Movie Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Producers: John Davis, Steve Clark Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie, Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant

Plot: Two cold war spies Napoleon Solo ( Henry Cavill ) and Illya Kuryakin ( Armie Hammer ) set aside their personal differences to work together to stop former Nazis from getting a nuclear bomb.

This was an amusing film although I think it would be best enjoyed by the fans of Guy Ritchie rather than those who actually watched the original television show. And since I have watched the show I am afraid that I am a little more critical than others may be. So on with the grousing. First Henry Cavill, as Napoleon Solo, has the suave factor that I remember from Robert Vaughn but the back story given in the film seems like it should be more for Alexander Mundy. ( It takes a thief )

Now Armie Hammer is better in his character of Illya Kuryakin than that last unfortunate film he was in ( The Lone Ranger ) however, once again they’ve changed the character from brooding troubled Russian who is an enigma. Rather this version has an intense rage that simmers just below the boiling point ready to blow at any moment.

This film doesn’t have graphic nudity, there are questionable scenes and scenes where sex is heard but not seen. Profanity is low, a lot of violence and action but as it is an action movie that is to be expected.

As I said this is an amusing film and if you like Guy Ritchie action-comedies then you will like this one also. I give this three stars out of five. It is available to rent or stream.

Frenetic Friday Night

What!  The day after Thanksgiving on “Black Friday” you want a Frenetic Friday?  As you sit there with that turkey, cranberry, stuffing sandwich before you, as you are contemplating whether you can eat that last slice of pie, you have the chutzpah to ask for a Frenetic Friday?  Well your wish is my command.

So lets talk about social media.  In fact lets talk about Twitter.  In specific let’s talk about the tweet that benched a cheerleader.  When Caley Godino a high-school cheerleader of Revere MA responded to her teacher’s tweet about low voter turnout for the November mayoral race with “When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal”. The students screamed that the cheerleader was racist. Godino said that her comment was meant as a “political comment not a racial one.”

Well none the less the school superintendent, Dianne Kelly said that while the school district “believes in free speech” but doesn’t support “insensitive speech”. One does wonder what would have happened if the founding fathers had tweeted such things as ” If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” {George Washington}. This would no doubt raise the ire of the PETA supporters and the superintendent would have had to do something similar. <source>

Now for this next story I would like all the rabid left behind fans to be calm, to mellow out, to find their happy place, because we are going to talk about biometric tattoos.  No, I said no this isn’t the mark of the beast.  Rather it is a method to track the health and welfare of people without inserting tracking chips into their bodies.  Instead the tattoos are painted on the skin of the person and will send back information about their body temperature, hydration, and the stress level of an individual.  This is being proposed for soldiers so that information about their health and environment can be uploaded via blue-tooth or other methods.

So lets talk about transgender persons and bathrooms.  Yes, I know this has been brought up before but this article is gives a perspective that so far hasn’t been explored before now.  Safety.

Kaeley Triller writing for the Federalist talks about her own experiences as a rape survivor and how victimizers will use any opening they can find:

I read these reports, and my heart starts to race. They can’t be serious. Let me be clear: I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens. Just Google Jason Pomares, Norwood Smith Burnes, or Taylor Buehler, for starters.

Read the entire article here:  A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms

And lastly it has been a long time since our last Robotic Over Lord update so here is the latest news:

China has revealed some new robots from the future:

Holy Voltron!

But that’s not all meet Pepper a robot programmed to “read” human emotions.

And finally the perfect receptionist.

Just remember this is the wave of the future, and will soon be replacing those fifteen dollar per hour jobs that are being pushed on employers.  After all past the initial cost and maintenance this option is cheaper.  No health care needed, programmed to answer all the questions and doesn’t need bathroom or lunch breaks.

And with that here is the end of another Frenetic Friday Night.



Earworm Wednesday: On My Side~ My Silent Bravery

So I am blessed to meet all kinds of people on the blog and through Twitter.  So My Silent Bravery started following me on twitter and pointed me to his YouTube page which has some of his music videos.  I said I would take a look and if I liked what I heard I would feature him on Earworm Wednesday.  So here is My Silent Bravery:

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program


I’m sure that you’ve seen this or something similar by now.  I am not going to get into how it violates the second commandment but I am going to get into how this isn’t how to get sympathy for refugees middle-eastern or otherwise.

The implied statement is that Mary and Joseph were refugees of some kind.  But the facts don’t bear that out.

Fact one:  Mary and Joseph were still in their native land. They went from Nazareth to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4) both towns in Israel.

Fact two:  They were obeying the law.  Caesar Augustus had ordered a census of the entire Roman Empire and in obedience to the law they went where they were to be registered based on their lineage.  (Luke 2:1-3)

Fact three:  Because of the census all available rooms were taken.  This is like the entire city of Seattle Washington, population 668,342, decided to rent all the available space in Almira Washington, population 273.  Needless to say for a pregnant woman to find a room in a city that full would be near impossible so if anything having a barn, was a blessing.  (Luke 2:7)

Fact four:  At some point in time probably after the census, and some say up to two years after his birth, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. (Matthew 2:11).

So lets look at the facts.  One they were in their own country, two they were obeying the law of the land, three the lack of room was caused by a temporary influx of a great amount of people into a small town.  And four ultimately some time after the birth Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were living in a house in Bethlehem.

And lastly the story of the birth of Jesus is about Jesus.  It isn’t about refugees, it isn’t about haters, and it isn’t about setting up nativity scenes it is about the God-man.  How the Son of God became incarnate and lived  a sinless life and took the wrath of God upon Himself instead of us.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”   Acts 17:30-31




Q. 65 It is by faith alone that we share in Christ and all his blessings: where then does that faith come from?

A.  The Holy Spirit produces it in our hearts by the preaching of the holy  gospel, and confirms it through our use of the holy sacraments.

John 3:5; 1 Cor. 2:10-14; Eph. 2:8

Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25

Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16

Q. 66 What are sacraments?

A.  Sacraments are holy signs and seals for us to see. They were instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel, and might put his seal on that promise.  And this is God’s gospel promise: to forgive our sins and give us eternal life by grace alone because of Christ’s one sacrifice finished on the cross.

Gen. 17:11; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 4:11

Matt. 26:27-28; Acts 2:38; Heb. 10:10

Q. 67 Are both the word and the sacraments then intended to focus our faith on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?

A.  Right!  In the gospel the Holy Spirit teaches us and through the holy sacraments he assures us that our entire salvation rests on Christ’s one sacrifice for us on the cross.

Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 11:26; Gal. 3:27

Q. 68 How many sacraments did Christ institute in the New Testament?

A.  Two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26

Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby

Producer: Cliff Reid, Howard Hawks
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Robert McGowan, Gertrude Purcell
Cast: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, May Robson, Fritz Feld

Plot: A poor befuddled paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) needs to get a million dollar donation to his museum from a wealthy older woman (May Robson). At the same time he is to be married to his dour spinster assistant. Along with that he is waiting for the last bone to his Brontosaurus, which he has spent the last four years of his life assembling, to arrive.

On the day of his wedding and the meeting of the his sponsor he meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) a light-hearted slightly flighty young woman who he meets on a golf course.  Through a series of missteps he ends up at Susan’s house instead of meeting with his potential donor or getting married to his assistant.  It is during this time that Susan decides that she wants to marry David and schemes to get him.   A tame leopard is delivered to Susan’s house and while talking to David she pretends the leopard is attacking which causes David to rush to her aid.  From there Susan’s schemes falls into place until David realizes he has to confess his feelings.

Commentary:  I have been in an old-fashioned movie mood lately and this screwball comedy by Howard Hawks hits all the right spots for me.  Cary Grant is the at his best as the befuddled professor who really doesn’t know what is going on or why it is happening to him.  And if you haven’t seen Cary Grant in the non-suave and debonair mode you’ve missed a real treat.  A young Katherine Hepburn doing comedy is a sight to be seen.  Her timing is excellent and again if you haven’t seen her doing comedy you really should.

I give this four stars out of five.



Q. 62 Why can’t the good we do make us right with God, or at least help make us right with him?

A.  Because the righteousness which can pass God’s scrutiny must be entirely perfect and must in every way measure up to the divine law.1 Even the very best we do in this life is imperfect and stained with sin.2

Rom. 3:20; Gal. 3:10 (Deut. 27:26)

2sa. 64:6

Q. 63 How can you say that the good we do doesn’t earn anything when God promises to reward it in this life and the next?

A.  This reward is not earned; it is a gift of grace.

Matt. 5:12; Heb. 11:6

Luke 17:10; 2 Tim. 4:7-8

Q. 64 But doesn’t this teaching make people indifferent and wicked?

A.  No. It is impossible for those grafted into Christ by true faith not to produce fruits of gratitude.

Luke 6:43-45; John 15:5

No Frenetic Friday

Having overloaded on the sheer idiocy that has passed through my newsfeeds I have fallen unconscious my body twitching as stray neurons misfire in my brain. 

My fingers erratically tapping upon my phone’s keyboard somehow through my subconscious mind produces this message.  And with its last burst of frenetic energy (see what I did there) place what has to be the one YouTube video that speaks to the insanity taking place on campuses across the country.