Movie Review ~Balcony Closed


I am working on a list of what I will call my favorite Westerns which I will post God willing next Monday check back.  

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Catechism


What else did God create?

    God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.

    Genesis 1:31

    And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

    Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)


    Producer: Roger Birnbaum,Todd Black
    Based on: Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa,
    Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
    Director: Antoine Fuqua
    Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard

    Plot:. A robber-baron, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), whose mining operations are poisoning the farmers land of the town of Rose Creek, rides into town and slaughters some of the town members.  Haley Bennett, the wife of the leader of the townspeople rides into the next nearest town to recruit help.  There she meets Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a warrant officer of the state of Kansas.  He initially rebuffs her attempt to hire him until he learns who is involved in the attack.  Chisolm then recruits six gunfighters, to come with him and defend the townspeople from Bogue.  They run his men out of town and then proceed to teach the townspeople how to fight and defend themselves.  

    This is the fifth remake of the Seven Samurai and is heavily based on the 1960’s version.  Now I have seen the ninty minute version of the Seven Samurai but not the original three hour version.  And I have the John Sturgis version of the film and I enjoyed that greatly.  And I will say that this version is highly entertaining, and that Chris Pratt tries to steal the show every time he is on the screen.  But I must say that I find the 1960 version superior, and maybe a little truer to the original Japanese film.  So if you want to watch this version of the Magnificent Seven please do so, but a little bit later check out the 1960 version with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson.  

    This film has a large, and by large I mean at least a gross ton, of violence.  There is swearing, sexual innuendo, smoking and drinking.  The film is rated PG-13 and deserves it.  I give it three and a half stars out of five.  

    Catechism 


    How and why did God create us?

      God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.

      Genesis 1:27

      So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

      Catechism 


      How many persons are there in God?

        There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

        2 Corinthians 13:14

        The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

        Frenetic Friday


        Yes it’s true, at long last the first Frenetic Friday of the year.

        So as regards to politics well frankly I am waiting until the old president leaves and the new president is sworn in before I start paying attention too much to all of this however, I do want to point you to this podcast by Mike Rowe.  He’s the dirty jobs guy in case you didn’t know and he has a podcast called The Way I heard it with Mike Rowe.  But I would especially point you to Episode 36 titled: “Oh Brother” it does put a few things in perspective.  Give it a listen.

        So have you’ve heard of Camille Pagilia right?  She is famous or infamous for her critic of feminism but here in this video she points out that transgender mania is actually a sign of cultural collapse and points to history that shows this what happens before the culture ends.

        Speaking of marriage let me introduce to the newest couple, I mean  single, I mean couple, okay I am confused what is going on here?  Erika Anderson stands on rooftop in Brooklyn and marries herself to herself.  What?  Yep it seems that the latest trend in marriage is not a same sex couple, not  multiple partners (polygamy/polyamory), nope the latest trend is marrying yourself.  Instead of two becoming one, the one is becoming one.  And as Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation says:  “It’s not a legal process — you won’t get any tax breaks for marrying yourself. It’s more a “rebuke” of tradition.”  No kidding.  But it appears to be a semi lucrative business as “on the website I Married Me, you can buy a DIY marriage kit: For $50, you get a sterling silver ring, ceremony instructions, vows, and 24 “affirmation cards” to remind you of your vows over time. For $230, you can get the kit with a 14-karat gold ring.”  <source>

        BTW in 2013 in an blog post on the Pyromaniac’s Blog Frank Turk predicted this very thing based on the rise of same sex marriage.  See here

        Also a sad good by to one of the more articulate and erudite bloggers Frank Turk.  He has decided to close shop and leave blogging and twitter.  His farewell post is here:  The End  I owe much to Frank he along with Phil Johnson and Dan Phillips alway made me think deeper and clearer even if I didn’t agree with them.  Farewell sir, God speed.

        And good night to you all.