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Captain America grows up and Marty gives him an A+ and The Movie an A


The recent cycle of the Marvel Comic characters produced on the big screen; “Captain America – Winter Soldier” is entertaining. Marty gives Chris Evans an A+ for “working out” – code for she was caught staring at his male figure. Larry gives him a B+ for his acting and the Producers and writers an A for being willing to allow the ultimate good guy to question authority.

Larry gives Scarlett Johannson an A+ as a “red head” and a B+ for her acting. Marty didn’t notice Scarlett as she was sharing her visual field between Captain America (CA) and Robert Redford – who still has a great head of hair and charisma – though his face could use a little help with the wrinkles.

Samuel Jackson plays – you guessed it – Samuel Jackson. I swear there are writers everywhere putting out scripts that only Samuel Jackson can play. Who – you ask yourself will play Samuel Jackson when he dies?

Rotten Tomatoes gives this version of CA an 89 – which is the highest of any flick out there. I would give it an A for action, adventure, suspense, romance, special effects and killing without blood letting. However, while working out some of the story lines in the final third of the film it moved at a “deliberate” pace. I won’t say it was slow but towards the end before the big shoot out with all the good guys winning I did check my iPhone.

Given the underlying themes of Big Government Bad and CA questioning authority and thinking for himself + the excellent computer generated special effects + the overall feel good when you leave the theater feeling + Scarlett Johannson as a Red Head both Larry and Marty recommend you see what we think is the best Captain America portrayal on the big screen.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Movies

 

Noah The Movie – Things that troubled me that I don’t read in Genesis


If you are a Jew or a Christian that believes Genesis is The Book of Beginnings, The First Book of the Pentateuch, The Word of God through the Prophet Moses – then some parts of the movie Noah may trouble or even offend you due to the “artistic license” Hollywood took with the original script – that is Genesis six through nine. I have attached Genesis six to nine at the end of this note for you to read if you like. It only takes a few minutes. If you see the movie and note anything I missed let me know. The things I noted are:

1. Noah’s Grandfather Methuselah becomes a hermit and lives in the mountain alone and also plays the role of a combination of the source of all wisdom and a bit of a magician and healer. I couldn’t help but compare this character to the aged Wan Ben Kenobi in Star Wars.

2. In their pre-flood travels Noah and his family come upon a severely wounded young girl and took her in as their own. She was so wounded that she was made barren. Later in the film Methuselah heals her of her barrenness and she and Noah’s oldest son have sex and she delivers two babies – both girls – while on the Ark. Genesis speaks of those who came off the Ark as the same who went into the Ark. More on this one later.

3. The film portrays “fallen angels” as super-sized creatures “The Creator” turned into stones – called the “watchers” – who as a group were almost wiped out by the evil of mankind. A few of them survive in the remote area where Noah plans to build the ark. Somewhat hesitantly they serve as protectors for Noah and his family and do the heavy lifting and wood work for the ark.

4. Genesis clearly states that Noah, his wife, his three sons Shem, Ham and Jepeth “and the three wives of his sons” – Genesis 7:13 -enter the Ark. In the movie only the oldest son has a wife on the ark and there is a sad scene where Noah is under siege from the locals as the flood begins and he saves Ham but leaves Ham’s “woman” behind to die in the attack. More on that later. Jepeth is portrayed as too young to have a wife.

4. Noah and his family have a pitched battle with the forces of the evil king Tubal-Cain* and just barely get into the ark by killing the attackers as the flood waters rise. While this is happening Tubal Cain somehow manages to chop a hole in the side of the ark and sneaks on board. When you think of it – if he cut out a hole large enough to allow a big man into the side of the ark – how could the ark remain waterproof and buoyant? This oversight really annoyed me. Additionally, as Noah and his family enter the ark I did not see the film’s portrayal of the key verse in Genesis 7:16 “and the Lord shut them in.” Perhaps I missed it but it seemed that Noah cut some rope that held the door open and the door to the ark closed.

* In Genesis 4: 17 to 22 the descendants of Cain are listed. The seventh son of the generation of Cain was Tubal-Cain – “the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron.”

5. Further complicating this moronic plot twist of the intruder on God’s Ark – Ham finds and befriends Tubal Cain – who plays the role of the great temper – a satan like role – and Ham feeds and takes care of the tempter Tubal Cain by hiding him from Noah. Later in the film in a moment of high drama Tubal Cain makes a last ditch effort to kill Noah and claim the ark and everything aboard as his own. He even kills a couple of the animals along the way for food.

6. About an hour and a half into the movie Hollywood’s Noah develops the theory that all mankind is evil – none of them are worth saving – including his family and himself – in direct contrast to Genesis – and he has a twenty minute period in the film where he frankly goes a little crazy. Noah envisions a new world which is for the animals only – repeat no humans. His wife opines that the the pressure of the huge assignment God has given him has overcome Noah. This is the part of the movie that just dragged out so slowly that I began to check my iPhone for the time it was taking. To me, this view that humans are totally evil and animals are totally innocent is not only repudiated in nature but contradicts the promise of God for a Redeemer, The Messiah who is promised throughout the Old Testament to redeem mankind from their sin.

7. In the meantime the adopted daughter, now the wife of Shem is pregnant. Noah goes ballistic and says if the child is a girl that could bear children and carry on the line on human kind he will kill the child. You can imagine the stress this causes between Noah, Shem the adopted daughter and Noah’s wife and it drags out like a bad cold sore.

Well there it is friends – Jews and Christians alike – the things I noticed in the film that did not sit well with me in that they bear no basis from The Book of Beginnings – Genesis.

I still think you should see the movie. Try to think of it as a movie made by Hollywood to make money and not something meant to teach you all the truth of Genesis six through nine. To read that truth all you have to do is scroll down and read it for yourself.

Many blessings to us all in the day and age of increased spiritual activity – both good and evil.

Larry

Wickedness in the World – Genesis Chapters Six through Nine – brought to you courtesy of The Creator via the Prophet Moses
6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah and the Flood

9 This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

7 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”

5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

8 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

God’s Covenant With Noah

9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The Sons of Noah

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.

20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Mind of U L

 

Noah The Movie – Not the Bible Version – B Minus


Marty and I like to be entertained. We enjoy reading the newspaper, watching TV and going to the occasional movie. You can imagine how stressful life is for Marty living with me. The last thing we need is to get involved with a “Hollywood Movie” versus the Biblical account of Noah. We both agree that Noah – The Movie is a B- as a Hollywood big budget movie. If I were rating it as a Biblical representation it would be much lower. If you want to add to the controversy ask your Muslim friends – like I have any – how they feel about the movie v Sura 71 in the Quran.

On the positive side, if this is one of those films you are going to see eventually you must go to your local theater, overpay for popcorn and a Coke and see the modern, computer generated construction of the Ark, the local hooligans, Hollywood’s version of fallen angels and the flood on the Big Screen. I will be absolutely shocked if Russell Crowe and Emma Watson are not nominated for Oscars. I’d give Ray Winston, as the bad guy Tubal Cain and Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s wife an outside shot as well. Overall the cast did a great job.

Noah opened strong and was very entertaining and kept a good pace for about an hour and a half- at which point I am thinking this is an A+ flick. At the 90 minute mark it was like somebody hit the brakes – the Hollywood folks decided that Noah and the importance of his decisions became the focal point and I began to get out my iPhone and check the time. The film picked up a little in the last twenty minutes as they wrapped all the fabricated pieces together but it wasn’t enough to save the overall product.

Then how could we give it a B-? I have to give Hollywood credit for attempting to present a Biblical story. The personal interaction between Noah, his wife and the orphan they rescued and adopted (Emma Watson) was excellent acting all on all three parts. Finally, we both felt the computer generated re-creation of the ark, the fallen angels, the battle scenes and the conclusion were excellent.

We stayed to the end of the credits to see Noah was filmed in Iceland – who knew it is green in Iceland?

If you are a movie regular this is a “must see” film. If you don’t care then wait for home viewing. If you are a Fundamental Bible Believing Christian looking for a film version of Genesis six to nine then stay home, read the paper and watch TV and avoid getting agitated with all the fictitious additions, characters and sub plots that Hollywood adds to the story of Noah and The Flood.

Larry and Marty

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Home

 

300: Rise of the Empire – Don’t See It – Please!


“300: Rise of the Empire” is as worthy a successor to the excellent 2004 Film “300″ as Uncle Larry is a strong second place finisher to George Clooney on American Bachelor – if such a reality show exists.

When I think about disappointing films that I can compare to “300: Fall of the – no make that Rise of the Empire” great classics like Battlefield Earth, Showgirls, anything by Woody Allen and of course what list would be complete without Ishtar? Did Dustin’s career ever bounce back or was that a dead cat bounce?

I have seen blood – live and in movies. I have seen battle scenes – live and computer generated. Never have I seen as much blood and gore and totally fake battle scenes as “300 – Fall of the – so sorry – make that Rise of the Empire.” Somewhere in the first rushes the Producer looked at this Turkey and said the only thing that can save this movie is gory, gory blood-letting and frequent beheading – supported by a supposed sex scene between the evil female villan and the good guy male – each trying to dominate the other. I have seen animals copulate that were more stimulating.

Do not go to see this movie. Not even fresh, hot popcorn with cheddar cheese salt and butter can save this one. Do not pay $4.99 to watch it “On Demand” and turn your TV to anything on HBO when this barker plays on Starz because no other cable channel will run it.

What more can I tell you?

Marty and I give “300 – Fall of this Director’s Empire” a low D.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Home, Movies

 

The Son of God – Still the most stirring Story Ever Told


Marty and I were moved to tears and thanksgiving during the crucial scenes in “The Son of God” and were so glad we saw this interpretation of Christ’s life by Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett. When the filmed ended most people clapped – yet Marty and I sat still and watched the scene review and listened to the stirring singing of “Mary Did you Know.” I have put the youtube link to this song by Cee Lo Green below. I guarantee you it is worth opening. Just hit “skip this ad” and the video opens. As the title implies it’s about Mary, the Mother of God and what she knew – or didn’t – which comes through in the movie.

St. Paul writes in his Second Letter to young Timothy “all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and for training in righteousness.” Was every verse from the Four Gospels covered in The Son of God? No, its a movie and meant to be a form of entertainment that also inspires us to personal righteousness. Hopefully it will inspire some to read the original script written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John with some help from God.

We liked how The Son of God opened with St. John – banished to the Isle of Patmos – speaking of Jesus eternal nature said “in the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” The movie ended with Jesus appearing to John in The Revelation telling him: I will make everything new – there will be no more death and every tear will be wiped away – I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end – and I am coming soon.

Roma and Mark’s vision was to portray Jesus in a “normal” setting for the time – the way he was born – how he interacted with people as a Man – the controversy His Ministry had on the established religious and political system – the humanity and commonality of his Disciples – the bond and love he had for his earthly Mother Mary – the reality of His suffering and death on the cross and the hope that He is coming soon.

I could go on and on but I “believe” and I believe the best thing for you to do is see The Son of God for yourself in your local theatre. While you are waiting click on the link to see the video by Cee Lo Green – “Mary Did you Know.”

His peace He offers you!

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Movies

 

3 Days to Kill – Kevin Kostner – Very Entertaining – “A”


Why reinvent your favorite dish if you already have the ingredients and the recipe?

Ingredients: Kevin Kostner – a beautiful yet vulnerable ex-wife – an aggressive and sexual former female coworker – and a Teen Age Daughter.

The recipe: Mix in generally equal parts of:
The Body Guard
Revenge
The Untouchables
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Air Force One
Hatfield’s & McCoys
Waterworld – for the few slow moments in this otherwise well paced film.

Marty and I had HIGH Expectations for “3 Days to Kill” and we were not disappointed. We both enjoyed this film. Will you miss a lot by waiting for the small screen? Not in the sense of technology or visual effects. However, you will miss a chance to see an entertaining film and possibly good popcorn with cheddar cheese salt and a Diet Coke.

I was a sucker for this plot! An older fellow who was really good at what he did in his career and then turned out to pasture too soon – only to find himself drawn back in by a young and sexual woman! Hey, I wasn’t taking her home – just looking at her.

I won’t lie and say the plot was complicated but it did have some interesting twists and turns and emotional development of the characters that filled the 1 hour and 57 minutes. The development of the re-acquaintance of Kevin’s’ Ex-Wife and Daughter was excellent. There was also some good role play by some of the minor characters that added depth to the film.

If you like Kevin Kostner don’t miss this one in the theater!

Larry and Marty

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Home, Movies

 

The Son of God – Opens in Theaters 2/28


http://video.foxnews.com/v/3239158490001/son-of-god-chronicles-the-life-and-death-of-jesus-christ/#sp=show-clips

I purposely placed my note to you below the link in hopes that you will watch this seven minute video in which Sean Hannity interviews Roma Downey, Actress and Co-Producer with her husband Mark Burnett, of the movie SON OF GOD which premiers on 2/28 – distributed nationally by Fox.

Roma and Mark are the Christian couple that produced the TV series “THE BIBLE.” I encourage you to watch the interview to capture their hearts and motivation for expanding the portion of the series that focused on Jesus, The Son of God.

Personally, I was really taken with Roma Downey. As a guy the first thing I noticed is what a beautiful woman she is. Then as I listened to her share her passion about Jesus it became clear she is a very mature Christian Believer with a heart burdened for spiritual things. You’ll notice her Irish accent and you may remember her from her role as the Angel Monica on TV’s “Touched by an Angel.” She also played the role of Jackie Kennedy in the NBC production “A Woman Named Jackie.” She also has earned Masters in Spiritual Psychology and along with her husband Mark they share their goal to do everything they can to emphasize the Name of Jesus and how much God must have loved us to send Him to us.

It’s a worthwhile clip and I can’t wait to see the movie on 2/28. It will open on 3,000 screens – which is a lot – but will not open in every theatre.

Please watch the clip and towards the end hear how Roma addressed the issue of the character who played satan – who could be Obama he looked so similar – and her decision to “put satan on the cutting room floor” to make Jesus the emphasis of the film.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Home, Movies

 
 
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