Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I am an ardent fan of the cinematic arts. Although I have certain genre preferences, I don’t let that stifle my curiosity and close myself to different flavors of entertainment. That said...I am a huge fan of science fiction, super hero and action movies! Please visit my other blog The Boxed Office for reviews, exclusively, on these types of movies.
That said…this month’s film is a science-fiction movie that flew under the radar of The Boxed Office, but did not escape my notice….:-)
Even though this film didn’t have a huge budget to work with, they made it work regardless. The character development at the beginning of the film makes it feel as though it’s another type of film than the science-fiction sleeper that it is. Once the weirdness starts, the entire tone changes and it’s this change that riveted me to my seat.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Don’t let the title fool you. Are deadbeat dads a problem in our society? Yup, they certainly are. However this post is not about those individuals that would call themselves “men” while shirking their known responsibility, nor is about the unfortunate circumstantial victims that have no knowledge of the fact they have passed on their genetic code. Nor is it about the men that are victimized by a woman unwilling to let a man be a father to his child. See…I don’t know anything about all that, so I won’t speak of it.
I was a father at 18 and upon finding out such news, there was never a question in my mind about what I was going to do. Not having even met my own father until I was in my mid twenties, I grew up with the mindset that real men are fathers. Now many years later I have raised four more children in addition to the first, and have learned enough to offer some insight into some of the challenges of parenting. I’ve tackled the question of parenting being a role or responsibility, discussed the different parenting philosophies of either being a teacher or Santa Claus, and even weighed in on the issue of spanking. So you see, I don’t know anything about being a deadbeat dad.
The court system (such as it is) is telling this man to pay up the money or face going to jail. Now I’ve blogged about some of the madness that can come from the judge’s bench, and this is just another variety of it (although it always seems to involve fathers). It just seems as though nobody has enough common sense to figure this situation out…and then they (the government/court system) has the nerve to wonder why we (sensible people) don’t trust them.
This is the child support tragedy I speak of. It’s tragic that this man is faced with such consequences when there are real deadbeat dads more deserving of this hammer. It’s tragic that we are governed by such “brilliant” minds that can’t figure out who is really to blame and should be punished. I can only hope an innocent man is not victimized by the bureaucratic idiocy once again and he is afforded the chance to continue his pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness…such as it is in these troubling times.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I very much enjoy war films and have always felt that “Saving Private Ryan” has set the bar. Of course it’s too much to ask of any film to compare to that, and I try not to do so, but it’s always in the back of my mind anyway.
Of course the acting and action kept me enthralled as did the expectation I had watching a war film (that there would be plenty of death by gratuitous violence). Although the film delivered this, the pace slowed a bit in some parts, but the story never faltered so it wasn’t an issue for me.
Although not the absolute best war film I have ever seen, it still had me riveted to the screen in anticipation of what was going to happen next. I was interested in the fate of the characters and intrigued by their circumstances. This movie steadily rolled over me and blasted three and a half cinnamon sticks, out of five, in my cup of tea.
Rating 3.5 /5
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Without a doubt there are certain subjects that incite an emotional reaction and invigorate some deep seeded passion within us. No matter how calm and reasonable we can be, or even start out to be…there are just some things that we feel so strongly about that we digress and revert to something a little less than reasonable…or calm. We have all heard (or at least I hope we all have) to not bring up certain subjects in social gatherings…to ensure those gatherings remain amicable. Fortunately on this blog, we can bring these subjects up and discuss them without breaking up a party or throwing a single punch.
The touchy subjects of the weapons of mass discussion have been laid out before you for consumption and digestion. Indulge yourself and let social etiquette give way to base emotions. After all…it’s better you do it here than at the next social function you will be attending…and possibly disrupting.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I don’t think it’s a big secret that I love to eat good food. I think that it’s an improvement from my previous position of just loving to eat…nearly any food. As I age and grow wiser, I try to make better decisions on how I treat my body and that starts with what I put in it. That said, when I’m at home I follow a strict diet and try to give myself a fighting chance to enjoy my later years. This also has the benefit of make those times when I indulge purely for the joy of taste less detrimental to my overall plan.
I don’t eat out too often, but when I do I’m very selective in where I go and what I eat. I look for places that can present healthy choices (relatively speaking considering how I eat at home) without sacrificing extraordinary taste. Once I find such a place, they gain a loyal customer…and I gain weight (LOL!).
I have decided to showcase my top five favorite places to eat. If you live in the Boston area, treat yourself and check these places out. If you don’t live here but find yourself visiting for a bit, treat yourself and check these places out. I present them in alphabetical order…because that’s just how my OCD works.
1.) Al Wadi Lebanese Restaurant - West Roxbury
2.) Fairmount Grille - Hyde Park
3.) In House Cafe - Allston
4.) Sophia Italian Steakhouse - West Roxbury
5.) Stone Hearth Pizza - Needham
So there you have it…my definitive list of the best places to eat in Boston, and as an added bonus, if you are ever in Arizona…check out the Pita Jungle. My experience at their Arcadia location remains one of the best…ever.
Friday, December 19, 2014
That said, the dominating stories of recent discussion are painting a picture that is tragic and inexcusable by nearly everyone’s standards (except, of course, the police).
Speaking of regulation, take note…then take action, against any legislature outlawing the filming of the police. There is absolutely no sane reason to prohibit the filming of police except to hide those instances where they abuse their authority. While some politicians might think prohibiting the gathering of evidence “solves” the problem, intelligent people know better.