Toy Story 4 & A Book Review I wrote

Toy Story 4 – This movie is another great addition into the Pixar canon and for whatever reason I doubted it. The third movie seemed like the perfect conclusion to the series. Making a fourth film just seemed like a money grab.

In spite of my fears, this movie completely justifies its existence and hits every beat. The fact that we have seen these characters and this group so many times, definitely takes away from the wonder and excitement of the first few films. Even with that, the movie glides with such confidence and fun, its hard not to feel yourself falling back into the traps of that world.

It also finds ways to play with the conventions of good and evil, allowing for empathy and understanding. It gives time for toys to discover themselves, and what brings them together. This movie never treats its audience as stupid, but still gives ample amount of fun for even the smallest of children.

Calling this a kids movie is selling it short. It is a movie appropriate for kids that can be enjoyed by all. The best Pixar movies are more powerful for adults, and Toy Story 4 is no different. While some of the initial charm from the series is taken away, this movie is still a must-see for any Pixar fan. 9/10

The author does a terrific job of simplifying and defining the dilemma, but the rest of the book misses multiple opportunities to address it.

I have been working as an intern for the Washington Examiner and got to write a book review on Tyler Cowen’s book Big Business. Please check it out! I will be trying to see more movies this summer so I will be coming back with more reviews so stay tuned for those as well.

Tyler Cowen’s An Economist Gets Lunch

Food is a product of economic supply and demand, so try to figure out where the supplies are fresh, the suppliers are creative, and the demanders are informed.

Tyler Cowen’s book An Economist Gets Lunch is an enjoyable introduction to economic principles and how it relates to food. Cowen is a economics professor at George Mason, and has his own wonderful blog entitled Marginal RevolutionHe has written dozens of books and has been an important voice in economics for the past decade.

In this book Tyler explores the history of food and why he believes it is in crisis, and explores how we can use basic economics to get the most out of our eating experience. Some of my favorite rules are why you should always eat on a street instead of an avenue in New York, why fighting patrons are a good sign, and how changing our supermarket experience can change our diets for the better. This book is a wonderful read, full of history, economics, and above all food. If you are looking for an introduction into economics or a guide to the mind of Tyler Cowen, this is a great place to start.