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Movie Trailer – Live Cargo

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Logan Sandler

Starring: Dree Hemingway, Lakeith Stanfield, Sam Dillon

Release: March 31st, 2017

Putting the cool black & white look aside, and ignoring the few beautiful scenes of water, I don’t believe there’s enough here to hook me into seeing this film.  It seems visually appealing, but perhaps a bit of a Terrence Malick copy-cat, and probably a typical thriller at its core.  Basically, I don’t think that the actual film will live up to an intriguing trailer.


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Movie Trailer – The Outcasts

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Peter Hutchings

Starring: Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Peyton List

Release: April 14th, 2017

There’s something to be said for the high school comedy genre, and we’ll always appreciate it on some level.  But this film looks to only exploit the style, not add anything to it.  These are just stereotypes, they aren’t funny, and they won’t make an enjoyable movie.


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Sports – NFL 2017 Old Faces New Places

Category : Sports

The 2017 NFL season is almost here.  Before we start predicting who will win what, let’s take a look at the new places that some old faces have landed during the offseason.  Here are some free agents and traded players in fresh locations that might change the future of their new clubs:

Buffalo Bills – Micah Hyde, S – from Green Bay Packers

Buffalo Bills – Steven Hauska, K – from Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins – Lawrence Timmons, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami Dolphins – Julius Thomas, TE – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins – Nate Allen, S – from Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots – Stephon Gilmore, CB – from Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots – Dwayne Allen, TE – from Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots – Kony Ealy, DE – from Carolina Panthers

New England Patriots – Brandin Cooks, WR – from New Orleans Saints

New York Jets – Morris Claiborne, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

New York Jets – Chandler Catanzaro, K – from Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens – Danny Woodhead, RB – from Los Angeles Chargers

Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Carr, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

Cleveland Browns – Kevin Zeitler, OG – from Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns – Brock Osweiler, QB – from Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns – JC Tretter, C – from Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts – Jaball Sheard, DE – from New England Patriots

Indianapolis Colts – Margus Hunt, DE – from Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Albert, OT – from Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Bouye, CB – from Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars – Barry Church, S – from Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars – Calais Campbell, DT – from Arizona Cardinals

Tennessee Titans – Logan Ryan, CB – from New England Patriots

Tennessee Titans – Sylvester Williams, DT – from Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos – Domata Peko, DT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos – Ronald Leary, OG – from Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Chargers – Russell Okung, OT – from Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders – Jared Cook, TE – from Green Bay Packers

Oakland Raiders – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR – from Minnesota Vikings

 Dallas Cowboys – Nolan Carroll, CB – from Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants – Brandon Marshall, WR – from New York Jets

New York Giants – D.J. Fluker, OG – from Los Angeles Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles – Chance Warmack, OG – from Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles – Alshon Jeffrey, WR – from Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles – Torrey Smith, WR – from San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins – Terrelle Pryor, WR – from Cleveland Browns

Chicago Bears – Quintin Demps, S – from Houston Texans

Chicago Bears – Prince Amukamara, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Chicago Bears – Mike Glennon, QB – from Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions – Ricky Wagner, OT – from Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions – D.J. Hayden, CB – from Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions – T.J. Lang, OG – from Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers – Martellus Bennett, TE – from New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers – Davon House, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers – Lance Kendricks, TE – from Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings – Ladavius Murray, RB – from Oakland Raiders

Minnesota Vikings – Mike Remmers, OT – from Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons – Dontari Poe, DT – from Kansas City Chiefs

Carolina Panthers – Mike Adams, S – from Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers – Julius Peppers, DE – from Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers – Matt Kalil, OT – from Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers – Captain Munnerlyn, CB – from Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints – Larry Warford, OG – from Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints – Ted Ginn, WR – from Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Nick Folk, K – from New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeSean Jackson, WR – from Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals – Karlos Dansby, LB – from Cincinnati Bengals

Arizona Cardinals – Jarvis Jones, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Arizona Cardinals – Antoine Bethea, CB – from San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams – Andrew Whitworth, OT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Los Angeles Rams – Connor Barwin, LB – from Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers – Marquise Goodwin, WR – from Buffalo Bills

San Francisco 49ers – Earl Mitchell, DT – from Miami Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers – Jeremy Zuttah, C – from Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Smith, LB – from Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers – Pierre Garcon, WR – from Washington Redskins

San Francisco 49ers – Brian Hoyer, QB – from Chicago Bears

San Francisco 49ers – Robbie Gould, K – from Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks – Luke Joeckel, OT – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Seattle Seahawks – Eddie Lacy, RB – from Green Bay Packers

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Movie Trailer – Graduation

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Starring: Adrien Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus

Release: April 7th, 2017

This film should be considered an early front-runner for Best Foreign Film, or at least I hope it turns out to be that good, because I think it definitely has the potential.  A Romanian drama with a ton of power packed into a two-hour heavy-weight bout, even the trailer was enough get me worked up and invested in this story.  I’m hopeful for something unique and impressively simple.


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Movie Trailer – Megan Leavey

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Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Starring: Kate Mara, Common, Edie Falco

Release: June 9th, 2017

From the director whose only other film is Blackfish, comes a true story about a soldier and her dog?  I’d be skeptical with just that information, and without watching the cheesy trailer that made it all much worse.  On top of that, Kate Mara is only OK, while Common is one of the worst actors I have ever seen on screen.  How he continues to get roles I have no idea, but it needs to stop.  This film has too many questionable pieces stacked on top of one another; it is going to come crashed down.


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Book Review – Ishmael

Category : Book Review

Author: Daniel Quinn

Year: 1992

Ishmael is my favorite book.  I also think of it as the most important book ever written, something that every single one of us needs to read and attempt to understand.  That might sound lofty or over-dramatic, and I understand that it won’t affect everyone in the same way that it impacts me, but I stand by this story; it has more meaningful insight than any religious book in existence.  When I read it post-high school, it really did change my life, or perhaps more accurately, it opened my eyes to truths I hadn’t even considered before.  And after all these years, I have always been able to go back to it as a foundation for my belief set, something refreshing when the world becomes too heavy.  Again, perhaps this sounds grandiose, but I challenge you to read this book and find out for yourself.

Our narrator begins by throwing a newspaper in the trash, destroying it because it had the audacity to run an advertisement seeking an individual with an earnest desire to “save the world”.  This was so insulted because, simply, that’s exactly what he had always wanted to do, but could never find a way or means or inspiration to do before.  Making the short trip downtown in order to debunk this guaranteed fraud of a teacher seeking a gullible pupil, our narrator is instead shocked to find a live, giant, male gorilla behind glass waiting to instruct him on the intricacies of evolution and the destiny of mankind.  What follows is a discourse that will change lives and a development of a philosophy that will ring shockingly true.

Yes this book moved me (and still does), yes it’s about a man talking to an ape about the flaws of modern civilization, but what is it about exactly, and why should you read it?  That’s hard to explain without just saying “you’ll see”, but I’ll try my best.  The novel is written in the Socratic style, a teacher & a pupil discussing a topic in logical progression so that each piece makes sense in order in tandem.  And the topic of discussion is nothing less than the reason for life, man’s purpose on the planet, and how quickly we will destroy ourselves if we continue to live as if we are more important than every other species on the planet.  Heavy stuff, but you will find yourself nodding along, saying far too often, “well huh, that’s right, why haven’t I ever thought of it that way before?”  Please read if you are up to the challenge of reframing some popular concepts, of examining the constant cultural hum that rings in our ears as possible myth instead of definite truth.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – Voice from the Stone

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Eric D. Howell

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Edward Dring

Release: April 28th, 2017

A Gothic horror flick, and something we’ve seen a hundred times.  The creepy kid, the old house, the possible ghost, the nanny; there would have to be something extra special to make anyone go see this film, and I don’t think that exists here.


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Movie Trailer – The Most Hated Woman in America

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Tommy O’Haver

Starring: Melissa Leo, Josh Lucas, Adam Scott

Release: March 24th, 2017

Again, a typical Netflix crime/comedy, or at least that’s the way this company has been going recently.  And again, I like what they’re doing, but perhaps the direction they’re pointed in more than the exact place they currently are.  This movie just looks normal, unexciting, and fairly throw-away, like it won’t make any sort of impact at all.  And the actors; they’re OK, but nothing to write home about.


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Movie Review – Paper Moon

Category : Movie Review

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal

Year: 1973

In the early 90s, and if your family didn’t have a lot of money, the best way to see a movie was to borrow one from the local library.  Especially in the summer, my sister and I would choose from limited titles on the small shelves to entertain ourselves with while our parents were at work, or for times when the kids in the neighborhood weren’t free to play.  We’d pick classics like Abbott and Costello, Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan, or sometimes a newer release like Memphis Belle.  And the library seemed to have a lot from the 70s as well: The Sting, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Paper Moon.  After all these years, I never revisited Paper Moon, until now, and I’ve got to say, it still holds the same magic as it did was I was ten.

Driving through the dust bowl during the Great Depression, trying to make a quick buck, is Moses Pray, a rambling con artist who sells Bibles, swindles money, and does just about whatever it takes to survive in this upside-down world.  Mos makes a quick stop at a funeral, where a women he once knew fondly has died, leaving behind a lone child.  The girl needs to get to her aunt’s in Missouri and for someone to take her there, a task Mos is only willing to undertake if there’s a profit in it for him.  The girl’s name is Addie, she looks more like a boy, and she’s convinced that this man is her father.  Together, they head cross-country to deposit Addie in her aunt’s arms, but find along the way that they actually make one hell of a team.

Magic; I’m not sure what other word would apply.  Perhaps you have to already love 70s films, that unique vibe they were created in, that era of experimentation that made them special, and how they can still speak to us today.  Even done in black & white and set in the 30s, that 70s mood comes through, and I can’t get enough of it.  But putting that aside, this is one fine film, from the music to the scenery, from the road trip mentality to the cast of recognizable faces that pop up unexpectedly.  Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, even  Randy Quaid; it’s an enjoyable who’s who.  Real father/daughter pair Ryan & Tatum O’Neal create the spark though, and keep the film burning from start to finish.  They are hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultra-realistic, weaving a tale that could be transported to any time and would speak just as loudly.  If you’ve never watched Paper Moon, please give it a shot; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – Here Alone

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Rod Blackhurst

Starring: Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti

Release: March 31st, 2017

That’s the thing about these zombie movies that’s so frightening, apart from the horror, violence, and monsters jumping out at you; the isolation.  The loneliness, the desperation, the sense of death just waiting for you to make a mistake.  That terrifies me more than the zombies, the idea that you’re just biding time until the inevitable conclusion.  Which is life I guess, which is why it’s scary, which is why I want to watch this movie and why I, at the same time, don’t.