Top Ten DVD List for November 1, 2016

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for November 1, 2016 

 

                     This Week’s DVD Releases, Kam Williams, Top Ten DVD List, 10/31/16

 

Star Trek Beyond

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IS31U6S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Gleason

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHMFM8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Imperium

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7KZL6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Hiroshima: The Complete Mini-Series Event

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IDHQYWY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KYUEACE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Pearl Harbor: 75th Anniversary [Commemorative Documentary Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IDHQYXI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bad Moms

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01JAQ6QJ8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bob Hope: Hope for the Holidays

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LXKG9TC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Outlander: Season Two

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01I5SLR3C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Kind Words

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01I0GP5C8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Indian Wars: A Change of Worlds [7-Part Documentary Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IDHQYX8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Anthropoid

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KAKD4CK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

NASA: A Journey through Space [Documentary Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IDHQZDC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Care Bear & Cousins: Take Heart

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7L2CW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7L0RE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KWLZR2C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Judge Archer

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7L0DS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01JNMF4J2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Power Rangers: Dino Charge Hero

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7KYRQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Shopkins Chef Club

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M031RHK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Hanky Panky / Another You [Gene Wilder Double Feature]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01L9GKFSK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01K7IZGRG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Sea of Trees

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KP7L1XW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01JKT2QO4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Forces of Nature

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01ICLUHD8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CQC4WEO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Building Star Trek

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KWM3HH8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Craft in America: Teachers

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01K32Y7GW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

Tidewater 210 LXF family, fishing friendly

 

Tidewater 210 LXF family, fishing friendly

By Craig Lamb

Tidewater Boats set out to conquer a challenging task. That was to make family friendly a center console boat traditionally designed for hardcore saltwater angling. The design engineers succeeded in uniting the two better worlds in the Tidewater 210 LXF.

 

LXF stands for Luxury/Family, and to the point, you get lots of it in this boat. The boat meets the needs of discriminating anglers while providing welcoming, family features combining luxury and comfort.

What could be better than a morning fishing trip for the guys, followed by a family outing in the afternoon, and all of it in the same boat? The answers are spread out from bow to stern in the 210 LXF.

The 210 LXF has an LOA of 20’ 10” and a wide 8’ 6” beam. It has a draft of 13” and dry weight of 2,300 pounds. Fuel capacity is 56 gallons, and the standard power is a 150-horespower Yamaha outboard. The boat is rated for eight passengers or 1,200 pounds of total weight.

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A standout feature of this boat, and again making it family friendly, is the spacious and comfortable seating from stem to stern. Available bow bolsters turn to port and starboard benches into lounge-style seating for added comfort. A center bench ahead of the console adds more seating up front. The seating has snap on cushions that can be removed when the time comes to change the boat into fishing mode. Remove the cushions, and you get raised casting platforms at the bow.

What really stands out at the rear is the full-length, rear seat with snap on cushion and padded backs for true comfort. Standard are twin captain chairs at the helm, although most owners opt for the cushioned bench seat and padded leaning post.

There are many more family friendly features, and worthy of calling out are the bolsters lining the gunwales. A stereo system is standard, and you can add a Porta-Potti, freshwater shower and towing pylon for watersports. T-Tops can be added with spreader lights. 

Fishermen will like the spacious, insulated storage compartments, recessed and vertical rod holders and LED-lighted 30-gallon aerated livewell. You can trick out the rig with worry-free, factory-installed options like Garmin electronics, onboard 12/24V charging system and outriggers for trolling.

What sets this boat apart from other brands in the category is a hull designed for a smooth, dry ride. That gets a nod from anglers and likely greater kudos from a boat filled with a family.

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Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

 

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, watch product videos and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

First-time boat owner wins Carolina Skiff from conservation tournament

 

 

 

First-time boat owner wins Carolina Skiff from conservation tournament

by Craig Lamb

A Florida angler is the proud new owner of a Carolina Skiff 16 JVX SC powered by Yamaha after winning the skiff at the CCA Florida STAR Tournament. Randy Perez of New Port Richey won the 1st Place Prize Drawing in the Carolina Skiff Sheepshead Division.

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Winning the boat was perfect timing for Perez.

 

“My wife and I were planning to buy a boat next spring,” he said Perez. “I haven’t yet taken it out but have sat in the boat every night after work.”

Perez, an avid kayaker until now, lives only five minutes from the water.

“It’s the perfect size boat for us since we fish inshore flats,” he added. “We are really excited because it’s more than what we expected from just looking over the boat in the garage.”

STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo, is a seasonal contest that originated in Louisiana and Texas. Florida was added last year. This year’s tournament ran from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Members of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) are eligible to participate.

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Participants have the chance to win trucks, boats and fishing tackle valued at more than $500,000. The object is catching one of 80 tagged redfish or saltwater game fish in the inshore and offshore divisions. Winners use an official measuring device and submit catch information with digital photography for scoring purposes. Participants are eligible for the drawings.

The real winner is the conservation effort spearheaded by the CCA. Through a partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state is rearing redfish for tagging and eventual release in state waters. Each fish caught will help further the science of fisheries management and conservation, with the hopes of ultimately improving future hatchery efforts.

Perez joins a fraternity of Carolina Skiff owners loyal to a brand with more than 30 years of making the best skiff on the market.

The JVX Series is part of that legacy. With lightweight hulls, the series is designed to easily access shallow estuaries, creeks, and marshes with ease. On a trailer, the skiff can be launched without hassle, in short, shallow back country boat ramps.

 

Quick hole shots to power the skiff

You don’t hear much about performance and handling in a skiff beyond the basics. That’s not so with the JVX. Patented splash guards keep passengers dry with positive tracking keels that enhance handling and maneuvering.

For peace of mind, all Carolina Skiffs have upright and positive floatation that exceeds requirements by the U.S. Coast Guard. That means a virtually unsinkable boat for peace of mind.

 

Check out the entire line of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page

 

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

World War II Biopic Chronicles Battlefield Exploits of Heroic Army Medic

 

Hacksaw Ridge

Film Review by Kam Williams

World War II Biopic Chronicles Battlefield Exploits of Heroic Army Medic

   

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith’s literal interpretation  of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.” So, when he rushed to enlisted in the Army right after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, he did so as a Conscientious Objector.

Hacksaw Ridge,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Andrew Garfield, directed by Mel Gibson, war hero

But because he was unwilling to touch, let alone carry a weapon, Desmond was teased mercilessly by other members of his platoon. In fact, he was not only beaten to a pulp by a bully (Luke Bracey), but court-martialed for failing to complete the weapons part of basic training.

However, the military tribunal ruled in Desmond’s favor after his World War I veteran father (Hugo Weaving) showed up to testify on his behalf. Still, his fellow G.I.s remained reluctant to embrace a comrade they suspected to be a coward, since they had just been taught by hard-nosed Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) that a unit was no stronger than its weakest link.

Nevertheless, Desmond was commissioned as a medic with the 307th Infantry with whom he would more than prove his mettle on the island of Okinawa in the bloodiest battle of World War II. For,  he exhibited extraordinary courage over the course of a month spent dodging bullets and bombs to attend to the wounded during the siege of Hacksaw Ridge.

Hacksaw Ridge,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Andrew Garfield, directed by Mel Gibson, war hero

Desmond would save the lives of 75 grateful soldiers, and his selfless exploits would be appreciated by both grateful buddies and the Pentagon. And the heroic medic eventually became the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

All of the above is recounted in riveting fashion in Hacksaw Ridge, a gripping biopic directed by Mel Gibson. Fair warning: the film features very graphic battlefield tableaux reminiscent of the gory D-Day reenactments found in Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Hacksaw Ridge,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Andrew Garfield, directed by Mel Gibson, war hero

When not devoting its attention to recreating gruesome war scenes, the flashback flick  focuses on Desmond’s formative years , as well as to his whirlwind romance with Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer), the pretty nurse he fell in love with at first sight and married shortly before shipping out for the Pacific Theater of Operations. The film fittingly brings down the curtain with archival newsreels and stills of the real-life Desmond and Dorothy to ensure there won’t be a dry eye in the house following the closing credits.

A moving portrait of an unorthodox war hero who contributed considerably to the effort without ever wielding a weapon against the enemy. 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for graphic violence, gruesome images and ethnic slurs

Running time: 131 minutes

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Source:  Baret News

Nat Turner’s Mental and Military Motivations

 

Nat Turner’s Mental and Military Motivations
By Ezrah Aharone
 
Nate Parker’s movie  has revived the question: What caused Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising? Turner, first of all, was not a deranged misfit who acted outside of a historical context of previous African freedom fighters.  Throughout slavery’s duration, resistance was not only constant and fatal, but twofold . . . Africans equally resisted both slavery and Americanization. 
 
Nat Turner Captured

Nat Turner Captured


Contrary to popular “feel good” versions of history, the “fight against slavery” should not be presumed as a “fight to become American.”  For enslaved Africans like Turner, Americanization was the obstacle — not the vehicle — to the freedom they sought.  
A largely overlooked factor that forged Africans into Americans was their inability to muster enough weapons to militarily free themselves from Americanization.  Along with the 2nd Amendment which allowed Whites to bear arms, slavery was also backed by America’s military, which is why 800 soldiers deployed against Turner.  Within this context of warfare (which fomented at least 313 recorded armed uprisings), there is provable evidence that Africans became Americans — not by virtue of winning the Civil War — but by virtue of prior military defeats.
 
CNN Town Halls won’t discuss this, but numerous captives were already soldiers in Africa beforehand, who like Turner, held deep monotheistic beliefs.  Once in America these battle-tested troops launched guerilla forms of warfare whenever possible, using whatever weapons possible, with clear theological convictions that fused spirituality with revolution.  Naturally, after being forcibly uprooted 5,000 miles from long-lived kingdoms and cultures, they deemed Euro-Americans as new adversaries, and Americanization was certainly not their goal.   
 
This explains why tens of thousands of Africans militarily fought with the British against America during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  Plus, another 100,000 fled or died fleeing to join British forces.  Conclusive stats are unknown, but from a sheer combat perspective, the Revolutionary War could be framed as the largest uprising of Africans who ever unified to militarily free themselves from Americanization . . . including Africans reportedly owned by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.    
Despite being defeated, it is still necessary to credit legitimacy to such Africans, beyond distorted narratives that label Turner an “African American” even though men like him sought America’s military downfall.  Olaudah Equiano (an Ibo, captured at age 11, who published the first surviving “slave account” in 1789: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) wrote, “When you make men slaves, you compel them to live with you in a State of War.”  Once freed in 1792, he bolted like lightning to England. 
Haiti’s independence (1804) ignited further military motivations.  On July 4th, 1804, instead of recognizing US independence, hundreds of Blacks in Philadelphia stormed Independence Hall to live Haitian independence vicariously.  Flanked in military formations, they carried swords and attacked Whites for two days, chanting “we will show them [Whites] St. Domingo [bloodshed like Haiti].” 
 
So, by the dawn of his 1831 uprising, Turner was just one cog in a long continuum of such idealists.  Other notable military operations involved: Fort Mose in Florida (1738-1763); the Stono Uprising in South Carolina (1739); the German Coast Uprising in Louisiana (1811); Negro Fort in Florida (1815); and David Walker’s Appeal (1828) advocated revolution and religion (even though Walker was more an assimilationist than sovereignist). 
 
Men like Turner also equated themselves to other hemispheric freedom fighters (in nations like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Columbia) who gained independence . . . including Euro-Americans.  For example, before being hanged for their 1800 planned uprising, one of Gabriel Prosser’s soldiers retorted, “I have nothing more to offer than what General [George] Washington would have had to offer, had he been taken by the British and put to trial.  I have adventured my life in endeavouring to obtain the liberty of my countrymen, and am a willing sacrifice in their cause.”  Translation, he meant, “Bring It: I stand upon universal principles of freedom that — just like you — I will never compromise.” 
Interestingly, in a 60 Minutes interview, Nate Parker paralleled Nat Turner to George
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Author Ezrah Aharone


Washington in terms of their shared idealisms to “Birth a Nation.”  From this perspective, whether you agree or disagree with Turner’s guerilla tactics, his comparative cause to end tyranny was no less honorable than America’s founders. 
Tyranny however can be a very peculiar and subjective creature, since “one man’s tyranny can be another man’s liberty.” Hence, George Washington, who enslaved and tyrannized over 300 Africans is deified on Mt. Rushmore as a hero, while conversely, Nat Turner who fought against slavery’s tyranny is demonized as a savage.  To this contradiction, James Baldwin once quipped, “In the US, violence and heroism have been made synonymous . . . except when it comes to Blacks.”  
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This article was culled in part from The Sovereign Psyche: Systems of Chattel Freedom vs. Self-Authentic Freedom by Ezrah Aharone who is an adjunct associate professor of political science at Delaware State University.  He is also a political and business consultant on African affairs, as well as the author of Sovereign Evolution and Pawned Sovereignty. He can be reached at www.EzrahSpeaks.com.

 
 Source:  Baret News

The Environment Engineers

 

The Environment Engineers

by Amy Lignor

 

From the title of this article, you may think that this is all about conservation, organizations that promote and work on creating healthy habitats, or even companies promoting a greener, healthier planet. However, the real environment engineers we speak of are actually four-footed creatures whose mission it is to better nature’s ecosystem.

Beavers, healthy habitats, benefits, ecosystem, environment, dams, water qualityNot as mystical as, say, the wolf. Not as talked about as the Black Rhino or the long list of other species that are endangered and moving closer and closer to extinction. No, this little guy is sometimes forgotten about completely; yet, without them, the environment would be in far worse shape than it is already.

The beaver has a myriad of skills they’re born with that allow them to always be successful on their nature missions. It is no surprise that the term for an active person who gets things done is: “As busy as a beaver,” when you think about the amount of work these creatures do. Felling trees, changing waterways, building dams – the beaver not only does this to benefit themselves, mind you, but also to benefit other species…including humans.

 

Think about this: Dams help control both the quality and quantity of water both animals and humans utilize. The ponds, streams, and flooded areas they create are actually vibrant habitats that serve more plants and animals than you can shake a stick at. A variety of fish, insects, and birds benefit from the healthy world the beaver creates. And it is a fact that some animals choose to only live close by the beaver’s habitat.

 

However…like many animals the beaver has seen a horrendous drop in numbers over the centuries. Once upon a time in North America beavers could be found in almost every pond or stream you looked at. The statistics for the population were once out of this world, with some studies even stating that there may have been over 100 million+ of the creatures at one time. But during the early 20th century the beaver was suddenly looked at for their fur and not the part they played in a healthy environment. Thus, trapping became monumental and almost lent to the beaver’s complete extinction. Over time, as people grew wiser to the issues, reintroductions of the animal into various habitats brought the number back up to approximately 12 million. Big number, yes, but certainly not when you take the past into account.

 

For those who don’t understand the gift the beaver gives to nature, or know the animal that well, it’s easy to see why a great many people don’t see the positives when it comes to their work. They are incredibly beneficial to the land, and can halt the rapid approach of climate change. Can they stop it completely? No. But they can lend aid when it comes to areas where snow is melting far more rapidly than it once was, lending to droughts that last longer. Warming temperatures bring more rain than snow. And when the snow does fall, because of the early melt, the once gradual release of water has turned into an avalanche. Take the state of Utah, for example. Snow melt this past year happened almost 45 days earlier than the historical average, causing year-round streams to dry up, and harming fish and plant-life.

 

Beaver restoration and relocation efforts are occurring all over the country and have increased within the last five years. When the families once again begin to thrive, they build a dam and create a perfect habitat for all those other creatures in the ecosystem that rely on the beaver for help.

 

So take the time to “meet” and learn about this “busy” engineer. You’ll realize that without the beaver, global warming, climate change, and all the other negatives Washington, D.C. can’t seem to get a handle on will grow even worse…even faster.

Source:  Baret News

PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT TRICK-OR-TREATING

PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT TRICK-OR-TREATING…TWO SIBLING CHICKS, ONE GREAT HALLOWEEN DEBATE

Halloween, children's books, Peep and Egg, trick-or-treating, candy, costumes, Laura Gehl Peep can’t wait for Halloween to start, but the younger Egg has a long list of reasons to wish it would not. In a scene familiar to many families, the prospect of trick-or-treating conjures costumes and candy for some, while others are haunted by thoughts of vampires, mummies, witches and ghosts, real or imagined. Peep and Egg, two delightful sibling characters introduced this spring in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, return in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating, a hilarious, endearing new read-aloud book for young children that may help take the fright right out of Halloween. With a first book that was called, “delightful and right on target,” by Kirkus, and “spot-on” by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, Author Laura Gehl and Illustrator Joyce Wan have created books that gently offer a way to help children discuss fears. Laura Gehl, who has been doing a lot of school talks to preschool and early elementary students, explained the appeal this way: “Kids can relate to Peep and Egg, and they open up and talk to me about their fears.  These range from the fantastical for younger children–like monsters, dinosaurs, and exploding jellyfish; to more realistic fears for older kids, such as fear of strangers, injury or fire. There’s a lot of overlap, including many fears that I hear again and again, such as fear of thunder, spiders, sharks, or moving to a new home. “We then talk about what helps us have the courage to move past our fears. Sometimes kids offer something imaginary, like unicorns, but they also talk about how friends and family can help – or even a beloved stuffed animal. “The fears that come up at school visits are often ones I recognize from raising my own four children, who had all kinds of fears, some of which surprised me at the time with their intensity. It helped when I came to the realization that early childhood can be a very scary time because so much is new and unfamiliar. That’s why, when I talk with adults, I ask them to think about experiences that are new to them – like skydiving or swimming with sharks. Once put that way, it’s easier to understand how the world can look to a young child for whom almost everything is new. “Our next book will be Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath,” which addresses one of the most common childhood fears.  We hope that giggling through Egg’s list of excuses…too splashy, too fishy, too slobbery…and watching the way clever Peep changes stubborn Egg’s mind, will help take some of the stress out of bath time for little ones.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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Author: Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of several picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Laura has four children, who all love trick or treating. She and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at www.lauragehl.com. ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:  Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. Joyce lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at www.wanart.com. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by: Joyce Wan • Ages 2-6 • Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux • ISBN: 978-0374301224 • $16.99 Hardcover

I Double Dare You!

 

I Double Dare You!

by Amy Lignor

 

Haunted houses, zombie-filled corn fields, small towns that like to get together and light up the night with scary-faced pumpkins – there are all different types of Halloween

Halloween Legends, Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Chernobyl, Church of Nine Ghosts”

Hanging Coffins of Sagada

events and haunts you can take the kids to and have a good time. And we’ve researched and reported on the best of them. But if you’re one of those…those who like the macabre…there are places around the globe that offer far more than just a “spooky” evening. In fact, they offer you a vision you’ll never forget.

 

In the Philippines, the Ingorot tribe thrived. One of their particular beliefs is that they bury their dead in coffins. Sounds reasonable, of course, however they hang the coffins from cliffs. By doing this they’ve created a location called the Hanging Coffins of Sagada for you to view. The tribe believes that this brings them closer to the spirits of their ancestors and keeps the bodies safe from harm.

 

Pripyat, Ukraine, was the ninth “nuclear city” in the Soviet Union; it was a type of closed town that served a power plant very close by called Chernobyl. Evacuated on April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster, there are actual places you can see up close and personal. The scariest being an iconic amusement park with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and rides that seem suspended in time. You will never be able to wipe this one from your memory. But don’t worry. Although radiation levels are said to vary, concreted areas are stated to be relatively safe.

 

In Parma, Italy, there stands an abandoned psychiatric hospital. The location is said to be “undisclosed” yet it can certainly be found with a little work. The history begins quite calmly, with the city being a huge manufacturer of silk and workers at the factories needing a residence. It was in 1786, however, when a silk crises caused many to lose their jobs, that a charity designed and built a “workhouse” for all the people who were suddenly unemployed. Time moved on and eventually the property was used as a boarding school for the children of soldiers during WWI. But it was in the late 1860s that things turned dark. An asylum was needed. The military academy was transformed once again into a large hospital buried behind secure walls. The numbers skyrocketed to almost 1,800 people over time, and was seen more as a prison than a place where help was given. Patients were said to be confined inside the hospital until shutters were eventually put on and the building was abandoned. On the walls, added by an artist of merit, shadowy creatures decorate the dark, chilling rooms and many believe that the souls still scream inside its walls.

 

The “Church of Nine Ghosts” is a real church and a real site to see. In the Bohemian town of Luková, it is here at St. Joseph’s – a church built back in the 14th century – where a ceiling caved in during a funeral in 1968. Bad omens were felt by the town so from then on it was boarded up and services were held outside. Wanting to restore it, wanting to keep the history and bring in tourists so they could raise the money to do just that, the shutters were taken off. Yet walking through the doors is far more frightening than a ceiling caving in. Nine sculptures, large human figures all in white can be found sitting in the pews, as well as lurking in the shadows of the church. A frightening sight; so powerful you’ll find yourself waiting for the ghosts to move.

 

Venice. When you say that name, beauty comes into your mind far quicker than horror. Yet in the Venice Lagoon sits Poveglia, an island that used to serve as a dumping ground for plague victims before becoming a mental hospital. Empty now, the abandoned buildings are all that’s left, yet the legends live on. The restless souls of the people burned and buried there, suffering from the Black Plague, brought about “talk” that more than half of the soil on the island is made of human ashes. Another tale (or is it?) that lurks around Poveglia is of a psychiatrist who ran the mental hospital. A butcher, they say, the man loved torturing patients and finally went mad and jumped from the belltower…which remains to be seen.

 

Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, the Czech Republic, is far more than the definition of “gothic.” A small building, yet over 200,000 people journey there every year. Why? Because it’s literally made from over 40,000 skeletons. No, these are not props. It was during the Black Death that many thousands were buried in the abbey’s cemetery. The mass graves were found and in 1511 the skeletons were exhumed. A chandelier of bones hangs from the center of the nave…and everywhere you look the eyes of the dead are always looking back.

 

Can you handle the fear? The legends? Well then visit these sites on Halloween night. I double dare you!

 

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening October 28, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening October 28, 2016

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Inferno (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity, disturbing images, mature themes and brief sensuality) Third installment of The Da Vinci Code franchise finds symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) suffering from amnesia and on the run with his physician (Felicity Jones) from a billionaire geneticist (Ben Foster) with a diabolical plan to depopulate the planet. With Omar Sy, Irfan Khan, Ana Ularu and Sidse Babett Knudsen.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

By Sidney Lumet (Unrated) The legendary director reflects upon his life and career in this revealing biopic based on an intimate interview conducted a few years before his death in 2011.

Gimme Danger (R for profanity and drug use) Reverential rockumentary, directed by Jim Jarmusch, taking a fond look back at the groundbreaking punk band Iggy and The Stooges.

                                                

New Life (PG for mature themes) Bittersweet romance drama about a couple of childhood sweethearts/lifelong lovers (Jonathan Patrick Moore and Erin Bethea) whose marital bliss is irreversibly altered by an unfortunate tragedy. With James Marsters, Barry Corbin and Terry O’Quinn.   

Portrait of a Garden (Unrated) Horticultural documentary, set in Holland, highlighting the enduring friendship of green-thumbed, 85 year-old Jan Freriks and his devoted, longtime protege, Daan van der Have, as they prune the orchards, arbors and espaliers of his sprawling, verdant estate. (In Dutch with subtitles)

The Unspoken (Unrated) Harrowing horror flick revolving around a close-knit family which disappeared from their home without a trace 17 years ago only to resurface now. Co-starring Jodelle Ferland, Sunny Suljic, Matt Bellefleur and Trevor Carroll.

The Windmill (Unrated) High body-count horror flick revolving around a group of tourists who begin disappearing one-by-one after their bus breaks down in Amsterdam near the spot where, according to ancient legend, a demented miller once grounded human bones instead of grain. Cast includes Noah Taylor, Charlotte Beaumont and Ben Batt. 

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening October 28, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening October 28, 2016

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Inferno (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity, disturbing images, mature themes and brief sensuality) Third installment of The Da Vinci Code franchise finds symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) suffering from amnesia and on the run with his physician (Felicity Jones) from a billionaire geneticist (Ben Foster) with a diabolical plan to depopulate the planet. With Omar Sy, Irfan Khan, Ana Ularu and Sidse Babett Knudsen.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

By Sidney Lumet (Unrated) The legendary director reflects upon his life and career in this revealing biopic based on an intimate interview conducted a few years before his death in 2011.

Gimme Danger (R for profanity and drug use) Reverential rockumentary, directed by Jim Jarmusch, taking a fond look back at the groundbreaking punk band Iggy and The Stooges.

                                                

New Life (PG for mature themes) Bittersweet romance drama about a couple of childhood sweethearts/lifelong lovers (Jonathan Patrick Moore and Erin Bethea) whose marital bliss is irreversibly altered by an unfortunate tragedy. With James Marsters, Barry Corbin and Terry O’Quinn.   

Portrait of a Garden (Unrated) Horticultural documentary, set in Holland, highlighting the enduring friendship of green-thumbed, 85 year-old Jan Freriks and his devoted, longtime protege, Daan van der Have, as they prune the orchards, arbors and espaliers of his sprawling, verdant estate. (In Dutch with subtitles)

The Unspoken (Unrated) Harrowing horror flick revolving around a close-knit family which disappeared from their home without a trace 17 years ago only to resurface now. Co-starring Jodelle Ferland, Sunny Suljic, Matt Bellefleur and Trevor Carroll.

The Windmill (Unrated) High body-count horror flick revolving around a group of tourists who begin disappearing one-by-one after their bus breaks down in Amsterdam near the spot where, according to ancient legend, a demented miller once grounded human bones instead of grain. Cast includes Noah Taylor, Charlotte Beaumont and Ben Batt. 

Source:  Baret News