I would imagine that not many family traditions can be traced back ten thousand years. The Gates family, like many families who trace their roots to Mexico, can do just that. Lesley Olvera Gates, her husband Tony, their two daughters Maddy and Morgan, and their extended family, continue a tradition of Christmas Eve tamale making and eating that Lesley remembers as an integral part of her earliest childhood memories—and it literally has ancient beginnings.
The Academy Award-nominated film Minari (2020) tells the story of a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in the rural United States during the 1980s. There have been very few stories like that told on the big screen, but the truth of the matter is that there are so many accounts of immigrants coming to this country for a better life and to live the “American Dream.” They come from all walks of life and represent different cultures. That is one of the things that makes this country amazing.
I have found that downtowns have some of the most interesting shops, and Reedley, CA is no exception. Recently we chatted with the owner of Cottonwood Clothing in Downtown Reedley, Emma Cuevas.
Most of us are familiar with the old Hans Christian Anderson Fairytale the Princess and the Pea--especially the part about a young woman who claimed to be a real princess, and how the Queen gave her a test of whether she could feel a pea under 20 mattresses--if she could, then she was a real princess and fit to marry the prince.
The Road Chip is the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. It starts out with Dave introducing his girlfriend, Samantha, and her son Miles to the chipmunks over mini golf. When the grownups aren't looking Miles plays pranks on the chipmunks but when they are watching he acts like a perfect gentlemen.
The Good Dinosaur is the newest Disney/Pixar film. It is about an Apatosaurus dinosaur named Arlo who is afraid of everything and he wants to make his mark on the world like his brother and sister have. However, he finds it difficult to overcome his fears.
The Peanuts characters have been around for many years and many have grown up with Snoopy and the gang. After 35 years it's great to see them back on the screen.
Hotel Transylvania 2 starts a couple years or more after the first movie. Johnny and Mavis (Count Dracula's daughter) are married and have their first child, Dennis. Drac (as they refer to him in the movie) has changed his mind about humans and has opened up the hotel to allow humans as well as monsters to stay there and Johnny, his son in law, works at the hotel as well.
The Intern is easily one of my favorite movies of the year so far! It's comedy, drama and just a feel good kind of movie. The premise is also a lot of fun and the cast is great.
Check out Jessica Ham's video review of the new family movie Minions!