Monthly Archives: July 2016

Circling back to Sacramento

Circling back to Sacramento

I spent two years in my early twenties trying to make a life for myself in Sacramento, California. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. I left and never returned there – until today, a few days before my fiftieth birthday. Today I sat with my three year-old son on the patio at a coffeehouse…
Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets”

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets”

“The Secret Life of Pets” claims to answer the age old question, “what does my pet do when I’m away?” The film is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud of “Despicable Me” fame. In this go-round, the two somehow end up evoking the spirit of Pixar’s “Toy Story.” We’re introduced to a well-loved pup named Max (Louis C.K.) and…
Film review: “The BFG”

Film review: “The BFG”

This is the first time we’ve seen Disney collaborate with Steven Spielberg. “The BFG” is a great big film. But, does the noteworthy collaboration deliver on the promise of bringing Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book to the screen? The short answer is: yes. A combination of technology and storytelling successfully builds a world that audiences can delve in to with…