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Feb 212015

Fury – A Movie Review

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Feb 212015

Fury Movie PosterApril, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña
Runtime: 134 min; Rated: R; Genre: Action, Drama, War; Released: 17 Oct 2014

I watched this on my day off for President’s Day at home. Continue reading »

Craziness Roundup for the Week of Feb. 20, 2015

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Feb 202015
Republican James "Micah" Van Huss and his wife

Republican James “Micah” Van Huss and his wife

Oh man, as usual the crazy just burns. How, in the name of all that is holy, do some of these people get elected.

Let’s start with Republican State Representative James Van Huss of Tennessee who wants to make one small change to the constitution of the state of Tennessee.  Van Huss’ change would rewrite Article I to say, “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.” Perhaps it won’t be a huge surprise that Rep. VanHuss, who also goes by the name Micah, and just for the record, is a Republican. (Maybe he should read the book of Micah sometime, especially the part in 6:8 about walking “humbly with your God.” Continue reading »

American Sniper – War and Politics

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Feb 162015

american-sniper-poster-internationalThe recent movie, American Sniper, based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, has sparked heated discussion. I’ve previously reviewed the movie, but in this post, I’d like to take on some of the politics, praise, and condemnation that’s been the result of the movie.

First, I’d like to take on Michael Moore’s comment about Chris Kyle and snipers being cowards. I’m a fan of Moore’s, but this was just stupid. Being a sniper is dangerous, grueling, and likely soul-sapping. Just like everyone in the military, they are trained for, and doing the job they were assigned, in effect, by our civilian leadership. Chris Kyle was, apparently, extremely good at his job, and that does not make him a coward. Did he take some pleasure in the killing or Iraqi’s? I don’t know, as I didn’t live in his head, but his book did seem to offer the perspective that he felt he was doing “God’s work.” Of that I’m not so sure.

In this country, we’ve come to glorify war. We can’t have a sporting event without a military honor guard and maybe a flyover. We watch precision bombing footage on the evening news, and hear about drone strikes taking out terrorist operatives. So we come to think we’re always right, the other side is wrong, and everything we do is blessed. Taint so. War truly is hell. The towns and cities in which is fought are destroyed, economies are wrecked, and innocent people, including children, suffer and die. We need to know and understand that, and we need to know that we wreck much of the havoc when we start wars. Continue reading »

Feb 162015

American_SniperChris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who wanted to become a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle’s struggle isn’t with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Jason Hall, Chris Kyle (book), Scott McEwen (book), James Defelice (book)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis, Ben Reed
Runtime: 132 min; Rated: R; Genre: Action, Biography, Drama; Released: 16 Jan 2015

We watched this one in the theater a couple of weekends ago. I’m sorry to just now be getting around to writing my review. Me and Lay both thought this movie was OK. I suspect he liked it a bit more. I had some trouble separating the politics, the biography, and the movie. Continue reading »

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