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May 272017
 

Saving the Republic – My Master Plan

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May 262017
 

Trump TV PosterI’ve come up with an idea for how to save the Republic from the mafia family currently trying to take it over. This of course means getting the “Clown-in-Chief, Trump, and his gang of thieves out of the White House. First, I need to establish some background about Trump and recent events. Continue reading »

Rick Baker Still Has An Issue With LGBT People

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May 232017
 
Photo of former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker

Would you buy a used car from this guy?

So Rick Baker has decided he wants to be Mayor of St. Petersburg again. The problem is, the guy may be full of more crap than Donald Trump. One of his biggest issues is how he has treated the very large and active LGBT community in St. Pete. During all his years as Mayor, he consistently refused to sign a Pride Proclamation, and never once got close to the St. Pete Pride event.

Let’s think about this for a minute. The LGBT Pride Festival in St. Pete has grown to be the largest in Florida, and one of the largest in the nation. This is an event that injects nearly $20 million dollars per year into the local economy. Now what Mayor wouldn’t put himself right in the middle of an event that brought that much money into a city, especially during the Summer when tourism is at a lull? Well, if you are that much of a bigot like Baker, you wouldn’t. Continue reading »

Straight Outta Compton – A Movie Review

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May 232017
 

Straight Outta Compton Movie PosterIn 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff
Stars: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti

Genres: Biography, Drama, History, Music; MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use; Release Date: 14 August 2015; Run time: 2 hrs 27 min Continue reading »

Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le – A Movie Review

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May 222017
 

michelleCelebrated hip-hop recording artist Michel’le will speak up and speak out about the darker side of Compton hip-hop as she narrates the Lifetime Original Movie, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” based on her life story, premiering Saturday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The first lady of Ruthless Records, who triumphed over a life riddled with abuse and adversity, is ready to share her story with the world.

Director: Janice Cook
Cast: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, R. Marcos Taylor, Jamie Kennedy
Produced for Lifetime by Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.
Aired on October 15, 2016 on the Lifetime Channel

I believe this might be the first made-for-TV movie I’ve reviewed. We had recorded this, and watched it Sunday morning. It was an interesting bio-pic about the hip-hop music scene, narrated by someone who’d lived it, Michel’Le. I’m not all that familiar with the artists involved, but Lay’s watched enough things, and I’ve seen enough in the news to feel that it had a sense of authenticity. It’s real. It’s raw, and at times, painful to watch. But this portrayal of NWA’s Dr. Dre and Suge Knight told by ex-girlfriend Michel’le is claimed to be the untold true story.

Set in Compton, Dr. Dre is on the hunt for a new act when he meets Michel’le, a pint-sized singer with a squeaky voice. Brought to them by Eazy E., Dr. Dre and his group aren’t sure that Michel’le has the look or the sound that they are looking for. But singing her first song is enough to get them interested. They sign Michel’le on to the label, but not before Dr. Dre takes a romantic interest in her. Soon, a tumultuous and rocky relationship emerges as Michel’le deals with the rising rapper’s thunderous temper and physical abuse. This is followed by similar relationship with Suge.

The actors all played their parts well, and brought out the tension in their lives, especially Rhyon Nicole Brown. I’d say this one was worth watching if you have any interest in that genre of music, and some of the main characters.

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Nixon and Trump – There is a Difference

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May 222017
 

It’s impossible to not look at history as the Trump Administration seems to be crumbling under the weight of scandal after scandal. The ties to Russia appear to be growing and becoming more irrefutable. The President and his aids are certainly acting much like people in the Nixon White House leading up to the resignation. The Comey firing is akin to Nixon’s Saturday night massacre. It certainly looks like an attempt to cover it up us underway, and the idea of White House tapes of conversations have been thrown around. But there are differences between the Nixon and Trump Administrations, and that’s what I hope to analyze here.

 

The list of Trump scandals is growing on a near daily basis, and I won’t try to cover them all here. So far, along with the Russia connections, he’s had appointees (including family members) who have lied on disclosure forms, people failing to register as foreign agents, family members essentially selling Green Cards to wealthy foreigners, and just today, after signing a $110B arms sale to Saudi Arabi, the Saudi’s contributed $100M to Ivanka Trump’s charity. I could go on, but that’s not the point here. Continue reading »

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May 202017
 

Moonlight-A Movie Review

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May 192017
 

Moonlight Movie PosterThree time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan’s caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula’s abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan’s advice of truly making his own decisions for himself.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert
Runtime: 111 min; Rated: R; Genre: Drama; Released: 18 Nov 2016

We enjoyed this movie, but it was somewhat formulaic. There were some surprises, and a great deal of tension throughout. It was a compelling story. It was nearly a month ago when we watched this at home. Continue reading »

War Dogs – A Movie Review

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May 172017
 

War Dogs Movie PosterTwo friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.

Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay), Jason Smilovic (screenplay), Guy Lawson (Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes”)
Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner, David Packouz, Bradley Cooper
Runtime: 114 min; Rated: R; Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama; Released: 19 Aug 2016

Man, am I way behind on getting movie reviews published. Sorry about that…it’s just been a general lack of enthusiasm for writing. I’m going to try to get caught up, and do better. Continue reading »

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May 062017