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Every Choice Matters

Hello Dear Reader,

I write this to you as a warning for your life. Below is my story. It's been a bit of a revelation these last few years, and I wanted to share it with you because I want it in the open. I want people to know that their life matters. Every decision, every turn, every move you make, matters.

Let's start here: For many people who know me, I've always seemed to have a one-track mind, a singular focus for particular subjects like my obsession with golf, my affinity for the cinema, and in my younger years, a love of sharks. This is due to my Asperger's Syndrome, a mild case, but nonetheless diagnosed. I learned only about things that interested me, and minimal amounts of anything else. A habit I still carry with me, albeit not as severely.

I'm someone whose entire life has been about avoiding failure and taking the easy way out. I never saw failure as an opportunity for growth and self-reflection on my character. Instead, I saw it as an indicator that I w…
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The Lost City of Z Review

Exploration.
Man's undying and uncompromising will to find the hidden, to seek the unknowable, to prove the impossible possible. This is what Colonel Fawcett did not set out to do, but it became his destiny.
The film follows Colonel Fawcett (Charlie Hunman), a British military officer who remains stagnant in the military, a man too old for his position, a man unable to grow in rank. His wife Nina (Sienna Miller), supports her husband in any way, while trying to further herself as a woman in an era that wouldn't allow it.
Fawcett travels into what they called Amazonia, to find the border, the end of a river. He goes there on a mission to settle a map issue regarding Bolivia and Brazil, who were on the verge of war for rubber. Find where to draw the line, and the mission would be over.
On the way there, Fawcett's guide tells them of a city with roads, buildings of gold, a civilization that was advanced beyond what the white man thought possible. As they reach the river's…

The Music Man Review

Oh, the modern American musical. Such a rich and glorious tapestried history of songs that can make you laugh, get you to sing in the rain against your better judgement, go to Scotland looking for love, listening to sounds in music, or wonder how on earth that person got that part. Clearly they can't sing, but hey, when it's popular, you gotta get on board. Right Mr. Crowe?

I was once in this musical way back in high school, and now seeing it many years later, I've learned to appreciate the absolute insane amount of work to create a musical of this production value. The dance numbers, the music, the singing, the acting, it's an undertaking that is quite remarkable. The hundreds of extras, the size of the sets, there's just something wholly unique, something so beautiful about having real life in front of the camera.

Considered one of the most iconic musicals Hollywood has produced over the years, The Music Man is a tale of a con man who ends up singing and dancing…

The Revenant Review

What is happening recently in American Cinema and the Western? Tarantino brought out Django and The Hateful Eight, creating a glossy, stylized, vicious look at the Western, reminding us we truly do live in a better time.
Both nothing speaks more to the American and human spirit than the Western, pitting man against the elements in a land that doesn't love him, and people who just don't give a damn. Then again a lot of these people can't get a damn break.

Enter in visionary and hot handed director Alejandro G. Inarritu with his take on the Western, a tale about a fur trader named Hugh Glass. Needless to say, this movie is STUPID EPIC. STUPID.

Now I may not be the greatest authority on movies or the snobbiest of snobs, but the opening 20 minutes to this movie might be the best opening sequence to a movie since the opening of Saving Private Ryan.  I'm not speechless very often, but this was one of those moments. You will be in sheer awe of this sequence. If not, you prob…

Her Review

Dating is hard enough with people and technology today, I can't even imagine what Theodore had to go through in Spike Jonze's beautifully sad love story, Her.
Thedore(J. Phoenix) is a writer who has gone through a divorce. He's sad, his life seeming to be devoid of any love or connection, until he installs Samantha, an Operating System with artificial intelligence. Eventually they fall in love, they live, and you want it to work so badly. You're so happy he finds happiness, but does it last? Can they make it work? I can't say much more to spoil the movie, but what a movie.
   It paints a futuristic world that seems all to real, human beings connected to the world with technology, yet growing farther and farther from each other and human interaction. People talk into their devices all the time, oblivious to the beauty of the world around them. It really begs the question for the future as he and Samantha fall in love, what is dating? What can you consider a rela…

Man of Steel

Many times, the hype cannot match a film’s ambitions or overall product. Man of Steel is one such film. For the second year in a row, I come away disappointed by a comic film that looked spectacular in every way, just like I did with Batman last year.  Then again, Man of Steel is the superhero film that really defines this era of filmmaking. Money buys visuals, visuals make money, story is shorthanded. The visuals in this film were absolutely spectacular, but there was SO much, more than I could handle. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing, and that’s what happened here. Too much.  Granted, this is Snyder’s best film to date and the coming out party for Henry Cavill but it remains to be an all ecompassing film. There are portions where you will be wowed, that’s a guarantee. However, there will be parts where you are scratching your head in confusion or frustration. The story is basic, and that’s all I can really say. Other than the main characters, you really could care less ab…

The Night of The Hunter Review

The Night of the Hunter is a classic for a reason. Kids my age should take note of what makes a classic classic, and why it has stood the test of time. This is unlike most of the films that come out today: Pointless and wallowing in their own mediocrity. Classic is something that others copy, others look to for guidance, one whose story and theme transcends the art form.  This is a film that has done all of the above (If you want to argue this, or debate it I should say, comment below).
  The story is about a boy John and his sister Pearl. The movie opens with their father hiding 10 grand he stole, and telling the kids that no matter what, they would never tell where he hid it.  The kids promise and the dad goes off to prison. There he meets the Reverend Harry Powell, who finds out he has this money.  This now becomes his sole purpose. Find and take the money at any cost. It's a wife, 2 kids and her family. Who can really stop him?
   The story is creepy, and one that you look …