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“BAYWATCH” – Rating: 1
In a word: Junk
This is among the worst of first-run movies I’ve seen, at least the first excruciating hour before walking out.
Some might say — being among the senior set — we should have expected that. We expected silliness, we expected light comedy and sexual references. We knew this was going to be a movie aimed toward young people. But we didn’t expect garbage.
The movie is nothing more than an expose’ in skin and muscle ad nauseum, with Dwayne Johnson’s monstrous body consuming most of the screen, and then the little people along the beaches. If you like stupid dialogue, stupid plots and horrible acting, you’ll like this movie.
Hardly a scene went by that the characters were not referring to or featuring some personal body parts, male and female. The “action” scenes were pathetically contrived.
All things considered, the movie will probably be a big hit at the box office because of the target audiences who think the plethora of foul language and sex-based body appendages are a great source of humor.
I wasn’t going to waste my time writing a review, but then I figured the bad deserves ratings as …
Barack Obama was the worst president in American history. That’s my humble opinion. And no, I am not a racist.
My opinions are based on what he did and did not do in office that affected America, or affected the free world and our allies. I’ll try to keep it short. (Not easy)
On the international stage, nowhere is America, or the world, better off now than in 2009, which includes Russia, North Korea, Europe, Israel and virtually all of the Middle-East and North Africa. It’s all worse today than it was when Obama took office. Obama was great at speeches, photo ops and pandering to minorities and immigrants as a cool guy. But his motives and lack of achievements tell the real truth.
Israel and its leadership, our staunch ally, were treated like crap by the administration. Obama was the first president to support Israeli boundaries back to the pre-1967 war, which we all know would be suicide for Israel. And, he oversaw the first time America did not support Israel in the UN Security Council by voting against the Jewish state. Countries like Iran, who have sworn to destroy Israel and constantly chant “Death to America,” were coddled …
“The Zookeepers Wife” – 9
In a word: Intense
First thing potential viewers need to know, this is a WWII story based on true events based in Warsaw, Poland, at the beginning of the war. It’s theme is much like Schindler’s List, which spiraled Oscar Schindler into a hero of sorts for saving the lives of hundreds of people from Nazi bullets, torture and ovens. The characters of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, zookeepers at the Warsaw Zoo, are deftly played by Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh who also had saved hundreds of lives by hiding Jews in zoo basements over a five year period. Because it’s a true story, we are even more engrossed.
Complete with Polish accent, Jessica Chastain plays the role of her life, worthy of an Oscar if only this movie was released in November, not April. Before the Nazi invasion on September 1st, 1939, life was good for the zookeepers. Chastain is portrayed with a number of otherwise wild animals that are her extended family, loving and caressing elephants, lions, camels and so much more. Then came the invasion of Hitler’s army which changed lives of millions.
Scenes portrayed in the Warsaw ghetto were …
Are you a big fan of gratuitous gore and violence?
Are you among those who think that the ubiquitous “F” word is essential in every scene, by every actor, in every sentence (almost), even when it has no relevance?
Do you rate actors by how realistic they play out dying, killing, death and destruction?
Do you enjoy watching vast pools of blood forming on floors and carpets strewn with dozens of dead bodies?
Do you like dumb plots?
If you said “Yes” to these questions, then do not miss seeing The Belko Experiment.
In summary, the movie tells the story of a twisted social experiment where a group of 80 Americans are employed in a high-rise corporate office building in the middle of nowhere, Bogota, Colombia when, suddenly, all windows and doors are sealed locked on every floor. A male voice from an intercom orders everyone to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Essentially, people are required to kill a number of innocent people in order to save their own lives. Naturally, it all gets out of control and the murder mentality takes over, resulting in senseless carnage.
By the end of the movie, the origins …
(This Op-Ed – by yours truly — appeared in the March 10th issue of Florida Today)
‘There must be a better way’ to look at sex offenses” Marshall Frank
“Let’s be honest here: Sex is condoned directly or by inference to kinds by the millions. Then the law plays the morality card when it’s easy to secure a conviction”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), there are 843,260 registered sex offenders listed in the United States. Some will spend five, 10 or 40 years in prison, but in truth, when they get out and reenter society, offenders are doomed to a life sentence without bars.
I’m no bleeding heart. I put hundreds of criminals in jail for serious crimes in my 30-year career, including sex crimes. Anyone who commits a violent sex act against a child (or adult) should be duly punished. Those who have shown a proclivity for stalking or violating children should be restricted from contact with kids. No argument.
My concern is with the offenders who, in reality, have shown no real danger of predatory behavior, yet still fall under the broad brush of all of sex offenders, thereby subject …
“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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