Painting- Red, White, and Blue to celebrate Independence Day!

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Happy Independence Day!

I did this one for July 4th. It is on a smaller canvas. It is red, white, and blue to celebrate my United States of America. I’m a proud patriot.

Though the United States is going through some rough times, I still believe America is the greatest country in the whole world. It is a symbol of freedom and hope. It’s true that times are changing, but I still believe in the American Dream and what all citizens of the country, whether red, yellow, brown, black, white, can accomplish anything in life with hard work and a good work ethic.

I hope my fellow Americans will join me in saying, I believe in the USA!

Painting- Hidden Cross: My open letter to fellow believers

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To all of my fellow believers,

I painted the cross into a sea of bronze and gold. Can you find it? I hid it intentionally, but it is there. It is muted. It is a part of the painting, but not even necessarily the main part. Why is that? Shouldn’t our faith be easy to see and easy to find?

It seems like today, Christians are hiding their beliefs if the world disagree with it. These Christians will deny that the Bible says something or argue with you about interpretation because they want to appear tolerant.

That is because these Christians have bought into this big lie:

The World has changed. Tolerance means I just have to accept what the world says about something and we will all get along.

That is not what tolerance is. Tolerance is agreeing to disagree and not allowing each other to trample on the others rights or being disrespectful. I agree that certain Christians are not respectful, but most are kindhearted, not the ones we are forced to endure on television or cable news.

This past week, I was almost embarrassed at how many Christians took a stand against what the Word of God says, and even things that Jesus Christ said all in the name of so-called tolerance. This is called being a coward.

We cannot let our generation of Christians ignore what is going on around them. While Christians of past generations backed incredible causes like the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage, the one immediately following would not take a stand for public prayer or their beliefs and chased after meaningless things like the music industry. The result was a ban on Christianity in our public schools and today those who hate us are stealing our rights away, even the ones guaranteed as natural rights. We cannot allow this to happen. We must stand up for the Word of God. We must take a stand for our religious liberty, not just in the United States, but all over the world.

We’re witnessing terrorists behead Christians live on the internet. Those fellow brothers and sisters have amazing courage in the face of danger, as they do not even flinch as they are being killed. We see this, but we will not even stand up for our beliefs here in America, where we supposedly have religious liberty.

I pray that we have that Holy Spirit brings courage in the United States of America. I pray that as Christians we will unite together against the blow-back of popular cultural and take a stand. I pray we will not be cowards, but we will be warriors, not of violence, but of prayer.  I pray our cross is not hidden, but that everyone can see it.

As our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ prayed,

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23

The Word is our Sword by April Coon

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The Word is Our Sword

As Christians, reading and meditating on God’s Word is vital to our spiritual walk. The Bible is our road map to Godly living. It helps us find purpose and direction for our lives. Many people think that the Bible is just old manuscripts that is irrelevant today. They believe it’s about history rather than present time. The truth is, Scripture is still relevant today. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is in the same yesterday, today and forever.” According to Scripture, Jesus never changes. His power is still the same today as it was 2,000 years ago.

The Bible has 66 books that tells about love, grace, mercy, heartache, and sacrifice. It shows us how to live godly by reading about men and women who followed after God whole-heartedly. The New Testament shows us how to live a godly life through Jesus. The Bible is full of adventures, miracles, and the unexpected.

The Bible is a sacred book that is God-breathed. Second Timothy 3:16 declares that “all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (NIV). The Message version says Scripture “show[s] us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”

Scripture is for everyday life. It is not just something we read and apply to our lives when life is difficult. We read the Bible in the good times and the bad. The Bible continues to build our faith and trust in God so when hardships come, we have the strength and courage to fight on the battlefield — the battlefield of life. We put on our full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and trust God with our circumstances. Ephesians 6:17 says the Word is our sword. The Bible prepares us to face our situations on the front-line. There are many battles in the Bible that God intervened and did the impossible. The battles were won by those we least expected. God does the same for us. God intervenes and does the unexpected. On the battlefield, as long as we allow God to fight our battles with us, we will always have the victory.

On the battlefield, we will need encouragement so we do not grow weary. There are many Books of the Bible that can encourage us and strengthen us in the midst of chaos. The Book of Psalm is full of hope and faith that will keep us strong in the Lord. Psalm is known for being poetic and filled with prayers. The Books of Proverbs and James teaches us how to live godly and walk out our Christian faith. The Old Testament has great godly people to read about and live by such as Abraham, Moses, David, Job, and Joseph. They were ordinary people who did extraordinary things. The Book of Song of Solomon is known for it’s passion describing a love between a husband and his wife. This book beautifully portrays a love so deep that nothing can quench it. If you need to know how much God loves you, I encourage you to read this book. The Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – is the life of Jesus. If you want to know who God is on a deeper level, read the Gospels. Jesus came to earth for one purpose – to spread God’s love with others. His messages to the people are relatable to us today. The parables spoken by Jesus in the New Testament are simplified and easy to understand. The parables spoke about morals and faith in God. These are all great books, and many more not mentioned, that we can apply to our lives.

As we fight through our circumstances, there will be times when we need to rest in God’s presence. There will be chaos and confusion during the battle. On the battlefield, it requires us to get on our knees and pray to God for strength and endurance. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still in God’s presence. During prayer, God leads us to Scripture that speaks life into our circumstances. Before God can lead us to Scripture, we must know the Word and believe it is truth over our lives. Through prayer and godly living, we apply Scripture to our lives. As we sit quietly in God’s presence to hear His voice, we must let Him guide us through our situations. God will use Scripture to bring us hope and encouragement. God will use the Holy Spirit to place specific Scriptures into our hearts. It reminds us of who God is when we are surrounded my chaos.

Sometimes God gives us a specific word. For example, God may give us the word hope. We can use resources to look up the word to find encouragement. We can use study Bibles, commentaries, promise books, and references to help guide us through the Bible. In this instance, God is giving us many Scriptures to apply to our lives on a specific topic. Each Scripture will build up our strength and courage to continue fighting the battle of life and grow in our faith.

There are many ways God speaks to us through our circumstances. In each situation, God speaks to us differently. The outcomes will never be same. The key for God speaking into our lives is spending time in His presence and in His Word. The more we read the Word, seek understanding, and apply it, the closer we are to God. Our relationship with Christ will grow stronger each time we open the Bible and intentionally read Scripture. We must have purpose and a desire to know God more each and every day to grow in our faith.

The Word is to encourage us when the world tells us we have no hope. The Bible is our GPS to a new life that is filled with renewed faith, daily blessings, and explainable joy. It shows us how to get through a hard time with courage and strength. The Bible reminds us who God is in the darkest nights and promises us that we will see daylight again. 1 John 1:5 declares that “God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in Him” (MSG). John 1:5 says “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (NIV). God has defeated satan, and He is the light that shines through our circumstances to rescue us.

Application

Below is a chart of our emotions and, through God and Scripture, we can conquer anything. Philippians 4:13 states that we “can do all [things] through Him who gives [us] strength” (NIV). As long as we believe God will come through for us, we will continue to stay strong in our faith.

The Scriptures below will encourage you through life circumstances. All these Scriptures declare who God is and who God is in you.
Emotions                               God Is:                                         Scripture
Heavy Burdened                    My burden is Light                     Matthew 11:28-30
Struggle                                  Mercy/God of all Comfort        2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Hopelessness                         Hope                                            Psalm 119:49
Weakness                               Strength                                      Romans 7:26-28
Helplessness                          Our Refuge                                  Psalm 91:1-2
Fear                                        Comfort                                        Psalm 23:4
Unloved                                  Steadfast Love                             Psalm 119:76
Alone                                      Always There                               Hebrews 13:5-6
Mercilessness                         Mercy/Compassion                       Psalm 23:6; Isaiah 49:13
Unworthy                                Life                                                Psalm 119:50
Sadness                                 Joy                                                John 16:22
Brokenhearted                        Healer                                            Psalm 147:3
Mourning                                Comfort                                           Matthew 5:4
Shame/Guilt                           Grace                                             2 Corinthians 12:7-10
As you read the Bible, I pray that the words empower you to speak life into your circumstances. When you are on the battlefield fighting satan’s schemes, believe that God’s Word is truth and your sword. God has equipped you to win the battle with Him on your side!

Author’s Biography

It is an honor and a privilege to be a guest writer on the Lone Star Inspirations blog. I have been a Christian for fifteen years. One of my greatest passions is to write about God. My writings began with prayer journals three years ago and, in November 2014, I started my first blog. It has been a humbling and exciting experience to see people reading my blogs and be encouraged.

If you would like to visit my page, it is https://aprilcoon.wordpress.com/. It is called Faith.Hope.Love. The blog is designated for readers to be encouraged every week with an uplifting Christian message. For a quick encouragement, check out my blog, https://upliftingquotesandscriptures.wordpress.com/.

Great Faith Read- 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die

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John Piper originally titled this The Passion of Jesus Christ, I believe there is no less impact with its new title. He shows us how Jesus’ death connects to so many facets of our faith in God. The topics include marriage, redemption, fatherhood, evil, nature, unity, and so many more!

Great Faith Read- Grace by Max Lucado

01 grace max lucadoIf anyone had a way with words, it is Max Lucado. He brings us an amazing picture on what grace through Jesus Christ truly is. He takes us on that path and guides us to show how one of God’s greatest gifts can bring us hope in the world.

Great Y/A Read: Failstate

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For all you superhero loving teens, check out Failstate! It’s a story about a hero named Failstate who can control electricity who is appearing on a hit reality show to earn his hero license. After a fellow contestant is murdered, Failstate pulls no punches in trying to bring her killer to justice. This is a great read!

Classic Film Review- The Gambler Wore A Gun

 

 

 

Back in the days of good ol’ fashioned was this gem: The Gambler Wore A Gun directed by Edward L. Cahn in 1961.

The story goes that retiring gambler Case Silverthorn has bought a ranch through the mail. He discovers the local Marshal, a survivor of an ambush, and find Mr. Donovan, the very man he bought the ranch from, lynched. When he gets to town, the children of the victim do not know of the sale and do not wish to sale it. Little do they know, the ranch hands are running a cattle rustling ring through the ranch. They plan to frame the Silverthorn with the help of his gun, a unique caliber that is virtually unknown in the town.

This was a great shoot-em-up film. The acting is great as is the storytelling. I’m surprised this film has not worked its way into some sort of “Best Western” list. Maybe I’ll make my own and add it.

FAVORITE QUOTE:
Case Silverthorne: How could you know all along?
Marshal Dex Harwood: Three of Diamonds. Tray Larkin, Diamond D. I got it.
Case Silverthorne: You know, Marshal, you’re a natural-born gambler the way you read cards.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence

CAST:

  • Jim Davis as Case Silverthorne
  • Merry Anders as Sharon Donovan
  • Mark Allen as Marshal Dex Harwood
  • Addison Richards as Doc Devlin
  • Robert Anderson  as Tray Larkin
  • Don Dorrell as Jud Donovan
  • Charles Cane as Kelly Barnum
  • Keith Richards as Het Larkin
  • John Craig as Rebe Larkin
  • Joe McGuinn as Hastings
  • Jack Kenney as Bartender

Memorial Day 2015

To honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, I have put the transcript of former president Ronald Reagan’s Memorial Day speech from Arlington National Cemetery on May 31, 1982. 

Mr. President, General, the distinguished guests here with us today, my fellow citizens:

In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.

In 1863, when he dedicated a small cemetery in Pennsylvania marking a terrible collision between the armies of North and South, Abraham Lincoln noted the swift obscurity of such speeches. Well, we know now that Lincoln was wrong about that particular occasion. His remarks commemorating those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” were long remembered. But since that moment at Gettysburg, few other such addresses have become part of our national heritage — not because of the inadequacy of the speakers, but because of the inadequacy of words.

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.

It is this, beyond the controversy and the congressional debate, beyond the blizzard of budget numbers and the complexity of modern weapons systems, that motivates us in our search for security and peace. War will not come again, other young men will not have to die, if we will speak honestly of the dangers that confront us and remain strong enough to meet those dangers.

It’s not just strength or courage that we need, but understanding and a measure of wisdom as well. We must understand enough about our world to see the value of our alliances. We must be wise enough about ourselves to listen to our allies, to work with them, to build and strengthen the bonds between us.

Our understanding must also extend to potential adversaries. We must strive to speak of them not belligerently, but firmly and frankly. And that’s why we must never fail to note, as frequently as necessary, the wide gulf between our codes of morality. And that’s why we must never hesitate to acknowledge the irrefutable difference between our view of man as master of the state and their view of man as servant of the state. Nor must we ever underestimate the seriousness of their aspirations to global expansion. The risk is the very freedom that has been so dearly won.

It is this honesty of mind that can open paths to peace, that can lead to fruitful negotiation, that can build a foundation upon which treaties between our nations can stand and last — treaties that can someday bring about a reduction in the terrible arms of destruction, arms that threaten us with war even more terrible than those that have taken the lives of the Americans we honor today.

In the quest for peace, the United States has proposed to the Soviet Union that we reduce the threat of nuclear weapons by negotiating a stable balance at far lower levels of strategic forces. This is a fitting occasion to announce that START, as we call it, strategic arms reductions, that the negotiations between our country and the Soviet Union will begin on the 29th of June.

As for existing strategic arms agreements, we will refrain from actions which undercut them so long as the Soviet Union shows equal restraint. With good will and dedication on both sides, I pray that we will achieve a safer world.

Our goal is peace. We can gain that peace by strengthening our alliances, by speaking candidly of the dangers before us, by assuring potential adversaries of our seriousness, by actively pursuing every chance of honest and fruitful negotiation.

It is with these goals in mind that I will depart Wednesday for Europe, and it’s altogether fitting that we have this moment to reflect on the price of freedom and those who have so willingly paid it. For however important the matters of state before us this next week, they must not disturb the solemnity of this occasion. Nor must they dilute our sense of reverence and the silent gratitude we hold for those who are buried here.

The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GI’s of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, “just the best darn kids in the world.” Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.

Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem — I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.

Thank you.

Top 100 Movie Villains 60-51

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These 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:

51. The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera, 2004)

52. Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 1961)

53. Lamia (Stardust)

54. Don Rafael Monterro (The Mask of Zorro)

55. Bart Jason (El Dorado)

56. Otto Dietrich (Top Dog)

57. Holli Would (Cool World)

58. Ellsworth Toohey (The Fountainhead)

59. Sonny Black (Donnie Brasco)

60. The Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990)

Trilogy Review- Atlas Shrugged- Spoiler Alerts

Now, I don’t normally do this, but every single film had an entirely different cast, so I’m not going to list them, because that would be too exhaustive. I also don’t usually include spoilers, but since the trilogy is based on a single novel, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I don’t see another way around it. Here we go.

Somewhere deep in the not-so-distant future, America is no longer a republic, but ruled by a tyrant president and a single Legislative body. The USA is in a deep depression with fuel prices skyrocketing so much, planes and automobiles are an impossibility. The high seas are in danger too from pirates who steal from government cargo. As a result, trains and locomotives are the only financially viable means of transportation.

They’re riots and chaos, and yet Taggart Transcontinental railroads, led by COO Dagney Taggart and Rearden Steel led by CEO and owner Henry “Hank” Rearden seem to be doing okay.

However, both Dagney and Hank take notice that some of the world’s leading captains of industry, scientists, and even artisans are vanishing. When asked why, there is only the question, “Who is John Galt?” An expression meaning basically “How high is the sky?”

Dagney and Hank both have personal problems. Hank’s wife is a selfish woman whose family leeches off of Hank. Dagney’s brother claims credit for all of her successes, such as building the John Galt Line with Rearden’s synthetic metal. It is claimed to be stronger than steel, but lighter.

As more of their friends vanish, Hank and Dagney stumble upon an engine made by 2oth Century Motors. It utilizes the natural electricity of the Earth to create renewable and clean energy. As they search, the claws of the tyrannical government slowly grip both Taggart Transcontinental and Rearden Steel.

The plot thickens when the two of them fall in love and their companies soon become the victims of a vast conspiracy.

The first film, Atlas Shrugged Part 1, felt like Junior High. Directed by Paul Johansson the crew was getting to know one another and they were trying to put together a great film. It was a good film, but not great. It was well acted, but not so well put together. Transitions were rough and some of the subplots fell flat.

The second film, Atlas Shrugged Part 2: The Strike, felt like High School. Directed by John Putch, it had the best cast of the three. They all had the best chemistry and the film was the best put together. Not a great film, but a very good film where the producers and director worked the hardest to give the audience a clear story.

The third film, Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who Is John Galt, directed by J. James Manera felt like Junior College. While it had good acting and a ghttps://lonestarinspirations.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpood plot, the story felt rushed to be done. It was interlaced with narration meant to fill in the holes from the first two, but it only succeeded in confusion. Also, Hank Rearden was an after thought in this film. He just sort of vanishes explained as he was joining the Strike from the second film. The actor who played the titular John Galt, while a good actor, was kind of a let down. From the first two I was expecting a great lead with an epic voice, but John Galt was just kind of ordinary.

That being said, don’t believe the critics who say that these are the worst films since Plan 9 From Outer Space. These are indie films and indie films always have flaws. I’ve seen far worse films with a bigger budget and better studio backing. (Avatar comes to mind.) Check it out, you might learn something.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”

“I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”

“To shrug.”

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, minor sexual themes, violence

Painting- Hidden Revelations

35 Hidden RevelationsI did this painting with originally a black background and gold letters that said: Alpha, Omega, Beginning, and End. I didn’t like it, so I painted over with several rainbow colors. The gold letters bled through. Instead of putting another coat on it, I thought it came out great!

Music Review- Lindsey Stirling/Josh Groban: Pure Imagination featuring The Muppets

linseystirling-joshgroban pure imaginationI am a huge fan of Lindsey Stirling, so it is hard to be unbiased when I listen to her music, but I found her teaming up with Josh Groban and The Muppets to cover Pure Imagination to be quite enjoyable.

Josh Groban’s voice was perfect to cover this song. I know this song, from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory would be a tough one to fill, but Josh covers it superbly. Add in Lindsey Stirling’s superb playing on the violin and it seals the deal.

Of course, the antics from The Muppets bring a humorous touch to the song as Ms. Piggy clashes with Lindsey Stirling over who is the starlet of the show. Check it out by clicking on the picture above.

Movie Review- Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

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Marvel Comics is king for live-action films. No one can really dispute that. However, for animated features, DC Comics rules the roost when it comes to Direct-to-DVD.

Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is a more family-feature film, however, it is a well put together “brave and the bold” film.

As a meteor made of pure gold passes towards the Earth, some strange animal themed crimes are being committed throughout Gotham City. The Animalitia, featuring Cheetah, Silverback, Killer Croc, and newcomer Man-Bat, are attacking various places in the city. Batman and his allies Nightwing, Red Robin, Green Arrow get some help from the Flash who arrives while investigating a robbery in Central City.

As they investigate the crime sprees and encounter three mysterious high powered robots, they soon find out that Oswald Cobblepot is working with a Dr. Langstrom to develop the robots for “clean-up.” However, Batman and his allies know better as the meteor gets closer to Earth, they deduce that the villains are somehow plan to crash the golden meteor on Gotham, killing millions.

This was a pretty good film, even as a kid’s movie. While it did have some plot holes and some very corny dialogue, the film made it for it with voice cast and animation. The film borrows the “cyberpunk” feel of Batman Forever with futuristic devices and flying cars. That being said, it was a good movie. Check it out today!

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild action violence, rude behavior

CAST

  • Roger Craig Smith – Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Dana Snyder – The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
  • Chris Diamantopoulos – Green Arrow/Oliver Queen
  • Laura Bailey – Cheetah/Barbara Minerva, Newcaster
  • John DiMaggio – Killer Croc/Waylon Jones
  • Will Friedle – Nightwing/Dick Grayson
  • Yuri Lowenthal – Red Robin/Tim Drake
  • Phil LaMarr – Man-Bat/Kirk Langstrom
  • Charlie Schlatter – Flash
  • Keith Szarabajka – Silverback
  • Richard Epcar – Commissioner James Gordon
  • Alastair Duncan – Alfred Pennyworth
  • Amanda Troop – Gladys Windsmere, Pretty Girl

 

Movie Review- Avengers Age of Ultron

Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes the sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron, once again directed by Joss Whedon.

With the fall of the SHIELD (or so we’re told), the Avengers have stepped up their game in taking out HYDRA. They assault a base where they encounter the Maximoff twins, Quicksilver and his twisted sister Scarlet Witch. Though they are victorious, Scarlet Witch implants thoughts into Tony Stark aka Iron Man. He sees a vision where the Avengers are dead and the earth is destroyed.

With this in mind, he and Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, use Loki’s staff from the first film to create an artificial intelligence. At first they think they failed, but what they awaken is none other than an evil consciousness known as Ultron.

A few fans were saying this film failed to live up to the hype. I politely disagree. This film exceeded the hype. The story, acting, and everything in between was superb. They did a little bit of character building for Hawkeye, who had a cameo in the first Thor, and had a minor role in the first Avengers. That really sealed the deal for me.

Also, I would like to say that James Spader nailed it as Ultron. He was cruel, cold, calculating, everything you want for a robot with a god complex. If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check it out!

Check it out, it’s the best Marvel film yet.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, action/violence, innuendo

FAVORITE QUOTE: You step through that door, you’re an Avenger.

CAST:

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk:
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
  • Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver:
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
  • Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision:
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig
  • James Spader as Ultron:
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Painting- The Trinity Set

This is a set I did for a customer who wanted me to make a smaller set version of my larger Trinity painting seen earlier. This is an acrylic paint set of my Hebrew Calligraphy set. The silver is Spirit, Gold is Father, and Bronze is Son.

Steampunk Read: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Steampunk is a spin-off from Science Fiction, which itself is a spin-off of Speculative Fiction. It defies the law of science and the integrity of history, and here we have a great read from Cherie Priest. It is full of gadgets and devices and zombies by the way! It blends old school horror with steampunk and historical fiction in a backdrop of a walled up Seattle and a nation stuck in a Civil War. Check it out!