Movie Reviews


Here is a short list of upcoming movie reviews some current some classic.  The list doesn’t reflect the order that they will happen.

1. Fury
2. Grave of the Fireflies.
3.  The man who shot Liberty Valance.
5.  Tortilla Soup
6.  The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
7.  To Kill a Mockingbird
8.  The Thin Man
9.  Casablanca
10.  The Maltese Falcon

More coming and if you have suggestions then please don’t hesitate to share. 

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Catechism


Q.43 What further advantage do we receive from Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross? 
A.  Through Christ’s death our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with him, so that the evil desires of the flesh may no longer rule us, but that instead we may dedicate ourselves as an offering of gratitude to him.
Rom. 6:5-11; Col. 2:11-12
Rom. 6:12-14
Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:1-2

Q.44 Why does the creed add, “He descended to hell”?
A.  To assure me in times of personal crisis and temptation that Christ my Lord, by suffering unspeakable anguish, pain, and terror of soul, especially on the cross but also earlier, has delivered me from the anguish and torment of hell.
Isa.53; Matt. 26:36-46; 27:45-46; Luke 22:44; Heb. 5:7-10

Earworm Wednesday: Seven Nation Army New Orleans Dirge



This version of Seven Nation Army by Postmodern Jukebox was brought to my attention by the artist of Catbeard the Pirate if you get a chance you might want to check out his all age web comic.

Scott Bradlee’s group Postmodern Jukebox has taken many modern pop songs and reinterpreted them in a ragtime, jazz, or swing version of the song. Various musicians and singers play with the group this song features Haley Reinhart. Enjoy.

Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation



Producers:Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams, and David Ellison
Director: Christopher McQuarrie.
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie.
Cast:  Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Simon McBurney

Plot:  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to stop a crate of VX  nerve gas from leaving Minsk in order to do that he must get inside the plane whose back door he just happens to be hanging off.  But this is just the beginning as agent Hunt finds out when he checks in for his next IMF assignment.  There while playing his next assignment (on a tricked out vinyl record)  he learns about the Syndicate a group of rogue agents who have all been listed as killed in action or missing.  While listening to his instructions an agent of the Syndicate traps him and he awakes to find himself strapped to a pole, where he meets Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) a disavowed MI6 agent assigned to torture him, when she is interrupted by Janik “the Bone Doctor” Vinter who informs her that he has been assigned to get the information from Hunt.  Hunt knocks Janik unconscious and with the help of Faust escapes from the clutches of the Syndicate.

But that isn’t all Hunts problems back in the Washington DC in a closed-door session CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) is doing his best to shut down the IMF saying there tactics are haphazard and reckless only getting results by sheer dumb luck.  And while agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) tries his best but the senate rules against the IMF and it is dissolved.  When Hunt is informed of this he tells Brandt not to call him any more as he is going to find the Syndicate on his own.  When CIA director Hunley learns of this he issues a warrant for Hunts arrest and tracks him over six months with Hunt always a step ahead of him slowly finding out more about the Syndicate.

Hunt finally gets a break in Venice where he once again meets Ilsa Faust as she is about to kill the Austrian Chancellor, Hunt instead shoots the Chancellor in the arm and Ilsa shoots the assassin that was about to kill Hunt.  Hunt realizes that she is a double agent working for  MI6 and joins with her to find the one device that will bring down the Syndicate.

Comment:  If you are in for an action movie with just the right touch of comedy go see this movie.  It is a roller coaster ride from start to finish.  Crusise, Renner, Pegg, Rhames all reprise the rolls that has made the previous Mission Impossibles so good. Alec Baldwin plays the slightly bewildered and mostly angry CIA director whose bad haircut is only exceeded by Simon McBurney the MI6 director.  In fact I think even when Cruise had the full beard and wild hair do it was still better looking than Alec Baldwin’s haircut.  But I have to give props to Sean Harris I don’t know if it was his normal speaking voice or not but if you ever wanted to hear what a strangled gasp sounded like Sean Harris voice in the role of the chief of the Syndicate that strangled voice made him particularly sinister sounding.

Again lots of action, comedy, no excessive vulgar words, one scene where Ilsa Faust is taking off her shirt but her back is to the camera so nothing can be seen.  I give this movie four stars out of five.

Catechism


Q.40 Why did Christ have to go all the way to death?
A. Because God’s justice and truth demand it: only the death of God’s Son could pay for our sin.
Gen. 2:17
Rom. 8:3-4; Phil. 2:8; Heb. 2:9

Q. 41 Why was he “buried”?
A. His burial testifies that he really died.
Isa.53:9; John 19:38-42; Acts 13:29; 1Cor. 15:3-4

Frenetic Friday


I type this in the smoke saturated air of the Pacific Northwest. Where wind blown ash exasperates the efforts of the volunteers to contain this firestorm. Pray that God has mercy on this area and on the firefighters who facing exhaustion still battle to stop the fires. Pray also for the families that have lost their homes and the firefighters who lost their lives battling the fires

That’s it today folks thank you for your prayers.

Earworm Wednesday: Your Not The Only One


So Joseph Gordon-Levitt created a crowd funded show called HitRecord. Now I have started watching this recently and I saw this song. I have to be honest this isn’t a cover and I’ve been rethinking that rule mainly because it really limits what I can find. So with this I’m going to expand what can be played on Wednesdays.

Frenetic Friday


In the final decade of the 21st Century, men and women in rocket ships landed on the moon. By 2200 AD, they had reached the other planets of our solar system. Almost at once there followed the discovery of hyperdrive through which the speed of light was first obtained and later greatly surpassed. And so, at last, mankind began the conquest and colonization of deep space. United Planets Cruiser C57D, now more than a year out from Earth Base on a special mission to the planetary system of the great main-sequence star “Frenetic Friday.”

And again a thousand Keach Points for the first reader to recognize the quote.

And yes I’ve created a special point system. We’ll see what comes of it.

We have some new readers/followers of the blog welcome look around read some of the earlier posts this blog wouldn’t exist without you.

A win for the Center for Medical Progress as a judge in California ruled against StemExpress and said that they can’t take videos and documents used to expose what Planned Parenthood is doing by selling body parts of aborted babies. (life news)

The sixth video has been released by Center for Medical Progress in it the person on the video says that Planned Parenthood sold the parts of the baby without the mother’s consent.

Albert Mohler on the Briefing points to an article in the Daily Beast by Ruben Navarette, Jr. titled:

I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos,

There are a lot of interesting things in this article but one of the most telling was this statement by Navarette: (caution profane language)

As I’ve only realized lately, to be a man, and to declare yourself pro-choice, is to proclaim your neutrality. And, as I’ve only recently been willing to admit, even to myself, that’s another name for “wimping out.”

At least that’s how my wife sees it. She’s pro-life, and so she’s been tearing into me every time a new video is released. She’s not buying my argument that, as a man, I have to defer to women and trust them to make their own choices about what to do with their bodies. To her, that’s ridiculous—and cowardly.

“You can’t stand on the sidelines, especially now that you’ve seen these videos,” she told me recently. “That’s bullshit! These are babies that are being killed. Millions of them. And you need to use your voice to protect them. That’s what a man does. He protects children—his own children, and other children. That’s what it means to be a man.”<emphasis mine>

 

I follow many different people on twitter and just so you know I will follow you unless you’re a telemarketer, a pyramid scheme promoter, or someone who like to post inappropriate photos (those people get blocked) but one of the people I follow is Mike Adams he is a former atheist and Democrat that became a Christian and a Republican.  He has written a provocative column at Townhall.com called:  Three Kinds of Christians.    He lists them as the Courageous Christian, the Clueless Christian, and the Cowardly Christian and hints at a fourth kind of Christian.  It is an interesting article and I highly suggest that you take a minute and read it.

Now turning to the world of Art

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

What you are seeing is an example of pointillism done in a type of Play-Doh called DohVinci the people at Hasbro seeing that August is art appreciation month remade various classic works in DohVinci.  To see more of these works go here: DohVinci Interpretations of Classic Works of Art

Well it is past time for a Robotic Over Lords update.  And we have a doozy!  I have to admit I wasn’t surprised when I heard this bit of news.  I mean it was only a matter of time until it happened.  What happened?  Oh just a drone dropping drugs into a prison yard,

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.