Monday, January 15, 2018

Cartoon Fix for today


When it's all just theory!

My mind is filled up right now.  Some changes were made in our local congregation of the Church.  It may have been handled better than it was but I was surprised at the comments.  ALL comments were about personal feelings. No issues drove the statements. "I was shocked." " I did not like that"  "I was blindsided." "No one talked to me about this."

I know many prayers were uttered prior to the decision but I guess the prayers were addressed to the wrong address.

You and I like all the passages in the Bible about respect, responsibility, seeking the LORD's will over ours.  But that's just theory, RIGHT.  We don't have to wait on the LORD. We have our own opinions.  MM 

The Movies 1

The 2017-2018 Movie season is in full swing. The best 2017 movies are just now getting to our town and just in time.  

Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle: This is a fun popcorn movie with action, comedy and a fun story.
Teenagers in Adult bodies caught in a video game.  ***star  2018 Movie 1


Molly's Game:  True Story with great cast and direction. Oscar material. It is freaky what the IRS can do.  One of the year's best.  ****star, 2018 Movie2


The Darkest Hour: True Story of Winston Churchill played masterfully by Gary Oldman.  A key part of the story was his handling of Dunkirk (another recent movie).  This is a great object lesson in what true leadership looks like.   ****1/2 stars,  2018 Movie 3


The Post:  True Story of the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers were the forerunner to Wikileaks.   While I was sweating the draft during the Vietnam War, The NY Times and the Washington Post were given Top Secret Pentagon documents by David Ellesberg that showed that the Vietnam war was not only unwinnable but they new it  along time ago.  Stephen Spielberg is masterful at telling this story. What makes this so timely is that it is the Press against the President and  It is about a woman that heads a major company in a time when men ruled EVERYTHING.
Oscar stuff with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.  This is 5 star. 2018 Movie 4



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas Visions 2

Downsizing:   This was a good story that uses the idea of getting small (Think Steve Martin) to talk about whats important in life.  Matt Damon stars but the story is the star.  It makes you think about life's decsions and what is important.  I give it 3 stars. 2017 movie 48



The Greatest Showman:  This musical shows off the talents of Hugh Jackman (a great showman) who plays PT Barnam. Interesting story though taken out of order.  Enjoyed:  4 star; 2017 Movie 49 


All the Money in The World:   J.Paul Getty is the point of the tale. The world's first billionaire who incidently hit his first oil well outside my hometown of Haskell.  Sad soul and big waste of a man.  Excellently done.  4 stars; 2017 Movie 50



The Shape of Water: Saved on of the best till last.  One of my favorite movies as a kid was "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and he is back in this movie.  At least the creature is identical.  This is a great story: a love story between a creature (captured by the government in the early 1960) and a mute cleaning lady who is assigned to clean the lab where he is kept. This is well told with great detail. The 50's way of life is fully on display.  Surprised by the nudity but it worked in the tale.
It is 5 star; 2017 Movie 51


For the first time in years, I did not make at least a movie a week (but close).  I have many more to see to catch up before the Oscars. It was a great year at the movies




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Visions







Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri:

Is a hard but excellent movie about a Mother dealing with the murder and rape of her daughter.
It is not all dreary there is some great banter as well. Excellent Cast with more than one Academy nominees.  Hard R for language and such.
***** star movie, 2017 number 45





Lady Bird:  Another mixture of comedy and drama of a coming-of age story of a high school student who calls herself Lady Bird.  Again, great cast and story.  I give it **** star, 2017 Movie 46





The Last Jedi:   IT's Star Wars!  of course its good!  ****star; 2017 Movie 47

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fall Movies 2

Same Kind of Different Than Me is a very good movie and true story./ Well acted and directed and it will give you all the encouragement you need to help those less fortunate. ***1/2 stars  2017 Movie 38

Thor- Ragnarok: Ok movie about super hero stuff. OK popcorn movie. **1/2stars  2017 Movie 39

Murder On the Orient Express: Great remake and very enjoyable. Great cast. ***stars, 2017 Movie 40

Daddy's Home 2: Guilty Pleasure   ***stars   2017 Movie 41

Wonder: One of the year's best movies. great story about coping and bullys. Great cast. The boy star is the same kid from the great movie "Room".  I give ****stars; 2017 Movie 42

Roman J Israel, Esq:  Anything by Denzel Washington is good. ***1/2 stars; 2017 movie 43

Last Flag Flying:  Great Movie, Great cast, and one of my favorite directors. blends two stories of Vietnam war and Iraq and the effects on veterans and families.  *****stars, 2017 Movie 44