Thursday, September 25, 2014

Movie Review: Homeward Bound 2 - Lost in San Francisco

The Story: When three pets escape from an airport after one of them fears that their owners are sending them back to the pound, they quickly get lost in the city. As they search for how to get home, they encounter a variety of colorful friends and foes, and discover that the city is almost as big and dangerous as the wilderness they once survived.

My Thoughts: Where the first Homeward Bound has an innocence and charm that make it a minor classic, the sequel quickly gives the impression that it is a slightly cynical and rude money grab, as it goes for cheap laughs and melodrama instead of following in the warm-hearted pawprints of its predecessor. This impression, unfortunately, never goes away.

The three furry main characters seem to have regressed mostly back to how they were in the beginning of the first film instead of continuing to grow. Their zany adventure is at least fairly different than the first, but it’s somewhat weak. While the film is vaguely amusing, it’s nowhere near as good as the first, so you might as well just watch the original movie again instead.

Content Overview: There’s some innuendo, which is problematic in a film aimed at children, and I’m not sure how it managed to keep a G-rating. Otherwise, the snarky and crude humor is similar to the first film. There’s also the same sort of mild violence that was in the first film.

What do you think of Homeward Bound 2 - Lost in San Francisco?

If you enjoyed this review, you might also be interested in my review of Homeward Bound and my review/comparison of 101 Dalmatians - Animated Versus Live Action.

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Newest Published Story: On the Beach

For the first time, a story of mine has been published in an anthology! The anthology, from Whortleberry Press, is entitled Strange Summer Fun, and its title sums up its theme. It contains fifteen stories, most speculative, about weird adventures during memorable summers.

My story is a darkly whimsical post-apocalyptic tale called "On the Beach." Anyone who wants to read my story or the whole anthology might be interested in knowing that all the stories in Strange Summer Fun are written in a classic speculative or mystery style, so there's no graphic content. Most stories, including mine, contain mild violence, and some of the other stories contain mild foul language and mild sexual references, but that's all. It's unusual for an anthology in our day to keep the fictional fun relatively clean, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it.

Click here to learn more or buy Strange Summer Fun!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: The Case of the Tabloid Tattler by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

The Story: After learning that his cat is exceptionally intelligent and can write, a detective sends her as a spy into the house of an heiress. Her mission is to find out which of the servants in the house is selling gossipy secrets to the media, and who would suspect a mere cat of being a detective?

My Thoughts: I’ve long been a fan of mysteries and, even more so, of animal tales, and this book combines both. The cat is an amusing narrator, and has enough feline quirks to be believable. Anyone who likes animals and mysteries will likely enjoy seeing a mystery from her opinionated point of view.

The mystery is perhaps comparable in tone to the Boxcar Children series, with no life-in-danger scenes or anything like that, and while that might make it seem to have limited appeal to older readers, the humor and unique main character do more than enough to keep things interesting. It’s a fun, charming tale for all ages.

Content Overview: Safe for all readers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Newest Published Article: Good Shepherd

Did you know that Psalm 23 isn't the only psalm that pictures the Lord as a Good Shepherd? My newest article, "Good Shepherd," explores the different ways the book of Psalms uses shepherd and sheep imagery to illustrate the love of Christ.

"Good Shepherd" was published in the September / October 2014 issue of The Bible Advocate, and can be read online, on page thirteen of the magazine.

Click here to read "Good Shepherd"!