Daily Archives: February 19, 2015

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

In his speech earlier this week, President Obama spoke of fighting the terrorists that are responsible for the deaths of innocents around the world recently. The key phrase that he did not utter, and should have was “extremist Muslim terrorist”.

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

While most people who adhere to the Islamic faith simply want to live their lives as normally and peacefully as possible, some of their religious compatriots have twisted their religion into an excuse to kill and destroy.

I completely disagree with with his choice of words. I understand what President Obama is trying to do, he is trying to smooth the waters as much as possible.  However, when facing an enemy whose singular goal is to destroy the world, kill as many people as they can and then remake the world into their own image, our leaders must publicly and loudly take a stand against this kind of violence.

The Allies understood that during World War II. Led by Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin, the Allies met at the Tehran Conference in 1943 t0 make a public stand against the Nazis and pull their resources together to win the war. The goal of the Nazi party was not that different from from Isis, Hezbollah, or any of the extremist Muslim groups that frequently make headlines. The difference was that the leaders of the then free world understood what was needed to ensure the freedom and security of future generations.

President Obama seems to have his head in the sand in regards to this issue.  I wonder what the history book will say about him in the future. Will be he remembered as the Bill Clinton of his era or the Jimmy Carter of his era? I suspect that many people of this generation will look at him the way that Americans of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s looked at Jimmy Carter.

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Throwback Thursday-Grace Of My Heart (1996)

There is an old saying: behind every great man is a great woman. In the music industry, one could say that behind every great artist is a songwriter.

In Grace Of My Heart (1996), Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) arrives in New York City in the 1960’s, hoping to launch a career as singer. Instead she becomes Denise Waverly, the woman who writes some of the biggest hits of era.  Denise/Edna struggles through her identity as a performer, a songwriter and a woman, until she finds the balance that she is looking for.

I like this movie. An audience member who is a fan of the music of the 1960’s and 1970’s could argue that this movie is based on the life of Carole King, a singer/songwriter who wrote some of the most well known and beloved songs of the 1960’s before making her mark as an artist in the 1970’s.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- Ancient Rome Double Feature- Centurion (2010) & The Last Legion (2007)

There is something about the ancient world that appeals to story tellers. While we have many indisputable historical facts, we can play with history and fiction to tell a compelling story.

In 2010, Centurion, Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) is the sole survivor of a roman legion who was massacred in a guerrilla attack by the locals who do not want the Romans on their land. He is sent with the mythical Ninth Legion to slaughter the group that was responsible for the attack and murder of his comrades.

I like this movie. I like this movie because it is a very interesting time in history. The story also proves that while many things in life are inconstant, human nature is always constant.

Three years earlier, The Last Legion was released. Aurelius (Colin Firth) has been recruited to help the young Romulus Augustus (Thomas Sangster) escape from prison with the help of Mira (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). But the journey will not be easy as there are many who would see the boy join his parents in the grave.

While this movie is not the best movie that I have ever seen, it is entertaining. Sometimes that is all we need. For my fellow Janeites, this movie is excellent for two very good reasons ;).

I recommend them both.

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Throwback Thursday- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Creativity is sometimes underrated when it comes to achievement. We can take the straight, narrow and predictable path to achievement, or we can be creative when opportunity knocks.

In Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill (Alex Preston) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are a couple of what seems to be underachieving teenagers. If they do not pass a history report, they will both fail high school and be separated when Ted is shipped off to military school. When Rufus (George Carlin), a man from the future, offers the boys a chance to travel through history and bring back to the present the subjects of the history report, Bill and Ted jump at the chance. 

While Bill and Ted appear to be the typical stoner/surfer teenage boys with next to nothing banging around between their ears, in reality they are very smart. This movie is very funny and I think a little underrated when it comes to high school movies.

I recommend it.

 

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