A Look at Patrick Wayne

Sometimes I’m not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. I’ve seen Patrick Wayne here and there my entire life, mostly with small parts on shows such as “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.” I remember him best for hosting the game show “Tic Tac Dough.” Yes, I am a child of the seventies. My dad is a huge western fan and I’ve been watching some of his favorite films, trying to broaden my overall cinematic repertoire. I’ve recently seen “The Quiet Man,” “McClintock,” and “The Alamo,” and one night while popping a DVD out of the player, had the … Continue reading

Burger King Making Big Changes

Not long ago, I blogged about McDonalds being in trouble with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for raising hens in tightly confined cages. Now it looks like Burger King is going cage-free. The company announced that within the next five years, it will stop using eggs or pork from chicken and pigs kept in small cages. In case you are wondering the impact this might make on the fast food industry, know that there are 12,500 Burger King franchises in the U.S. The company laid out a new policy in which it is stated that it will … Continue reading

You’ve Got to Tell Her (Or Him) That You Love Her (Or Him)

This afternoon I finally had the chance to see Enchanted. Part of me had wanted to see it when it came out last summer, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it and didn’t want to risk dragging Wayne to it. But then I caught some of the songs that were performed during the Oscars, and I also watched part of it on the flight home from my mom’s house (on someone else’s seatback screen a few aisle in front of me). It looked pretty cute so I Netflixed it and ended up liking it. (So did Wayne, who watched with … Continue reading

Movies Week in Review – April 21st-25th

We had some fun here in Movies this week. In case you weren’t able to join us, here’s a recap of reviews to help you decide which films you might like to watch. We started the week with “Glory Road,” the story of a high school basketball team that won the NCAA championship with an entire starting lineup comprised of black players – the first team in history to ever break through that racial barrier. Their path was not easy. Many of the players suffered abuse and violence, the coach’s family was threatened, and everyone had to put aside their … Continue reading

Trouble Along the Way (1953)

John Wayne takes a break from westerns to bring us “Trouble Along the Way,” the story of a man named Steve Williams who used to be a football coach but got thrown out of the game. He is a single parent, father to an eleven-year-old girl named Carol (Sherry Jackson). They have a close, if unconventional relationship – she makes him coffee and orange juice every morning to chase off the hangovers he gets the night before. When Steve’s ex-wife Anne decides to make his life miserable again, she knows just how to do it – she sends the state … Continue reading