Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
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The bond between sisters is sometimes tightly woven, sometimes loosely held, but never broken. ~ Anonymous
I didn't grow up with siblings, and yet I felt the ache of not having that inseparable bond with another person. Having seen the lov... Read More »
Published on Friday, August 9, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
No compensation was received for this post. I attended a press junket, which facilitated the writing of this post. Accommodations were provided.
Look, I am more than just a crop duster.— Dusty, Disney’s Planes
5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF! From the time my son was a year and a half old, he'd already been on across the country on an airplane. To create excitement abou... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
It doesn't matter where you came from. What matters is who you choose to be
- The Smurfs 2
Having watched The Smurfs with my father as a child, I can't say that I ever really paid attention to their early stories and themes. As I sat inside the theater for the very first time to watch the second in Sony Pictures Animation's Smurfs trilogy, I thought ab... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
No compensation was received for this post. We pre-screened the film which helped facilitate the writing of this post.
Gru’s back in the game with cool cars… gadgets… and weapons! - Despicable Me 2
The Minions are back...and this time, they're funnier than ever! Despicable Me 2 debuted in theaters today, just in time for the 4th of July holiday, and despite ou... Read More »
Published on Friday, June 21, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
No compensation was received for this post. I was invited on a press trip to cover the film’s release and travel was provided.
Scariness is the true measure of a monster
-Dean Hardscrabble, Monsters University
From the moment Mike Wazowski walks into Monsters, Inc. on an elementary school field trip, he is certain of one thing...he is going to be a scarer! ... Read More »
Published on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
You know, it's times like these when I realize what a superhero I am
- Tony Stark, Iron Man 3
Audiences know to expect action when they see a superhero film, and Marvel's Iron Man 3, in theaters today, does not disappoint in this area. But what was pleasantly surprising about the epic superhuman sequel is the heart and humor that gives dimension to the story.
We... Read More »
Published on Friday, March 22, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Today we begin choosing the most remarkable freshman class in Princeton history - Admission
SATs...ACTs...Kaplan Prep...Advanced Placement Math (English, Chemistry, etc.). Most of high school is dedicated to one thing...College Admission. It seems like ages ago, and despite the fact that I never aspired to attend an Ivy League school, I still remember the stres... Read More »
Published on Friday, March 8, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Who is the great Wizard who helps Dorothy return to her home in Kansas along with giving The Scarecrow a brain, the Tin Woodman heart, and the Cowardly Lion, courage? Disney's latest fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful, seeks to answer that question in it's latest prequel, opening in theaters today. Inspired both by L. Frank Baum's novels and the 1939 film The... Read More »
Published on Friday, December 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It's literally like riding a wave - Leslie Mann on Turning 40
We spend so much of our lives wishing we were older...old enough to drive and vote and make official decisions. Just when we think we've reached that peak age, we begin wishing we could stop the process. I remember that distinct moment when I no longer wished for birthdays to add another year to my belt. A... Read More »
Published on Friday, December 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
We scare because we care - Monsters, Inc.
Eleven years ago, the creative minds at Pixar imagined a world of monsters who spend their days dreaming up ways to scare children. Monsters, Inc. returns to the big screen this holiday season, visually enhanced and presented in Disney Digital 3D.
It has been many years since I've seen the film, this time through the len... Read More »
Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
"And they lived happily ever after."
This Is 40 begins where most romantic comedies end, bold and candid in it's depiction of marriage, extended family relationships, child-rearing, financial stress, and coming to terms with one's mid-life identity. The film, raw and unequivocal, was inspired by Director Judd Apatow's life and stars his wife and two children. We s... Read More »
Published on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Never has that quote been more true about a person than the man who led our country out of the Civil War...out of slavery...and out of the division that crippled our country.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, p... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Parents hold their children's hands for just a little while ... their hearts forever
- Author Unknown
It feels like I was just holding my baby boy in my arms, gazing into his deep brown eyes while I nursed him for the first time in the hospital. Wiser parents who have gone before me warned me about how quickly the time goes by. As soon as I felt like I had master... Read More »
Published on Friday, June 29, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Sibling relationships - and 80 percent of Americans have at least one - outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust. - Erica E. Goode
As a young girl growing up in an only-child family, I longed for a brother or... Read More »
Published on Saturday, April 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Fifty years ago, one million chimpanzees existed in the wild. Today, only a fifth of those still remain. That fact alone is compelling enough for me to see Disneynature's newest nature documentary film titled Chimpanzee. But the film is so much more than a visual documentation of the behaviors of these extraordinary animals. Behind every Disney film is a story, ... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
"Read it!" my daughter emphatically stated as she looked up at me with her big brown eyes, pointing to the colorful new book that sat inside my suitcase. Every time I go on a trip, my children tear apart peruse through my suitcase, in hopes of finding something fun from my time away. I hadn't even had a moment to unpack my cosmetic case when they found the book an... Read More »
Published on Friday, February 3, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
I walked into the elevator and immediately recognized her from You Again and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Despite the fact that I lived in LA most of my life, I still find it surreal to walk into an elevator and come face to face with Kristen Bell, who plays one of the few fictional characters in the film Big Miracle. The character of Jill Jerard (Bell), a TV report... Read More »
Published on Monday, January 30, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It was 1988, and while Americans didn't know it, we were nearing the end of the Cold War, a 46 year period in history where military and political tensions between the US and the Soviet Union were high. "Back then we really thought the world was going to end," states Bonnie Carroll, who was the Reagan Administration aide appointed to oversee Operation Breakthrough, ... Read More »
Published on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
I'm an idealist...a dreamer...a romantic. Naturally, I'm drawn to movies of this nature.
Two weeks ago, The Switch was released on DVD and Blu-ray. This is one of those movies I had hoped to see in theaters, but never had an opportunity due to busy schedules and lack of childcare. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis a... Read More »
Published on Sunday, March 13, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Technology bridges magic in Disney's Mars Needs Moms, which opened over the weekend in theaters nationwide. The computer-animated sci-fi film follows the story of nine year old Milo, who goes on a space quest to find his mom who has been abducted by Martians. The film, which is based on a children's picture book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Berkeley "Berk... Read More »