published Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Strip

THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME

Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 22-year-old son who recently graduated from college and an 18-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school.

Q: Dad, what is the best way to deal with a situation that seems to have started by somebody getting bad information?

A: To quote the great philosopher Barney Fife, "Nip it in the bud." Go to the source as quickly as possible and just ask to talk about it. Usually, once that is done, both sides find out quickly that the disagreement is based on misinformation or a simple misunderstanding. Not talking to the person directly or waiting too long almost always makes the situation worse.

-- By Barry Courter

TOP 10 GAMES

Game Informer Magazine ranks the top downloadable games for February.

  1. "Trine 2," PS3, Xbox 360, PC

  2. "Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD," PS3

  3. "Warp," Xbox 360

  4. "Alan Wake's American Nightmare," Xbox 360

  5. "Gotham City Imposters," PS3, Xbox 360

  6. "NFL Blitz," PS3, Xbox 360

  7. "Gears of ," Xbox 360

  8. "Halo: Reach -- Anniversary Map Pack," Xbox 360

  9. "Sonic CD," PS3, Xbox 360, PC

  10. "All Zombies Must Die!" PS3, Xbox 360, PC

-- McClatchy Newspapers

WATCH THIS

What: "Woody Allen: A Documentary"

Instead of harassing the elusive Woody Allen with questions he'd never answer, Robert B. Weide shapes an image of who Allen is by linking the precious material he obtained with clips from his films as well as interviews with his family and friends. We see how Allen went from humble beginnings ("it doesn't seem like much, because it wasn't," he says of the house where he was born) to writing jokes for newspaper columns and "The New Yorker," to Allen discussing his films, warts and all. Archival interviews with his late mother make for touching detail, especially when she says she wishes he had been "softer," perhaps traumatized by his obsession with death and his romantic failures. Like the best of Allen's movies, this documentary makes you laugh and breaks your heart.

-- Jose Solis Mayters.com

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