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PREDICTIONS 2018

  1. There will be an attempt to assassinate President Trump. The incendiary atmosphere in America is at a peak, fueled by the ongoing intense hatred for Donald Trump as expressed, irresponsibly, by several major news networks, and print media that cannot accept the fact that Hillary lost. These news networks, as well as a cadre of far-left politicians continually spew calls for “impeachment” not for evidence of committing a crime, but for no other reason than being elected. Such rhetoric only needs to successfully inspire one lone wacko with a gun, as we have seen four times in American history.

 

  1. The U.S. will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Other nations will follow suit as the UN gradually accedes to pressures from the U.S. to assume greater roles in supporting the UN financially, and to support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign state. The move will spark anger and demonstrations from Palestinians, and violence may erupt, but it will not prevent the moving of the embassy

 

  1. Construction on the border fence will begin, with limitations as many sections will cede to more modern methods, i.e., electronics, aerial surveillance, concentrated patrol, etc., for securing the border and preventing
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “DARKEST HOUR” – 9

DARKEST HOUR  –   9

 

In a word:  Engrossing

     If you saw the movie Dunkirk, don’t miss this prequel. This is a great docudrama for people interested in what was going on behind the scenes when 300,000 British soldiers were under siege and trapped in Dunkirk by the Nazi movement in the spring of 1940.

     This was better than Dunkirk because we learned so much more, not only about the treachery of war, but about the personalities that were imbued with the responsibility to make the right decisions, when there would be no time or opportunity to correct a bad decision. Characters were well defined and come alive behind the incredible acting performance by journeyman Gary Oldman who becomes Winston Churchill; looks, stature, speech, and personality included. The movie starts from the time he was thrust into the job of prime minister just as the war with Germany was starting and so many members of parliament were against him.

     Why Gary Oldman was cast as Churchill, you ask? When he bears no resemblance to Churchill at all?  See the movie.  Not only should the make-up people be nominated for an Oscar, so should Oldman, who well deserves winning it.

     Interesting

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “WONDER WHEEL” – 8.5

Wonder Wheel –  8 ½

 

In a word:  Struggles

     I enjoyed this movie/drama, but I know it’s not for everyone.         

If you like lots of action, fighting, car chases, explosions and gunfire, don’t see this movie.

If you expect nudity and/or graphic sexual activity, don’t see this movie.

If you want to hear lots of cursing, vulgarity and a constant spray of “F” bombs, you’d be disappointed..

If you like comedy or you hope to walk out feeling happy and joyful, stay home.

So, why give it an 8 1/2?  Because it is a very well-crafted human story about disappointment, struggle, the search for love and constantly dealing with aspirations and disappointments. It’s about many of us, one time or another in our lives.

Set in the early 1950s in Coney Island, Brooklyn, four people try to make ends meet but constantly face one obstacle after another, some of their own making. The central character deftly played by Kate Winslet is a middle-aged wannabe former actress who made too many mistakes in her past life and now scrimps to get by supporting her 10 year-old son who happens to be a burgeoning pyromaniac. Kate is on her second unhappy

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MO.”

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI  –  9

 

In a word:  Dark

     This is a movie for wannabe movie actors, who seriously study the art of acting by watching every move, every expression every nuance, every word spoken (or unspoken) by star, Frances McDormand, the quintessential thespian. This is what Oscar performances are made of.  

     The plot surrounds the single, middle-aged mother of a girl who had been raped and murdered in a small town in Missouri, where the perpetrator(s) were never caught or brought to justice. After several months of no action by police, Frances Hayes (played by McDormand) runs out of patience and proceeds to rent three dilapidated billboards, in consecutive arrangement, off a desolate road near blue-collar Ebbing, Missouri (a town that does not exist) where she pastes three large signs that read: 1) RAPED WHILE DYING, 2) STILL NO ARRESTS and 3) HOW COME CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?

     The bold action by the take-no-crap woman ignites a firestorm of reactions from the entire town, including the chief of police whose name appears on one of those signs, deftly played by Woody Harrelson. Enemies erupt from everywhere, but this is one tough gal who dazzles and puzzles the authorities

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” – 8.5

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE – 8 ½

     In a word:  revealing

If you want to know more about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) victims as related to military service and the pains of war, see this movie.

This is not just a medical diagnosis, it is a somber dilemma for many thousands of American men and women who have witnessed the horrors of fellow soldiers dying in agony, forever embedded in involuntary memory. Or, for those who suffered their own physical trauma.

The movie primarily centers on three friends, young men from the mid-west who had spent multiple tours in Iraq during war time. Each has their own stories, their own demons, and their own frustrations, some of which will stun the audience. These are but a microcosm of the national dilemma. I didn’t realize this was based on a true story with actual characters until the end of the film.

With shocking realism, the movie captures the living hell not only of the battlefield, but of the suffering these soldiers experience at home once the ordeal is thought to be over. Such trauma also creates huge impacts on perplexed spouses, family and friends who are at a loss

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW “ONLY THE BRAVE” – 7

“ONLY THE BRAVE”  –  7

In a word:  Illuminating. (in more ways than one)

     In a nutshell, this is a story, based on true events, about a unit of Arizona fireman and their sacrifices fighting dangerous forest fires.

     For certain, I would give this movie an A-plus for educating viewers about all the hazards, training, methods and tools involved in braving the elements within one of the most dangerous challenges there is for public servants, who often give their lives in the process of saving lives.  These men are, without question, the epitome of brave dedication, the very definition of “heroes.”   

     There are a number of worthwhile personal sub-stories built in to the movie, mostly dealing with the private lives of the men, and the struggles of their families and other loved ones.  Many moving scene keep the viewer glued to the screen.

     The problem for this reviewer was the writing. While it was refreshing to watch a movie that didn’t rely on curse words for effect, nor sex, the dialogue between the men, in some places, seemed  amateurish. Having been a part of an emergency responder organization for 30 years, I feel I know the difference between real

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “MARSHALL” – 8.5

“MARSHALL”  –  8 ½

     In a word:  Engaging

     This movie is not so much about the life of the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Rather, it’s about a young civil rights attorney and the struggles he had to overcome in defending a young black defendant charged with rape in 1941 in Greenwich, Connecticut. At this time, Marshall was the sole staff attorney for the NAACP.

     The story focuses on the plight of a black chauffeur accused of raping a wealthy white woman, married, who was his employer. Several issues of racism are highlighted, particularly in the courtroom as the judge would not allow Marshall to utter a word during the trial, but had to pass that task on to a white attorney who had never tried a criminal case. The partnership between Marshall and Sam Friedman starts off on rocky grounds but eventually evolves into harmony and mutual respect.

     Actually, the trial is quite interesting with evidence and revelations that would intrigue folks who like to solve crimes.

     The movie is well-directed and maintains a pace which keeps the viewer engaged. Acting is good, with the Marshall role played by Chadwick Boseman, the same actor who portrayed

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