentioning it. I’ve been distracted by really excellent TV.