Parenting: Choosing Family Films

FilmI was listening to the Burton and Scrooge podcast the other day, when host Roger Edwards said something that made me pause and reflect upon my own behavior. Near the closing of the show, he noted how, at a recent movie theater visit, many small children were present at a film that was obviously not appropriate for a young audience. As I was nodding along and heartily agreeing about how parents should be more cautious about exposing their children to some of these images and messages, it struck me that I am guilty of this very thing with my own kids. This train of thought has brought me to a familiar conclusion: parenting is tough! It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do, and sometimes I fail miserably.
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Star Wars:The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Kylo Ren*note: as the title indicates, this post contains spoilers. Not just spoilers, but THE BIG spoiler. The one that you definitely don’t want to read about if you haven’t seen the movie yet. That is, of course, unless you’re that guy who wants to throw all emotional attachment to the wind and watch from a purely academic sense – the all-knowing, all-seeing movie god who scoffs at the little folks surrounding you in the theater and their utter lack of foresight. Seriously, though, don’t be that guy.

Over Christmas break, all of the planets aligned and I was able to take the entire family to see the first Disney-driven Star Wars film: The Force Awakens. My oldest two were able to attend an opening-day showing thanks to some friends who procured advance tickets. However, my wife and I and the youngest two were seeing it for the first time and none of us had scoured the Internet for plot clues or paused/analyzed the trailers on YouTube. In other words, we were blissfully ignorant heading into the film.

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Captain America: Civil War Speculation on CMP

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Hey, good readers! I’ve recently written a post that did not align well with the gaming theme of this blog. As such, my friend Roger has graciously agreed to host it over at Contains Moderate Peril. It’s a speculative post about how the teams of the superhero civil war might look in Marvel’s next Captain America film. If that kind of thing is of interest to you, please go check it out!

How Will the Stars Align in Captain America: Civil War?

Beyond Bossfights Episode 17 – Community Filmmaking

Beyond BossfightsStorytelling comes in many forms. In gaming, we play out scenes through our avatars and with our imaginations. As strange as it may seem, the creative storytelling process of filmmaking isn’t much different! In episode 17, Ron Newcomb and I examine Ron’s journey from law enforcement officer to filmmaker, some parallels between gaming and filmmaking, and the movement towards community involvement for independent filmmakers.

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