The Force Is Strong With My Pets


We’ve all seen the plethora of Star Wars related merchandise flood the market several months before The Force Awakens hit theaters, and I was the first to throw up my hands and say, “Enough already!” Sorry but oranges have nothing to do with BB-8! However, the Petco line of Star Wars goods for pets is actually a perfect use of the license. Continue reading

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Finest Hours’


‘The Finest Hours’ is another entry in both the “based on a true story” and “disaster at sea” genres, and does pretty well at both. It’s inaccurate to compare the film to ‘The Perfect Storm,’ ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ or even ‘Titanic’; its nearest relative, in terms of intensity and pacing, is the classic ‘Das Boot.’ Continue reading

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest Thrives Despite a Winter Storm

Arrow panel at HVFF NY 2016.

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest is a great, family-friendly event, and well worth attending. The team obviously put a lot of heart into planning and running the show, and they did a great job despite the weather adversity. Continue reading

5 New Family-Friendly Streaming Titles for February

New episodes of "The Amazing World of Gumball" are set for streaming in February. (Courtesy of Cartoon Network)

Hours of new movies and television shows are about to debut on streaming services in February. Here’s your regular GeekDad guide to what to add to your family’s watchlist. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘The Finest Hours’

Based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard, Disney's THE FINEST HOURS storms into theaters in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX (c) 3D on January 29, 2016.
Photo © Disney.

Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ tells the true story of the most daring sea rescue in Coast Guard history. I had the opportunity to take part in a roundtable conversation with the cast and director of the film in which they answered questions and shared behind-the scenes stories. Continue reading

Oscars Season: ‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Mad Max’ in the Race for Best Visual Effects


The Oscars are on February 28th, and over the next month we’ll be providing a series of articles adding some context to some of the Oscar races and controversies of this, a roller-coaster year in film. In the first piece in the series, we keep it light with a look at the tight race for best visual effects. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 024: ‘Another Disneyland Adventure’


Another Disneyland trip under our belts. We traveled to Anaheim for the second annual runDisney ‘Star Wars’ race weekend. We spent the Friday before our races in both Disney parks, and this episode contains two segments. First we chat for a few minutes about what rides we are going to go on before getting ready to head to the park (three of Owen’s favorite rides–Autopia, the railroad, and Jungle Cruise all ended up being closed for the day), and then the morning after we talk about what we did at the parks before heading to Owen’s Kids’ Race. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: ‘Power of Grayskull’ MOTU Documentary

Power of Grayskull documentary kickstarter

More than thirty years after the protector of Eternia debuted on the small screen, a documentary feature titled ‘Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ seeks to share the creation and overwhelming cultural appeal with a little help from fans. Continue reading

Pull Back the Curtain With This ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Making-Of Featurette

To celebrate the release of ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ on Blu-ray, we’re thrilled to share this behind-the-scenes, making-of featurette that pulls back the curtain on some of the innovative animation techniques employed on the film’s development. Continue reading