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Sep 16 2014

Mayim Bialik: Why My Sons and I Hate the Movie “Frozen”

By at 11:29 am


Warning: This piece is anti-Frozen. If you’d prefer a more positive spin on the movie, click here.

Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.

Well, I have to speak the truth: My sons and I did not like “Frozen.” Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 4 2014

Mayim Bialik: Seven Things I Learned From Watching “Charlotte’s Web” With My Boys

By at 12:03 pm


I read “Charlotte’s Web” as a child and vaguely remember loving it. Truth be told, I didn’t remember what it was really about. I remembered there was a spider named Charlotte and a pig. And that (SPOILER ALERT) someone dies but it’s generally uplifting.

Well, I watched it with my boys during my recovery from surgery and it was beautiful. Netflix only had the Dakota Fanning 2006 version and I think I saw an animated version as a kid, but whatever, it was fine. And all of the celebrity voices were really good. Julia Roberts as Charlotte? Genius. And that actress who played Vincent D’ Onofrio’s wife in “Men in Black” was in it and I love her, the one who says he was wearing “An Earl suit”…

Anyway. Here’s what I learned from watching it: Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 16 2014

Milestone Alert: Mayim Bialik’s Sons Watch Star Wars for the First Time

By at 1:10 pm


My ex and I did something significant this past week. Last Friday, to be exact. Really big. Like super duper big. It may have changed our sons’ lives even more than our divorce did. I mean, I could be wrong, but I could be right. Want to know what we did?

We showed them the first “Star Wars” movie.

I know. I know! I KNOW! It’s HUGE. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 30 2014

Mayim Bialik: Watching “Prince of Egypt” With My Boys Made Me Cry–With Gratitude

By at 4:36 pm


My sons are 5.5 and 8. As I have discussed on Kveller before, I don’t watch TV and my sons had not seen TV until their dad showed them some Sesame Street-type stuff a few years ago on his iPad. I had–and still have–no interest in watching TV with my kids. I don’t have time to deal with the fights children have with parents about wanting to watch more, or a particular show, or buying the toys that the advertising industry jams down our kids’ throats–basically, I want nothing to do with it.

Now that I am divorced, I have to accept in new ways that my son’s father may do things in his house which I don’t do in my house and that’s got to be okay. He shows them TV. They don’t watch a lot, and we discuss what they watch, but I simply don’t show them any TV. I don’t have cable, so my TV is for watching movies and that’s all.

My boys have seen a few movies on their dad’s TV, and they have been very simple classic movies. I’ve watched a few at their dad’s house with them. We recently all went on a divorced family field trip to take our boys to their first in-theater experience, “The LEGO Movie,” which was awesome. (Here’s my post about it!) Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 20 2014

Mayim Bialik: My Boys Finally Had Their First Movie Theater Experience

By at 12:25 pm


The ex and I took our sons to their very first movie theater movie. That’s right, our 8 and 5.5-year-old sons have never been to a movie theater. And their dad shows them some cartoons and they have seen a few short animated films as well as “The Muppet Movie,” but not in a theater. I know: we are horrible parents. We have deprived them for years. They have missed out on so many irretrievably incredible experiences in movie theaters. Whatever. We finally took them to the movies. Yay. (And just think of all the money we saved not taking them to the movies all of these years! Yay!)

Firstborn loved it. Little Man was trepidatious but did great which is astounding considering that the Harlem Globetrotters game near broke his and my spirit with its loudness and overstimulation on so many levels.

Here’s why “The Lego Movie” was awesome for me as well as my boys. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 17 2013

Top 7 Things Mayim Loved About “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

By at 4:09 pm

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1. It’s “The Hobbit” 

It’s the story of a hobbit on a mission with a magic ring in his pocket. There are elves, there are dwarves, there are evil orcs, there’s a dragon! These are the kinds of things that are good in a movie.

2. Action 

I like a movie with sword fights and weird weapons. No guns, no bombs, just weapons.

3. A Journey

As J.R.R. Tolkien knew, the story of a journey is a captivating one. There are obstacles and there are moments of perseverance and courage. “The Hobbit” is a personal journey as well as a collective one. Whether you’re a fan of the Bible, contemporary psychoanalysis, or “The Hobbit,” the notion of a journey can and should appeal to you! Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 15 2013

Mayim, The Ex & The Kids Do Disneyland

By at 11:43 am

mayim bialik disneyland 2013I have never taken my children to Disneyland. They are 5 and just 8. We went on Sunday. Me, the ex, and the mother-in-law. All five of us. One car. 10 hours. Disneyland.

Why I Have Never Taken My Kids To Disneyland

There are many reasons, some of which you may think are legitimate, some of which you may not think are legitimate. Here are some:

1. It’s so ridiculously expensive. (I am cheap.)

2. They have never seen a Disney movie or TV show. (I hate crowds.)

3. They are very sensitive, especially my younger son, to lots of people, sounds, things, new things, newish things, scary things, overly exciting things, things. (I am very sensitive to lots of people, sounds, things, new things, newish things, scary things, overly exciting things, things.)

4. There are so many other things and places we enjoy that it just didn’t seem necessary. (I am cheap, hate crowds, and I am hypersensitive to people, sounds, and things.) Read the rest of this entry →

May 31 2013

Not to Be a Fuddy-Duddy, But Iron Man 3 Was Way Too Violent

By at 2:01 pm

iron man 3 logoI am officially on summer hiatus from The Big Bang Theory. After a month of travel (I traveled every week for at least three days for the past month, including a trip to Paris, two trips to Denver, a trip to San Jose, St.Louis, and New York), I am home.

I am happy to be home. I am organizing my house, spending time alone, and spending time with my kids. I also have seen two movies in one week! That’s a lot for me, since I’ve seen maybe one a year for the past eight years.

I saw Iron Man III yesterday. I love comic books and comic book movies, and I loved the first two Iron Man movies and was very excited to see this one. Truth be told, it was not my favorite: too many plot lines, too much similarity of the lead character to Osama Bin Laden and I sort of felt like it was “too soon” for a movie about the War on Terror showing a lot of graphic stuff about terrorism. But I’m sensitive about terrorism stuff; I don’t know.

I should say that I don’t tend to be bothered by violence in movies in general and some of my favorite movies are very violent and graphic. Django, for example, and movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels for example are terrific for me. So I don’t mind violence per se.

However.  Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 15 2012

Mayim Bialik’s Recap of the Breaking Dawn 2 Premiere

By at 1:11 pm

Last year, I attended the premiere of a movie franchise I knew nothing about, Breaking Dawn, the first of the final two movies of the Twilight series.

It was entertaining, sort of bizarre, and a true spectacle to see the thousands of people camped out in downtown LA, shrieking and sobbing as they watched Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart pout and grope each other in love scenes right out of a teenage novel written for grown adults. The whole thing was a sociological wonder to me and I didn’t feel judgmental about it so much as amused and fascinated.

So I went again this year to the final installment, Breaking Dawn 2. It was a lot like last year to be honest, but I knew better what to expect. Fancy Assistant Brandon came with me, wearing suspenders and a tie with his standard-issue Converse. (Sort of love him.) Read the rest of this entry →

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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