Hurt and Hope in ‘Short Term 12’

I avoided Short Term 12 for a long time because I thought it was going to be really hard to watch. It’s a 2013 indie film set in a group home for at-risk teens, and with a topic like that, I was expecting a tragic film about the pain, loneliness, and despair of being human. I had heard it was good though, so I finally psyched myself up and watched it.

[Warning: Spoilers for a 3-year-old movie within]

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Dream vs Reality

There’s a tension inherent in artistic pursuits. On the one hand, you have to be indomitable in the face of rejection and failure. After all, most great artists have faced major setbacks and discouragement. There are lots of stories of writers and actors who were one rejection away from quitting altogether, only to land the starring role on Mad Men and transform their entire careers (metaphorically, except for Jon Hamm).

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Just Sitcoms

Good comedy always makes for great TV, which is why sitcoms have been around for nearly as long as TV has. Simply put, a sitcom is an experience, one that has quirky characters getting into whatever wacky hijinks the world has in store for them that day while delivering snarky one-liners. We enjoy them because we recognize the mundane situations (getting a new apartment, making new friends, traveling, etc.), but the fun comes from watching witty, clever, and odd characters deal with them in unconventional ways. We love sitcoms because they bring humor to many areas of life, making us laugh wherever and whenever. Continue reading

Just Moms

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this wonderful day, we’re paying tribute to all the great Moms from our favorite stories. Enjoy, and add your own favorites in the comments!

  • Helen Parr (The Incredibles)
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  • Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
  • Vivian Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-air)
  • Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Wilma Flintstone (The Flintstones)
  • Harriette Winslow (Family Matters)
  • Drew Saturday (The Secret Saturdays)
  • Martha Kent (Superman: The Animated Series)
  • Susan Storm (Marvel Comics)
  • Dexter’s mom (Dexter’s Laboratory)
  • Maddie Fenton (Danny Phantom)
  • Agent K (The Replacements)
  • Margaret (Adventure Time)
  • Suyin Beifong (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • Ursa (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Kya (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Pema (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • Linda Flynn-Fletcher (Phineas and Ferb)
  • Bunny Bravo (Johnny Bravo)
  • Joyce Summers (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer)
  • Linda Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)
  • Joan Holloway (Mad Men)
  • Betty Draper (Mad Men)
  • Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
  • Naomi Bunch (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
  • Lila Ames (Gilead, Home, Lila)
  • Melian the Maia (The Silmarillion)
  • Karen Tyler (Wonderfalls)
  • Rosa Hubermann (The Book Thief)
  • Dana Hartz (Happy Endings)
  • Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)
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