Music Review- Caleb +Kelsey Cover of Adele’s Hello

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Adele’s Hello is pretty popular. I believed I mentioned in a previous post that Saturday Night Live recommended it as a way to ease tension when there’s political disagreements at Thanksgiving. Here, Caleb Grim and Kelsey Grim cover it beautifully. 

They bring us a simplistic, acoustic duet where their voices mesh very well. They both are pretty incredible singers. The music video is just as simple with them singing into the microphone. I mention it being simple not to put it down, quite the opposite. It is a great song that these two cover very well. 

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Great Christian Read- Release The Power Of Jesus

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Check out this incredible book by Bill Johnson! Release The Power Of Jesus is all about remembering the testimonies you have heard or experienced. That way, if you wonder if God will do it for you again, you can hold onto that testimony. Keep it, nurture it, and remember it. 

I used this book for my devotional time, though it more Christian inspiration than devotional, it was a great book that Holy Spirit used to speak to me through. Pick it up and check it out!

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Post #GOPDebate Analysis- ABC News/IJ Review

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Thank you to all who followed my live tweeting of the ABC News and Independent Journal Review Republican Presidential Debate. It was a doozy to watch and hopefully you were not stuck watching their live stream coverage analysts who wanted you to play GOPDebate bingo with them. It was so unprofessional.

On to the candidates, no one won that debate. Anyone could say that their candidate did well, when in fact, all seemed to stumble, but then just a few minutes late deliver amazing sound bites. The beginning began awkwardly when Dr. Ben Carson appeared to refuse to come out, but it was explained that he could not hear his name being called over the applause, but he then used it to attack Senator Ted Cruz.

Aside from that, Governor Chris Christie got into it with Senator Marco Rubio, the latter of which failed miserably. Trump got booed when he told Governor Jeb Bush to be quiet. Governor John Kasich tried to steal the show. Like I said, it was a doozy where no one won.

At some points, ABC moderator Martha Raddatz got extremely petty with several of the candidates. It got extremely annoying to the point where I tweeted she needed to be replaced. I know the mainstream media will praise her for “holding the candidates feet to fire” but in truth she could not fathom their Conservative answers to her liberal pandering questions. 

I was slightly disappointed that no one came to Carly Fiorina’s defense. Not a single person mentioned her in her forced absence. However, during the pre-debate analysis one commentator insisted she was being controlled by “men who encouraged her to run” and that she might “obey them.” What a sexist thing to say. I do not recall the bigot’s name, but it was extremely inappropriate. What troubled me was, the anchor interviewing did nothing to challenge that statement. 

As for Hot Air’s Mary Katherine Ham, she did an amazing job. She asked the best questions and handled herself more professionally than ABC’s team. As for the supposed co-sponsor of the debate, the Independent Review Journal only got one question in the whole debate.

This is why the Republican National Committee needs to allow Conservative media to moderate debates.  They need to wake up and start allowing Conservatives moderate debates and forums, not the mainstream media.

#GOPDebate: ABC/IJ Review Debate Live Tweeting Now

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Follow me on Twitter @lonestarjake88 for my live Tweets of the ABC News & Independent Journal Review Debate. If the pre-debate commentary is any indication, it’s going to be interesting. All they wanted to do was talk about the Democrats. I hope we get to hear about and from the Republicans.

 

Music Review- Justin Bieber Medley by Anthem Lights

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Anthem Lights brings us Justin Bieber Medley. It combines music and lyrics from “Love Yourself”, “Sorry”, “What Do You Mean?”, and “Where Are U Now?”  It also introduces Spencer Kane, the newest member after Alan Powell’s departure.

Those who know me, know that I cannot stand the Bieber. He has done exactly two great songs, none of which are here. However, Anthem Lights’ medley does bring the songs together in way that is satisfying. Their voices and music meld together perfectly. On a side note, while Powell will be missed, Spencer Kane is a great addition to the band and I look forward to more music featuring him.

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#GOPDebate: Live Tweeting the ABC/IJ Review Event

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Today, I will be live tweeting the ABC/Independent Journal Review Republican Presidential debate. You can follow me on Twitter @lonestarjake88 or check out my live twitter feed on the blog’s side panel. 

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Graphic Novel Review- Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes

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What happened in-between Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and Episode V The Empire Strikes Back? This graphic novel, set during the Star Wars Darth Vader ongoing series answers that question. 

After the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, the rebels are on a high attempting to destroy one of the largest Imperial factories in the galaxy. At first, things go well for Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo who are leading the mission, but when Darth Vader himself shows up, Luke decides to confront him about the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

What follows is a great story featuring such classic characters like Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, and Admiral Ackbar. It also introduces some new characters who are quite surprising in nature.

Written by Jason Aaron with artwork by John Cassaday, this is the first volume of the ongoing Star Wars comic book series by Marvel Comics. I am impressed by how much care Marvel is putting into making the new Star Wars expanded universe. While this series is not as good as Vader, it still has an impressive storyline and is just really cool. As a true Star Wars fan, not a fake one, I enjoyed it immensely. 

 

Music Review- Dying For You – Otto Knows ft. Lindsey Stirling and Alex Aris

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Dying For You is the first Otto Knows song that I have heard. In fact, the only reason I clicked on it was because I saw Lindsey Stirling was featured as a guest musician along with Alex Aris.

That being said, this is a great song! Otto is fantastic singer and his accompaniment with Stirling and Aris is top notch. The music is amazing, the lyrics impressive, and the music video is pretty sweet. It is amazing how much raw talent there is out there.

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UPDATED STORY: NEW HAMPSHIRE #GOPDEBATE WITH ABC AND IJ REVIEW IS COMING

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The Independent Journal Review is sponsoring a Republican presidential debate with ABC ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Conservative columnist Mary Katherine Ham of Hot Air will be a panelist in that debate.

I stated in a previous article how unhappy I was that the Republican National Committee is going back on its promise to allow Conservative media to be involved with the nomination promise. I am sure that if asked, they would point to the infighting within Conservative media about who should be the GOP candidate. 

I suppose I should be happy. The Independent Journal Review is a great Conservative outlet and Mary Katherine Ham is an amazing commentator and columnist. Likewise, Hugh Hewitt did a fantastic job representing Salem Communications at previous GOP Debates. No one can deny that. 

Despite this, I am still upset that the RNC and in particular Chairman Reince Priebus (who I heard make the promise) is throwing out the equivalent of bird seed when a steak was offered and ordered. IJ Review will do an amazing job with their time, I have no doubt, but I want to see other Conservative news media also have a role in the nominating process. 

The Blaze, Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, WorldNetDaily, The Daily Caller, The Weekly Standard, National Review, all should have been involved this time around. It is 2016, and while Breitbart, National Review, and even The Blaze have been playing favorites, what they say is good for Conservatives. It helps us stay informed. 

Perhaps that it is the problem. New media is good for Conservatives and Libertarians, but for Establishment Republicans, it is a thorn in their side. Again, I want to say that Conservative Libertarians like me are getting frustrated with the establishment. We defeated the RINOs and the establishment with the Tea Party, we defeated former Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Senator Lindsey Graham for the GOP nomination. We will continue to win with our votes and our support. 

Now we learn that ABC is not allowing former CEO Carly Fiorina participate in the debate. This is outrageous! I checked several news website including Conservative media, but very few are running the story. Despite finishing ahead in sixth and pulling ahead in New Hampshire polls, Mrs. Fiorina is being excluded. If the RNC does not step up, that just shows their disregard for the GOP debates. Mrs. Fiorina deserves to be on that stage hopefully ABC will cave.

The New Hampshire primary debate will be held on February 6th, 2016, and yes, I will be live tweeting the event!

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This article was updated with new information. 

New Hampshire #GOPDebate with ABC and IJ Review is coming

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The Independent Journal Review is sponsoring a Republican presidential debate with ABC ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Conservative columnist Mary Katherine Ham of Hot Air will be a panelist in that debate.

I stated in a previous article how unhappy I was that the Republican National Committee is going back on its promise to allow Conservative media to be involved with the nomination promise. I am sure that if asked, they would point to the infighting within Conservative media about who should be the GOP candidate. 

I suppose I should be happy. The Independent Journal Review is a great Conservative outlet and Mary Katherine Ham is an amazing commentator and columnist. Likewise, Hugh Hewitt did a fantastic job representing Salem Communications at previous GOP Debates. No one can deny that. 

Despite this, I am still upset that the RNC and in particular Chairman Reince Priebus (who I heard make the promise) is throwing out the equivalent of bird seed when a steak was offered and ordered. IJ Review will do an amazing job with their time, I have no doubt, but I want to see other Conservative news media also have a role in the nominating process. 

The Blaze, Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, WorldNetDaily, The Daily Caller, The Weekly Standard, National Review, all should have been involved this time around. It is 2016, and while Breitbart, National Review, and even The Blaze have been playing favorites, what they say is good for Conservatives. It helps us stay informed. 

Perhaps that it is the problem. New media is good for Conservatives and Libertarians, but for Establishment Republicans, it is a thorn in their side. Again, I want to say that Conservative Libertarians like me are getting frustrated with the establishment. We defeated the RINOs and the establishment with the Tea Party, we defeated former Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Senator Lindsey Graham for the GOP nomination. We will continue to win with our votes and our support. 

The New Hampshire primary debate will be held on February 6th, 2016, and yes, I will be live tweeting the event!

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Plots TV Shows Left Unresolved Part 1

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We all have our favorite television shows that we tune into everyday. We love to watch how the characters grow and learn, but sometimes a plot is left dangling. We wonder what will happen only to find the show ends without being resolved.

Here are Plots TV Shows Left Unresolved Part 1

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The Dyson Sphere in the Alpha Quadrant- Trekkies know about the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Relics. It features a Dyson Sphere with a livable atmosphere inside. Though the crew eventually has to escape from it, Captain Picard mentions that they will return. However, the presumed story-line is left completely dangling and is never referenced at all. Though a novel was written to conclude the plot, the television show never mentions it again. 

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Topanga’s Sister- Boy Meets World was known for tossing out characters when they became useless. Such was the case Topanga’s older sister Nebula after the Season 1 episode She Loves Me, She Me Not. Afterwards, it takes the cake as they just simply pretended she did not exist. Topanga was later shown to be an only child when her parents went through their divorce and the older sister Nebula is never mentioned again. Of course, you could write a book about how many plot-holes and inconsistencies are in Boy Meets World. 

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The Mystery of Caitlin in the Future- Heroes became a hot mess after Season 2 thanks to a Writer’s Guild Strike. The writer’s began to openly mock fans and kill off characters just to show they had power. One of the most peculiar was Peter Petrelli’s girlfriend Caitlin whom he is forced to leave in an apocalyptic future in the episode Out Of Time. After the season finale, she is never mentioned or seen again. Peter does not even show any grief over loosing her. Very strange. 

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River Tam and Colony Miranda- After Firefly ended in a cliffhanger, Joss Whedon closed the story-lines with Serenity. Though it was a cool film and series, one thing was left unresolved: we knew character River Tam was sent to train as an assassin, but why did they tell her about Colony Miranda (where the cannibalistic Reevers were created) in the first place? We learn that was why the government was after her, but why tell her or her fellow trained assassins? No explanation is ever given. 

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Agent Diana Fowley, MIA- In X-Files, Agent Fowley was said to be an old flame of Fox Mulder’s and had her first appearance in the Season Five episode The End. It was obvious she worked for Cancer Man and the Syndicate. Clearly a story-line was building, however, she simply disappeared with a vague reference to her being found murdered in her apartment. There is no other mention of her or her role in the series. 

These are some of my favorite plots dangling. What’re some of yours? Mention them in the comments below and you might see them in another list. Be sure to click subscribe!

Music Review- Anthem Lights’ Best of 2010 Medley

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Anthem Lights brings us another song combo the Best of 2010 Medley. They meld songs from hit artists like Justin Bieber, The Script, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, Lady Antebellum, and B.o.B. feat Haley Williams.

Bringing together songs like Need You Know, Baby, Break Even, Dynamite, Tik Tok, and Air Planes, these guys are pretty incredible. While this one did not feel like a flowing song as others did, it still had a great sound to it. Melding pop, R&B, and even country, that takes talent. 

Sadly, Alan Powell has announced that he is leaving Anthem Lights, but it is a peaceful leave so he can pursue his film career. The other band members have said he will be replaced. I’m sure the new guy will be great, but the band won’t be the same.

Check out the music video on YouTube by clicking on the picture and click here for Alan Powell’s announcement. Be sure to subscribe for more music reviews like this one. 

 

Movie Review- Batman Bad Blood

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Batwoman saw it happen. She did. Batman died in a battle with members of the League of Assassins. Gotham City will soon plunge into chaos, so Dick Grayson reluctantly outs on the cape and cowl to become Batman. As he, Damian Wayne aka Robin and new allies work together, they soon find that their enemy may very well be closer to home than they think. 

Batman Bad Blood, directed by Jay Olivia, takes strips of various comic book story-lines including: Batman RIP, Battle for the Cowl, and The Return of Bruce Wayne. However, the story is completely unique one set in this film series. It introduces Luke Fox aka Batwing and Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Now, I’ll be honest, I like the classic Kathy Kane as Batwoman, but Kate Kane is still a pretty cool character as is Batwing. He is an excellent addition to the cast of characters. 

The only thing I missed is the battle between Jason Todd and Dick Grayson over who gets to wear the cowl. That was strangely absent from the film which chose to insert the League of Assassins as the primary villains instead of Simon Hurt’s Black Glove organization. Todd is absent completely, which I would be okay with, however, the exclusion of Tim Drake aka Red Robin kind of gave me pause. He has not been in any of this series of films so far and as a fan of the character I feel his absence. 

That being said, the film is great story and I hope to see more films in this series. It is also connected to Justice League: War and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. They have announced a Justice League vs. Teen Titans film which I cannot wait to see!

FAVORITE QUOTE: If that’s your best Batman, you’re not going to fool anyone. 

CAST:

  • Jason O’Mara – Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Yvonne Strahovski – Kate Kane / Batwoman
  • Stuart Allan – Damian Wayne / Robin
  • Sean Maher – Dick Grayson / Nightwing 
  • Morena Baccarin – Talia al Ghul
  • Steve Blum – Black Mask, Firefly
  • Gaius Charles – Luke Fox / Batwing
  • John DiMaggio – Blockbuster, Tusk
  • Robin Atkin Downes – Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter
  • James Garrett – Alfred Pennyworth
  • Ernie Hudson – Lucius Fox
  • Vanessa Marshall – Renee Montoya
  • Matthew Mercer – Hellhound
  • Geoff Pierson – Colonel Jacob Kane
  • Jason Spisak – Noah Kuttler / Calculator, Killer Moth
  • Bruce Thomas – Commissioner Gordon
  • Kari Wahlgren – Kori
  • Travis Willingham – Heretic

Music Review- Rend Collective’s You Will Never Run

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Rend Collective (originally The Rend Collective Project) came onto the scene as an Irish folk-rock band that is not afraid to sing about their homeland and about their love for Jesus Christ. You Will Never Run is such a song about the love of God. 

The song has a great message about how God is faithful and that He stays by our side. The music and lyrics are fresh and engaging. It is such a beautiful song about the power of God loving us. Also, the music video has an interesting discussion about the panda/worship ratio. You’ll have to see it to understand. 

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Graphic Novel Review- Star Wars Darth Vader Vol. 1

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Written by Kieron Gillen and featuring art by Salvador Larroca, the ongoing Star Wars: Darth Vader by Marvel Comics released its first graphic novel. 

Volume 1: Vader takes place in-between Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It features a suspicious Vader after he encounters Luke Skywalker during another run-in with Rebel Alliance. Unaware of Luke’s identity, he begins a search for the young rebel who has his lightsaber. 

Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine places Darth Vader under an Imperial general, forcing Vader to gather a small army of his own to do his bidding. 

This is a great story and an excellent addition to how Marvel and Disney is redoing the Star Wars Universe. Fans should be pleased by the visuals and just the story overall. Check it out!

The End for Once Upon A Time?

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I use to be a true believer in Once Upon A Time. I would tune in every week to see what was happening in Storybrook and what new villains are coming up, but sadly, like the creators previous project Lost, it has gone off the rails. It has ruined so many great heroes, giving them ridiculous flaws. Then made some of the greatest villains like Hook and Malificent, and made them wimpish. 

During the first season, the Curse saga, the story-lines were brilliant and the characters likable. It followed an intricate and, albeit, sometimes confusing plot, but in the end, we loved the stories of all the characters. The confusion was brought to an end with the epic season finale. The Queen of Hearts saga, saw a beloved character make a tough choice, but in my opinion, the right one. However, the implications of it were she had made the wrong one. I still enjoyed the series though I thought it was off base a little bit. 

Then the Neverland saga happened. It brought everything that was great about the show: villains, heroes, and great plots to a screeching halt. The whiplash from how terrible it was made my neck hurt. Everyone was related to everyone and the plot was so dense, there was no hope of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They somewhat redeemed it at the finale, but the following season, the Wicked Witch saga, was not much better than that. In fact, they killed off Neal, one of the best characters on the show. Though less boring than Neverland, it continued the trend of confusing the heroes and the villains which would be a disaster later in the show. At the time, the short-lived spin-off Once Upon A Time In Wonderland was way better.

The Frozen saga somewhat redeemed the series. Though they started to make the heroic characters less, well, heroic, it still had a great plot and even made me like one of my least favorite characters: Regina. However, the second half of that season, the Queens of Darkness saga, saw an end to everything I loved about the series. The villains were no longer villains and the heroes were even less heroic. They went back and forth so much, I lost track of who to root for. Not only that, the whole “writer who changes the fate of the characters” was one of the worst subplots in TV history. Again, however, the finale gave me a little hope for Once Upon A Time.  It also introduced the love story of Emma and Hook, who have absolutely, no chemistry. Their dialogue, scenes together, and even their kissing scenes look so forced. Thank you Hook fans for giving us a lousy love story. 

Then came part one of The Black Swan saga. Boo! They had ruined Peter Pan, Hook, Malificent, Rapunzel, and now: King Arthur. The Arthurian legend was one of my favorites growing up, but they changed Arthur to a sniveling fool who is nothing but a common thug playing at king. Emma turning evil did not really bother me, but they pressed the stupid Hook love story. I felt so betrayed. This time, the midseason finale did not save the series. It ended in total ruin and with a cliffhanger I don’t care how it ends. When it ends where I don’t care, I give up. 

The Emma/Hook relationship, the lack of good villains, the growing awkwardness of the heroes, and now the journey into the Underworld, yeesh. All of these things are reasons to give up on a once great series. Now, I have heard rumors that Neal will return. If he does, I will give it one more half-season to redeem itself. However, if that is not the case, Once Upon A Time will be a The End. If you don’t believe how much I loved the show, check out my review of Season 1

That is my opinion and I welcome yours! Comment in the section below if you think there’s still hope or if you agree with me. Don’t forget to hit subscribe on the side menu for more great articles. 

#GOPDebate- Fox News/Google Thoughts

GOP republican google fox news debateThank you for checking out my live tweets on the GOP Presidential debate on Fox News and Google! If you’d like to see more, be sure to click subscribe.

To sum up, Carly Fiorina won the undercard. She stood out the most and I honestly don’t understand why she’s not on the main stage and John Kasich is.

As for the Primetime debate, Marco Rubio definitely won by coming across very presidential. Ted Cruz came in second by combating snarky questions from Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. Chris Christie came in third and really shined. The biggest loser was John Kasich. How is he hanging on?

Those are my opinions and I welcome yours. Feel free to comment below!

#GOPDebate- Live Twitter coverage of the FoxNews/Google Debate

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We’re back! We’ve got another 2016 Republican Presidential Debate today and it promises to be one that the viewers can connect to. Fox New is partnering with Google to host this debate and you can watch live streamed on YouTube.

Though business magnate and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has bowed out of the debate, we’ve got, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Paul. It is nice to see Rand Paul brought back on the main stage. 

Though the frontrunner might be missing, it still promises to be a great primetime debate since it is the first one before the Iowa Caucus. 

Gracing the undercard debate will be, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. Will any of them get a boost from the polls, or will they be left behind? 

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Movie Review Flashback- Aloha

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Cameron Crowe wrote, directed, and produced the drama Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.

Military contractor Brian Gilcrest returns to Hawaii after recovering from a injury while working in Afghanistan. He is trying to organize a traditional blessing for a new pedestrian gate on behalf of his boss, who also wants to build a space center. 

He reconnects with his former girlfriend Tracy, who is married with two kids, but her and her husband are having problems. He also gets saddled with Captain Allison Ng, who is his idealistic Air Force liaison who also happens to be a quarter Hawaiian. 

As Brian and Allison grow closer, he soon discovers that his boss may have other plans that he is hiding from his company, the Air Force, and from the Hawaiian people. As he tries to make decisions, but also finds he has a daughter that he never knew he had. 

Aloha is a great movie. While the pacing is a little slow, the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii, the skills of the actors, and the story itself carries the film well. As far as the casting issue, I think the media overblew. Emma Stone was great as Captain Ng.

FAVORITE QUOTE: Did you see my TEDtalk? Bono made me do it. 

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong language, sexual innuendo, thematic elements

CAST:

  • Bradley Cooper as Brian Gilcrest
  • Emma Stone as Captain Allison Ng
  • Rachel McAdams as Tracy Woodside
  • Bill Murray as Carson Welch
  • John Krasinski as John “Woody” Woodside
  • Danny McBride as Colonel “Fingers” Lacy
  • Alec Baldwin as General Dixon
  • Bill Camp as Bob Largent
  • Michael Chernus as Roy
  • Jaeden Lieberher as Mitchell, Tracy and Woody’s 9-year-old son.
  • Danielle Rose Russell as Grace, Tracy and Brian’s 12-year-old daughter
  • Edi Gathegi as Lieutenant Colonel Curtis
  • Bumpy Kanahele as himself

Top 14 Choices To Play Captain Marvel (MCU)

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Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (formerly known as Ms. Marvel, Warbird, and Binary) is one of my all time favorite heroines from Marvel Comics. I was hoping Joss Whedon would get his wish and include her in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but alas, it was not to be. 

However as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three, a Captain Marvel movie, with Carol Danvers as the heroine, has been announced with potential release date of March 8, 2019. 

Marvel is keeping a tight lip on whether Captain Marvel has been cast or not, thus leaving us with nothing but speculation on who will play the role. I decided to dig deep and come up with my own list of talented actresses on who could play the role. Here are my top 14 choices for Captain Marvel casting. 

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Emma Stone– I know what you’re thinking: “But, but, she was Gwen Stacey in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.” So what? Sony lost that battle and Spider-Man is coming to the MCU. Emma Stone is a talented actress and would be great at the role. 

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Stacey Dash– I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of changing race on a character, but she is one amazing actress who is courageous and stands up for herself. Mrs. Dash would be able to put that force behind the character of Carol Danvers. She would shine!

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Katee Sackhoff– Some have suggested her from the start and I am completely on board. She has the science fiction chops and is just a great actress. Katee would be a powerhouse playing Captain Marvel whether in a solo film or an Avengers sequel.

Tammy Lauren

Tammy Lauren– While it’s true she’s mainly done TV roles recently, her roles in Walker, Texas Ranger and Martial Law prove she is a great action star. She has the skills and the moves to pull off a great role such as Carol Danvers. 

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Emily Kinney– She’s an alumni of the AMC original series The Walking Dead. Emily is no stranger to an action-packed set and could show an ambitious, young Danvers trying to discover what all her powers have to offer. 

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton– She has already worked with Jeremy Renner on Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters. Why not add her as an Avenger that seemingly recognizes Hawkeye? It could have a little film making humor there. Aside from that, she is a truly gifted actress who would be great in the role. 

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Lauren German– I first saw her on the remake of Hawaii Five-0. Lauren is a great actress and one that carries a lot of command. At first, I didn’t like her character, but I warmed up to her. She would be perfect for a person that headlines as a ‘captain.’ 

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Olivia Wilde- I’ve gotten a few disagreements from fellow nerds, but I think she would do great especially after seeing her in Tron: Legacy. While the movie disappointed some fans, I thought she was fantastic in it. Yes, enough to play Captain Marvel. 

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison– Even though Once Upon A Time (more on that later) has gone off it’s rocker, Jennifer remains one of the coolest actresses I have seen. She is a great actresses with the experience and know-how to play the part. 

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer– I know it’s blasphemous to suggest it since she played Barbara Gordon on the wreck of a TV show based on the DC Comic Birds of Prey. That being said, she has experience playing a leadership role and that is what Captain Marvel is, a leader among the Avengers. 

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster– She’s already appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise including the most recent one: Furious 7, so why not another one? Jordana would be fantastic in the role! I believe she could master the part and bring some much needed cosmic power to the MCU.  

Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden– Another alumni from The Walking Dead, Laurie, in my humble opinion, looks the most like how Carol Danvers is drawn in many of the artwork pieces I’ve seen. Aside from that, she is a dynamite actress who has great experience. 

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Daisy Ridley– Okay, so she might be a tad young to play an Air Force captain and an Avenger, but I think she proved herself in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is beyond talented as an actress. Since Disney now owns both Star Wars and most of Marvel, she could go from one studio to the next easily. 

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko– She might have been a Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace, but she is one tough actresses that has some pretty impressive film credits under her belt. I believe she has the acting skills and the experience to play Captain Marvel. 

Those my favorite choices for playing Captain Marvel. Did I leave any of your favorites out? Feel free to comment and be sure to subscribe to my blog for more great articles like this one!

Movie Review Flashback- Joy

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David O. Russel takes the director’s chair for Joy, a semi-biographical drama film very loosely based on the life of inventor and self-made millionaire Joy Mangano.

Joy is an average woman whose family is severely dysfunctional. Everyone expects her to fix all of her problems while she dreams of greater things. One day, she has a flash of genius while mopping. After cutting herself mopping up a broken wine glass, she gets an idea for Miracle Mop that you can ring out without touching it. 

After getting the funding and materials she needs, she gets an opportunity to pitch her idea, but is plagued by her overbearing family, the manufacturing needs, and money in general. With only a few allies, she presses onward to try to achieve her success. 

The film is a little slow and random flashbacks (and flash forwards) bogged the story down a couple of times, but the movie is a great film with a beautiful lesson to it. Jennifer Lawrence proves she can carry a film herself with this movie. Trust me, I’m not bad mouthing the other actors. Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, Edgar Ramirez, and the rest of the cast are amazing in it as well. 

FAVORITE QUOTE: Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, mild thematic elements

CAST:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano 
  • Robert De Niro as Rudy Mangano, Joy’s father
  • Bradley Cooper as Neil Walker, an executive at QVC
  • Édgar Ramírez as Tony Miranne, Joy’s ex-husband
  • Diane Ladd as Mimi, Joy’s grandmother
  • Virginia Madsen as Terri Mangano, Joy’s mother
  • Isabella Rossellini as Trudy, Joy’s father’s girlfriend and Joy’s financier
  • Elisabeth Röhm as Peggy, Joy’s half-sister
  • Dascha Polanco as Jackie, Joy’s best friend
  • Melissa Rivers as Joan Rivers
  • Donna Mills as Priscilla
  • Susan Lucci as Danica
  • Maurice Benard as Jared
  • Laura Wright as Clarinda
  • Alexander Cook as Bartholomew
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis as Touissant
  • Drena De Niro as Cindy

Christian Inspiration: Friendship

01 CI Friendship

Proverbs 17:17- A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Seeing friends come and friends go, some I’m still in contact with, others I’m not. This has gotten me thinking a lot about friendship and what it looks like. 

Because two friends drift apart, does that mean that they’re friendship was not as meaningful as the people who go through their whole lives staying together?

These questions have come to my mind often, more recently because I’m teaching my home church’s kids (ages 7-12, usually) about friendship for the month of January. 

One day, however, I saw it with the kids. 

We were doing a silly little worksheet just to get their mind flowing for the lesson. One of the little girls was having trouble with it. She would just stare at it and whenever me or another teacher would come by offering help, she would say she had it. 

However, an older boy in the class walked over and sat beside her. He helped her with the whole worksheet and was patient with her when she made a mistake. He never once insulted her, just stuck with her until she was done. Did they play together afterwards? No, but I could tell the little girl was very happy to have received help and made sure to compliment the boy. 

I believe there are two types of friendships: ones that last a lifetime and the ones you have in a season. God places people in your life at the right time and place. Now, they are not for you to just siphon off. Just like they offer a hand to you, be sure to offer a hand back. 

When God places a good friend in your life, who builds you up, tells you when you’re wrong, supports you, and is just there for you, be thankful and be a friend right back. 

Music Review- Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself cover by Tyler Ward ft. Jess and Cait

Tyler Ward Jess Cait Justin Bieber Love Yourself

I don’t know talented musicians like Tyler Ward cover Justin Bieber. I guess it’s just so easy because his songs are so simple. This time, Tyler Ward partners with singers Jess and Cait to cover Love Yourself.

This acoustic cover is one of Tyler Ward’s best. It is beautiful, easy listening, and his strumming is spot on. Cait and Jess have beautiful voices. They partner well with Ward and individually, they sound incredible. At the end of the video, they announce they are thinking of forming a band. I think they would go well together.

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