Today while jogging, I was questioned by a rookie cop. Out of…



Today while jogging, I was questioned by a rookie cop. Out of curiosity, do I look suspicious? Or like a jogger?

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Cop pulled me over while jogging? Bald head profiling I guess. Feeling “special”

Cop pulled me over while jogging? Bald head profiling I guess. Feeling “special”

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I agree



I agree

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“If you test everything before you use it, you’ll miss a lot. Sometimes you gotta just Go Boy…”

“If you test everything before you use it, you’ll miss a lot. Sometimes you gotta just Go Boy Go!”
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Monsters University is cool because they took a successful idea and decided they could make more…

Monsters University is cool because they took a successful idea and decided they could make more money on it.

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Doc Martens, like leather chocolate.



Doc Martens, like leather chocolate.

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passion: how to have a flat stomach remove all of your organs Ha ha

passion:

how to have a flat stomach

  1. remove all of your organs

Ha ha

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Gentlemen Broncos – 3/5 stars

Gentlemen-Broncos-picMovies give us a specific point of view. For this reason, it is possible to NOT GET IT in the same way you might not get someone different at work or in your life’s travels. In my 8 years reviewing movies here on my blog (as well as my entire lifetime watching movies) I have suffered from “jumping to conclusions” about movies. I did that with Nacho Libre. Jack Black didn’t seem funny the first time, but my perspective changed. My gate opened up and after a month or so, that film was my second favorite of all time. Gentlemen Broncos was directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). It is as camp as camp gets. All (I am) saying is give “camp” a chance.

Sam Rockwell plays Bronco, an interstellar futuristic hero from the imagination of a teenage writer. He is made out to reference the futuristic movies of the 1960′s, usually starring Charleton Heston. He is actually one layer below the reality one, being in a book. Michael Angarano is our true protagonist. Reminiscent of the children’s comedy Big Fat Liar, his manuscript is stolen by a more established sci fi writer and used for his next book. The best parts of this movie are the flashback sequences into the book. Everyone is searching for yeast, it is the lifeblood of a dying species. Does that sound ridiculous? There’s much more. Some of the real life sequences are slow and unnecessary. I don’t know why the director did so many of them. He could have stuck more to the manuscript story and only gone back occasionally to real life. I think tht would have improved the movie. The director seems like he is filling up dead space with snake diarrhea shopping with mother scenes. The manuscripts are where it’s at.

Envision stags with explosive rockets mounted on them. It’s camp effects again (see what I was saying about camp?). This movie will not resonate with a large audience because it is just too loosely joined. I probably will not recommend my friends and family to watch it but for those who have “seen it all” I offer this as a refreshing laugh with truly stupid intentions. If you laugh at this movie or even walk out, you are doing exactly what the director had hoped you would. I like movies like that, just not every day. Check out the clip below of Gentlemen Broncos.

Final Battle from “Gentlemen Broncos” from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

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Divergent – 5/5 stars

Divergent-2014-Movie-Poster1Imagine a world where you were placed in a job that your genes dictated. That’s what happens in Divergent. This was a recent bestselling novel that has been adapted for the screen. If you like the Hunger Games you will like this movie. It’s a fight for independence from the opening scene, it’s a fight to not be typecast in your life. Those who control the “factions,” as the separate jobs/communities are called, seek out those whose minds do not fit into a specific category. These people are called “divergent.”

We’ve seen this in Logan’s Run and Hunger Games. It’s another rebellious youthful romance with a hell of a lot of adventure and suspense in between. Sarah tells me there is a trilogy and I can tell you they will be making a sequel soon. One of the high points of this film are its literal “high points.” Some scenes are filmed above a Ferris wheel and others atop giant skyscrapers. It feels like Spiderman only we know the climbers and jumpers are human … and it scares us.

I used to judge teen novels by logic, and I was miserable. I have ceased doing that and I am a much happier and healthier movie goer! This film is a winner, they achieved even more than Hunger Games in reaching out to the teen audience. Us older folks will see that and like it too. As a teen book made into a movie, it succeeds on every level with me.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman – 4/5 stars

mr-peabody-and-sherman-posterAnyone from Generation X (my generation I should add) is likely to remember Rocky and Bullwinkle on television where you’d hear Bullwinkle open by saying “Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.” That was the show we watched when our homework was done or after soccer games on Saturday. In the deeper recesses of our pop cultural memory, you find the sub-show inside that was the original Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It was sarcastic yet subdued. Perhaps the time gave it an air of university, peace, and love. Rod Serling? Beatniks? I don’t relly know how to explain it. The era was indefinable. In the show, the ingenious Mr. Peabody has “a boy,” the inverse of a boy having a dog. Yes, Mr. Peabody is a dog but he’s also a history buff, a professor, and a time traveler. This dog got it goin’ on! Still, you never get the impression that Mr. Peabody “loves” Sherman as his son. Trust me, I watched a bunch of old episodes on Youtube this morning and you don’t. Then there’s the new film. A somewhat different animal.

The film Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) creates the duo well and we are given much adventure in the process. Unfortunately, for this viewer who came with high hopes, it fails to recreate the cult feel of the 1959 animated shorts. It’s sort of like that but set to Jimmy Neutron styled animation. They also make a huge deal out of Sherman being his “son.” This gets odd, even for me an adoptive father. I think they took that “new” slant on the time traveling story and made it the bedrock of the movie, It should never have been added. The feel of the old cartoons was enough to build without additions. Still, the animation is incredible. The kids of today will also get some historical references they may have not heard in their short lives. I took all three of my kids and they seemed to enjoy it beginning to end. For me as their dad, that says a lot about how I will rate a family movie. 4/5 Stars.

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