Fort Myers Author Releases New Christmas Book for Children

 

Loving Healing Press (Ann Arbor, MI) – A small, yellow frog named Ferdinand discovers the true meaning of Christmas in the latest book for children by Loving Healing Press author Jay Tucker. Ferdinand thinks that Christmas is just about the toys! But a fateful visit to Santa Claus teaches Ferdinand that Christmas is about so much more.ferdxmas_600

Ferdinand Finds Christmas (ISBN 978-1-61599-253-9), the newest book by Jay Tucker, is written in rhyme. It teaches that the true meaning of Christmas, i.e., celebrating the birth of Christ and the love of family and friends. The book is available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and from your local bookstore when they special order from Ingram.

Loving Healing Press is proud to announce that they will be partnering with Cypress Lake United Methodist church by gifting 100 copies of Ferdinand Finds Christmas to families with young children who attend the Christmas Eve services. The gift of one book per family will be given at the 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm services while they last. Cypress Lake United Methodist Church is located at 8570 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers, FL.

“Families and children will be blessed by Ferdinand Finds Christmas. The story will touch the hearts of families and will provide a cherished way to share the Christmas story with their children for years to come. Cypress Lake United Methodist Church is pleased to partner with Loving Healing press in providing this gift at Christmas time,” says Rev. Thom Shafer, Lead Pastor, Cypress Lake UMC.

Author Jay Tucker has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years. He is currently the Youth Director at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Ft. Myers, FL. Jay has four books published with Loving Healing Press. His other titles include Ferdinand Uses the Potty, and The Whole Youth Worker. Jay has been married to his wife Kimberly for 20 years and together they have two children.

Learn more about Jay Tucker at www.jaytucker.net  Media inquiries can be made by contacting Jay through email at jaytuckerwrites@gmail.com or phone (239) 258-8211.

Claustrophobic Horror Flick Set in Catacombs Comes to DVD

 

As Above, So Below

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Claustrophobic Horror Flick Set in Catacombs Comes to DVD

 

The late alchemist, Dr. Marlowe (Roger Van Hool) lost his mind and then committed suicide over a futile quest for the Philosopher’s Stone supposedly hidden somewhere in the cryptic maze of catacombs beneath Paris. Now, his headstrong young daughter, Scarlet (Perdita Weeks),
117371_galhas decided to follow in daddy’s footsteps by mounting her own search for the sacred talisman said to turn metal into gold.

The determined Brit has prepared herself for the dangerous trek by earning not only Ph.D.s in archeology and symbology, but a black belt in karate to boot. She’s being assisted in this dangerous endeavor by a team comprised of her linguist ex-boyfriend (Ben Feldman); an African-American cameraman (Edwin Hodge); a graffiti artist familiar with the caves (Francois Civil); plus a couple of other local yokels (Marion Lambert and Aly Marhyar).

The motley crew’s descent starts out unremarkably enough, despite a little gallows humor and worries about whether they might encounter any bats or rats. The most concerned participant is George whose little brother Danny (Samuel Aouizerate) drowned in the cave at a young age. Adding fuel to the fear is the fact that the last time George accompanied Scarlet on an expedition he ended up in Turkish prison.

This is the ominous point of departure of As Above, So Below, a found-footage horror flick
written and directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine). The film has all the hallmarks of the genre inaugurated by The Blair Witch Project back in 1999, from the claustrophobia created by incessant, extreme close-ups to the seasick cinematography coming courtesy of handheld cameras.

Credit Perdita Weeks as the intrepid protagonist for keeping her audience enthralled even 121863_galafter the production morphs into a farfetched cross of Tomb Raider (2001) and The Da Vinci Code (2006). Whether crawling across piles of skeletons, deciphering ancient Aramaic messages, or fearlessly repelling down uncharted shafts, spunky Scarlet has the ‘tude and charisma to keep you rooting for her as others meet their fate, one-by-one.

A harrowing tale of survival revolving around an endearing heroine every bit as brainy as she is resourceful.

 

Very Good (2.5 stars)

Rated R for terror, graphic violence and pervasive profanity

Running time: 93 minutes

Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Inside As Above, So Below.

 

To see a trailer for As Above, So Below, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SX5IHP5c_A

 

To order a copy of the As Above, So Below Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00N5AICVQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

For movies opening November 28, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening November 28, 2014

 

 

Blog_The-MoviesBIG BUDGET FILMS

 

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-kidnappers who hatch a cockamamie plan to hold the son (Chris Pine) of a ruthless businessman (Christoph Waltz) for ransom. Cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Keegan-Michael Key.

 

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

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

 

51Y0uObJavLThe Light of Truth:
Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

by Ida B. Wells

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay

General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Penguin Classics

Paperback, $18.00                                                      

624 pages

ISBN: 978-0-14-310682-1

 

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.

Author ~ Mia Bay  Photo Credit: Leila Johnson

Author ~ Mia Bay Photo Credit: Leila Johnson

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/obidos/ASIN/0143106821/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News Wire