Monthly Archives: May 2014

Missing the Mark

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This one still needs a name. Any suggestions?

A few days ago, a buddy and I headed out to the gun range so I could show off my new rifle. I’d spent quite enough money on the rifle and scope, so I decided to save a few bucks and mount the scope myself while sitting at the kitchen table instead of paying a professional.

We warmed up with his rifle, a tried and true beauty built from a 77-year-old German Mauser. He’s a far better shooter than I am, but I was hitting the target within two inches of my point-of-aim at 100 yards, which isn’t terrible for me on an unfamiliar rifle (it’s not great either). Then we tried my brand new, American-made Remington, guaranteed to be tack-driving accurate right out of the box. Continue reading

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USA! USA! Review of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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You’d think by now he’d have earned a promotion to Major.

Rated PG-13, 136 minutes (watched 5/4/14)

I haven’t seen many  adventure movies this convoluted and complex, but at least Captiat America: The Winter Soldier  has fun with itself. Continue reading

Grab Your Umbrella: Review of ‘Noah’

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Right, now who’s ready for some spear fishing?

Rated PG-13, 138 minutes (watched 4/2/14)

Before I went to see the matinee of Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, Noah, I reread the biblical narrative. In the HCSB version, it’s just over 2,000 words and took me all of five minutes to finish. So how does a filmmaker – an atheist filmmaker – make a 138-minute $130 million-dollar blockbuster from such brief source material? The answer is that you throw the scripture into a blender and add a ton of filler. But although Aronofsky – who publicly said he set out to make the least biblical movie ever – has scrambled the biblical historical narrative, I believe he accidentally stumbled into a movie with unmistakable Christian messages. Continue reading

Clicques and Bullies in Tight Pants: Review of ‘Divergent’

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Geez, this outhouse has like, ZERO privacy.

Rated PG-13, 139 minutes (watched 3/22/14)

The latest in the young adult dystopian adventure genre is Divergent. It’s just OK. It’s not actively terrible, but it’s a long, long way from being good and pales in comparison to its obvious inspiration, The Hunger Games. There’s not much soul here. It’s beautifully shot, but the whole shebang is very superficial. It’s not just Hunger Games Lite, this is Fun Size Gluten-free Paleo Hunger Games with an extra plate to share with your significant other. Continue reading