Thoughts on Dr Strange Movie

After seeing the new movie, Dr. Strange a few nights ago, I’m giving it the following two ratings:  for Entertainment Value  for Content Concerns The 2 symbols I’ve used above are called SPLARS, a hybrid of a STAR and a SPLAT. A SPLAR means the movie falls somewhere between good and bad. Entertainment Value In many ways, Dr. Strange was a very entertaining movie. Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for the role. Not only was his acting right on, but he fit the part physically as well. The character arc for Dr. Strange as a character was very effective. He was somewhat unlikable … Continue reading Thoughts on Dr Strange Movie

Risen Review

The movie Risen is a well made, thought provoking movie that’s worth seeing. I liked it for two reasons. Number one; it doesn’t look or feel like a Christian movie. The acting was excellent and the setting and costumes looked authentic. Number two; it provides a fresh take on a familiar Easter story. How would a non-believer who was forced to take an in-depth look at the alleged resurrection of Jesus Christ, react? As the details of the resurrection unfold he is confronted with the unexpected conclusion that it might be true. For me, the movie became the most interesting when … Continue reading Risen Review

Two great animated trailers to whet the reading appetite

Originally posted on booktrailers4kidsandYA:
White tiger legend By Hu Yuan Nabe The trailer to this book is very well produced. In fact it is eventually going to be an animated film. “Take a journey with Zi beyond reality. Go beyond space. Go beyond time. Go beyond the inner workings of your mind. Are you ready for the answer to all things? Warriors throughout history have journeyed to the famed Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kung fu, to embark upon this incredible journey – seeking adventure, challenges, and answers to life’s deepest questions.” http://youtu.be/zjpu7HH9qCU Glazed man & rat girl By Scott… Continue reading Two great animated trailers to whet the reading appetite

My Family at Christmas

  Merry Christmas from the Cahan Family As my Christmas Card to my readers, here is a photo from a few days ago when my family and I made a day of going to a Choose & Cut Christmas tree lot near our home in the mountains of North Carolina. There we drank hot chocolate, rode a hay ride through the maze of trees, and then walked among the trees until we all agreed on the perfect one for our living room. We made a day of it and had a great time, just as we always do when we’re all together. Merry Christmas … Continue reading My Family at Christmas

My Calvin & Hobbes Sweatshirt

Finally, one of my kids has turned out to be a Calvin & Hobbes fan and was excited when I offered to pass my Calvin & Hobbes sweatshirt to her. This is my sweet daughter, Alyssa wearing the sweatshirt that has great sentimental value to me, and now to her. Not only is it depicting one of the greatest comic strips of the 20th century, but it’s a true one-of-a-kind. I know this because I painted it 25 years ago. That’s right. I painted it with fabric pencils and fabric paint, from one of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes strips … Continue reading My Calvin & Hobbes Sweatshirt

NOAH Making Waves

The movie Noah will hit theaters March 28th. The director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures have been sailing on rough waters, so far, as they have struggled to produce a movie that will please Christian and Jewish viewers as well as everyone else. According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, the director and the studio have different strategies for making movie-goers happy. Their different approaches have caused some serious waves on their journey to completion. THE ARTSY DIRECTOR – Darren Aronofsky has produced some remarkable films leading up to Noah including The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan. His … Continue reading NOAH Making Waves

My Mission

Welcome to Stars & Splats. In short, my mission is to shine a light on good entertainment, and leave the bad in the dark. I approach this task as a lover of well-crafted and highly creative entertainment. My idea of a perfect evening is relaxing on the couch in my den in front of our TV, surrounded by my wife and kids, eating popcorn, enjoying a good movie together. When I look at today’s movies, television, popular music, and books I see that production values are going up  while moral values are way down, lower than ever before with no … Continue reading My Mission