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Movie Review – 13 Hours

January 14, 2016

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Before I start breaking down the latest Michael Bay film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi; I’d like to take a moment for this brief disclaimer. As this movie is a hot button issue of either religious, political or historical nature; it’s important to remember that the following review is of a movie. If you’re looking for commentary outside the scope of a critique of the film, you’ll find it by clicking that sassy lil’ ‘x’ at the top right of your screen. I’m well aware of the political ramifications of the film. Fox News won’t let me forget. The rhetoric and inane banter among the talking heads on television is nauseating, especially since it detracts from the spirit of the film; more on that later. If you choose to see this film as an excuse to spout political ramblings, cool, good for you, but I think that’s a short-sighted approach. The movie is decidedly apolitical and goes so far as to not mention any members of any government, let alone cast blame. There’s plenty of time to blame everyone later, but for 2 hours and 30 minutes, lets sit in quiet reflection of true heroism. At least both side can agree to that.

Enough ranting, on with the show.

It’s no secret that Michael Bay is a friend of the military, but a director that’s made his fame on testosterone fueled popcorn flicks that; when they’re good, they’re fun and when they’re bad, it’s Pearl Harbour. Can Michael Bay tell that story of the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya, with the respect and subtlety it deserves? Will 13 Hours be more ‘Armageddon’ or ‘Pearl Harbour’?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Promised Land

December 31, 2012

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In our push to liberate ourselves from foreign oil, a process called “fracking” – hydraulic fracturing of land in order to extract elements to be used for natural gas – has started taking center stage in our discourse on energy alternatives. The process has been bandied about and has both positives and negatives; a lot of focus has been put on the environmental effects and the drawbacks that this process can have. Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land takes us into the lives of two oil company employees tasked with the job of buying out an economically stagnant small town for fracking purposes. Working from a script by stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, Van Sant focuses on characters that make this country move, no matter how small or large.

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Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Bonnie Carroll, founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the real-life person who actress Vinessa Shaw plays in Universal’s new film, Big Miracle.

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On Wednesday, January 25th, Washington D.C. will play host to the star-studded world premiere of Universal Picture’s newest film Big Miracle.  The event will be co-hosted by both Universal pictures and The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  While the film itself is based on a heartwarming true story, the connection that the film, and its premiere have to the TAPS organization and Washington D.C. is also a heartwarming true story in itself.

 

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Something Borrowed

Friendships can be tricky.  Depending on the number of friends you have you may find yourself having a friend who’s a push-over, or someone who always has to get their way.  You could be that one who has to get their way, or worse yet, you could be the push-over friend.  And if you were/are the push-over friend, just how far do you go to stand up for yourself before you threaten the friendship itself?  It’s a tough question.  Ultimately though you have to stand up for yourself, no matter how hard it can be.

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