Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Movies 1

NOTE: I have lost interest in reviewing movies other than keeping count. When the internet stopped the copying of the movie posters, etc. The fun went away.

American Assassin and American Made:  Two "American" Movies that could not be further from each other or could they. Both are about recent events.

"Assassin" is about a guy wanting to revenge is girl friend's death by terrorists and becomes a killing machine for the CIA.. He is  a Jason Bourne typr. Great action.  2017 movie 32  I give it ***1/2 stars.

American Made is the Tom Cruise reinactment of the drug runners and gun runners during the Iran-Contra Affair during the Reagan years.  It is a humorous tale of a tragic time.  2017 movie 33. I give it **** stars.

"Blade Runner 2049" will be one of the year's ten best movies. It  takes place 32 years after the original story. The original story continues but I was amazed at the craftsmanship of the film (which was what I remembered about the first).  I enjoyed this 3 hour movie and give it ****1/2 stars. 2017 movie 34

"The Foreigner" is Jackie Chan's version of  "Taken".(but better).  It is also a revenge movie about terrorists.  Great story and action. *** stars. 2017 movie 35

"The Mountain Between Us" is an intimate story of a small plane that crashes in the rockies and the survival of two strangers thrown together in a strange situation. Two main characters and a dog who acts well too. Tense and well photographed. 2017 movie 36. *** stars.

"Subburbicon" is the strange Coen Brothers/George Clooney movie starring Matt Damon. It is 1957 Suburban life told in the fashion of movies like the Coen Brothers' "Blood simple" or "Raising Arizona".  It is a good story told over the top with a second story going in the background all the while. You will probably want to proceed with caution.  I like movies like this but doubt that many are.  **** stars. 2017 movie 37  I may rate it higher later.

Monday, September 25, 2017

NFL Thought

The Mayor of Pittsburg made the following statement: (NY Times)
 "If you're a gold star mom, the idea of kneeling through the national anthem is beyond disgraceful and is a cause of emotional harm, but if you're a mom who lost their child the streets of America, the idea of kneeling is saying to you that your voice is being heard."

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Steve Martin once offered this: "Be so good They can't ignore you."

I am getting recharged this week. I went to Vegas and the region around. There is genius in this desert wasteland.  To compete in this intense entertainment environment, everyone has to be at the top of there game. Businesses struggle for notice but the great one's can't be ignored.  We ate at Wolfgang Puck's Spago Restaurant. We went to see Blue Man Group. We shopped at the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip. Everywhere is excellence next to those who are ignored.

This setting shows me that I need to be so good, that I can't be ignored.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Experimental Theology: "You Never Stopped Calling Me Señora"

Experimental Theology: "You Never Stopped Calling Me Señora": Back when I was the rector of the Collegio Massimo of Jesuits and a parish priest in Argentina, I remember a mother with young children wh...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

summer movies 4

"Logan Lucky"  Fun Fun Fun A summer heist movie like Ocean's 11 and by the same director. Killer cast and great cameos, several NASCAR drivers make fun appearances. It is the tale of a laid off redneck that robs the Charolette Motor Speedway during the CocaCola 600. Danial Craig (007) steals the show.

Excellent summer flick. Four stars, 2017 Movie 30

"Hitman's BodyGuard"  Another fun movie but R rated for extreme profanity and bloodshed.  But it has Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson so you should not be surprised. Crazy car chases and witty dialogue.  3 stars; 2017 Movie 31

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trump 2

Garrison Keillor wrote:

"So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House, and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistil at the waves, not really useful, but what does it add up to? Not that much if you ask me, which you didn't, but I'll say it anyway."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trump 1

I have tried to support our President. I wanted to support our President. I do acknowledge that he is my President.

I just wished he thought about anyone other than himself. While I am wishing:

I wish he was intelligent.
I wish he knew History.
I wish he knew how Government works.
I wish he knew how Health Care works.
I wish he knew............. 
This is endless!