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Your Childhood on the Silver Screen

Jimmy’s Daily Planet keeps up with new movie trailers. I also have lots of young nieces and nephews.

Featuring a brand new trailer from Disney, today’s blog post is for them.

And Disney’s Christopher Robin is for anybody with an active, playful imagination.

Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…


Gigant…Giganti…You Say It, Mr. Bloom

A small fish is okay, but a big fish is better.

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, it’s time to revisit the illustrious life of Mr. Edward Bloom from the book and film of the same name. For anyone who has seen the 2003 movie, Big Fish is a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece. Author Daniel Wallace reimagined the way we can (and should) perceive life.

Exhibit A:

Try and work in the word gigantificationism into normal conversation. That word is what you would call a big fish in a small (or large) pond.

Happy Throwback Thursday.

Strength in the Unknown

Christmas and New Years in Ohio is a bit unusual…for me, anyways.

For around 20 years, my family would travel abroad and vacation for about 2 weeks in incredible destinations overseas. The locations were breathtakingly wonderful and unforgettable. The memories I have from these trips made an impression on me that have been defining, to say the least. However (as explained in a previous blog post), marriages and children halted the “Lentz 5” adventures and instead created new family vacation traditions. Still, there is a one spot that will always generate a unique and special remembrance: Thailand.

Back in 2004, a tsunami devastated Thailand, as well as surrounding areas bordered by the Indian Ocean. It was a natural disaster of epic proportions. Hell on Earth. Yet, people (tourists and locals alike) rallied together to survive, for themselves and complete strangers. These powerfully amazing acts of kindness and heroism have resonated with me because that tsunami very easily could have hit a resort like the ones we’ve stayed at in areas practically identical to the one featured in the 2013 movie, The Impossible. This film is all too real when it comes to the beautiful beaches and land of Thailand and generosity of the Thai people and fellow vacationers. I recommend people see it, but there are some difficult scenes to watch, just as an FYI. And as actress Naomi Watts has said, the events in the movie are stunningly accurate. This is because the family at the center of the film really experienced what is shown in the movie.

This time of year reminds me of my epic family trips (like Thailand), the Christmas spirit and the hope and magnanimity from people all around the world in anticipation for the new year. The Impossible, despite its devastatingly raw realities, needed to be made. And, thankfully, it was.

Don’t simply think of the impossible, but find a way to be the impossible to yourself and others.