Hi. My name’s Kevin Harkins and I’m gonna get you home. For me, that was the most memorable line from the Oscar-nominated film, Argo. The nominee for best picture redefines the term thriller, but at its core it’s a film about the most unique and secretive homecoming in American history.
Many forget that Les Misérables was originally a book written by Victor Hugo in 1862 and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of all time. However, the popularity of the long running Broadway show and the recent popularity of the Golden Globe nominated and probably Oscar nominated film has brought this French Revolution based story to its height of popularity. While the tale is centered mainly around Jean Valjean’s quest for redemption, I would argue that there is an underlying message on the importance of home especially in the recent cinematic adaptation directed by Tom Hooper.
I have 3 kids and an extended family with tons of kids so come the holidays when we feel that something is about to break in the house, it’s time to put on a DVD for the kids. But you know kids’ attention spans. If you don’t get that movie on in the first 60 seconds of them sitting down, you’ve lost them. Of course, those annoying trailers have to start, you hit the skip button on the remote but it doesn’t always let you skip right to the movie.
Halloween is not just a time for candy, costumes and neighborhood lawn decor. It’s also a time that features some of the scariest homes in cinematic history. If you look at the history of horror, you’ll notice that many homes are central characters in the film. Psycho, The House on Haunted Hill, and Cabin in the Woods are just a few examples.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew I couldn’t think of a better quote than the one above to illustrate how Father’s Day and the Value [...]