Jason B. Ladd

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The Force Awakens, Hits Snooze and Sleeps In

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Stars Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has taken over the world. And rightfully so. (Photo left: Lego Vader brandishing a light shaver, “I can’t believe I slept in again.”) I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I grew up on Star Wars. And I’m taking my family to see The Force Awakens on opening night […]

Troublemaker: The King of Queens Model on Rejecting a Worldview

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I felt a bit like a troublemaker as I walked the creepy streets of Clearwater, Florida back in 2010. Ever since then, I’ve had a fascination with Scientology. Maybe it’s because I loved Top Gun as a kid. Maybe it’s because the name implies the study of science. Or maybe it’s because its creator—a science fiction writer […]

3 Crucial Realizations for Becoming a Better Parent

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Every good parent wants to become better. After quickly learning life isn’t just about you anymore, every decision takes on a new dimension. You no longer ask what is best, but what is best for your children. And you try to make the right decisions, but things don’t always work out how you envisioned. Here […]

I’ll Have What He’s Having

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In the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally, actress Meg Ryan gives one of the most memorable performances in the history of the romantic comedy. In an attempt to prove a point, Ryan launches into a climactic re-enactment of the sacred intersection of eros and agape. She does this in the middle of a fancy […]

Game of War and War as Game

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“Do you wanna come and play?” asks Kate Upton to promote Game of War in one of the most talked-about Super Bowl ads this year. She’s sporting the garb of Game of Thrones, but this is no HBO series. It’s not a movie either. It’s a video game. Upton’s enlistment brings glamour to the otherwise […]

Boyhood: What It Means In an Age of Mixed Messages

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is one of the year’s most notable movies. Linklater attempts to capture the total experience of boyhood. and does it well. Boyhood was filmed with same actors over a period of 12 years, giving it an uncommon authenticity. This is an incredible time to present what it means to be a boy in an […]

Reawakening: Has the Movement Missed the Mark?

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The hills are alive / With the sound of… …A softening US Marine Corps. That sentiment has surfaced from critics of the “reawakening” campaign in America’s beloved fighting force.

Going Back to Black and White

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This Christmas season, part of our experience included going back to black and white.  I wanted to create a shared experience with my children. I wanted to watch It’s A Wonderful Life. I recently saw clips of the colorized version and determined that with color, there was a chance for success. And we would watch […]

What A Film Composer Taught Me About Pitch Shift

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I don’t always spend my evenings in Los Angeles. But when I do, I’m hanging out with Hollywood film composers in pimped out recording studios. Stay thirsty for brilliance, my friends. Admittedly, I am not the most interesting man alive, and I’m not promoting booze. But I did spend an evening with concert and film […]

How a Soundtrack Can Help You Discover Truth

Writers often use soundtracks for inspiration. Step number two of best-selling author Michael Hyatt’s article “7 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Becoming More Productive” is to put on some inspiring music. I have a playlist loaded with soundtracks which create different moods for writing. Soundtracks like Hanz Zimmer’s Inception have massive themes creating a sense […]