Argo See This Movie!

Oct 19, 2012 by

No spoilers here, but you need to go see the movie Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck.  Like at the next showing. It’s that good.

It was so cool to watch Ben Affleck walking into CIA headquarters at Langley again after his days there in the 2002 The Sum of All Fears.  This time, not as Jack Ryan, a fictitious field operative, but as Tony Mendez, the real deal.

A scene from the movie Argo.

The movie isn’t too long, nor too short. The characters, as you will see at the end of the film, really looked like the real-life people who endured the drama of being six Americans who were in Tehran when the Embassy was taken over and the Iranians didn’t know about.  Those were hard days we all endured at the end of the anemic days of the Carter Administration when there were yellow ribbons tied around everything.

Essentially, there were six people who got out that the Iranians didn’t find out about until it was almost too late. Where they hid out, if they made it out, and how, all are worth you going to explore on your own.

Some people got up and walked out during the credits. Don’t do that. That’s when you’ll see how good a job was done in casting. Of course, you’ll also notice, as the two African American ladies did behind me when they said, Mendez was Hispanic, that Ben Affleck, isn’t.  Supposedly he’s been criticized for that, but hey, this is Hollywood.

From the start of the movie, it FEELS like the late 1970s.  The clothing, even the incredibly ugly green wallpaper in the Canadian Ambassador’s home all feel like life did back in the day.

I predict this movie is going to win some good awards in Hollywood, but more importantly, it’s going to make you feel proud you’re an American again, because you’re going to see a story that likely would never have been told had it not been declassified during the Clinton years. But in a time when we all felt that America had been knocked down during the Carter years, it was good to see that we were able to still do something right.

I did find myself sneering a little bit as at the very end, former President Carter comes in during a voice over and talks about how we were able to peacefully get all of the other US hostages home safely.

As I recall the day that happened, Ronald Reagan got sworn in as president and the Iranians knew they’d better not mess with him and so the hostages came home.

And so, as someone who has seen the movie, I see the word Argo now, and I hear two other words along with it.  For now, I’ll just say, Argo see this movie….

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My night after The Grammy’s observations

Feb 13, 2012 by

I just got to watch  last night’s Grammy’s, and did it largely on fast forward.  But here are my thoughts:

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1) Katie Perry now is a Smurf. That also, at long last, explains her voice.

2) My eldest says no one likes Adele. Not sure that’s accurate, but I think I get where she’s coming from. She does, however, remind me of Moma Cass.

3) Lady Gaga is just weird. The novelty has worn off, honey.

4) The two girls texting during the standing O for Glenn Campbell, one said she was tweeting about how great he did. Glenn Campbell on a farewell tour just makes me sad.  He’s had his demons to deal with but Alzheimer’s we need to find a cure for.

5) Tony Bennett and that girl from OK, Underwood, great song.

6) There’s a lot more to Lady Antebellum than there was last year.

7) I missed seeing Justin Beiber sitting on the edge of his seat actually thinking he might win an award and then the surprise look on his face when Gaga did.   She replaced him this year in that category.

8) Sir Paul singing with Glenn Campbell from the audience was cool. How great an honor would that be to have Paul McCartney in the stands singing with you as you sing from the stage?

9) Disney thinks lawsuit over the Foo Fighter lighted Mickey Mouse-head thing. What the hell was that?

10) The End by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, et al was the coolest ending of any show that ever will be televised ever.  And it’s cool Paul has a wife this time around who knows lyrics.  Who knows anything, actually.  Well done, sir.

–I was waiting for Paul to sing Her Majesty as the Grammy credits rolled… Oh well.

Until the last 10 minutes, this show was not near what it was last year.  But that last bit with Paul, well, was there a show last year?

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Today is the Day, Dads, To Become COURAGEOUS

Sep 30, 2011 by

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Today is the day.

Not because the movie, Courageous is now in theaters nationwide.  But because today might be the last day you have to step forward and show those who mean the most to you, that you love them, that you love God, and that you’ll do whatever you can to move mountains for them.

Please, gather up the family and go to the movies.  If cost is an issue, go to a matinee, or call your local church and tell them you REALLY need to go see this movie, but with this economy what it is, you just can’t afford to. But do not make the mistake to not go see this incredible, life-changing film.



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Two and A Half Men Part 2–Eh so far. But Judy Greer?!

Sep 26, 2011 by

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I’ve been a fan of Judy Greer for a long time.  Last season she was on Mad Love.  A show that’s obviously gone.  In the past she’s been on a show here and a show there.  She’s always done good stuff playing a serious, dead pan role here and there.  And I was so happy for her tonight to see her now playing on Two and A Half Men in the post-Charlie Sheen era.

And then there’s the Chuck Lorre show-ending placard from this season’s show:

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“Sometime last year I realized I had become the unwilling contestant in a reality show.  I didn’t understand the rules, wasn’t sure if there even were any, and pretty much hated every second of it.  For many months I kept hoping and praying that it would end.  But it did not.  Somewhere along the way, something inside me died.  Anyway, now, suddenly, I’m being told that the reality show’s been cancelled.  Apparently, it was just one of those things that somehow got out of control. Sorry.  Whoops.  Live and learn.  Moving on.  Game over.  And that’s fine.  I am so good with that.  Yes, please, let’s all move on.  There’s just one problem.  That thing inside me that died?  It walks at night.  It’s angry.  It’s hungry.  And worst of all … it’s writing a tell-all book.”

I really know the feeling described above.   #Wining.


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