The Reel Dad: The Trip to Spain shines a spotlight on friendship

Not every movie needs a plot. Many films provide real entertainment without telling reel stories. They compensate for a lack of narrative by showcasing the depth of characters and the details of relationships. Think, for a moment, of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez in The Breakfast Club. … read more

Pudd’nhead Festival honors Mark Twain

Honor knows no statute of limitations. — Mark Twain’s autobiography   Launched quietly three years ago with a gala event, The Pudd’nhead Literary and Humor Festival presented by the Mark Twain Library in Redding has grown each year to become a weekend of four events encompassing the gala, a comedy Hoot’nanny, the Pudd’nhead Parade and NPR’s popular radio show Selected … read more

The Reel Dad: Wind River chills the landscape

From the opening moments, we feel the cold. We sense the bitterness of remote land where low temperatures threaten and isolation defines. We see how people, in a place so desolate, find ways to live and cheat, lie and deceive, attack and hurt. And we wonder how they continue when they lose so much. As a filmmaker, Taylor Sheridan writes movies … read more

The Reel Dad: Remembering Jerry Lewis

A Labor Day weekend without Jerry Lewis just doesn’t seem right. Even though this master comic stopped hosting his Muscular Dystrophy telethon in 2010, his presence continues to shade the holiday he defined for some 44 years. His death on Aug. 20 brings to mind a comedian who made memorable movies as well as a philanthropist who made a lasting … read more