The Wolf of Wall Street: Overdone look at outrageous living

The Wolf of Wall Street surprised moviegoers with winning five Academy Award nominations. Does the film merit the honors? This week, the Reel Dad takes a fresh look at the latest entry from Oscar-winning director Martin Scorcese.    Nobody makes movies that look or sound like movies by ...

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How should a child answer the phone? Dealing with strolling musicians

Etiquette: talking with grandma.

Q.  Are there guidelines you can give me to teach my children how to answer the phone politely?   A. While it used to be correct to have children answer with “Smith residence, Ethan speaking,” it is no longer a good idea, for safety reasons, to have them provide either the family name or ...

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2014 Range Rover HSE: Latest model is superbly capable

2014 Range Rover HSE

Driving around western Connecticut in our gorgeous Fuji White 2014 Range Rover HSE, we got to wondering: Who buys or leases one of these? It’s too expensive for middle-class folks desiring security and mobility in bad weather, and wealthy people may prefer a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz that’s ...

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Wondrous winter wellness

Avocados brighten winter.

I wonder if the snow loves the fields and trees, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again.” — Lewis Carroll   Despite the  frigid temperatures and short, dark days, ...

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The Invisible Woman: More than a fashion show

As we savor Oscar season — and the nominees fill area theaters — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of the honored films. This week’s pick is the drama about Charles Dickens, The Invisible Woman, a nominee for Best Costume Design. Since movies began, Hollywood has loved costumes. ...

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Past Oscar-winners to enjoy

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? With the Academy Awards soon approaching, you can check out these past winners and nominees on television. Here are some films to catch or record this weekend.   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Feature of the Weekend   We expect our ...

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Dating etiquette: Introductions are not optional

Etiquette of dating.

Q.  My daughter has started dating. Is it unreasonable for us to expect to meet her date when he picks her up?  A.  It is entirely reasonable, particularly if she is a minor, and it is a courtesy if she is an adult living in your home. Whether she believes it or not, having parents... Read More