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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “PATRIOT’S DAY” – 9

Patriots Day” –  9

In a word: Gripping

     One of the best true-story epics I’ve seen in years. 

     This is all about the Boston Marathon bombing of April, 2013; the preludes, the murderous scenes, the panic, the suffering, the investigations, the apprehensions, the intimate stories of victims, cops and killers, and the aftermath, all woven together in a film people can digest and keep track of.

     Mark Wahlberg is the lead actor plying a Boston cop with personal problems of his own, always compelling, but the movie is not about the acting, it’s about the story. John Goodman, complete with 100 pound weight loss, plays the Boston Police Commissioner and Kevin Bacon plays the lead FBI agent in charge. They are all good. But so are the bit actors. Even better is the snippets about the sub-plots, the people who suffered, their families, their kids, the conflicts between law enforcement agencies, the perils of law enforcement when a simple cop is ambushed for no reason stripping his family of his love, the limbs lost by decent people and the stress imposed on cops in all agencies.

     Neither is the movie politically correct. The killers are portrayed as they were,

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WHY I LIKE DONALD TRUMP

What do I like about Donald Trump?

     He reminds me of another leader who I worked for in the Metro-Dade Police Department. His name was Charlie Black.

     Black could be crude sometimes. He was often politically incorrect. Whatever came out his mouth was pure Charlie, he didn’t mince words.  He was afraid of nobody. And, he was honest…to a fault.

     The most impressive aspect about Charlie Black was his ability to cut thought the bureaucratic morass and get a job done. Big or small, there was nothing that would stand in his way. He knew best how to get from A to Z without detours, without BS, without bowing to politics or giving a damn about media. He was not always pretty, but he was effective.

     As a robust Chief of Detectives, starting at age 32, he garnered enormous respect and admiration from the two hundred detectives that worked under him. Some feared him. He was tough to keep up with because his mind was always five steps ahead. The wheels forever turned. He knew how to assess talent, loyalty and intellect within his ranks, and get the best from them. And as a result, cases were solved, the county

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PREDICTIONS 2017

   Here are my predictions for 2017

  1. An attempt will likely be made to assassinate President Donald J. Trump

            I say this with great angst and sadness, but considering the hostile climate that has been instilled into a huge portion of the population, it’s plausible that some nutball will come from nowhere to have that moment in the limelight.  The masses of congressional representatives and the open animosity emanating from famous celebrities will serve to stoke the fires of hatred.  It only takes one. It’s also plausible that the attempt would come from an international source, i.e. ISIS.

  1. Michelle Obama to run for the White House in 2020.

           The left wing political field will begin grooming Michelle Obama for a presidential run in 2020. This will be aided by all-powerful media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post, who will continually portray her in a glowing light while suppressing any and all negative connotations.  While they will brainwash us all that she is so well qualified to be a president, the true motive would be to re-install Barack Obama back into the seat of power.

  1. Domestic disturbances will abound in opposition to stricter immigration
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AMY ADAMS – CLASS ACT

Most movie stars are arrogant and self-absorbed. They live in a bubble rife with fantasy and make-believe, blind to the realities of daily life for average people. I admire actors like Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck and Scarlet Johansonn, because they are so very good at what they do. Unfortunately, too many live within that bubble, oblivious to the real world outside. 

     There are a few exceptions. One of them is a 42 year-old woman named Amy Adams. She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s very successful. She grew up in a military family and worked as a restaurant server as a young woman before chasing her dream to be an actress. She also learned to be humble.

     Such was the case in just three years ago when she spotted a U.S. Serviceman board an aircraft in Detroit. Amy Adams arranged with a Flight Attendant to give her first class seat to the soldier, while she took his seat in coach. She didn’t intend for the story to get out, but it did. 

    Recently, she was being honored in Hollywood by her name being etched into the Stars Walk of Fame. When asked to speak, she first thought of introducing

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WHINING LOSERS: THE HYPOCRISY

Hypocrisy 101:  Criticize others for wrong doing, after doing the same to others.

     The Obama administration spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in 2015 trying to influence and sway the re-election into a defeat for Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s a fact, confirmed by a senate subcommittee after holding hearing on the matter. It appears, that’s okay.

     There’s no sense in outlining the debacle word for word, I listed four sites below which spells out the failed attempt in clear language.

     The deafening outrage by many who believe the Trump team somehow conspired with Russian President Putin, and his team of hackers, to influence the American election, has received constant mass media attention. We’ve been hearing about it now for two months. People on the political left are desperately trying to delegitimize the election of Donald Trump, declaring this – or that – was unfair, or illegal. Hillary blamed FBI Director Comey. Jill Stein worked hard at trying to recount the votes in three key states, hoping for a shift in Electoral College totals. She failed.

     Not just politicians, movie stars and entertainers are using their fame to do everything they can

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “LA LA LAND” – 8 1/2

LA LA LAND” – 8 ½

 

In a word:  Refreshing.

     Finally, a musical! Yea. A movie without guns and bombs, explosions and terror, blaring sound effects, raw sex and vile language, bad music, unfunny comedy and computerized characters.  It should be doomed at the box office, but I suspect the opposite. Why? Because it’s really good. And, it’s at the top of the charts for awards, including Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best actor and actress (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) and best Director, Damien Chazelle. The Academy Award nominations are not out yet, but I’m sure this movie will follow the trend.

     Nothing complicated here. It’s a story about two young people who meet and fall in love. He’s a jazz pianist, she’s a waitress/wannabe actress hoping to be discovered in Hollywood. Naturally, complications set in and nothing goes perfect, as they are both driven by their ambitions that take them in different directions.

     What makes the movie is the chemistry between Gosling and Stone, as though living in fantasyland, with scenes reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, dancing and singing under starlit skies.  (Gosling is no Kelly, but he sure has the heart) Emma

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PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: A MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT:

There’s a whole lotta puckering going on.

     And I’m not talking about lips.

     Not only from the Democratic side, but the Republican establishment as well, who did everything they could to assist Donald Trump in losing. Republican big shots like Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Paul Ryan and John McCain – and many more including the Bushes– showed their colors when it came to not doing what’s best for the country. They turned their backs on a record 13.3 million American primary voters who made a clear statement that the political system is broken and needs fixing. In the general election, Republicans, Independents and even some Democrats joined a movement infused with zeal and patriotism not witnessed since the Reagan era, or JFK before that.

     But the likes of Romney, Kasich and Ryan didn’t care. Their own personal image was more important than defeating a terribly flawed and proven lifelong serial liar under investigation for numerous allegations and suspicion of criminal conduct, not to mention selling her soul and the nation, via her foundation, for personal gain. This was a candidate who – if she were anyone else — could never have been awarded a security clearance because of her reckless,

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