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A Gun Owner’s Review of ‘Spectre’

spectre.jpegRated PG-13, 148 minutes (watched 11/7/15)

One of the (few) downsides of being a gun owner is that you begin see through so many of Hollywood’s tricks and tropes. Once you begin your ride, you count rounds remaining in magazines/cylinders and wonder how long the bad guy waited for the ATF to approve his Form 4s for that suppressed short barrel rifle (spoiler alert: he didn’t). You shake your head when dozens of baddies can’t hit the broadside of barn while the White Hats are one-shot-one-kill and you wince every time the good guys muzzle each other. Perhaps most egregiously, you grind your teeth to powdery nubs when hero unnecessarily racks his shotgun over and over. Continue reading

Shopping Cart: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Amazon.com turned 20 this week. I can’t say I’ve been on board since day one (I was only 13), but my shopping history shows I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’m fairly certain I made my first purchase on Amazon in 2004-ish, but Amazon only shows my purchases through 2006. I remember being very skittish about making online purchases in the beginning. How adorable I was back then! Heck, last week, I ordered sunscreen from Amazon because I was too lazy to go to Walmart. You’ve got to love Prime shipping!

So in honor of Amazon’s birthday, let’s take a look at an annotated look through my (partial) purchase history and see what we can discern about my shopping habits. (Note that even I list the number of purchases, that doesn’t necessarily reflect the number of items per order.) Continue reading

“Letter From a Birmingham Jail”

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we ran MLK’s famous words on civil disobedience, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” in the paper. We didn’t have room to publish the entire thing, so it fell on my to cut it to just 1/4 of its originally length. In reading it five or six times to figure out where I could pare things down, I was struck by just how brilliant this man’s words and message were and are. It’s well worth your time to read it, especially in terms of the unrest in Ferguson. Continue reading

Ferguson pastor on marching (and getting arrested) with MLK

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I’m particularly proud of this article I wrote:

FERGUSON – Stoney Shaw was just an idealistic seminary student, the white son of Florida sharecroppers who grew up alongside the black children whose families worked those same fields. But his experience with racism, protests and a chance encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967 would shape him into a man uniquely equipped to pastor a church like First Baptist Church of Ferguson, a town now known internationally – fairly or not – as a hotbed of racial unrest and violence. Continue reading

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: Review of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Defining Chapter, eh? Because when i think of The Hobbit, I absolutely think of the few-paragraphs long battle.

Rated PG-13, 144 minutes (watched 12/19/14)

My one-word review: Ridiculous. Continue reading

Up All Night: Review of ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’

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Judging from the poster alone, the tomb which holds the secret is in London inside Big Ben.

Rated PG, 98 minutes (watched 12/19/14)

This is an infinitely silly movie. But sometimes it’s fun to watch actors who are capable of heavy, dramatic and noteworthy performances make goofy faces and talk in funny voices, don’t you think? Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb gives you that and not much else, but that’s perfectly fine. Continue reading

Let My People Go… Home and Rent a Better Movie: Review of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Evidently the guy on the right has alopecia.

Aww, the poor little fella on the right is jealous of Christian Bale’s beard :-(. It’s OK, Baldy. Your sweatervest is shinier!

Rated PG-13, 150 minutes (watched 12/14/14)

It’s impossible to watch Exodus: Gods and Kings and not compare it to two movies: this spring’s Noah and the 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments. You get no points for guessing this modern action epic falls short of the Charlton Heston/Yul Brynner masterpiece, but I was disappointed that it didn’t even rise to the much lower bar set by Noah. Whereas Noah was a decent movie underneath the layers of extrabiblical story (and rock monsters!), Exodus retells the biblical account in its own odd way without even giving us the satisfaction of being a good movie. Continue reading