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.
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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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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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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.
I usually avoid movies about dogs because of the inevitable ending.
No matter how wonderful the story, the relationship, the plot — the dog is going to die, either of trauma or old age, and my heart simply can’t take it.
But I saw this trailer at the theater last night. And although it made me cry like a baby, I may have to see this one.
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A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?
Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.
But when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV. Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).
And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).
I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell? I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.
Had to do it.
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