Criterion Sale at Barnes & Noble

Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

Barnes and Noble is now offering its biannual Criterion Collection sale; here are some family-friendly films to look for.
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Top 10 #Halloween Movies With More Laughter, Less Slaughter


Finding horror movies for a Halloween marathon is easy — there’s the occasional good one, and the rest are usually somewhere in the bad to so-bad-it’s-good range. What if you’re a parent of a pre-teen, though, and don’t want to risk a month of nightmares? Finding something good to watch that still feels properly Halloween-y can be tough. Continue reading

New Family-Friendly Streaming in November

Garnet, Amethyst, Steven and Pearl of "Steven Universe," as the first full season arrives on Hulu in November. (Courtesy of Cartoon Network)

With Halloween right around the corner and the Thanksgiving season not far behind, that means it’s time for another round of additions to the streaming libraries of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in November. Continue reading

Sharing Classic Films With Your Kids

'Frankenstein': Traumatizing children for 84 years.

A lot of geeky media includes references to older, less-geeky media. It’s not enough to just show our kids the geek standards; they need to see the films that the geek standards are referencing. So I started compiling a list of classic films that I think kids ought to see. Continue reading

DCC Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Weird Science.’ It’s Ceremonial.

Weird Science

Saturday, May 23, the Denver Comic Con will be celebrating 30 years of brains, beauty, bikers, and Boingo (Oingo Boingo, that is) as the cast of John Hughes’s iconic coming-of-age film that’s more ’80s than Mary Lou Retton playing ‘Pac-Man’ with Mr. T hits the stage. Continue reading

‘Star Wars: Epic Yarns’ Retells the Original Trilogy in Soft Detail

Images: Chronicle Books

This trilogy of board books for beginning word learners is filled with spreads of painstakingly-made photos on one side and single words on the other. Meant to teach some basic words to young children in a fun way, the books also retell each story of the original trilogy in a minimalist style. Continue reading

GeekDad Book Review: The Art of John Alvin


You know John Alvin’s work, even if you don’t know his name. Starting in 1974, the Massachusetts-born artist created dozens of the movie industry’s most memorable posters, from Blazing Saddles to The Lion King to E.T. and Blade Runner. He also designed a range of other movie-tie-in imagery, like the original Star Wars Concert poster and a popular fifteenth-anniversary Alien print. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past (Spoiler-Free)


X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best of the X-Men films so far, and that’s really saying something. Find out 10 things parents, or anyone else, should know about the movie before going to see it! Continue reading

Anthony Mackie Talks About Chris Evans’ “Tiny Ass,” Playing Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Some people are tough interviews: they don’t seem to care about the interview, they give only short, boring answers to questions, and they never offer any information that wasn’t specifically asked for. And then there are people like Anthony Mackie, who could keep an hours-long interview going with only a few questions here and there, and keep his interviewers laughing themselves silly the whole time. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Spoiler-Free)


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best action films ever made, and right up there with The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find out 10 things parents, or anyone else, should know about the film before going to see it! Continue reading