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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
Horrible Bosses 2 (R for pervasive profanity and crude sexuality) Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reunite for revenge-fueled sequel as inept entrepreneurs-turned-
The Imitation Game (PG-13 for sexual references, mature themes and smoking) Historical biopic about Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the British cryptologist who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis by cracking the Enigma Code, only to be prosecuted and chemically castrated following World War II for being gay. With Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong.
Penguins of Madagascar (PG for mild action and rude humor) 4th installment in the animated franchise finds the peripatetic quartet of penguin protagonists (Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights) joining forces with an undercover, inter-species task force to apprehend a diabolical madman (John Malkovich) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dr. Ken Jeong and Peter Stormare.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (PG for mild epithets and mature themes) Subzero documentary chronicling what life is like at a couple of ice stations located near the South Pole.
The Babadook (Unrated) Haunted house flick, set in Adelaide, Australia, about a grieving widow (Essie Davis) who comes to substantiate her young son’s (Noah Wiseman) complaints about a monster inhabiting their home. Cast includes Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell and Cathy Adamek.
Before I Disappear (Unrated) Surrealistic saga, set in NYC, about a suicidal twenty-something (Shawn Christensen) who finds new meaning in life by babysitting his prepubescent niece (Fatima Ptacek) for his long-estranged sister (Emmy Rossum). With Ron Perlman, Paul Wesley and Richard Schiff.
Escobar: Paradise Lost (Unrated) Romance thriller, set in Colombia in the summer of 1991, about a Canadian surfer dude (Josh Hutchinson) who is pressured to serve as a hit man after falling for the niece (Claudia Traisac) of drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). Support cast includes Anne Giradot, Carlos Bardem and Brady Corbet.
The Immortalists (Unrated) Fountain of Youth documentary chronicling the efforts of a couple of eccentric biologists desperate to live forever.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Unrated) Reverential biopic revisiting the six-decade career of legendary Japanese filmmaker, artist, animator, illustrator, producer and scriptwriter Hayao Miyazaki. (In Japanese with subtitles)
Remote Area Medical (Unrated) Domestic doctors without borders documentary about the free healthcare offered uninsured Appalachians once a year at a pop-up clinic set up for three days at a NASCAR speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.
The Rule (Unrated) Inspirational documentary about the overachieving students at St. Benedict’s Prep, a Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey whose mostly Latino and African-American graduates enjoy a nearly 100% college acceptance rate.
A Small Section of the World (Unrated) Tale of female empowerment about a group of women who sparked a coffee-growing revolution in Costa Rica.
Touch the Wall (Unrated) “Bound for Greatness” biopic about Missy Franklin, the Olympic swimmer who won a quartet of gold medals at the 2012 games in London. Featuring appearances by Kara Lynn Joyce, Rowdy Gaines and Michael Phelps.
Women Who Flirt (Unrated) Romantic comedy, set in Shanghai, revolving around a college student (Zhou Xun) who relies on her womanly wiles to woo the classmate (Xiaoming Huang) she has a crush on when he returns from a trip to Taiwan with a new girlfriend (Sonia Sui) in tow. With Yi-Lin Hsieh. (In Cantonese with subtitles)
Source: Baret News Wire
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by Ida B. Wells
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay
General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Book Review by Kam Williams
“Ida B. Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862. After beginning a teaching career to support her orphaned siblings, she moved to Memphis to become a journalist…
In 1883, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a train, an experience that she chronicled in her first published piece. Though Wells achieved success as a writer, editor and even co-owner of a newspaper, her greatest accomplishments came after the lynching of a close friend in 1892 spurred her into a lifelong anti-lynching campaign.
She published powerful diatribes against lynching, leading to death threats and forced exile in the North… Wells devoted the rest of her life to civil rights, publishing widely and delivering impassioned speeches.”
Excerpted from the Introduction (page i)
Over 70 years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, Ida Wells was similarly arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a train to a white person. Wells survived the ordeal and was eventually inspired to embark on an impressive career as an eloquent advocate on behalf of African-American civil rights.
Her specific focus was lynching. After all, the practice went unpunished for over a century during which not one white person was ever tried, convicted and executed for employing that brand of vigilante justice against any of the thousands and thousands of black men, women and children victims. Edited by Mia Bay and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Light of Truth is a collection of Ida’s fiery essays, culled from her early writings.
In a professional and persuasive journalist tone, Ida recounts case after case in which a rush to judgment led to a gross miscarriage of justice.
For example, in Selma Alabama a “colored man named Daniel Edwards” was hung from a tree and riddled with bullets as a “warning to all Negroes that are too intimate with white girls.” Truth be told, he had secretly dated the daughter of his employer for over a year until the scandalous relationship produced a biracial child.
Another entry discusses the details of the 1892 lynching in Quincy, Mississippi of five African-Americans merely on suspicion of poisoning a Caucasian, despite their already having been declared innocent by the local coroner. In this instance, Ida chastises white Christian ministers for failing to give the matter “more than a passing comment” in the pulpit. She goes on to cite the slayings as “proof of the moral degradation of the people of Mississippi.” And so forth.
A debt of gratitude is owed Ida Wells for preserving for posterity a host of illustrative examples of racist mobs bent on satiating their bloodlust by visiting violence on the bodies of blacks in vile fashion without any concern about guilt or innocence.
To order a copy of The Light of Truth, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/
Source: Baret News Wire
Houston, TX: Buyers & Sellers of Property Rejoice with the Republic Ranches Team
In Houston, Texas land doesn’t only sell inside the Loop. In fact, when it comes to ranch land outside the Houston area, buyers are discovering some of the most lucrative and exciting deals available in the country.
The Houston office of Republic Ranches, LLC is operated by Jeff Boswell. As one of the owners of this Texas and Oklahoma licensed farm and ranch brokerage firm that represents both buyers and sellers of farms, ranches and other rural properties throughout the state, Jeff is a wealth of talent, professionalism, dependability, and success in the Houston branch. Five branches total are available in Texas, including; Austin, Dallas, Hondo, San Antonio and, of course, Houston. And when it comes to Houston properties both buyers and sellers are thrilled with the incredible Republic Ranches team.
More and more city dwellers are buying up land to not only utilize as a financial investment, but also for the pure enjoyment of being a landowner. It is not an over-exaggeration when people speak of Texan’s love of the land; this is an area that has a unique appeal for anyone looking to be a part of both beauty and industry. When it comes to the ranches surrounding Houston, a checklist of buyers’ wants and needs are available. From beautiful trees to landscapes that offer amazing habitats for all wildlife, as well as plenty of lakes for fishing and hunting ducks, Houston has it all. In other words, once purchasing real estate in this area the charm will be so great that future generations of your family will remain for decades to come. Property available around Houston offers not only the perfect getaway for some, but because of the proximity to the big city, a buyer is gifted with both country living and city ease.
Jeff Boswell has seen a trend showing more and more people from Houston and Dallas jumping on board and gathering up large ranches just outside of Houston as fast as possible. In fact, sales in the last year are probably the highest seen since the early 1990’s. A typical ranch runs between 500 to 3,000 acres, with most wooded and containing water features, like the lakes and ponds land owners and recreational buyers are looking for. Not to mention, many buyers who are in the oil and gas industry see areas within three hours of Houston in high demand.
Included in the Houston office team with Jeff are Kate Gibson, an agent who is a native Houstonian specializing in equestrian farm and ranch sales. And Dan Flournoy, an advisor who helps ranch owners by offering them the much-needed data on how to manage their properties more effectively and economically.
With all areas being served by Republic Ranches, buyers and sellers in the Houston area are provided the perfect crew to locate, market and consult on Texas properties. Sellers receive the most innovative ways to market their properties. While buyers are given the most accurate market data to establish the perfect piece of Texas just for them. From wildlife to land and water management programs, the Houston team of Republic Ranches, LLC is one group that will not stop until all Houston properties reach their fullest potential.
Original Source Houston News Online.com
DVD Review by Kam Williams
Adaptation of Haunting Children’s Novel Arrives on DVD
Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to The Giver. Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth.
The film is based on the Lois Lowry best-seller of the same name which won the Newbery Award as America’s best children’s book of 1994. This author-approved adaptation was directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) who tapped fellow Aussie Brenton Thwaites to portray the young hero, Jonas.
The picture’s point of departure is the young protagonist’s graduation day, when he participates in a coming-of-age ritual during which 18 year-olds are assigned a profession by the elders of their idyllic community. Jonas’ BFFs Asher (Cameron Monaghan) and Fiona (Odeya Rush) soon learn that they’ll be trained as a drone pilot and a nurturer, respectively.
Jonas, however, long recognized as special, because of an uncanny ability to see things differently, is designated the “Receiver of Memories,” the protégé of the “Giver” (Bridges). In that capacity, he quickly becomes aware that the whole society is a charade which shields its citizens from the fact that there is suffering in the world by injecting them once a day with a drug which keeps them naïve, obedient and blissfully content.
Truth be told, evil does exist in their midst, though invariably veiled, such as how the sick and the old are “Released” in a fashion that gives no hint that they’re actually being euthanized. And Jonas experiences a crisis of conscience in choosing whether to obediently follow in the Giver’s footsteps or to upset the apple cart by letting the cat out of the bag about how everybody’s mind is being controlled.
Among the factors influencing his critical decision is the unexpected pleasure associated with the “Stirrings,” the formerly-suppressed pangs of sexual awakening he suddenly feels for Fiona. Another involves the impending euthanizing of a baby with a birth defect (Alexander Jillings) he’s already bonded with.
Besides the historic pairing of Streep and Bridges, the film features sterling performances by the trio of emerging thespians playing the leads, as well as by Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift in support roles. A thought-provoking meditation on mind control offering a valuable lesson about the virtue of challenging any totalitarian authority.
Very Good (3 stars)
Running time: 97 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay / The Weinstein Company
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Highlights from the Original Script Reading featuring Lloyd Bridges; Making The Giver: From Page to Screen; an extended scene; a press conference with the filmmakers and cast; Ordinary Human feature with Ryan Tedder; author Lois Lowry on The Giver; and an interactive study guide for the novel.
To order a copy of The Giver Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/
Source: Baret News Wire
Yamaha Leads the Way With Groundbreaking New Outboard App
by Capt. Ted Lund
Yamaha, the world’s leading outboard motor manufacturer, has done it again, updating its smart phone app designed to help boaters get the most out of their best-in-class outboard power plants.
The latest version is available to users of the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch at the iTunes® Store, free of charge. Android™ users may download their version of the app from Google Play™.
The app includes four main categories of information: My Yamaha, Dealers, Performance Bulletins and Stay Hooked. In the My Yamaha section, boat owners may register and keep track of outboards, with up-to-date warranty information such as the number of days left on standard and extended limited warranties, as well as your engines registered dealer.
The Dealers section includes a dealer locator and mapping system that automatically uses your current location to find the nearest Authorized Yamaha Outboard Dealer. It also offers the information in a variety of mapping formats including Map view, Satellite view, Hybrid view and List View complete with contact information and driving directions.
Looking to purchase a new boat and/or motor? Yamaha has loaded the app with an extensive collection of performance bulletins for a wide range of boat styles from leading marine manufacturers. Each bulletin includes performance information like MPH, GPH and MPG at standardized RPMs. They also provide valuable information such as engine mounting heights, test loads and preferred prop options.
The Stay Hooked section of the app gives boaters access to Yamaha’s extensive collection of news, tips and videos in one easy location. Users can also check out the latest in sales promotions in this section.
This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc. iPhone, iPad, iPod and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
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