Aug 052014
 
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec - Parent Content Review

Title: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Summary: The eponymous Adele Blanc-Sec is a French writer and reporter travelling the world of 1912 in search of fantastic stories and, as the title implies, extraordinary adventures. The pitch for this movie is: what if famous female reporter Nelly Bly did everything Indiana Jones did but in [Read more…]

Aug 012014
 
Review: Cosmic Carnage in Guardians of the Galaxy

If you’re looking for a little air conditioning to help get through the dog days of August and your kids are fans of superhero mayhem, you should consider seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. As with most superhero movies these days there is plenty of carnage and implied death that earns the movie its PG-13 rating, [Read more…]

Jul 252014
 
Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

The editor and writer Ben Bova once defined the difference between fantasy and science fiction this way, “Fantasy has trees, science fiction has rivets.” That’s a broad oversimplification but an essentially workable line in the sand to use as a definition. I point this out because as Merran and I went through NPR’s list she [Read more…]

Jul 152014
 
The Superhero Movie Primer

Since three of the top ten films so far this year (in terms of box office) are superhero movies and Guardians of the Galaxy is almost upon us I feel compelled to provide a guide for parents on what constitutes a good and/or appropriate superhero movie for your kids. Why some succeed as entertainment for the youngsters [Read more…]