The Disneyland Resort Puts on Its Winter Coat for the Holidays

Olaf's Snow Fest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the happiest place on Earth just got merrier as the Disneyland Resort puts on its winter coat! Now through January 6, 2016. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An example of Sharon Callahan's masterful cinematography in 'The Good Dinosaur'.
© 2015 Disney-Pixar

Pixar’s long-delayed sixteenth film, ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ opens today. It’s a story you’ve seen many times in a variety of forms, but some stories are worth retelling and reimagining, and this is one of them. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 (Part 2) 2015

Holmes Collection

With just over a month until the premiere of the BBC’s ‘Sherlock Christmas Special,’ I’m sure that fans of the show are getting anxious to see how Cumberbatch and Freeman handle being tossed back to Doyle’s original setting for the pair. If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, I’m including it below so you can see what all the fuss is about. I’ve also got some news about the new season of ‘Elementary’ that’s just kicked off on CBS, and a few books below that Holmes fans might be interested in checking out. Continue reading

Ryan Britt Will Open Your Eyes to a Galaxy of Illiteracy with ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read’


Ryan Britt is a guy with a wealth of geeky knowledge, yes, but he also comes with a wealth of love for most of the franchises, books, shows, and films he discusses in his new book: ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths.’ Each of the essays in this book takes on various geeky properties from a unique perspective: a slightly twisted, slightly tongue-in-cheek, but wholly sincere angle. Continue reading

Meet the Director of ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”  ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Pixar’s latest film is the “coming of age story,” ‘The Good Dinosaur’. On a recent Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to take part in some group discussions with some of the people involved with the film. First up, Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream. Continue reading

Counter-Culture History, 1969-1972: ‘The Smith Tapes’

Image: Princeton Architectural Press

The 1960s were such a time of obvious change in the United States. Portions of society lost their innocence, while others were empowered. Music often made a statement, and drugs influenced lives. What was life like at the end of that decade, and at the turn of the 1970s? The boundless optimism of earlier in the ’60s had disappeared, and times, they were a’changin’. The best way to learn about a certain time is to go straight to the source. Continue reading

YouTube Kids Goes Worldwide

YouTube Kids Main Screen

Google launched YouTube Kids earlier this year to accommodate parents who want to ensure that little eyes and ears only have access to regulated and curated quality entertainment. Originally only available in the United States, Google has now pushed the service to several other countries including Canada and the UK. Continue reading

Naturalists in Paradise


Thames & Hudson has released new books on history for this holiday season, including ‘Naturalists in Paradise,’ which chronicles the adventures and discoveries of three young English scientists–Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates, and Richard Spruce–in mid-19th-century South America. Continue reading