Tony prepared a Mexican inspired dinner last night that was rich, flavorful and had wonderful mouth feel. The warm soft tacos were moist and filled with beef, pork, diced red peppers and mild diced green chilies. He reduced a combination of Mexican Blanca, Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheese for the sauce that was smooth, rich and decadently flavorful. Tonight we enjoyed the left over beef and cheese in a shredded lettuce salad. We are living high on the dining hog here in Juno De Mexico!
I frequently hear a question something like this: “If Christianity is real and is a peaceful and forgiving religion then shouldn’t we show mercy to Muslim People and RESPECT their Religion?”
There may be many answers to this question that are deeper than my mind and spirit can know. That said I look to Jesus – The Messiah – The Son of God – The Promised One in the Line of David to define what true religion is.
Amazingly it did not require much research or insights. Marty and I were doing our devotionals today and we read the words of Jesus from a Jew that became known to the Christian world as St. Matthew. In Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 22: Verses 34 to 40 we read:
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Please read these Words of Jesus again!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.”
Should we show mercy and open our nation and our land to untold numbers of Muslims?
I ask you to consider only one question! In the past 16 years or 16 centuries have the followers of Islam lived their lives according to this law: “To love your neighbor as yourself?”
If you are a fan of this Franchise you will really like this movie so don’t read any more of this review!
If you are new to the Planet of the Apes films plan on it being slow to develop which gives you plenty of time to think. The questions that came to my mind while waiting to be entertained are: Without God, who are the good guys anyway? Without God does it matter? How does a movie with this much bloody killing and beating of Apes and people get a PG-13 Rating? Don’t take your child to see this flick if you ever plan on taking him to the zoo again. When will Woody Harrelson show his acting chops again? How could it take 140 minutes for this script? Did they not have an Editor? How much of the mood and “coloring” can one Film “borrow” from The Apocalypse Now and not give Marlon Brando credit?
The best thing about this movie is the Poster with Caesar – the lead ape not the Roman Emperor – riding right towards you in the snow with a little girl on the back of his horse. For me I wish I would have just looked at the poster for a few minutes and skipped the movie. Marty on the other gave it a B-.
Let’s divide this film into two parts: The first 98 minutes and the last 35 minutes.
The first 98 minutes could be fun for someone 12 to 17 years of age. For me I rate this 98 minutes as an F – Marty came in at D. It was slow and boring and immature. I took a long potty break and checked the time often. This was 98 minutes I will never get back.
The final 35 minutes was very good. When The Bad Guy (no plot spoilers here) recognized the good guy the pace of the film shifted into high gear and ended strong. Marty gave this portion an A and I came in at B+.
Still the strong close was not nearly enough for me to encourage you to go the theater to see this film. Wait for home viewing where you can get something to drink, read the paper or a magazine, go to the bathroom and be ready for the final 35 minutes which was excellent – due in large measure to Michael Keaton.
After this disappointment they will not get me to buy a ticket for the sequel.
Marty, Tony and I “felt” Baby Driver was very entertaining and we liked it a lot. The cautionary notes I remind you of again are: we like action – clever dialogue and hidden humor even if it involves bad words – are very comfortable with violence – interplay between the characters – and we particularly enjoy a well paced film with surprises along the way.
We thought the Director – Edward Wright put together what I will call “something out of the ordinary.” His approach was not totally new but he brought in directing elements from various films we have enjoyed and the result was excellent. We saw the Rotten Tomatoes rating was 97%. Don’t get too excited about that. I think this film and its direction really appeals to “Critics” – especially folks who watch a lot of movies for a living and appreciate something unique.
We characterize this film as having a good blend of action, adventure, violence, romance, morality and hope. If I were to remove bonus/rating points for originality I would give Baby Driver an 87.
The Budget for Baby Driver was only $35 Million. That’s peanuts by the standards of today’s big movies. That said, if you take a look at the cast you will see an ensemble of well known and successful actors, none of which played the lead. We like to think they caught the vision of Director Wright and signed up for a good time and it showed in their work. There was not a weak link in the chain.
We liked Baby Driver and recommend it to you with three notes of caution. The movie started slow and really did not get into “gear” until about the ten minute mark. This film is not rated R for no reason and is not suitable for children or people who are squeamish about violence.
On July 2, 1776 the US Congress voted for Independence from England. It wasn’t, however, until two days later that Washington read aloud the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate this week.
As great as that document was and is the real sacrifice came in the blood and lives of the men who signed it and those who fought and died to make it happen.
I read that five percent – 1 in 20 – of every white, free males living in America died in the War of Independence. Twice that number were wounded so statistically 1 out of every 6.4 American families either lost their Husband/Father or he came home wounded and maimed. This number does not include slaves and other persons of color – which would only raise the total dead and wounded.
In addition to the wounded, maimed and dead directly related to the war there was approximately the same total number of men, women and children that died during that period due to disease.
If you think things are tough today – imagine how the populace must have felt during the Revolutionary War Period with approximately one third – 1 out of every three households either lost a family member due to death and or lived with their physical wounds and disabilities.
Those were some indescribably tough times and each and every American living today owes that generation of Original Americans a debt of gratitude we can never repay.
This movie does not deserve being reviewed and it darn sure wasn’t worth what the three of us paid to see it.
Do you remember working with someone who just couldn’t keep up and in your mind you thought that guy is a 33rpm record in a 45rpm world? This film is at best a 33rpm flick in a 78rpm world. Like real Police work – 90% boredom and 10% terror – or pretend terror anyway.
For my drinking friends think of that feeling you get when you have had one shot too many of Tequila and you feel a bit detached from the world around you. Capture and hold that feeling for 107 minutes and you have captured how I felt during The Mummy. Bad, Really Bad.
Do not go to the theater to pay and see this film. Do not wait for home viewing. Part of me thinks this is an evil plot by the Scientologist Number One Film Star to get even with the world and to score a big payday all at the same time.
Somewhere Lynda Carter is Proud! If you are of a “certain age” that you remember reading DC Comics version of Wonder Woman and or were a fan of the TV show those memories will tide you over during the first 15 minutes of the movie – which set up the background of the Magical Island which was the home of the tall and good looking Amazon Women. The first and greatest Amazon Warrior you meet is Robin Wright and for about 5 minutes I kept looking for President Frank Underwood to appear in a thong and robe but I had to settle for the lovely and physically gifted Gal Gadot as our Female Leading Lady.
It took the movie a bit to settle into its rhythm and while some may feel that the Good Guy – played by Chris Pine – had too large a role in the film Marty and I thought the interaction between the two was very good. Speaking of interaction, other than the average amount of violence shown every night in Prime Time TV there wasn’t anything in this film a 12 year old can’t see.
We enjoyed how the Director – Patty Jenkins – allowed Wonder Woman to grow into the role. She grew physically and emotionally and came to grip with her mythical role and her calling. I won’t say more because I don’t want to give away any “spoilers.”
Unlike most films this one started slow and the pace picked up and it finished strong – setting up a Multi-Film Franchise movie deal for Gal Gadot. Along the way there were computer graphic scenes but they seemed natural and I was not put off by them as I usually am during these types of movies.
The last thirty minutes of the movie were the best with several “surprises” – two really bad guys and a good and satisfying ending. Lest I prattle on let me say that Saint Marty had a great time. She liked Wonder Woman and was the first to give it a B+.
If you are an occasional movie goer put this on your list to go and see.
Marty, Tony and I saw King Arthur Legend of the Sword today and I’m glad I went to see it, it was generally entertaining and it gives me the opportunity to share these thoughts and questions with you.
Will movie goers who are attracted to the Myth of King Arthur and their vision of Camelot be attracted to this film or will they feel betrayed?
Is this film a non stop action adventure or are there sufficient moments of down time to let the mind wonder and give thought to a bath room break?
Do the male leads – who dominate this film – Charlie Hunnam (Arthur) and Jude Law (Arthur’s Evil Uncle King Vortigern) raise the level of their craft to the point of creating characters that viewers relate to – love or hate or even care at all?
Is this version of King Arthur too much about The Sword or is The mystery of the sword one of the films more interesting features?
Do the characters – the supporting cast – the fight scenes – the building and destroying of Camelot – the dark and moody cinematography seem real enough or for $175,000,000 did the investors in King Arthur wind up with another digital computer generated world?
What percentage of the movie going public enjoy the cut and paste – jumping from the present to the past and sometimes even to the future style of the film’s Director Guy Ritchie?
What will viewers who see this film rate it on the old school scale of A to F? Tony gave it an A-; Marty was unsure as she thought it was all so “dark” and Uncle Larry gives it a C+.
On balance unless you are an action adventure junkie with time and money on your hands I recommend you wait for home viewing!
I voted for Trump! I have spoken personally with him around 5 times and he has always been very personable with me. I like his Family and we are so glad to be praying for him daily instead of Obama. I support him as our President.
That said can someone please tell me how The President’s Tax Cut Proposal is “fair and balanced?”
From what I can see from reading Fox, WSJ and CNN The President proposes cutting Corporate Taxes by 57% and 62% as follows:
1. The Max Corporate Rate for “C” Corps is 35% and the proposal is to cut it to 15%. Here’s the math: 35 – 15 = 20 / 35 = 57.14%.
2. The Max Corporate Rate for “S” Corps is 39.6% and the proposal is to cut it to 15% – a 62% cut: 39.6 – 15 = 24.6 / 39.6 = 62.12%. S corps are specialty incorporated business where the net income from the business flows directly from the balance sheet to the individual(s) that own the S Corp. Hence the max rate is 39.6%, which is the highest individual tax rate. Some S Corps are small businesses. Some are big businesses structured like President Trumps to avoid paying the C Corp tax and then the Max Personal Tax on the Dividends.
On balance if my math is right this is an approximate 60% tax cut for Corporations! A sixty percent tax cut for corporations! Please let that sink in.
Yet people who are JUST out there in the working class, middle and upper middle income class and retired folks on investment income are going to get a tax cut that seems to average less than 10%. Throw in the loss of property tax deductions and that 10% Tax Cut gets a lot smaller fast!
When I voted for Trump and the topic of taxes came up I was thinking everyone would share equally in the cuts – not equal in money but in the percentage of the cuts. 57% and 62% don’t seem anywhere in the ball park of equal with 10% or even less.
I may be wrong but I haven’t seen anything about doing away with Corporate Deductions – such as ITC, Accelerated Depreciation, etc. However, I do see that I will no longer be able to deduct the taxes I am paying to my Local and State Governments. To quote a friend of mine “this just burns my butt!” When I pay my property tax – and for the people who live in states with state income taxes – we don’t get to keep that money – it is GONE! Eliminating the set aside or Deduction is nothing more than “double taxation.” The Feds under this proposal are going to tax me on money I don’t even have? What kind of sense does that make?
It seems to me the people I see winning big in our President’s Tax Cut Proposal are: C or Regular Corporations and Sub S Corporations (Like our President’s) while the rest of us – including our children and grand children are going to be left picking up the check for the increased deficits these Corporate tax cuts will generate. I read one report from a Republican that for every 10% we cut the corporate tax rate we increase the budget deficit by one Trillion Dollars.
Then again who cares about working, middle and upper middle income workers, retired people and our children and grand children? I desperately hate to say it but I am shocked by this tax proposal coming from President Trump – a person who was elected by the working, middle and upper middle income workers and retired people. Simply stated this seems to me to be a sell out for his base and a buy in for the corporate world.