In the nearly 3 years since Sandy Hook, 87 people have been killed by guns in school.
The latest round of gun violence was in Louisiana this past week. John Houser, a man with a criminal record and a history of mental instability, killed two women in a movie theater and injured many others.
The guns that existed during the American revolution are nothing compared to the firepower of today’s guns.
This right was created to allow Americans to defend themselves against the then British oppressors, not to randomly kill innocent civilians.
We need common sense legislation on this issue. While respecting the rights of those who legally own guns, we must take control of our country. We must also confront our lax reaction to mental illness.
We have grieved too many times over lives lost due to gun violence. It’s time to end the grief and put laws into place that will prevent future tragedies.
The new film, Mr. Holmes, is based on Mr. Cullin’s novel.
In the late 1940’s Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is 93 years old. Retired from detective work, he is content to live near the sea and enjoy his final years. His housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) is a war widow with a precocious and curious son, Roger (Milo Parker). Roger develops a father/son like relationship with his mother’s boss, in spite of his mother’s fears. Roger also helps Sherlock to remember the case that ended his career.
Thirty years before, Sherlock was approached by Thomas Kelmot (Patrick Kennedy). His wife, Ann (Hattie Morahan) has changed since her two miscarriages. He wants Sherlock to follow his wife and figure out why Ann is not the woman that she was. Can Roger help Sherlock to remember the case and maintain his faculties as long as he can?
I was excited to see this movie. Sherlock Holmes is a character that is very much a fabric of our culture. But more often than not, he is seen in his younger days, not as a man who knows that the clock is ticking. To be honest, the movie was a little slow for me. While I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and the marked different between the two periods in Holmes’s life that the film explores, it was not what I hoped it would be.
We all have to grow up at some point. For some people, they have to prodded and pushed to grow up. For the last twenty years, Adam Sandler has played several variations on the man child character.
In 1999, he once again played within type in Big Daddy.
Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is 32 years old. He has a degree from law school and a nice apartment in Manhattan. He does not have a job and lives off of money he received from a lawsuit. To maintain his relationship with his girlfriend and to prove that he is an adult, Sonny adopts a five year old boy. He expects that it will be easy. But his experience in parenthood will teach Sonny a lesson on growing up and being a real adult.
This movie is an interesting one. As an actor. Sandler has one foot in his previous man child characters and has another foot in a character who realizes that he has to grow up. While this is not my favorite Adam Sandler movie, it shows his maturity as an actor to stretch himself and the characters he plays.
Of all the jobs in the world, G-d has the hardest. In whatever form G-d takes (if one believes in a higher power), he, she or it receives requests from billions every day. What would happen if an ordinary mortal took G-d’s place? What would be the consequences of this switch?
In Bruce Almighty (2003), Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey), complains to G-d (Morgan Freeman) just one too many times. G-d responds by giving Bruce his job. Can Bruce play G-d while hiding it from his girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston)?
This film is interesting. In playing Bruce, Carrey is both playing the manic character that we saw in previous films while trying to step away from that type of character. Freeman, with his usual gravitas, was well cast as the almighty being upstairs. Aniston, sadly is still no more than the standard rom-comish girlfriend.
Lewis (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) are psyched to begin their college career. But they will soon learn that the jocks rule the school and anyone who does not fit that image is given the short end of the stick. Lewis and Gilbert decide to create their own fraternity and stand up to the ruling jocks. Can they gain the respect of their peers or will they continue to be the nerds that everyone makes them out to be?
This movie is very dated, in a certain aspect. In my opinion, it relies a little too heavily on stereotypes to cast both protagonist and antagonist. But the message of standing up for yourself and not giving a flying fig about what the world thinks of you is timeless.
Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) have been around each other for years. Their relationship is strictly platonic. That is the way they both like it. They have their own lives, their own relationships, nothing could ever change their friendship. But fate has something else in mind for Harry and Sally.
This movie is rom com gold. A standard bearer for the genre for a quarter century, it both sticks to the script and steps out of the traditional narrative of a romantic comedy.
I absolutely recommend it.
And P.S. Just for fun, here is Meg Ryan faking an orgasm like the best of them while eating at Katz’s Deli, one of the best restaurants in NYC.
College, for many is an eye opening experience. It is often the first time we are away from the comforts of home and family. But it is also the opportunity to grow and find out who you really are and what you want out of life.
In Son In Law (1993), Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino) is the all American girl from a small town in the midwest. Her choice for college is a school in Los Angeles. Her first few weeks are rocky, until she meets Crawl (Pauly Shore), who helps her integrate into college life. Feeling sorry that Crawl has nowhere to go during Thanksgiving, Rebecca invites him home. When conservative small town America meets Los Angeles party animal Crawl, Rebecca, her family and her small town will never be the same.
This movie is very early 90’s. But it does not feel that dated because anyone who has gone away to college for the first time understands the anxiety that comes with the experience.