Joy. Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Fear. These emotions are the key figures in Disney’s film, Inside Out. Last week, I watched the movie and enjoyed the interplay between the different emotions as characters inside Riley’s head. The movie shows how the different emotions operate and communicate inside of her, and how each of her memories are […]
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Have you seen this recent report about Natalie Portman and her Oscar trophy? Apparently, she thinks of it as something of an idol. Here are her thoughts: “I don’t know where it is,” Portman told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about where she keeps the Best Actress Oscar she won in 2010 for her role […]
Ten months ago, I wrote about Stephen Fry’s articulation of atheism. Ten months on, Fry is back on my Facebook feed, with another video on why he prefers Greek gods to the Christian or monotheistic God, and basically why the Christian God sucks—and receiving quite a bit of media attention, at least in the UK […]
I recently went to watch the musical, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz, for the first time, and found it very entertaining and thought-provoking. The songs were catchy and the classic songs of “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” were great. The cast did a great job and they played and sung their parts wonderfully. If you’re not […]
Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to see Exodus: Gods and Kings (E:GK) for its surprises and twists, best to go see and read this later. Ridley Scott’s latest epic is definitely that. There are plenty of scenes filled with stunning special effects, powerful storm clouds, and confrontations involving characters with wild eyes […]
“Big cosmology has become our secular religion, a church even atheists can join.” – Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine I cannot stop thinking about Interstellar. In the interest of full-disclosure, my husband and I named our son Nolan (after the film’s director, Christopher Nolan), so I am predisposed to think that anything Chris Nolan creates is […]
The title of this post may be a bit dramatic, but I will share about the series of unfortunate events that happened around Harry Potter this past week. Last Saturday, my sister-in-law had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party. She decorated her house with wizarding decor – complete with broomsticks, a “Have You Seen This Wizard?” […]
Last weekend, my wife and I went to see Boyhood, a phenomenal film by Richard Linklater about a boy, Mason, growing up. The beauty and magic of the film is that it was shot over the course of 12 years, with the actors aging as the story progresses. No aging make up necessary. No change of actors for […]
The title for this post comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Times’ review of “The Book of Mormon,” a musical created by South Park’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez, who is also known for penning that earworm of a song, “Let it Go,” from Disney’s Frozen. It seems that nearly every […]
Today I was ploughing through Philo’s Quis rerum divinarum heres sit when I suddenly hit a mental wall. Maybe it was the peanut M&Ms I had been snacking on earlier in the day or just the post lunch lethargy that slowly leeches at my concentration everyday around 3pm. Either way I couldn’t go on. Looking […]
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