Movie Review: RISEN Doesn’t Rise to Occasion

My biggest complaint about Risen is the departure from biblical narrative. While some of this is necessary in reimagining a story, I believe Risen took it too far.

What Frozen Has Taught Me About Holding On

Yet God, like Anna, sees us scared and alone building castles of isolation. We tell Him that we don’t need Him. We sing songs of independence. We look beautiful on the outside.

On the inside, our hearts are slowly freezing us to spiritual death.

The Help: The Book vs.The Movie (Spoilers? Probably.)

The Book I spent 20 minutes sobbing clinging to my paperback copy of The Help, as if the New York Times bestseller could understand my outpouring of emotion.  Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is that kind of book—the kind of book I want to start re-reading, even though I just finished it, the kind of bookContinue reading “The Help: The Book vs.The Movie (Spoilers? Probably.)”

Updated Review Policy and My Love Note to the FTC

Hear ye, hear ye!  I have updated parts of Backseat Writer’s Review Policy and added a bit of plain speak to my FTC Disclosure.  Read on, you know you want to… REVIEW POLICY Request for reviews/interview/marriage proposals can be sent to Why, yes, I would love to review your album, book, movie, or product! Continue reading “Updated Review Policy and My Love Note to the FTC”

Movie Review:: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3, the third movie in the Toy Story series, is a delightful edition to the Pixar trilogy.  After sitting in a dusty toy box for years, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and the rest of the gang feel abandoned by Andy, who is now 17 and headed offContinue reading “Movie Review:: Toy Story 3”

Take 10 with To Save A Life’s Randy Wayne

Randy Wayne is definitely crush material.  So don’t be surprised when the teen girls in your life gush about this personable actor after seeing To Save A Life, which releases in theaters nationwide on Jan. 22.  Randy plays Jake Taylor, a popular basketball player with a cheerleader girlfriend, you know, the typical kid that allContinue reading “Take 10 with To Save A Life’s Randy Wayne”

Movie Review:: Avatar

Rated PG13 Directed by James Cameron Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Zaldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: Graphics 4.5/5, Storyline 2.5/5 Word of Warning: At nearly 3 hours, it’s a good idea to visit the restroom before settling in for a viewing of “Avatar.” By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer of My husband hasContinue reading “Movie Review:: Avatar”

National Adoption Month:: Learning to be Human

November is National Adoption Month here in the states, so to celebrate I think we should all go out and adopt a child.  Just kidding, that would take months and months.  I mean, adopting a child is a little more complicated than picking up a kitten at the humane society.  But wouldn’t it be lovelyContinue reading “National Adoption Month:: Learning to be Human”

To Save A Life–the Movie & the Sonic Kitty

On Thursday evening, I attended a pre-screening of TO SAVE A LIFE, a film that delves into the lives of teenagers in crisis (suicide, pregnancy, divorce, cutting, bullying).  For now, all I will say about the film (which releases in January 2010) is:: it’s pretty good, has the potential to get teens (and adults) talkingContinue reading “To Save A Life–the Movie & the Sonic Kitty”

Documentary Film “Umuryango” Tells Plight of Rwanda Street Children

The 1994 Rwanda genocide left thousands of children as victims and orphans. This is a documentary about the ones left behind. My dear friend, Amanda Ibrahim, has been working her little keister off the past year on Umuryango while going to college, completing an internship, and accomplishing many other things too numerous to list.  IContinue reading “Documentary Film “Umuryango” Tells Plight of Rwanda Street Children”