Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The Impossible Mission Accomplished to My Full and Complete Satisfaction


When I consider the whole body of work – Action, Stunts, Script, Misdirection, Acting and Entertainment Value – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (MI 5) is the full package. MI 5 is an action film with a plot, sub-plots with twists and turns, scenes done live with real people/not computers and some really good one liners and interaction between the Actors. If that weren’t enough it takes you all over the world like a travelogue on steroids that almost never slows down.

Marty and I both feel this is not only the best film we have seen in 2015 but it may be the best purely Action Film of all times. If you factor out the romance, sexuality and love interest of the Bond films MI 5 is a better Spy Action Drama – but let’s be realistic who really wants to factor out the romance, sexuality and love interest?

Make no mistake this is Tom Cruise’s Movie. He is the film and the film is him. While I’m not a big fan of him personally or his cult – his physical presence, the bigger than life action scenes he actually filmed, the delivery of his lines and his work with the supporting cast could not have been better.

Speaking of the supporting cast Rebecca Ferguson is no “Bond Girl” but she is a classically beautiful woman and compelling character who stole many of her scenes – especially her fighting sequences. Jeremy Renner is polished and smooth as Tom’s Boss and biggest supporter. I had never heard of Simon Pegg but will not forget him. He was perfectly cast as the sort of “odd ball” side kick. I’m undecided about Alex Baldwin’s role in MI 5. Is he really a lousy actor rolling through life thinking he’s still on 30 Rock or did he do a great job spoofing himself as the insecure and overbearing boss in this film. Decide for yourself and let me know.

I’m sure you have seen the Official Trailer where Tom hangs onto the side of a plane. The movie opens with that sequence and they don’t drag it out but move right into the plot. As good as the plane scene is I felt the car chase and motor cycle riding were even more impressive. There was no rope holding Tom onto the cycle as it made high speed twists and turns down the Moroccan Roads. We heard Simon Pegg say in an interview on Jimmy Fallon that Tom actually did the driving. Impressive it is!

Obviously Marty and I really, really like MI 5. We strongly recommend it to you and it makes our list of “must see on the big screen” films. If you wait for home viewing you will miss a lot. Bring some sanitizer and pretend that crunchy stuff underneath your feet is the sand at the beach and not the last guy’s popcorn.

Larry

Would you know an “Ass” if you saw one?


A good friend of mine whose name really is John e mailed me today – I presume because he knew I was in agreement with some of The Donald’s first comments, especially on immigration and border security. Now that he has taken to attacking a fellow Vietnam Vet/POW and started giving out people’s mobile numbers he asked me what I thought of him now. Seeing as how John and I are both from the South I sent him this reply:

Dear John,

As you know when you grow up in the south and you see an Ass (Mule for you Yankee Folks) out of its stall and tromping around in Ma’s vegetable garden Pa didn’t hesitate to take a two by four and whack the Ass upside the head. Surprisingly, the Ass didn’t run off but continued to stomp on the tomatoes. So Pa pulled out his pocket .22 he kept on him for rabbits and squirrels and trespassers and shot the Ass behind the ear putting it down.

Unlike Politics today no body has to tell you “its an Ass” because in the South everybody knows what an Ass looks like. It’s an unfortunate breeding of a male donkey and a female horse that results in really bad protruding teeth and a lot of bushy, ugly mane and tail. Nobody is going to second guess your decision to put him down because you gave him warning and he kept on being an unruly Ass. What other choice did he have?

Grandpa saw it all from his rocker on the porch. He was a wily and frugal cracker and he had the Ass bled out and cut up to thicken up the “slop” for the hogs.

I suppose there will be some city folk who will say the Ass was acting like a “moron” but really isn’t that redundant or an oxymoron – like White House Intelligence or Peace Loving Muslims?

As a man from Arkansas yourself I’m sure you would have been the first one to support the old farmer when one of those crazed animal rights, pot smoking hippies from the Commune down the road came by and asked the farmer why did you shoot the unruly Ass. The farmer of course picks up the two by four and the hippie runs off because even a pot smoking, liberal hippie from the city knows a precedent when he sees it.

Larry

PS John, I lost myself in the moment. Were you asking me about Trump or Hillary?

If you are Elderly or have Loved Ones who are this information may be important for you


If you are elderly or have parents or loved ones who are – this story in today’s on online WSJ may be more helpful to you than you think.

Up until now Medicare’s policy was that if you are seriously ill you MUST choose between “curative treatment” and “hospice.” Stated differently if you and or your family are exhausted from caring for an elderly and sick loved one you had to give up on any chance of being healed and resign yourself to death to get the comfort and benefits that hospice services offer.

As the WSJ point out perhaps this is why only 45% of people on Medicare take advantage of the many wonderful and fully covered hospice programs available to them. Who wants to give up hope to get better care in the short run?

With this change a person who is seriously ill and requires the significant level of care that hospice offers can choose to receive hospice care and STILL get the medicines or other treatments that might miraculously save their life.

I hope that you can open this link. I tried Google and did not come up with anyone else who had covered this story.

Please let me know if you have any questions. As you may know Marty and I regularly visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and hospice. Up to now the mere mention of the word “hospice” was “forbotten.” Everyone has to go outside the room just to talk about it. it was like signing a death sentence. I think this is an excellent change.

Finally, allow me to say two other things. Hospice does wonderful work. I mean really first rate, professional and caring service – and it is covered by Medicare. There is now no reason for anyone not to consider hospice. Nor is there much reason for anyone to donate money to hospice because they are making a profit off the Medicare coverage.

Larry

http://www.wsj.com/articles/medicare-expanding-access-to-hospice-care-1437404431?mod=djem10point

Ant-Man – We Really Enjoyed It! See Hint Below


Marty and I really enjoyed Ant-Man! After you buy your ticket but before you walk into the theater I recommend you do the “Uncle Larry Mind Wipe.” Take your right hand and raise it to your left temple. Holding your index finger straight up move your hand from left to right across your forehead and temporarily wipe away your sense of logic and reality. Stated differently, if you buy a ticket to a Marvel Comic Movie and don’t expect some fantasy and humor you got in the wrong line.

This movie won’t be nominated for anything but we enjoyed all three of the lead actors and one of the supporting cast. Paul Rudd as The Ant-Man looks good with his shirt off and has an excellent sense of comedic timing. Michael Douglas was credible as the aging scientist and Marty loves him in anything since we sat next to him decades ago at the original Wolfgang Pucks in Beverly Hills. Evangeline Lilly, as Michael’s Daughter could sit next to me in any restaurant and I would give the food a great review. She is brunette with blue eyes and fully dressed was very compelling as the “they had to be a couple in the end” female lead.

The most enjoyable actor is a fellow named Michael Penn who is Hispanic and spoofs all the funny Hispanic lines. If I played the part I would be sued but he is hilarious!

Will you miss anything if you wait for home viewing? Only a good time!

Uncle Larry

Terminator Genisys – A Sequel Too Far


Terminator Genisys(TG): There are several good things we can say about TG – but not enough to encourage you to put your butts on seats and your hands and arms on armrests and cup holders that haven’t been sterilized since your local theater was built. OK, maybe I’m being a little hard on theater chain operators. Let’s start over.

There are several good things we can say about TG but if you have a big screen TV wait for Home Viewing. However, if you are patient and are also a Terminator and Arnold fan go see it now.

This is not to say we did not enjoy the film overall – thus we recommend you see it when it comes out on rental. Typically a movie starts out strong and sags somewhere in the middle and finishes strong. TG was so slow and generally confusing getting started that I dosed off for a few seconds and then listened to it with my eyes closed for a bit. Once all the characters were introduced and developed – the plot turned interesting and even had a couple of surprises along the way.

Marty and I both thought Arnold was great. If you like to watch Arnold as the Terminator trying to walk the line between being a machine yet displaying his quirky humor and emotions for the good guys and gal you will enjoy him in TG. Emilia Clarke – better known to us as Daeneryl Targaryen, The Dragon Queen in Game of Thrones, did a nice job as a new and softer edged Sarah Connor. Jason Clarke – whom we liked in several TV series was good in his role as John Connor and I can’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

It was 93 and humid here today and we had nothing on our calendar so seeing TG was a good way to spend the afternoon. On the way out I washed my hands twice and put my clothes in the washer when we got home. We truly do wish we could recommend Terminator Genisys to you in the theater but we just can’t bring ourselves to do it.

Larry and Marty

One more step on the road to Socialism – Greece here we come!


Was it just a month or so ago when King Obama recommended that all students who were tricked into getting student loans being forgiven those Federal (you and me) loans?

We wondered at that time when the next shoe on the road to Socialism and student loan forgiveness for all of the $1.2 Trillion – I think that’s $1,200,000,000,000 – would fall.

That sound you just heard was one more shoe dropping. If you can open the site below from the WSJ online you will see the King’s smiling face in the center of his “Education Department” as they announce the next step towards wiping the slate clean – caping payments of all student loan debt to 10% of “discretionary income.”

I don’t know about you but right now I don’t have any “discretionary income” and I don’t imagine it will be too tough for the ex-students who took out these loans to make the same claim.

Larry

PS If you suspect the WSJ is too conservative a source and may have slanted the story I have also included the site from YOUR Federal Department of Education. They estimate that only 6,000,000 students will get this new benefit – WHAT – ONLY SIX MILLION. How much damage can one President do before his term is up?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/education-department-to-propose-expanded-student-loan-repayment-program-1436300209?mod=djem10point

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-expands-efforts-help-americans-manage-student-loan-debt

Ban Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis? Can’t a Southerner Catch a Break?


Reading the reports on Fox News I see that the old adage “if you give them an inch they will take a mile” certainly seems to apply to the Progressive and Black community’s insistence of now doing away with not only the Confederate Flag but ANYTHING that has a historical tie to the Civil War – which as all Southerner’s know is more appropriately called “The War of Northern Aggression.”

The great and wise Harry Reid proposes removing the Statute of Jefferson Davis from Washington, DC. Several other progressive groups are demanding the removal of all statutes of American Historical figures like Robert E Lee from public buildings and parks. Other proposed bans include the singing of “Dixie” – any school named after a Confederate leader – and once again not to be out done by anyone Harry doubled down and has asked the UNLV Administration to considering dropping their “UNLV Running Rebels” Mascot. Funny I don’t remember Nevada being in the Confederacy.

Balance – BALANCE – BALANCE. What happened to a little balance mixed in with some give and take? It seems these days the only acceptable view is the Progressive view and in this moment it’s the rush to do anything and everything that salves the wounds of the Black Community.

I started this morning to send a “letter to the Editor” on this topic but was wisely advised against it by a friend because anything that is printed that goes counter to the current trend of Progressiveness and Racial Improvement would automatically classify me as a “Racist” according to my friend and he is probably right. More on this in Point B of this missive.

Point A: That said let me share my thoughts that started all this. I realize my life view is considered heresy to Progressives and the intelligencia of the media. Nonetheless I am sharing with you my feelings! My goal today is not to be correct from any stand point – political or otherwise but rather to simply share what I perceive to be true for a large portion of Americans – feelings which have been pushed down and demeaned and mischaracterized by the left and the media.

For example: Third, Fourth and Fifth Generation Southerners like Marty and I and our son Tony, from the Core Confederate States – and most likely many other whites scattered about our Nation – understand what would be the politically correct thing to do in the moment for the sake of the Black population we live life with. However, our lives and generational thinking, hold onto a deeply rooted historical culture – and we don’t see another round of “rush to judgement” change on our part as being merited. Today’s demands from various groups show it certainly won’t be the last change we will have shoved down our throats. You could call it selfish and prejudice and I could agree with you and not be offended. Somewhere, sometime isn’t there going to come a point where the thoughts and feelings of the majority are considered in these issues?

I think people groups with different “life views” have a much better chance of successfully living together if each will take the time to understand the other. I hear the Progressive view daily. I guess I’m asking others and anyone who reads this to try and understand my thoughts and the thoughts of people like me.

To be clear I’m not just talking about what the media will describe as pick up truck driving hillbillies – though they are great fun to be with on Saturday night and I feel so much safer with a rifle or shotgun in the window rack. I’m putting forth the position that many whites – Southern and otherwise – of all economic and social classes – across the last four or five living generations – to include a range from the most successful older population – to the current generation coming out of high school and trying to find their way in life – have deep rooted and entrenched positions handed down from generations past. Further, we believe that our heritage and choices also deserve to be remembered and not be swept away by the Progressive movement as if we mattered not.

It may be a hard thing for some to think that feelings and positions such as mine even exist and an even harder thing for anyone to put out there – but its true. It’s possible many Non Southern Whites, Progressives and a fair percentage of Blacks may criticize something they don’t understand and don’t have a answer for. But that doesn’t mean it does not exist.

It also means that I and many like me feel it is time to slow the rate of change – to take into account the thoughts and feelings of the majority and to put some emphasis on BALANCE. We are not alone – however, we are very under-represented in the media and in Washington and politics in general.

Point B: I don’t consider myself or my friends to be a racist. For example: While living in Chicago Marty and I supported an inner city mission in Chicago that helped exclusively – yes Black children. For decades we have been financial supporters of various ministries in Africa which serve – yes Black children. For 15 years I served regularly as a volunteer and Board Member of a rescue Mission in Chicago that provides shelter from the cold winter nights, showers, meals and clean laundry for – yes mostly Black men from the streets of Chicago. Not “homeless” folks but “street people” who made a conscious decision to live on the streets and live off the Social Welfare money stream.

When we moved to Florida Marty and I got involved with a children’s ministry that provided adoption for unwanted – yes mostly Black children. After that we ran the major fund raising effort for an inner city ministry in West Palm Beach that provides after school care, tutoring, food, clothing and mentors for – yes inner city Black children. In addition to the significant investment of time we have given money to causes over the years that provide the basic needs of human life and for “extras” like bikes and toys at Christmas for – yes Black families and Black children.

We have Black friends – one of whom is among the finest restauranteurs I have had the pleasure to know. For four of the past five days Marty and I have spent time in the Jupiter Hospital with a couple – the husband of which is paralyzed from the waist down and has a myriad of health issues. When they are home we bring them food and give them a little financial help now and then and – yes they are Black people. We attend a Church that goes of its way to welcome all persons of color.

We’d be open to having more Black friends but often my mouth’s “filter” clogs up and people aren’t comfortable when I say what I am really thinking.

My friends can tell you I am no saint. Far from it. My point is there are millions of Americans who think like I do who also personally and privately are helping minorities and people of color live life. Hence I don’t consider myself or them to be a racist. I may rightfully be accused of being prejudiced because I want to hang out with people who have the same goals and aspirations that I aspire to – regardless of their color. I think of that process as making good decisions because “bad company corrupts good morals.”

Larry

Jurassic World – A Few Follow On Thoughts


Several of our internet friends were concerned about what they may have missed because they had not seen Jurassic Park – or JP Parts II and III. Yes, I had completely forgotten that following the hugely successful and critically acclaimed original Jurassic Park there were two follow up films that I personally did not see. Neither of them were “critically acclaimed” but did post good, but not spectacular box office numbers.

I am happy to report that if you have not seen any of the Jurassic Park films you are not at any disadvantage when you see Jurassic World. All you need to know is revealed in the film and even that is very brief. It’s like watching Super Bowl IV when Kansas City upset the vaunted Minnesota Vikings 23 – 7. Super Bowls I, II and III were distant memories, especially for an NFC fan like myself. Can you believe Super Bowl 50 is coming up. Surely I can’t be that old but my 70th is right around the corner in November.

If money is any indication JW is a winner. It just went over One Billion Dollars (the approximate cost of the Obama family vacations) in Box Office sales in record time.

Finally I read today the female lead – and in our view the leading actor in the film – Bryce Dallas Howard is Ron Howard’s Daughter. Yep – Opie is all grown up and has a beautiful daughter who looks great as a red head. I hear her Uncle Clint Eastwood is also recommending the film.

“That’s all Folks!”

Jurassic World – A Rocket Ship of Enjoyment


Jurassic World is continuously entertaining – it builds and grows from level to level and finishes strong!

Marty, Tony and I all give it a 95% rating and an absolute must see on the really big screen. We don’t do 3-D and the regular movie was plenty in your face, loud and visually stunning.

The thing I liked about Jurassic World the best is even though I knew it wasn’t real with a little imagination it seemed to be. Unlike some of the earlier action adventure movies of 2015 that came off as one big computerized blue screen production – Jurassic had a good mix of human interest sub plots, families, kids, humor, good guys and bad guys, finger biting escape scenes and of course a little romance. Somehow even the Raptors seemed almost friendly and of course the big and bad Indominus Rex was really big and very bad but the scale of the film made him seem believable.

Jurassic is PG-13 which once again shows us how “mature” movie ratings are. We enjoy a little violence with our action scenes but I would be careful about taking a young child because there were plenty of scenes where animals and people had limbs and or heads bitten off or were just swallowed whole. The gore was held to minimum and the afore mentioned dinosaur eats man scenes were over quickly – but it is a bit much for a young child.

That said we really, really liked Jurassic World and strongly recommend you see it on the big screen.

Larry, Marty and Tony

Mad Max, Fury Road – Somewhere in between the violence, action, and fantastic automotive creations the Relationship between Furiosa and Max comes through.


Mad Max, Fury Road is definitely not sweet “Adeline.” If a film were rated solely on violence Mad Max would be “X” for Extra Action Scenes all filled with high speed violence and death. If you are a fan of the original Mad Max movies you know what to expect and you will love this film. If you are new to the genre I strongly suggest you park your sense of reality at the door and turn your “humor” switch up to full volume. It’s almost like the Director is trying to inundate the viewer with long dizzying sequences of maddening action just to test us to see if we can spot the development of the characters and the relationships that clearly build as the film intensifies and a few plot twists develop – including the ending.

Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa looks anything but beautiful but knocks her role out of the park. Tom Hardy (Inception, Band of Brothers, Blackhawk Down, Star Trek) surely made Mel Gibson proud as he time after time stepped in at just the right moment to save the day but never took a word of credit or had much to say -except that he in fact must be “mad.” The rest of the cast filled their space adequately and the Bad Guys are over the top Mad Max Bad.

The plot you ask? What plot? This is Mad Max! Most of the Good Guys win and all the Bad Guys lose!

Other than the characters and the action the two things that were most impressive in this film were the automotive and truck mechanical creation/wonders – and the Desert and Salt Pan of Namibia. Think taxis in Havana and raise it to the tenth power and you will still be surprised by the mechanical wonders that were actually created for this film. I read on the net and heard Charlize tell Jimmy Fallon that almost all of the action scenes actually took place and there was minimal computer manipulation.

In the midst of all this action packed violence how could Mad Max have themes? How could it not? It’s Mad Max! Relationships – Respect without words – Retribution and Hope shine brightly if you are looking for them. That said – this Mad Max – like all the ones that preceded it has no socially redeeming value.

Should you see it in the theater? If you like 3D I’ll bet the action scenes were off the chart in your face. Marty and I get a little dizzy watching 3D and Mad Max in regular D was still a “big film.” If you can spare the time and you are not feeling socially conscious I’d vote for the big screen.

Finally, and to no ones surprise they already have the name for the sequel and I can’t wait to see it.