Category: Movies

Movie Review: Dan in Real Life

Fun Movie to See With the Family

Dan-in-Real-Life Dan in Real Life is a cute, touching movie about a widower / single father of three girls struggling to hold his family together and find love. Dan (Steve Carell), an advice columnist has been a widower for 4 years and has focused all of his attention on his kids, who are growing up, despite his best efforts. The kids are all starting to grow a little weary of dad’s “focus” on them and need a little breathing room.

The family goes away for a yearly “bonding” weekend with the extended family and that’s where the fun begins. Dan meets an amazing woman, whom he later finds out is dating his brother. He loves her, she loves him, but this love is FORBIDDEN. Will he back off, will they sip wicked nectar of this off-limits lovin’? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you.

Let’s just say that it’s a fun, funny, touching movie that I watched with my wife and my teenage daughter. One hug (daughter) and one cry (wife) let me know that it was a good choice.

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Movie Review: Superbad = Superfunny

Superbad = A Supergood Superfunny Trip Down Memory Lane

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Best Part: Dick Drawing (or any scene with McLovin)
Worst Part: The Bloody Leg
Actor(s) to Watch: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Seth Rogan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Most Memorable Quote:I am McLovin” or “The funny thing about my back is, it’s located on my c**k.”

Well, it was a rainy Sunday and the wife and I were both feeling a little blah so we decided to blow the afternoon at the movies. We definitely could have used a laugh and we were not let down. No, I won’t spoil the plot, but what a fabulous walk down memory lane.

Check out the trailer and some other video clips.

The setup seems like every teen quest for sex and booze movie, but it is so much more. This was such a painful reminder of my dork best friend and I in High School that I couldn’t stand it. The two kids are very real kids. Not very handsome, sexy, or cool. (slightly over the top, but real) They have these “theories” and “schemes” to get the broads and the booze that all seem to go comically awry. The idiot side kick that seems to suck, the slightly too hot love interests, and the bully that gets his in the end. But that’s where it diverges from the route. The kids in the movie are all a little awkward and unsure of themselves. They all seem to know that they are dorks. They also look like the kids that I see walking to the High School in my town.

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Training Tips from Tinseltown…

…How Hollywood Can Save the Training Industry

Speaker:  Andy Janning (FORUM Credit Union) Topic:  How to add more energy, excitement, and interest to your training by following the lessons of four “trainers” from the silver screen.

Key Point: Raise the perceived importance of training by connecting to the students. He Paralleled examples of four trainers from Hollywood Blockbusters: The Matrix, The Karate Kid, Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, and Dirty Dancing. He showed how these four trainers managed to do the following:

  • Demonstrate their mastry of the task
  • Make the student “prove” that they had mastered the task
  • Held the students accountable for mastry of the the task
  • Made completion of the tasks “mandatory”
  • Made the training about the student, not the instructor
  • Put themselves in the students “hands” not shoes
  • Cared about the students and their success
  • Took the time to help the hard-to-reach students

About the four teachers: Morepheus- Awesome, demanding, good modeling of tasks. Mr. Miagi- Patient, taught without the student knowing they were learning, Grilled a mean burger (oops, that was Arnold from Happy Days). Yoda- Met students biggest need, calmed his fears to allow concentration on learning, Talked in a unique way he did. Jonny Cbastle- Took on a tough learner, cared more about the learner’s success than his own, uttered the phrase, “Nobody puts baby in a corner” (I guess you can’t be perfect.)

Speaker Comments: Awesome, Funny, Hoaky, Cool, He gets it! Really cool and interesting approach that he developed.

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