Picking this year’s Oscar winners

12 Years A Slave: Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Because 2013 brought us so many strong films, predicting the Oscar winners is a challenge. Here’s how The Reel Dad views the major categories that will be announced March 2.   Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave What a fascinating race. Will the Academy recognize the visual innovation of ...

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Seven Angels sews an Irish play together seamlessly

Curtain Call — reviews with Joanne Greco Rochman.

It’s no secret that the Irish have always had a way with words and Mary Hanes’ “The Crimson Thread,” now at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, is no exception. Often poetic, the dialogue here is as attractive and strong as the three generations of women who speak the lines lyrically and with ...

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Keeping the faith in February

The beginning of a great winter meal: bok choy.

“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to morale.” —Elsa Schiaparelli   As I watch the blinding, swirling snow squalls  filling the sky on this ...

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Home rules; how to deal with personal questions

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A question of etiquette? Q.  We have very small children who play on the floor, so, for reasons of germs and cleanliness, we do not wear shoes in the house and ask any guests to remove their shoes, as well. This is important to us but it doesn’t seem to be a welcome request. How... Read More

A Winter Climb in the Taconics

Race Brook Falls, Feb. 26, 2014. —Rob McWilliams photo

“Only Japan has four seasons” say some Japanese proudly. My wife and I worked in Japan many years ago – met and married in Tokyo, in fact – and we heard this odd claim from time to time. Foreigners like us chuckled about it. Didn’t they know that other places saw four seasons too? But... Read More

Some warming film choices for the weekend

Tired of the cold? As we continue to endure a cold winter, movies on television this weekend certainly heat things up. Here are a few films to consider watching.   Raiders of the Lost Ark Feature of the Weekend When I introduce my favorite films to my family, I remind them to look at ...

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Spaceman: Insightful documentary about an unlikely hero

Former Red Sox and Montreal Expo pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee will be at the Ridgefield Playhouse Friday at 7:30 and will take questions following a screening of “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey.” ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

If you are counting the days to the first pitch of baseball season, you can get ready to play ball at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday evening with the showing of Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey followed by a question-and-answer session with veteran pitcher Bill Lee.  With winter showing no ...

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