Movie Review- Batman VS. Robin

01 Batman v RobinThis direct-to-DVD film is a sequel to Son of Batman.

After a disturbing encounter with Dollmaker, Damian (as Robin) is tempted to kill him, but is beaten to the punch by Talon, an assassin for the Society of Owls. The society is a secret one that once controlled Gotham City until the Wayne family stopped them. They are planning a takeover of Gotham City and only Batman, Nightwing, and the new Robin can stop them.

However, Batman is unsure if he can trust his violent son, wondering if he will cross that line. Likewise, Robin wonders if Batman is the right parent to raise him. This leads to an epic battle between father and son, but more importantly Batman versus Robin. 

This film is very interesting. It combines the storylines Batman versus Robin with the Court of Owls. It summed up much of both which is necessary for a film, however, the gruesome opening with Dollmaker was completely unnecessary. It was also awesome to see Kevin Conroy voice Thomas Wayne. 

SPOILER ALERTS (SKIP THIS IF NECESSARY):

The finale to the comic book storyline Court of Owls ends where Talon leads an assault on Gotham City. The film condensed it to a siege on Wayne Manor and the Bat-cave. I understand that, but in the film, the entire Batman Family (Batman, Batgirl, Alfred, Red Robin, Nightwing, Robin, Bat-Wing, etc.) all have a part. It would have been cool if the film had at least kept that conclusion.

SPOILER ALERTS END!

Except for the unnecessarily gruesome opening, I found that the film was really great. The cast was good, the animation superb, and with the exception above, it was all in all very well done.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Gruesome images, language, violence

CAST:

  • Jason O’Mara – Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Stuart Allan – Damian Wayne / Robin
  • David McCallum – Alfred Pennyworth
  • Troy Baker – Court of Owls Lieutenant
  • Sean Maher – Dick Grayson / Nightwing
  • Kevin Conroy – Thomas Wayne
  • Trevor Devall – Jack
  • Robin Atkin Downes – Court of Owls Grandmaster
  • Griffin Gluck – Young Bruce Wayne
  • Grey DeLisle – Samantha Vanaver
  • Peter Onorati – Draco
  • Andrea Romano – Jill
  • Jeremy Sisto – Talon
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – Anton Schott / The Dollmaker

 

11 Things Not To Say To Your Sick Wife: A Humor Piece

speech-bubble not#11 Don’t cough on my pillow.

#10 Hey honey, do you feel better? I’m hungry.

#9 Since you’re sick, I stopped by the dollar store and got some hand sanitizer…for me.

#8 Stop sneezing, I’m trying to watch this show!

#7 Would you sleep on the couch? I don’t want to catch it.

#6 I heard all your symptoms the first time you told me.

#5 Since you’re sick, you can pick out a movie to watch tonight. No, not that one!

#4. Do you have to cough and sneeze so loud?

#3 Are you really sick or have you been crying?

#2 I never said I would organize the medicine cabinet. Could you do it?

#1 I think you gave me something. Could you make me something?

Happy Birthday Edgar Rice Burroughs 2015

BurroughsEdgarRiceEdgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) is one of my favorite authors. He was famous for the John Carter of Mars series, as well as, Tarzan of the Apes. However, his reach into writing literature spans science fiction, fantasy, Western fiction, historical novels, and so much more. I hope to emulate the success he had genre crossing.

Today, I want to celebrate his birthday by posting one of my favorite quotes by him.

“No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment. If it entertains and is clean, it is good literature, or its kind. If it forms the habit of reading, in people who might not read otherwise, it is the best literature.”

Music Review- Tyler Ward covers What Do You Mean? By Justin Bieber

01 Tyler Ward what do you meanIt is sad when the cover artist has more talent than a song’s original singer. Well, that is certainly the case with Tyler Ward’s cover of What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber.

Tyler Ward brings us his traditional slow, acoustic version that he is known for. The song brings us a whole new meaning as he sings the lyrics, that would normally sound like nonsense. His musical style hits it home and sounds pretty cool.

You can check out the video by clicking on the picture above. It will take you to his official YouTube channel and link to the official music video.

Music Review- Bethel Music: Without Words Synesthesia

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I will begin by saying that I attended Bethel Church’s Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry for three years and was part of doing ministry there during that time.  Bethel Church Redding’s music pastors lead and develop most, if not all, of Bethel Music’s productions. There, I gave you my disclosure. Here’s my review.

Bethel Music has done it again. Without Words Synesthesia is another instrumental album of amazing worship to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You can tell that they put amazing effort into giving you this awesome album. It truly gives glory to God.

To me, the song that sticks is the title track: Synesthesia. You can tell that the composers followed the direction of Holy Spirit as they wove the song together. They made an incredible music video to it. Check it out on their official YouTube page and then buy the album!

Great Thriller: The Identity Man

01 The identity manAndrew Klavan, award winning novelist and screenplay writer, delivers in this action-packed thriller known as The Identity Man. It a novel for adults and full of conspiracies, new identities, romance, and redemption.

You follow John Shannon, a petty thief accused of murder who gets set up in a new city with a new face and identity thanks to a mysterious benefactor. What he does not know is the city is corrupted and led by a corrupted mayor who has presidential aspirations. For some reason, John has become a target of their conspiracy. The only question is why?

Check it out when you get a chance! It is really thrilling and exciting.

Author Resource: 5 Online Resources Every Serious Writer Needs

IMG_20150826_133644Jerry B. Jenkins brings us: 5 Online Resources Every Serious Writer Needs. It’s a very brief e-book that gives authors great pointers on where to find a few good resources. You can get it free by signing up for his newsletter on his official website. Check it out!

Integrity- Being Who You Say You Are

IntegrityIntegrity in a role model is hard to find in a leader these days. It seems that not a day goes by where we find a politician is found to be corrupted, a teacher is having an inappropriate relationship with a student, a union official is taking kickbacks, and the list goes on and on.
These are all very extreme examples and no one would suggest that a role model needs to be perfect. Far from it, if we do not make mistakes we cannot grow and learn from them. I can tell you that I learned more from my mistakes when I was in a position of leadership. I tried to be a good role model, but often found myself falling short. I decided to discover what integrity really is.
That is when it hit me. Integrity, in my opinion, is not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk.
In Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Jean Valjean has an alias, Monsieur Madeleine, and he’s mayor of a small town called Montreuil. He encounters Javert, a ruthless prison warden from his past, now a police chief who confronts Valjean about his identity as an escaped prisoner. Javert is ruthless in his pursuit of Valjean who had only stolen bread for his sister and nephew and then tried to escape.
Javert is an idealist who is relentless in his pursuit of justice. In him, there is only black and white. In fact, he refuses to call prisoners by their names, calling them by their numbers. There is no mercy, only justice.
Javert pursues Valjean endlessly, but at one point, he comes to believe Valjean’s alias and throws himself at Valjean’s feet. He tells Valjean to show him no mercy, to punish him because he deserves it. Valjean forgives him and shows him mercy, though none is offered.
I found myself in the minority when I was discussing the 2012 film adaption with some friends. While they spoke of the performances of the actors, the music, and so on, I told them that part of me admired Javert, the ruthless antagonist. Though I was briefly ridiculed, I explained to them that I admired Javert because, though no mercy was offered, none was expected. He expected to be judged in the way he dealt judgement. To me, that is integrity.
This might seem like another extreme example, but it is no less significant. Be the leader or role model you say you are and though you make mistakes, you admit it and learn from it. That way, when you teach your students, employees, or congregants, they know that they can trust you and what you say because, as imperfect as you may be, you are integrious.

Music Review- Dara Maclean: Blameless/How He Loves cover

01 Dara Maclean BlamelessDara Maclean has an amazing voice. It is definitely a gift from God, and it shows here on this video.

Dara leads a live crowd into worship of Jesus with these two popular praise songs Blameless and How He Loves. Both of these songs capture the heart of much God really loves us and Dara does a great job of following the direction of Holy Spirit as she leads us in this worship.

Check it out by clicking on the picture above.

Music Review- Pentatonix: Omi’s Cheerleader Cover

01 Pentatonix Cheerleader

Pentatonix is a great band that hit the internet with several band covers, including their amazing Christmas songs. This song covers Omi’s Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) and it has some great sounds combined with a catchy beat. This band has some of the best harmony that I hear when I review these songs and this song in particular is one of their best covers.

Check it out by clicking on the picture above.

Music Review- Anthem Lights Cover: Train’s Drops of Jupiter

01 Anthem lights drops of jupiterAnthem Lights is known for their pretty awesome covers (as well as medleys). This time around, they give us a cover of Train’s hit song Drops of Jupiter.

Anthem Lights manages to keep the spirit of the original song while giving us their acoustic version of it. Their voices harmonize well and their instruments bring it to life. They do have a unique twist on all the songs they cover and Drops of Jupiter is no different.

Check out the video by clicking on the picture.

Birthday Post: 27 People Who Inspire Me

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This is a more traditional post I do on my birthday. These are people who have in some way shape or form has inspired me in some way. Check them out and look them up!

Birthday Post: 27 Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

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This is a list of books that have changed my life in some way or another (besides the Holy Bible, of course)! Check them out!

  • The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
  • Winning With People by John Maxwell
  • Born to Create by Theresa Dedmon
  • Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity
  • My, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer
  • A Patriot’s History of the United States of America by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen
  • Strengthen Yourself in the Lord by Bill Johnson 
  • Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus
  • An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck
  • Hands Off My Guns by Dana Loesch
  • William Wilberforce: A Biography by Stephen Tomkins
  • Jesus Culture by Banning Liebscher 
  • Jesus Is by Judah Smith
  • An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus
  • When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson
  • The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness by Jason and Kris Vallotton
  • Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck 
  • Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley
  • Culture Warriors by Bill O’Reilly
  • The Obama Diaries by Laura Ingraham
  • Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince
  • Culture of Honor by Danny Silk
  • Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Crazy Love by Frances Chan
  • Treason by Ann Coulter
  • The Happy Intercessor by Beni Johnson
  • Honor’s Reward by John Bevere 

Birthday Post: 27 Fictional Books Every Person Should Read

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These 27 books were amazing! I hope you take time to read them.

  • The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
  • The Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Illusion by Frank Peretti
  • Thr3e by Ted Dekker
  • When The Sky Fell by Mark Lynch
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

 

 

Birthday Post: 27 Favorite Comic Book Story Lines

magazines-588346_640Continuing with my birthday trend, here’s a list of my favorite comic book story lines! (Spoiler: A lot are Batman)

  • Batman: Year One
  • Spider-Man: The Real Clone Saga
  • Superman: Red Son
  • X-Men First Class
  • Sonic The Hedgehog: The Search For Ixis Naugus
  • Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection
  • Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Batman: Dark Victory
  • Scarlet Spider: Nightmare In Scarlet
  • Knuckles The Echidna: The Dark Legion
  • Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader
  • X-Men: The Dark Phoenix
  • Spider-Man: Brand New Day
  • Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond
  • Marvel’s Avengers VS. X-Men
  • Justice League: Origin
  • X-Men: The Schism
  • Batman: Gates of Gotham
  • Sonic The Hedgehog: End Game
  • Batman Inc. Volume 1
  • Marvel’s Civil War
  • Avengers: Fear Itself
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  • Avengers: The Siege
  • Wonder Woman: Blood
  • Batman: Court of Owls

 

 

27 Birthday Scriptures

Holy Bible

Here are 27 Bible scriptures that I love, not in any particular order. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

John 14:26-But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

Philippians 4:13–  I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

John 3:17–  For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Hebrews 12:29- for our God is a consuming fire.

Ephesians 2:10- For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

John 8:11-“No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

Psalm 30:1 I will exalt You, Lord,
because You have lifted me up
and have not allowed my enemies
to triumph over me.

Matthew 11:28- “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Genesis 1:1- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

James 1:27- Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Esther 4:14- If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.

Proverbs 12:19- Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment.

Revelation 1:8-“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 

John 16:33- “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Romans 8:26- In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

John 10:10- The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Jeremiah 20:11- But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.

1 Peter 5:6- Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time…

Job 13:16- He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him.

Joshua 24:15- But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.

Judges 3:31- After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath became judge. He delivered Israel by striking down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.

1 Timothy 4:21- Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 

Psalm 103:5- He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Malachi 4:2- But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Post: 27 Things From 1988

27 Things From 1988To celebrate my 27th birthday, I’m typing out 27 things from my birth year that I like. I’ve got a list of films, books, music, and so much more! I hope you enjoy it!

FILMS:

  • The Land Before Time
  • Hero & The Terror
  • Big
  • Die Hard
  • Oliver and Company
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Rambo III
  • Bloodsport
  • Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
  • Braddock: Missing in Action III

TOYS:

  • Transformers Optimus Prime
  • Hot Wheels

VIDEO GAMES:

  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Batman: The Caped Crusader
  • Godzilla: Monster of Monsters
  • Mega Man 2
  • Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom
  • Tetris
  • Ninja Gaiden

SONGS:

  • Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror

BOOKS:

  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer

COMIC BOOKS:

  • Batman: The Cult
  • The Saga of the Sub-Mariner
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

 

My Favorite Sports Films

01 Football

  1. The Final Season
  2. Trouble With The Curve
  3. The Rocky Series
  4. Hoosiers
  5. When The Game Stands Tall
  6. Facing The Giants
  7. Forever Strong
  8. Glory Road
  9. Remember The Titans
  10. Invincible
  11. Miracle
  12. Best of the Best
  13. Moneyball
  14. Secretariat
  15. The Mighty Ducks

Movie Review- Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

01 DBZ Resurrection F

Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were almost destroyed by the so-called sequel series Dragon Ball GT. However, after years of ignoring the fan voices, Toei Animation finally relented and brought back the series creator Akira Toriyama. He gave us the film Battle of Gods and now its the hit sequel Resurrection F (or Revival of F).

As Frieza is tortured by happy stuffed animals in Otherworld, his empire is crumbling under the leadership of General Sorbet. He and another subordinate travel to Earth and, with the help of Emperor Pilaf and his minions, wish Frieza back to life. Once Frieza is fully healed, he decides that he needs to train to fight Goku, so he can match the Saiyan’s strength.

Six months pass and Goku and Vegeta are training with powerful trainer Whis. However, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman shows up to warn Bulma that Frieza is on his way. After gathering Tien, Krillin, Master Roshi, Piccolo, and Gohan to fight Frieza’s army. Though Gohan can go Super Saiyan, due to lack of training he cannot fight Frieza. They hold off Frieza’s army until Goku and Vegeta arrive to fight the evil tyrant, leading to an epic showdown.

This is the best Dragon Ball film ever made by Toei Animation and its American counterpart Funimation. It’s got action, adventure, Martial Arts, and lots of great dialogue. I was disappointed that Chiaotzu, Yumcha, Goten, and Trunks did not make an appearance and Android 18 just had a cameo. I still enjoyed seeing the old school look and feel of the iconic anime series based on the popular manga.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Sci-fi/Martial Arts Violence, Mild Language

ENGLISH VOICE CAST:
Goku by Sean Schemmel
Vegeta, Shenron, Piccolo by Christopher R. Sabat
Frieza by Chris Ayres
Tien Shinhan by John Burgmeier
Gohan by Kyle Hebert
Master Roshi by Mike McFarland
Videl by Kara Edwards
Bulma by Monica Rial
No. 18 by Meredith McCoy
Krillin by Sonny Strait
Pilaf by Chuck Huber
Shou by Chris Cason
Mai by Colleen Clinkenbeard
Beerus by Jason Douglas
Whis by Ian Sinclair
Sorbet by Jeremy Schwartz
Jaco by Todd Haberkorn
Narrator by Kyle Hebert

Happy Birthday, Gene Roddenberry

‘Star Trek’ says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived. -Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)

Thank you for giving us Star Trek

Just Courage

Just Courage

Many people assume that having courage is a lack of fear. You feel nothing but the adrenaline as you rush into the situation and glide into victory. The truth is, if that really happened, then there was probably no risk involved in the first place.
So what is courage? The great American actor and icon John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared, but saddling up anyway.”
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to take a risk and to overcome it.
There has been a lot of conversation in the public forums and the media on courage. No one can seem to come up with a good description because courage is often used to describe the mundane, for instance whatever a celebrity is doing at the time with their style or social media. To tie courage to such a mediocre circumstance is to diminish it. I do not understand our culture’s embrace of mediocrity when truly courageous acts are happening everywhere.
Along with that, I do believe courage can be found anywhere and at anytime. It is something that transcends socioeconomic conditions, nationality, and personality.
Courage is starting a business in your (or your parents’) garage to see if it takes off. Courage is entering a field you know nothing about, but dare to try it. Courage is daring to put forward a scientific theory when it goes against the norm. Courage is writing a news story that will make the powerful angry. Courage is standing up for religious freedom where it is suppressed. Courage is exploring a new frontier, where no one has even made a trail. Courage is proposing to the one you love, and likewise, courage is saying yes. Courage is going off to war to defend your country’s freedom. Courage is composing music and playing it. Courage is writing a novel and putting it out there to be published.
It is the Cristiadas fighting oppression. It is Nelson Mandela running for president. It is the Civil Rights movement. It is the Tank Man. It is Gandhi standing up for peace. It is taking the first step on the moon. It is painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
I know these are extreme suggestions, but if we look at how the people on this list (and many, many who are not) we can look at are own circumstances with a different and better perspective on being courageous. We can get past our fears and face our situations head on, full force with our heads held high.
Wherever we find examples, let them inspire us to find it in ourselves as we go forward in our lives, taking a stand and moving forward with just courage.

Music Review- Move (Keep Walkin’)

01 Tobymac MoveTobymac gives us an encouraging song to inspire to keep moving forward when things get rough in Move (Keep Walkin’). He reminds us to hold on because God has a plan for us and will keep His promises.

It’s so encouraging to have a musical voice remind us that though our prayers may not have been answered yet, Jesus still has a plan for our life and to keep moving forward, never retreat.

If you’d like to see the lyric video, click on the picture to link in the picture. 

My friend and fellow blogger, April Coon, wrote a great article music’s influence in our lives, check it out here.

Top 100 Movie Villains 40-31

100 villainsThese are the stuff of our nightmares. They made us laugh, cry, shout in rage, and sent shivers down our spines These are the baddest of the bad and the most evil of the evil. This is who I see as the:

31. Catwoman (Batman Returns)

32. Arjen Rudd (Lethal Weapon 2)

33. Deckard Shaw (Furious 7)

34. Ramon Cota (The Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection)

35. The Evil Queen (Snow White, 1937)

36. The Operative (Serenity)

37. Colonel Dietrich (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

38. Messala (Ben-Hur, 1959)

39. The Penguin (Batman Returns)

40. Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars Episode III- Revenge of the Sith)