#ThrowbackThursday – Top 7 Disney Shows

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For the month of May, every Thursday, I will be going retro in totally rad way. I will bring up subjects from my back in the day. We’ll have articles about the 1990s down to the early 2000s. You wanna gonna get blazed by all of the Thursday Throwback specials!  

Now, I don’t want you to murk out on me, but this first article is one Disney Original Series that came out when I was growing. Some of the Disney shows now are politically correct brainwashing shows that are cheesy and silly. I remember some good ol’ shows that were really entertaining. Here are my Top 7:

Lizzie McGuire- A show with an animated sidebar, this teen sitcom starred Hillary Duff. It had everything that made shows we loved great: crazy little sibling, good parents, best friends, and a weird school. 

The Famous Jett Jackson- Lee Thompson Young played a character who was a teen star of a show-within-a-show. It had a lot of fun moments and great humor. 

The Jersey- Based on the Monday Night Football Club books by Gordon Korman, it was about four friends who get a magic jersey that allows them to change into famous athletes. Many real ones guest starred. 

Phil of the Future- A family from the 22nd Century is trapped in the 21st Century after their time machine malfunctions. It followed Phil and his sister as they tried to adapt to life in the past. 

Kim Possible- This animated comedy show featured Disney stars Will Friedle and Christy Carlson Romano voicing spies who were always doing what they do best, save the world. 

Bug Juice- Before reality shows were all about fake drama and scratching, they were pretty cool. This one was about a summer camp with extreme sports. Not too bad. 

Even Stevens- The story of the Stevens siblings: Louis and Ren, and sometimes their older brother Donnie, the family navigates all kinds of troubles, including getting tricked into doing a game show. 

That’s my lost of favorite Disney Original Series. What’re yours? Comment below and be sure to subscribe for more Throwback Thursday articles like this one. 

National Day of Prayer 2016

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Today, people all across the United States of America are falling on their faces for one purpose and that is to pray, pray to the one true God. 

In this time in America, we need to kneel at the altars, get in our prayer closets, and fall on our knees to bring our country forward in prayer. 

We are at a volatile time in our history and the whole world is watching us. Politics, entertainment, media, academia, and so many other facets of our society. The church has failed in so many ways by taking on loosing tactics, not loosing battles, but loosing strategy. 

 This National Day of Prayer, let us refocus and unite in prayer to ask Holy Spirit for inspiration on how we as a Church can take on better strategies to lead people to Jesus. 

#NeverTrump – What Is Next?

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After a hard fought battle, Ted Cruz stepped out of the Republican race for the presidential nomination this Tuesday after Donald Trump defeated him handily in the Indiana GOP Primary. 

Trump’s supporters on Fox News and his so-called “christian” base immediately celebrated his victory as Reince Priebus tweeted out that the business magnate is the presumptive nominee. He is however, still a few shy of the magic 1,237 number.

Where does that leave the Never Trump movement? It depends on who you ask. Many have said that will give into the GOP demands and will support Trump. To them, “never” really just meant “against at one point.” Using the excuse that a vote against the GOP frontrunner in the general election is a vote for Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who also lost in Indiana to her only rival, socialist Bernie Sanders. 

Conservative Daniel Horowitz, writing for the Conservative Review, made a call to continue “acting as a third party within the Republican Party.” 

That is a nice sentiment, but is it too little too late? 

Grassroots Conservatives have tried to act as a Third Party ever since the Tea Party movement began. That is how Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, Trey Gowdy, Mia Love, and even Libertarian types like Rand Paul got elected in the first place. Now we are seeing the brainchild of the Republican establishment, embodied in Donald Trump (who funded them) now completely take over. 

Grassroot Conservatives and Libertarians may be winning battles, but we are not winning the war. GOP Senator Lindsey Graham hates Trump, but his shenanigans early in the primary bogged down the process way too much. His colleagues in the establishment like John Boehner jumped on the Trump train, maybe not right away, but they did. It gave credentials to Trump when he did not deserve them. 

Endorsements from people popular among evangelicals like Jerry Falweel, Jr., Sarah Palin, Ben Carson (whom Trump compared to a child molester), and even Lance Wallnua only added to those credentials. 

Those of who stood strong for Conservative values through this whole primary season, people like CNN commentator Tara Setmayer,  Christian authors Dr. Michael Brown and John C. Maxwell,  among others have been put in a very tedious position. We are asking ourselves, “What is next?” Some have the answer. 

The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, one of the most vocal anti-Trump Conservatives, told TheBlaze, “I have certain lines I will not cross as a voter. Trump is beyond those lines, and so is Hillary.” He later said he will either vote third party or stay home. 

CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter defended the Never Trump movement on Twitter, saying, “Refusing to vote for Trump is not a vote for Hillary. It’s a vote of conscience that the GOP can, must, and will do better.”

I agree. Donald Trump is toxic for this party. We saw how Fox News and MSNBC Neocon anchor Joe Scarborough, along with Breitbart News Network and The Drudge Report descended on anti-Trump supporters from the very beginning. They would ridicule argue, use Trump talking points, rarely challenge his most outlandish claims, and then openly lie about Ted Cruz supporters like Glenn Beck on air.

Even if they did not openly assault Cruz supporters like Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Jesse Watters, Eric Boiling, Andrea Tantaros, Michael Savage, or Alex Jones did, they hid like cowards in the wings. People like Rush Limbaugh who refused to take sides basically handed Donald Trump the nomination. 

Not only that, but both Fox News and Breitbart (only a skeleton of what founder Andrew Breitbart made it) sacrificed two of their reporters in the name of ratings. Breitbart tried to get Michelle Fields under control when she was allegedly attacked by Trump’s campaign manager, but only succeeded in making her a martyr. Meanwhile, Fox succeed in forcing Megyn Kelly to tout the company line despite her abuse at the hands of Trump supporters. That left John Stossel as the last holdout on their sister network Fox Business Network.

What does this mean for us who stood for Conservatives and/or Libertarians values?  

This is just my opinion, but I think we should stand with Ben Shapiro, Amanda Carpenter, and others like the Conservative Babes who graciously allowed me to use their graphic for my headline. 

The Republican Party have betrayed us long enough. In 2008 with John McCain, I actually voted, ironically, for Sarah Palin. In 2012, with Mitt Romney, I actually voted, again ironically for then-Congressman Paul Ryan. No more will I vote for the bottom of the ticket. A vote for Donald Trump is no different than a vote for Hillary Clinton. Even if he picked a true Conservative as a Vice Presidential candidate, to me, it would reflect poorly on that person is he or she accepted.

Now, I am considering who the Conservative third parties are going to run and who is running as an independent. If I have to write-in, I will, but I won’t refuse to vote. I think that is a mistake, but I will choose a candidate who at least a true Conservative. 

I stand with the Never Trump movement, all the way until November. 

Music Review- JB and CS: Home To Mama (Jason Chen and Marie Digby Cover)

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Jason Chen and Marie Digby come together again for a cover of JB and CS song Home To Mama. They have done a couple of others including One Call Away and One Dance. These two have fantastic chemistry. 

These two duet so well together. Their voices match up like you would not believe. Both Jason Chen and Marie Digby both sing so well together, especially when singing some of these slower songs. I would like to give a shout out to their guitar player who goes uncredited. He was great in the song as well. 

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Top 50 Batman Villains Part 1

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Batman has battled many villains in Gotham City. From crazy masterminds to deadly strategists, he has always overcome them. I have my favorites and I wanted to share them with you. Here is Part 1 of my Top 50 favorite Batman villains. 

Rubio Dolar- Thinking himself a vigilante, Rubio went on a killing spree to avenge his grandfather. Batman put a stop to him and the villain died in the scuffle. He had a short appearance in Batman: Legends of Dark Knight Colossus Part 1 and 2. 

Red Claw- Voiced by Kate Mulgrew, she has only appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, but she is no less deadly and once tried to bring Great Britain to its knees. 

Maxie Zeus- Maximillian Zeus literally believes he is the ancient Greek god. Though he is on again and off again, he remains very deadly despite his madness. 

Lady Shiva- She is a dangerous and deadly Martial Artist who is able to hold her own against the Dark Knight. Though she retrained the Dark Knight after he recovered from broken back. 

White Knight- Appearing during Dick Grayson’s run as Batman, he attempted to wipe out the inmates of Arkham Asylum after trying to kill their family members. 

Nyssa- She’s another daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and at one time assassinated him. She later became the leader of the League of Assassins though she was overthrown later. 

Cluemaster- Arthur Brown copied the methods of the Riddler. However, his daughter later became the vigilante known as Spoiler, a member of the Batman family. 

Firefly- The original Garfield Lynns is pyrotechnic who is extremely deadly. He went from starting fires and later sported a jetpack to take to the skies. 

Killer Moth- He was the first villain to be defeated by Batgirl. Because of this, Drury Walker has become a laughing stock in Gotham City. This makes him want revenge on Batgirl. 

Lock-Up- He, too, was originally a Batman: TAS villain, but later he took over Blackgate Prison during the epic storyline known as No Man’s Land

I hope you enjoyed this list. Be sure to subscribe to see the rest of the Top 50 Batman Villains list. 

Music Review- Thousand Foot Krutch: Running With Giants

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Thousand Foot Krutch has been around on the Christian music scene for a long time. Originally released as a single, the song Running With Giants was also on their album Exhale

Using their well known hard rock style, the song speaks of being strong and living with your faith. It is a great tribute and the TFK’s chemistry is really well. The music video is simple. It features the band playing the song at what appears to be an empty warehouse with only a few lights shining on them. 

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Music Review- newsboys: Crazy

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Another great song from Love Riot which includes the epic music video Guilty. This album has a mix of worship, rock, contemporary pop, and Crazy is joins the ranks with this music video. 

Similar in style to the song Hero, this music video features the newsboys leading in a song that describes the Upside Down Kingdom that God has for us. The song leads us in an anthem that states even if the whole world calls us crazy, we still follow after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Music Review- newsboys: Hero

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Another great music video from the newsboys album Love Riot comes at us at top speed. It brings us a great mix of rock and worship for this song Hero

The newsboys have been giving us their unique brand for awhile. This song is no different. I had previously review the album in its entirety, but this song is great! The music video is simple with the band playing on a stage and the lyrics thrown in so you can sing right along with them.

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Remember April 30, 1789? Probably not.

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Today, we are celebrating April 30, 1789. What happened on that very important day?

It was the day that George Washington was sworn in as the very first President of the United States of America. He needed no teleprompter or a university with his name, though there are now. He was an All-American hero and while not a perfect man by any stretch of the word, he was the kind of president we needed to start out our infant nation. 

He would attend the Continental Congress in his uniform and is the only presidential candidate in the history of our country to get 100%, that is right, one-hundred percent of the electoral college. 

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Square Boxes: A Flash Fiction Original Short

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You know that awkward moment when you meet a new roommate or a new neighbor? That happened to me and my wife. 

We moved into this duplex in a new town and a new city. The neighborhood we choose was small and in the suburbs, exactly what we were looking for. It seemed safe and sound, exactly what you would expect. 

We unlocked the door and walked right on in. We had no movers or family to us, just my beautiful wife and me.

We started to unload our boxes from the back of our van. We were talking and laughing as we did it, just enjoying our new neighborhood. 

About an hour after we finished, we were sitting on a love seat we had brought, just relaxing. There was a knock on our door and I jumped up to answer.

It turned out to be the neighbors, the Johnsons, in the unit connected to our ours. There were a sweet couple who welcomed us warmly to their neighborhood bringing us a basket of wine, cheese, cookies, and sausage. 

The four of us chatted for about ten minutes, but then, then Mrs. Johnson said something interesting. She looked around at our boxes and asked, “So, why are all your boxes square?”

I looked at my wife and she at me. I could tell from her expression that she did not know how to react. 

I mumbled for a bit and finally said, “Because,” I overemphasized the word. “That was the only shape we could find other than a few round ones we didn’t need.”

Mr. Johnson nodded almost sympathetically. “I know, man,” he said. “We have moved several times, but all they ever have is square. We want triangles, circles, hexagons, and everything in between.” 

My wife was now trying not to laugh. “Oh, really?” 

Mr. Johnson said, “Yeah, it is so weird. I just don’t get it. I mean, we’re not square.”

Mrs. Johnson suddenly said, “Well, I got a shift to get to. It was nice to meet you. Welcome again!”

After they closed the door, my wife and I started to laugh a little bit. We wondered if this was only the beginning of things to come in this neighborhood.

Copyright ©2016 Jacob Airey. This story is a work fiction and bears no resemblance to reality. 

 

Music Review- Eric Church: Record Year

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Country music and Southern rock star Eric Church brings his classic voice and a song about a bad break-up. Yes, Record Year is definitely a country song. 

Eric Church sings about a woman that left him behind. She broke his heart and at first, he was hurt. However, he decides to turn it around on her by being successful. While the premise is unoriginal, Eric Church’s unique voice and country charm make it a fantastic song. 

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Top 11 New Spider-Man Movie Villains

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Now that Disney and Sony Pictures have finally reached a deal, Spider-Man is finding a new film home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in Captain America: Civil War, but later in Spider-Man Homecoming. With all of this discussion, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and discuss the Top 11 Spidey’s villains I would like to see in the movies.

The Shocker- Now, he is a lesser known villain and often is the butt of many jokes, but Herman Schlutz was at one time a tough enemy of Spidey. 

Molten Man- Mark Raxton was one of Spider-Man’s worst enemies, but he later turned good and became an ally.

Tombstone- Lonnie Thompson Lincoln is a deadly gangster who is strong enough to fight Spidey. 

Mysterio- Quentin Beck is a master at special effects and illusions. He has challenged the web slinger on many occasions. 

Carnage- Cletus Kassidy was a murderer at a young age. He became even worse when he merged with the Venom symbiote offspring. He would make a great adversary.  

Kraven the Hunter- Watching Kraven stalk and hunt Spider-Man would be one of the coolest things on the big screen.

The Chameleon- Dmitri Anatoly Nikolayevich is a spy for hire that has worked with some of Spidey’s worst enemies. 

Lizard- Dr. Curt Connors would have become a villain had Spider-Man 3 not failed. So, how about in the MCU?

Scorpion- Mac Gargan became one of Spidey’s worst enemies. He later became the third Venom. 

Hobgoblin- Jason Macendale was just one to take the mask, but he was definitely one of the deadliest. 

Spencer Smythe- His spider slayers would be a great battle on screen. He had a cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but his villain side never came out. 

That is my list of Spider-Man villains I would like to see in the MCU. Do you have any of your own? Comment below and be sure to subscribe for more articles like this one. 

#ChooseCruz – Ted Cruz Taps Carly Fiorina For VP Spot

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At a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana Texas Senator and Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced who his running mate would be should he receive the Republican Party presidential nomination. That person is former HP CEO, California candidate for Senate and former GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.

He acknowledged that it the timing was unusual, but added that her nomination as VP would be a uniting factor in the GOP. He praised her grace, her resolve, and her standing on issues saying she is ready to also be President should the time be needed. He continued, saying Mrs. Fiorina gives the American people a clear choice and contrast to both GOP rival Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. 

“This ticket is about the future,” Senator Cruz said.

After arriving on stage, Carly Fiorina said, “I am proud and humbled and honored to accept his offer to be the Republican nominee for Vice President.”

She was welcomed on stage with much enthusiasm at the event and many chanted her name as she approached the podium.

Carly spoke on Trump and Clinton saying that they will not challenge the system because they are both part of the system.  

She then elaborated on challenging the “festering problems” in Washington, DC. She said you have to fight the status quo and that she is proud of the enemies Ted Cruz has made. After telling some personal stories about the campaign trail, she said that Cruz is who he says he is and that he has good character. 

Carly then shifted speaking on American ingenuity, praising the Founding Fathers, Conservatives principles, US history, and the Constitution saying it is a document that protects the American people from concentrated government power and give liberty back to the people, the states, and small businesses. 

She said she is all in with Ted Cruz to defeat Trump, Clinton, and called on Republicans to stand up and join the fight to win back the soul of the GOP and take America back. 

“I will stand proudly by his side,” she said before welcoming Ted Cruz back on the stage. 

Back To The Bible

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I was looking for a new book at my local bookstore, as rare as those are becoming, and I came across the section that had Bible. Wow, there are so many choices. 

You want a King James Version Bible? How about New King James Version? NIV? ESV? HCSB? Philips? Man, it is not just the different versions. There are Bibles for Men, Women, US Soldiers, Firemen, Policemen, Kids, etc. Don’t even get me started on the colors. I mean, I saw black, blue, pink, brown, green, lime, metallic, mixed, oh wow, so many choices. It can seem a little confusing. 

Personally, I think it is a good thing. I know there is a “great debate” about the various versions and paraphrases of the Bible and you should research them to be sure they are a good edition, but I think it is narrow minded to think there is one in English or Latin that are God anointed. 

Personally, I like the classic New International Version, The Passion Translation, Holman’s Christian Standard Bible, Philip’s New Testament in Modern English, KJV, NKJV, and of course, the Geneva Bible (the first American Bible). 

As a Christian, I believe that we should different Bibles so we can see the Holy Scriptures in a new light. Maybe one translator or paraphraser noticed something from another one. I think that is great, not to twist scripture, but to show us how much inspiration it took from Holy Spirit to write the Bible. It gives us a better appreciation of the Bible.  

Imagine, God loves us so much, He gave us the Bible. Many religions twist in the wind because their scriptures are so vague or nonexistent. Our God, however, wrote us a love letter to give us a glimpse at how much He cares for us. 

So, the next time you are looking for a new book to read, I encourage you to get back to the Bible. Find a new version or paraphrase that will challenge. Use wisdom and do your research, but definitely get a new perspective on how much God loves us. 

Those are my thoughts and I welcome yours. Comment below and subscribe for more Christian Inspiration articles like this one. 

Music Review- The Chainsmokers: Don’t Let Me Down (Megan Nicole and Dylan Gardner Cover)

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The Chainsmokers featuring Daya played this song Don’t Let Me Down. I’m not a fan by any stretch of the word, but Megan Nicole and Dylan Gardner did a great job covering this song. 

Megan and Dylan’s voice come together incredibly in this song. They have some really good chemistry. They give the song a slow pop sound thanks to Dylan’s electric guitar. One thing I loved about the music video is both of the performers have a really good sense of style. 

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Movie Review Flashback- Joseph, King of Dreams

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Directed by Rob LaDuca and Robert C. Ramirez, Joseph, King of Dreams was made when Hollywood was just feeling out the Christian base. DreamWorks had just made the highly successful Moses film: Prince of Egypt and then they attempted to duplicate their success and this one was good, but not quite as good. 

It tells the Biblical story of Joseph interworked with music and song. Though they take some historical and artistic license, they actually were pretty close to the actually story found in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Now, they had to tone down certain things to make it kid friendly, but again, for the most part, it did its best not to stray. 

With a stellar voice cast and great animation, this film is one of the best animated Bible films. It is very well made, but it lacks the heart that made Prince of Egypt so majestic. It relied a little too much on its music, with the first part of the film being one long song and then later the song Bloom sang by Maureen McGovern was a little out of place. 

Other than that, it’s ensemble cast and talented animation brings Joseph, King of Dreams to life as a great story. 

FAVORITE QUOTE: The explanation comes from God. 

PARENTAL CONCERN: Mild thematic elements

CAST:

  • Ben Affleck – Joseph speaking voice
    • David Campbell – Joseph singing voice
  • Mark Hamill – Judah
  • Richard Herd – Jacob speaking voice
    • Russell Buchanan – Jacob singing voice
  • Maureen McGovern – Rachel
  • Jodi Benson – Asenath
  • Judith Light – Zuleika
  • James Eckhouse – Potiphar
  • Richard McGonagle – Pharaoh
  • Dan Castellaneta – Auctioneer, Horse Trader
  • René Auberjonois – Butler
  • Ken Campbell – Baker
  • Steven Weber – Simeon, Slave Trader
  • Jess Harnell – Issachar / Lead Trader
  • Piera Coppola – Zuleika’s servant, Additional Voices
  • Emily Eby – Servant
  • Matt Levin – Benjamin

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7 TV Shows That Need A Reunion Movie

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We have all have our favorite television series. From sitcoms to dramas to science fiction, we all are fans of something and are sad when the shows comes to end, especially if they end badly. Now they don’t all end bad, but sometimes, we at least want to see where everyone ended up or have loose ends tied up. Now there might be some spoilers, but here is my list of 7 TV shows that need a reunion.

Frasier- The lovable Dr. Frasier Crane (who was originally introduced on Cheers) gave up a TV career in San Francisco and moved to Chicago to pursue the girl of his dreams. However, the ending left us wondering what the heck happened to everyone. Many former cast members have rejected the idea of a reunion saying it would be corny, but I think it would be really cool.

Star Trek- After The Next Generation came Deep Space Nine and then Voyager, though the Dominion War ended and the Romulan Empire was defeated in Star Trek Nemesis, the ending left a huge gap of questions. Though there is a new continuum, a movie with a true conclusion that fills out those gaps would be good. The first thing to do is bring back Lt. Commander Data after his death in the movie mentioned above.

Friends- Rumors of reunions have surfaced for years, even leading to a fake one on Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, the cast seems to be refusing to meet for a follow-up. The gossip is Matt LeBlanc is bitter at how is character Joey was treated in the final seasons and at the failure of his spin-off. Also, Matthew Perry refused to take part in an anniversary interview with the rest of the cast. Even the creator said a reunion is unlikely.

Wings- The close knit employees of Sand Piper Air separated when Crystal Bernard’s character was offered a musical training opportunity for a year in Austria. Tim Daly’s character as her husband, agreed, and his brother played by Steven Weber took over the business to prevent a rival from buying them out. They said they would all meet again in a year, but that has not happened. Tim Daly recently said that he does not want to show his character as an old man. Too bad, we want to see it!

Firefly- Fox really mistreated Joss Whedon with this one, as I’ve said in other articles. Fans have been asking for a reunion movie for a long time, but we keep just getting comic books. Most of the cast is on board, but Joss seems to be taking a break from filming for awhile. He needs to wake up, we want to see what is going on with the Serenity crew.

Ally McBeal- Talk about a show with an anti-climatic ending. Though most of the cast has passed off on returning for a movie, it would still be neat. The best thing that could happen is Ally waking up in her true love, Larry’s arms, and saying, “I had a weird dream I had a daughter, became a partner at my law firm, but then moved to New York.” Yes, that would be the best opening ever.

Walker, Texas Ranger- They had one reunion movie, Walker, Texas Ranger Trial By Fire, but it ended in a total cliffhanger. Though Chuck Norris has semi-retired, making only small appearances in films and TV shows, it would be great if they could unite the gang for one more film that would answer that cliffhanger. And Be sure to cast Nia Peeples in it as well. That was a mistake to leave out her character.

Those are my favorite TV shows that I think need a reunion. Do you have any? Comment below and be sure to subscribe for more articles like this one.

Movie Review- Creed (2015)

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Director Ryan Coogler brought the most logical continuation of the Rocky film screen to life. Using a talented ensemble cast and a tradition, this story, the movie Creed, is told like no other. 

Adonis “Donny” Creed is the illegitimate son of former boxing Heavyweight Champion of the world: Apollo Creed. Apollo died before Adonis was born and he became an orphan. However, Mary Anne Creed, widow of Apollo, adopts him, not wanting him to be punished for Apollo’s mistakes.

Seventeen years later, Donny loves to box and even walks away from a lucrative career in Los Angeles so he can. However, he funds no one wants to train him, knowing how his father died in Rock IV. He leaves home, much to chagrin of Mary Anne, and heads to Philadelphia. He meets an old friend of his father’s, none other than Rocky Balboa. 

At first hesitant, Rocky agrees to take Adonis under his wing and train him for a fight against Heavyweight contender “Pretty” ricky Conlan who’s about to go to prison. Meanwhile, Donny meets Bianca, a talented singer who is slowly going deaf. At first, stunned he’s Apollo Creed’s son, she supports him as he prepares to make a name for himself with the help of one of the greats.

As I sai earlier, this film was the natural continuation of the original franchise. It is a story told brilliantly thanks to Coogler who did an awesome job. Though the film seemed a tad rushed in places, it still did a great job bridging a new mythology with the old. Michael B. Jordan was amazing as Adonis Creed and Sylvestor Stallone was, of course, masterful as Rocky Balboa. 

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, sports related violence, some innuendo 

FAVORITE QUOTE: Time takes everybody out. Time’s undefeated. 

CAST:

  • Michael B. Jordan as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, “Hollywood Donnie”
  • Alex Henderson as young Adonis Johnson
  • Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
  • Tessa Thompson as Bianca
  • Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed
  • Tony Bellew as “Pretty” Ricky Conlan: A British fighter
  • Graham McTavish as Tommy Holiday: Conlan’s trainer
  • Wood Harris as Tony “Little Duke” Evers
  • Andre Ward as Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler: A light heavyweight boxer
  • Gabriel Rosado as Leo “The Lion” Sporino
  • Ritchie Coster as Pete Sporino
  • Jacob “Stitch” Duran as himself: An esteemed cutman in both Boxing and Mixed martial arts
  • Ricardo “Padman” McGill as himself: One of Adonis’s trainers.
  • Malik Bazille as Amir: Padman’s son and Adonis’s sparring partner.
  • Derrick Webster as Kevin “The Bank” Grier
  • Hans Marrero as Flores: A Mexican fighter.
  • Mauricio Ovalle as Flores’s trainer
  • Tone Trump as himself
  • Brian Anthony Wilson as James

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Music Review- Drake: One Dance (Jason Chen and Marie Digby Cover)

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I am not a huge fan of Drake or his song One Dance, much less the remix. However, Jason Chen of Music Never Sleeps covers it with a duet featuring the great Marie Digby. 

Jason Chen and Marie Digby work very well together. Their voice make the song sound incredible as they slow jam it. With the two of them working together, it makes the song and its lyrics sound great. The music video is kind of ordinary, but it still pretty cool. 

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Graphic Novel Review- Nexus The Origin

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When it comes to thinking outside the box in the comic book superhero genre, none compare to Mike Baron. He and artist Steve Rude brought the story of Horatio Hellpop, a man forced to be a hero, to life with Baron’s great writing and Rude’s talented artwork. 

Nexus has had several publishing homes and Nexus The Origin is brought to life via Dark Horse Comics. 

It shows how Horatio’s father was a Communist enforcer of a planet in way deep space. After an uprising, Comrade Hellpop makes the decision to destroy the planet, killing everyone but his wife and son.

Horatio’s mother dies soon after and he is haunted by Alpha and Beta, two members of The Merk who tell him he is the next galactic hero Nexus and his first task is to kill his murderous father. If he does not, he will be tormented by nightmares. Though, hesitant, Horatio carries out the execution unaware that his father was going to commit suicide. Years later, Nexus uses his powers to overthrow other dictators and take out mass murderers, humans in particular. He takes no pleasure in what he does and often feels guilty for the people he has to execute. 

Mike Baron and Steve Rude have made a unique character in Nexus. He is powerful, but he, himself, does not necessarily like his power. The story is a akin to classical Greek tragedy and though it is a sad story, it is still one that is both interesting, unique, and, pardon the nerd, awesome!

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Music Review- Nichole Nordeman’s Holy

Nichole Nordeman Holy

Nicole Nordeman’s song Holy is the perfect song to wake up to on a Sunday morning. It reminds you who God is and why it is important to praise Him. 

While Holy appeared on her 2002 album Woven & Spun, she just released a lyric video to with amazing mountain ranges and valleys using it as a backdrop. I will say, Nicole Nordeman has a fantastic voice. She sings beautifully and the way she brings this song together is truly inspiring. 

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Great Christian Devotion: A Tale of Three Kings

A Tale of three kings

Gene Edwards brings us a great devotional in A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness. Using the story of David from the Bible, he goes through David’s life, running from Saul and then dealing with his own son Absalom rebelling against him. 

Using these stories, he breaks down what brokenness looks like: fear, loneliness, anger, hatred, but ultimately hope. There is hope that God is on your side and you can overcome anything, from being a fugitive to having a civil war, by trusting in God. Now, a lot of the dialogue is fictional, but based on real Biblical events. Check it out!

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19 Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Movies

19 Superheroes Who Deserve Their own movies

We’ve seen some incredible superhero films. The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few. There a few upcoming superhero films coming as well like Justice League, Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, and many others. What about other great superheroes? There so many great directors could do a good job with some of these franchises. Here is my list of 19 Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Movies:

Usagi Yojimbo- The tale of the anthropomorphic Samurai rabbit is one of several properties that would make an incredible film franchise. He appeared several times in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Dream director: Brad Bird of The Incredibles. Why? I can honestly only see Usagi as an animated film. 

Sonic The Hedgehog- Yes, he deserves his own theatrical film. As long as they used the name Dr. Robotnik instead of Dr. Eggman, this fast talking super speedster would bring in a great return if done correctly. Dream director: Chris Williams, the co-director of Bolt. It could be a mixed film of CGI and live action. 

New Gods- Orion, Bekka, and the rest of the population of New Genesis would make one of the greatest science fiction/fantasy superhero films of all time. If it had the right budget, it would be awesome. Dream director: James Cameron. He was planning on doing Spider-Man awhile back, but passed it over. This could be his entry into the superhero genre. 

UltraForce- Since Marvel Comics bought out their parent company, the UltraForce has been hanging out in limbo. Their characters and the diversity of their powers would bring a great ensemble of characters and actors. Dream director: Gavin O’Connor director of Miracle. A team of competitive heroes that need to come together, who better? 

Darkhawk- The tale of Christopher Powell who finds an alien amulet that gives him incredible powers is one for the ages. It would unite science fiction buffs with comic book fans. Dream director David Fincher, Alien 3 and Social Network. He could bring it all together with his credentials.

Blue Beetle- Jamie Reyes is the newest and coolest version of Blue Beetle. His powers, back story, time with the Titans would be any film makers dream. They could even have flashbacks to the original two beetles for fun. Dream director: Guillermo Del Toro director of Hellboy and Pacific Rim. He is good at making character driven films. 

Spider Woman- Jessica Drew would have been perfect had Disney not acquired Spider-Man. Hopefully, Marvel will bring her into the MCU. She is one of the best characters and one of the best of the Avengers. Dream director: Karyn Kusama, Aeon Flux. She is a fantastic director who make this movie well.  

Black Lightning- Jefferson Pierce is a great superhero and one of the few to turn down a role in the Justice League. He is one of the first black superheroes who deserves his own film franchise. Dream director: John Singleton, 2 Fast 2 Furious. He could really bring this character to life. 

Nexus- Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s cosmic hero Horatio Hellpop is a defender of justice who really has no choice in the matter. He is a conflicted character and would make a great media franchise. Dream director: Robby Henson, House and Thr3e, this little known director has done underground films that have dark, twisted characters. 

New Warriors- Okay, so they caused the original Marvel Civil War inadvertently, but this group of young heroes have a pretty cool roster of diverse heroes from all walks of life. They could make it an action comedy. Dream director: Brett Ratner. I know X-Men: The Last Stand was not up to par, but he could pull this adaption off. 

Nightwing- Dick Grayson needs his own film away from Batman. He is a superhero in his own right and he should get his own spin-off. There are rumors of a Red Hood film, so why not give Grayson a shot without Batman. Dream director: Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3 and Predator. He is great at showing conflicted characters. Why not a vigilante trying to get out of his mentor’s shadow. 

White Tiger- Ava Ayala is a superhero prodigy. Her grandfather and brother both at one time had the mantle of White Tiger. This would make a great generational comic book hero film. Dream director: Jon Turteltaub, National Treasure and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He is a great director that could fill in the blanks and tell a family story of superheroes. 

Grendel- Granted, not a hero, but Matt Wagner’s comic book master criminal Hunter Rose has so many great facets it would make one awesome film series. You could continue on with the other people who take Grendel’s mantle after Hunter dies. Dream director: John Milius, Red Dawn and Conan The Barbarian. This blacklisted director could tell this story amazingly. 

Hawkman- Carter Hall is one of the most fierce members of the Justice League. He hits first and asks questions later. This often leads to disagreements between him and Batman. Dream director: Mikael Håfström, Escape Plan and Vendetta. He is a known action director who could make this story take flight. Corny, I know. 

Nova- The Sam Alexander version could be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would be great to introduce him in as a Guardian of the Galaxy universe or as a hero in his own right. Dream director: Alan Taylor, Thor Dark World and Terminator: Genesys. With his science fiction background, it would be a wondrous addition. 

Green Arrow- There has been plans for a movie starring Oliver Queen, but plans were scrapped and he moved to TV. Maybe an origin story would be unnecessary, but it would be cool to see him on the big screen. Dream director: Justin Lin, The Fast and The Furious franchise. He’s responsible for transitioning the series into an action series as opposed to racing. He could make Green Arrow a great action movie. 

Namor the Sub-Mariner- He is one of Marvel’s enigmas. He has worked for and against many teams like Avengers, Fantastic Four, and even the X-Men. Bill Everett’s masterpiece character and he deserves a movie in his own right.Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins and Inception. He is great with stories with complicated characters. 

Black Canary- Dinah Lance was a founder of the original Justice League of America pre-crisis. In the New 52, she is the founder of the Birds of Prey and has an on again/off again relationship with Green Arrow. Danny Cannon TV’s Nikita pilot. He’s use to the action sequences that would be required to make this film. 

Fantastic Four- You think I’m being mean and maybe I am a little bit. Marvel’s first family deserves a real movie, not one that is pasted together out of lost footage from other sci-fi films. Dream director: Joss Whedon, Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is a master storyteller and he could really make the films great. 

That is my list of superhero films I would like to see and as a bonus I included who I think could direct the films. What about you? Have any ideas or would like to suggest your own directors? Comment below and be sure to subscribe for more articles like this one. 

#earthday 2016- The World’s Biggest Hoax

Earth Day 2016

The very first Earth Day was celebrated was hosted on April 22, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It had many influences including propaganda books Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson and The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich. The former ended the use of DDT, a pesticide that killed insects carrying malaria. Though showing no scientific evidence, she theorized that DDT caused breast cancer. As a result of her theory, millions have died of malaria among other diseases. The latter suggested forced sterilization and even called couples that have three natural born kids “garbage collectors” and humanity a “cancer.” Yes, what a great way to start Earth Day. 

Wait, it only gets better. 

One of the founders of Earth Day is Ira Einhorn. Ever hear of him? Probably not. Many environmentalists pretend he does not exist. He had made a name for himself as an ecological groupie and activist prior to the fake holiday. Ira was known as “Unicorn” to his friends. He was all about flower power, free love, peace, and everything in between. 

Though he helped form Earth Day and even organized the first event, which even US Presidents celebrates, this man was a cold blooded murderer. His ex-girlfriend Holly Maddux disappeared six years after the first Earth Day and was found a year and a half later mummified in a trunk in his closet. He had brutality killed her and left her body to rot.

He fled justice for twenty-three years, but was finally captured and extradited to the United States. Following a month long trial, he is serving a life sentence without parole. His new nickname is the “Unicorn Killer.”

Happy Earth Day!

Music Review- Pentatonix ft Jason Derulo: If I Ever Fall In Love

Pentatonix If I ever fall in love again

Pentatonix has brought us some great covers like the Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive, which featured Lindsey Stirling. They have also had great originals like Can’t Sleep Love. This is another great original If I Ever Fall In Love featuring Jason Derulo. 

These guys have such amazing chemistry with their voices. They really bring their songs to life and make you feel like your right there with them. It is not different with this song. Add into the mix, Jason Derulo, and you have some really great music and lyrics. 

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