Shades of “Groundhog’s Day” in Adaptation of Young Adult Best Seller

 

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

Shades of “Groundhog’s Day” in Adaptation of Young Adult Best Seller

Samantha “Sam” Kingston (Zoey Deutch) was a spoiled-rotten brat the night she perished in a tragic car crash. First of all, she and her little sister Izzy (Erica Tremblay) were lucky enough to be raised in the lap of luxury by a couple of loving parents (Jennifer Beals and Nicholas Lea).

Secondly, the recently-deceased 17 year-old was not only leaving behind a handsome boyfriend in Rob (Kian Lawley), but an ardent admirer in Kent (Logan Miller), a Platonic friend she’d taken for granted since grade school. Sam was also pretty popular at Ridgview High School where she was a member of an exclusive clique along with her three BFFs, Liz (Halston Sage), Elody (Medalion Rahimi) and Ally (Cynthy Wu).

The snobby quartet took delight in teasing classmates like lesbian Anna (Liv Hewson) and reclusive outcast Juliet (Elena Kampouri). So, Sam would think nothing of participating in such mean girl rituals as dumping drinks on Juliet while calling her a “psycho bitch.” 

However, after the accident, she was afforded an unusual opportunity to reconsider her cruel behavior when, instead of proceeding to the hereafter, her spirit miraculously reentered her body. Upon opening her eyes, she realized that it was again dawn on February 12th, and that she was about to relive the same day again.

In fact, Sam’s about to experience February 12th over and over, while learning valuable lessons in tolerance each go-round. Thus unfolds Before I Fall, a bittersweet tale of redemption based on Lauren Oliver’s young adult novel of the same name. 

At first blush, the picture’s premise reads rather reminiscent of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day (1993), although this is a drama as opposed to a comedy, and it’s set on February 12th instead of the 2nd. The movie was directed by Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks), who puts a fresh enough spin on the familiar theme to make you forget Groundhog Day after 15 minutes.

Kudos aplenty are in order for Zoey Deutch who’s incredibly convincing as Sam in a demanding role which calls for the exhibition of a considerable acting range over the course of the story. Her supporting cast delivers stellar work selling an escapist fantasy which might otherwise fall apart oh so easily.

A deja vu-driven, surrealistic morality play designed to leave you deep in reflection and weeping as you walk up the aisle. 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated  PG-13 for mature themes, bullying, sexuality, violent images, profanity and underage drinking

Running time: 99 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: None

To order a copy of the Before I Fall Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XPS28JJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

“Go Big! Go Six Flags!”

 

“Go Big! Go Six Flags!”

by Amy Lignor

 

That is the beloved motto of the company that provides the ultimate in entertainment and fun. Summer is here. School is already dismissed in many states which means Six Flags Parks are gearing up to provide you and your family with the best summer trips, daily visits, and all-out massive family vacation destinations.

 multi-dimensional virtual roller coaster

Photo Credit: Rebecca Chatfield

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has been thrilling people for over 56 years. They are the world’s largest regional theme park company with parks open all across North America. Taking in $1.3 billion in revenue, Six Flags has provided and continues to provide new and thrilling world-class roller coasters, water parks, the most unique attractions you could hope for, and even movie-themed rides.

 

And this is not all about the family. Six Flags offers discounts for entire companies to bring their staff to the park in order to reward hard work or simply to motivate a team. Youth groups, associations, religious organizations – you name it, Six Flags works hard to make sure that no matter who you’re tagging along with, that you have the absolute time of your lives. They also will provide you with special pricing, catering packages, parking for buses and even free admission for bus drivers.

 

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation focused on building a brand new assortment of innovative rides for the 2017 season, including diving into Warner Brothers and DC Comics branded attractions. In addition, the company is opening a brand new water park in Mexico called, Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec Mexico, adding yet another amazing location to its already extensive family.

 

At Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Six Flags Over Georgia, the award-winning JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is a ride taking the world by storm. A multi-sensory “dark ride” featuring some of the most sophisticated technology available, guests are immersed in a video gaming world. Becoming members of the actual JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team, people battle alongside their favorites: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. Not only are they with their beloved superheroes, but they battle the worst of the worst (Lex Luthor, The Joker, et. Al.)

 

When it comes to Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags New England:

THE JOKER rollercoaster is the biggest and most amazing in the world. THE JOKER lifts riders straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill where they then flip head-over-heels at least six times. Unexpected drops, tumbling from one level to the next, sitting in wing seats that show the rider absolutely no track either above or below them makes for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

 

Seeing as that it will be the biggest summer movie in 2017, it is no surprise that this mighty heroine gets her just reward at Six Flags America. WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth is what you would call the ultimate swing ride, spinning thrill seekers in a 98-foot circle at speeds of 40 miles per hour atop a 24-story tower.

 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the huge Six Flags family this year, Six Flags Fiesta Texas opens the very first rocket blast water-coaster in North America. Called Thunder Rapids, this state of the art ride is a coaster/water slide, featuring a custom-designed inline raft and new water jet propulsion technology for lightning-fast uphill speeds and drops. The entire structure is 942-feet long!

If heading to Six Flags St. Louis, a high-flying attraction called Spinsanity is new for 2017. A completely new technological and creative masterpiece, this massive disc spins first one direction and then another, while also swinging from side-to-side. Forty guests perch on motorcycle-style seats facing outward as the disc flies along a 51-foot high halfpipe track while whirling around at 14 revolutions per minute.

 

At Six Flags Mexico, North America’s very first fully-integrated Virtual Reality roller coaster will debut called The New Revolution. Riders wear Samsung Gear VR headsets in order to experience a multi-dimensional virtual roller coaster. Talk about unique and innovative, hi-def imagery storytelling with the unique track configuration of the Medusa Steel Coaster combine to create a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen thrill ride that seamlessly allows the rider to cross from real world into virtual world and back again.

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From events to celebrations to food fests, there is even more when it comes to the Six Flags creativity for 2017, so head to www.sixflags.com to check out all these amazing and stunning things to do this summer. It is most definitely time to book those tickets and “Go Big!”

 

Source:  Baret News

331 Innings

 

331 Innings

by Peter Brav

Zappyness Media

Paperback, $7.25

164 pages

ISBN: 978-1-544237947

Book Review by Kam Williams

“331 Innings is a powerful tale narrated by elderly, Nebraska native Jack Schram, a lifelong witness to the folly of war and hypocrisy. Jack tells of the bullying encountered by his nephew’s teenage son, John, born with physical disabilities. It hasn’t been any easier for John’s close friend, Sarah Jenkinson, harassed at school since moving to the area a few years ago…

Will John continue to cast his lot with two older ne’er-do-wells… or find a better path? In a time when people ask what is going wrong with our children and ourselves and tragedies abound all over the globe, this is truly an inspirational story.” 

— Excerpted from the Bookjacket

331 Innings  is the latest offering from Peter Brav, the gifted author of a number of baseball-themed novels, including “Sneaking In” and “The Other Side of Losing.” His new book represents a bit of a departure in that it is a coming-of-age tale which only makes occasional references to America’s pastime.

The opus’s title was inspired by Brav’s creation of the longest game ever played in Nebraska, a weeks-long contest attended by Jack Schram. The 84 year-old widower is the omniscient narrator of an engaging bildungsroman revolving around his late brother’s grandson, John.

At the point of departure, we learn that Jack has been serving as the 16 year-old’s surrogate father for about a decade, ever Jack Schram, inspirational, Peter Brav, Nebraska, bullying, book review, physical disability, powerful talesince the day his immature dad skipped town with another woman. John was more than a handful for his mom, Becky, between his  learning disabilities and a spinal deformity that not only left him a head shorter than his pals but with a cranium oddly cocked off to one side.

All of the above left the lad an easy target for bullies at school. But John considers himself lucky to have forged solid friendships with several classmates: Steve, the North High Lions’ pitching star, computer geek August, slacker Aaron, and Sarah, the girl of his dreams he harbors a secret crush on.

Trouble is, he also associates with Ted and Jake, a couple of delinquent dropouts four years his senior. They tempt John to venture to the dark side, much to the chagrin of the impressionable teen’s great-uncle.

The action unfolds in a humble, Cornhusker community littered with colorful characters who frequent down-home haunts like Mom’s Diner and the Sun Don’t Shine saloon. The plot thickens when a traumatized Sarah takes down her Facebook page after being mercilessly teased. Will John prove that chivalry is not dead and come to the aid of his beleaguered BFF-in-distress? And will her anonymous tormentors ease up or further escalate their tactics?

A sobering, modern morality play contemplating the degenerating state of human interaction in the 21st Century.  

To order a copy of 331 Innings, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1544237944/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

 

Source:  Baret News

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

 

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

by Amy Lignor

 

You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of course, you not only need an agent who’s honest and fair with you in order to get both facets of this deal done, but you also need one who wants to get you the best deal on the best house in the best neighborhood so your kids can go to a good school, feel safe, and even, perhaps, save money. (Jeez…don’t want much, do you?)

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All kidding aside, this can be done. There are plenty of real estate agents out there in the world that do think about you and your family. Of course they care about their commission. After all, the real estate agent, just like your family members, has a job to do and they need to make their own money and pay their own bills. However, there are those out there who have built not only stellar careers but also have earned the respect of the entire real estate community. So…how do you get one of these winners to be your real estate agent?

 

Whether buying or selling a home, or both, you are talking about an extreme and stressful adventure, which means knowing that you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to help is the first thing to know. Although many out there believe they can put up that ‘For Sale by Owner’ sign and cut out the middle man in order to pocket all the cash, they do not usually have any idea the spider web of issues and problems they will be walking into.

 

The market, for one, continues to pick up steam. Projections of higher mortgage interest rates and home prices are being reported, which means you need to know what to ask the agent before hiring them in order to ensure that you are getting the best candidate for your home, family and future.

 

We start with experience. This is absolutely the number one piece of data you need to know. Experience can’t always guarantee skill; however, most agents with years of experience have garnered the great reviews and can show you a high success rate. Learn up front if they are full-time or part-time agents, how many homes they sold in the past twelve months, how many sellers they are currently representing and what designations/certifications they have in regards to education and industry training. You need to make sure that this is a licensed agent with the right credentials. Therefore, also inquire if they are members of the National Association of Realtors. Simply put, if they are that means they have agreed to abide by a solid code of ethics.

 

If the answers, education and background all work for you, then move on to step two. You want to know exactly what their marketing plan is for selling your home on today’s market. This involves both online and offline marketing, which means you want to know their personal approach. Do they use professional photographers for online shots? Do they stage the home and they shoot video to add to the website? What marketing materials will they create, and will your home be listed on multiple websites? Great photos and staging make a strong first impression and allows your home to stand out from the online crowd. But just be absolutely clear that there is an aggressive marketing plan in place before hiring said agent.

 

Lastly, just as it is with any other job resume or interview, make sure you approach this deal by placing yourself in the CEO’s chair, so to speak. Make sure to request data on any service providers they know and work with on a daily basis. Make sure this agent is well connected within the industry. Maybe they have specific lenders they work with and can possibly assist you in choosing everything from a mortgage company to a home inspector to a handyman to fix things up. Make sure you know how much work this agent will do that can help relieve your stress during the buying and/or selling process.

 

And as all CEO’s end meetings, make sure to get references they can provide. Reviews and testimonials from their recent clients are necessary to make sure you can trust your agent implicitly. After all, the twins are on their way. You need to make sure the real estate agent you hire is the absolute best he or she can be, and has not only the experience, but also the hard work gene, education and contacts that will allow them to present you with nothing less than a complete success.

 

Source:  Baret News

Ice Cube and Charlie Day Square-Off in Over-the-Top Comedy

 

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

Ice Cube and Charlie Day Square-Off in Over-the-Top Comedy

Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly separated to the suggestion that they settle their differences off campus at the end of the day? That was the point of departure of Three O’Clock High, a 1987 comedy about a bully with a short fuse who challenges a mild-mannered milquetoast to a duel after school.

Ostensibly inspired by that teensploitation classic, Fist Fight is a slight variation on the theme which flips the script by having a couple of teachers squaring-off instead of students. Otherwise, the basic idea remains intact.

The movie co-stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as Ron Strickland and Andy Campbell, respectively, colleagues at Roosevelt High. Intimidating history teacher Ron cuts a sharp contrast to nerdy English teacher Andy, and much of the humor revolves around their difference in temperament.

The action unfolds on the last day of.school which is when we find seniors running a muck and pulling a variety of outrageous pranks like kicking the spout off a water cooler and rocking the ineffective security guard’s (Kumail Nanjiani) golf cart while he’s still sitting in it. Despite the insanity, the faculty is doing its best to maintain decorum.

Nevertheless, Mr. Campbell’s lesson on why words matter is interrupted by the antics of class clowns. He’s able to handle the disruption far better than Mr. Strickland who proceeds to blow his cork.

The plight thickens when both teachers are summoned to Principal Tyler’s (Dean Norris) office to explain why Ron chopped a disrespectful pupil’s desk in half with an ax. The upshot of the meeting is that Ron loses his job because of Andy, so he challenges him to a fight after school. Consequently, fraidy cat Campbell spends the rest of the afternoon trying to find a way to avoid the confrontation.

Too bad, the ensuing buildup to the big showdown between the adversaries proves to be less entertaining than the promising premise. For, the two share few funny moments following the setup. Luckily, this kitchen sink comedy continues to deliver courtesy of such student stunts as hiring a mariachi band to follow the principal around the halls.

The movie marks the feature film debut of actor-turned-director Richie Keen, who also makes a cameo appearance as a computer store employee. And the support cast includes the scene-stealing Tracy Morgan whose quirky trademark mannerisms are put on full display.

Note, Fist Fight is a relentlessly-profane romp which might have set a record for the use of the F-word. Since the closing tableau sets up the sequel, might I suggest that the next installment cut down on the curses in favor of more jokes.

Good (2 stars)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity

Running time: 91 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes; and a Georgia Film Commission featurette.

To order a copy of the  Fist Fight, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y2GTFQG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for May 30, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for May 30, 2017

This Week’s DVD Releases, Kam Williams, Top Ten DVD List, 05/30/2017

 

Ghost World

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VVY471R/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Logan

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTIBWTE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Shark Week: Shark ‘N’ Awe Collection

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07146JBF7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Before I Fall

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XPS28JJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Code of a Killer

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N9VM3IO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Decoy: The Complete 39 Episode Series

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y18TNQ1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Staying Vertical

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MZCVZKQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Fist Fight

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y2GTFQG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Shack

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZYRK5NZ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Golden Years

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NAX3IDM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Victorian Slum House

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MVAPRXN/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Collide

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XPR7G24/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

Recluse Comes to Regret Bringing Good Samaritan Home in Riveting Suspense Thriller

 

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Film Review by Kam Williams

Recluse Comes to Regret Bringing Good Samaritan Home in Riveting Suspense Thriller   

Paul (Antonio Banderas) is the literary equivalent of a one-hit wonder. The flash in the pan enjoyed a short-lived success, thanks to the best-seller he published while still in his twenties. Back then, he became the toast of the town when the popular tome was adapted to the big screen, even though the movie bore no resemblance to his book besides having the same title.

But that was decades ago. Now, all the money’s gone. The hangers-on have disappeared, too, and so has his wife (Alexandra Klim). As of late, he’s turned into a recluse, living alone in the mountains of Colorado in a rundown cabin he can no longer afford to keep up.

He fritters away most of his days drinking at a desk in a darkened room, praying for the inspiration to produce another masterpiece. Unfortunately, he’s suffering from such a terrible case of writer’s block that all he ever types are the words “I am stuck” over and over again.

Upon bottoming out with little hope of recovering, Paul admits to himself that it’s time to sell the house. So, he lists the property with Laura (Piper Perabo), an attractive realtor he hires more for her looks than  her expertise. After all, he’s her very first client.

His judgment proves even worse when it comes to making friends. For, he decides to bring back to his place the Good Samaritan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who saved him from a trucker with road rage. Only after Paul agrees to let the stranger crash for a few days, does the guy reveal that he “just got out of prison and ain’t never goin’ back.”

Paul (Antonio Banderas) and Laura (Piper Perabo) in BLACK BUTTERFLY. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Premiere.

Might this be the creep responsible for the recent rash of murders in the area? Unfortunately, Paul’s located in an isolated spot in the woods without any internet, TV or cell phone service. Nevertheless, the plot thickens with the unannounced arrival of several visitors, including Laura, a delivery boy (Nicholas Aaron), and a cop (Vincent Riotta) looking for a missing mailman. 

Thus unfolds Black Butterfly, an English language-remake of Papillon Noir (2008), a French film featuring the same basic premise. Directed by Brian Goodman (Sal), this compelling suspense thriller slowly ratchets up the tension only to unravel during the denouement, thanks to a humdinger of a twist.

  A riveting whodunit spoiled somewhat by a rabbit-out-of-the-hat resolution.

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for profanity and violence.

Running time: 93 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere

Source:  Baret News

Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

 

 

Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

by Amy Lignor

 

Two thirds of the world lies under the sea. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Yes, there are massive skyscrapers, big cities to tour, historical landmarks and more up above, but under sea level you will discover hundreds of thousands of different animals and plants. Not to mention, more than a mystery or two when it comes to sunken pirate ships and even entire cities, Wonders of the World, and cultures that disappeared long ago…just waiting to be rediscovered by the avid scuba diver.

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Gardens and white sandy beaches may be stunning, but being able to see and touch a brilliant coral reef is something that should be on absolutely everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps you have been one of those to avoid scuba diving, thinking that it would be far too hard to learn the ins and outs of how to begin. Maybe you’re one who believes that more bad things could happen under the sea than up above. Or maybe you’re like me and have just watched JAWS far too many times. Well…let’s get to the reality, here. JAWS was a book and a great movie by Spielberg, but that shark was awfully close to shore and wreaked way more havoc on the people there than some scuba diver out for a jaunt. In addition, bad things happen above sea level far more than under it (don’t believe me, just read the papers). And, third, it isn’t too hard to learn how to begin to scuba dive. In fact, below are very simple steps and tips on the road to becoming a diver who literally will never want to come up for air once they see the amazement that awaits them.

 

The very first step is to choose the learning style that best suits you. At the outset head to PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. At www.padi.com you will be given every resource imaginable. This is where you want to learn because PADI is the best of the best when it comes to aiding you on your way to becoming a scuba diver extraordinaire. You can attain PADI certification through a variety of different routes, such as; online, home study, or in the classroom, so you have the complete ability and freedom to choose which avenue best suits your schedule. When you’re ready for your confined and open-water dives, make sure the outfit you choose is sanctioned by PADI; then all that remains is deciding between private and group lessons – heading off to a major tropical location or even ones being held at a local dive center. PADI will have all the information available to you for your area.

 

Secondly, you must make sure to choose the equipment that best suits your needs. If you’re just beginning, it’s probably smarter to rent everything you need except for the “personal gear,” which would include your mask, fins and snorkel. For someone who will fall in love with scuba diving and never want to stop doing it (which is basically everyone who takes their first dive) you will want this personal gear to be all yours. Tons of brands in tons of price ranges exist for these items, so make sure to research wisely so that your choices are based on your fit and absolute comfort.

 

One of the most important things to note as well is never to dive alone. You must find and choose the right dive partner. If you don’t happen to have anyone you feel comfortable with, like a friend or family member, you don’t have to worry. Your instructor will never allow you to dive alone which means he or she will happily pair you up with someone who’s just as excited to become a scuba diver.

 

Other than never diving alone, there are two very important tips to remember at all times. One is absolutely the biggest rule in diving: Don’t hold your breath. Yes, this may sound silly and simplistic, however, many people forget to breathe through the mouth and not the nose while diving. Although taking that normal breath above sea level is a habit, below that stunning deep blue sea proper breathing, through the mouth, is necessary and will keep you both comfortable and calm.

 

Then…last but not least, get out there and DIVE! You do not need to be of Olympic gold medal stature to become an incredible scuba diver who just loves to be in that water. All you need is the willingness to delve into something new and the excitement to see that entirely new world that’s just waiting for you to arrive.

 

Source:  Baret News

Blade Sharpening 101

 

Blade Sharpening 101

 

It may sound like a simple process, but when it comes to sharpening your blade – whether it be a pocket knife, survival blade or other, it is important to know all there is regarding knife honing. After all, you need to be sure that the blade is ready whenever you need it.

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There are a variety of blade steels. Different types of blades require different grits and different honing angles to make them the best they can be. In addition, you must also be very aware as to what type of sharpener you are using for the knife you own. As a hunter, you will at times be sharpening that blade in the wild, which means the sharpener you have packed with the rest of your supplies has to be the correct one.

 

Finding the right whetstone can be complicated, but it is the number one part of the knife sharpening process. There is a huge difference between a Flat Grind and a Saber Grind, a water stone and an oil stone, an India Stone and an Arkansas stone, therefore, we begin with the basics.

 

Divided into different groups, whetstone groups consist of naturally occurring stones (Japanese Water Stones; Arkansas Oil Stones) and manmade stones, including India Stones (AKA: silicon carbide). Broken down even further, natural and manmade whetstones are then classified as water stones or oil stones, which means they are meant to be used with either water or oil as a lubricant.

 

Once you understand the whetstones available, you will see that different knives with different types of blade grinds need to be sharpened at different angles in order to achieve the right edge.

 

Knives meant for heavy-duty use generally have Saber Grinds; whereas, knives meant for general purposes have Flat Grinds, and knives meant for hunting generally have Hollow Grinds. Those heavy-duty knives require sharpening at much higher edge bevel angles (25 to 30 degrees) than blades with Flat Grinds or Hollow Grinds. This is an important fact, being that the heavy-duty knife has to withstand the shock generated when the knife is used to chop. By the same token, blades with Hollow Grinds will need to be sharpened at much lower edge bevel angles (10 to 15 degrees). And blades with Flat Grinds will need to be sharpened at angles between the two depending upon the thickness of the blade’s spine.

 

Once you have the information needed on whetstones, grinds, blades and angles, sharpening the blade quickly and extremely well will be easy to do.

 

When sharpening a knife with a Saber Grind made from a softer blade steel, start with a coarse grit and progress to a finer grit. But leave the edge rough because it will dull quickly the next time you use it. For knives with relatively hard blades (i.e., 154-CM, ATS-34, or D2 around 58-63 HRC) with either Flat or Hollow Grinds, start with a medium grit and progress to a fine grit. Last, but not least, if the blade has a Hollow Grind that’s particularly thin, then you might want to polish the cutting edge with an extra-fine grit. But regardless of which type of whetstone you choose, the process of sharpening a knife blade remains the same.

 

To begin, depending on the type of whetstone you are using, you may first need to lubricate it either with water or honing oil.

 

The second step is to grasp the knife by the handle and place the edge against the whetstone at a 10-to-30 degree angle, depending on the thickness, and then slowly move the entire length of the cutting edge across the whetstone while maintaining the same angle. When finished, turn the blade over onto its opposite side and perform the same action. Continue to do this, alternating from side to side, until the edge reaches the desired sharpness.

 

As you can see, the process of sharpening a knife blade actually starts with choosing the correct type of whetstone needed based upon the type of steel the knife’s blade is made from and its grit and hardness. As long as you maintain a consistent angle throughout the entire sharpening process, you will achieve that super sharp cutting edge you’re looking for.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Women Resist Replacement Rabbi’s Repressive Rules in Delightful Tale of Female Empowerment

 

The Women’s Balcony

(Ismach Hatani)

Film Review by Kam Williams

Women Resist Replacement Rabbi’s Repressive Rules in Delightful Tale of Female Empowerment 

A bar mitzvah is in full swing at an Orthodox temple in Jerusalem when the balcony designated for women worshipers suddenly gives way. Once the dust settles, the attendees discover to their horror that the collapse has left the wife of the rabbi in a coma, and her inconsolable husband (Abraham Celektar) in a state of shock.

Arapahoe at Village Center Station Gate A

As the days roll by, it becomes clear that neither Rabbi Menashe nor the Mussyof Synagogue will be back to normal anytime soon. With the building closed pending renovations, the congregation is initially grateful to find a temporary home out of town. However, its distant location makes it impossible to assemble a minyan, the quorum of 10 required to stage a religious service.

A savior seemingly arrives in David (Avraham Aviv Alush), a young rabbi who is not only willing to host services nearby but to supervise the synagogue’s restoration project. Trouble is, he is also an ardent advocate of an ultra-orthodox philosophy, and it isn’t long before he attempts to implement his patriarchal interpretation of the scriptures.

First, he directs the women to exhibit more modesty by always covering their heads with a scarf. Next, he announces that the temple’s balcony will not be repaired after all and that they will have to pray in a different room from the men for now on, as dictated by ancient tradition.

Arapahoe at Village Center Station Gate A

None of this news sits well with the tight-knit ladies of Mussyof who immediately mount a rebellion. Taking a page out of Aristophanes’ 2,500 year-old classic, Lysistrata, as well as from Spike Lee’s latest “joint,” Chi-Raq, they conspire to withhold sex until their hubbies come to their senses.

All of the above plays out in hilarious fashion in The Women’s Balcony, a delightful tale of female empowerment directed by Emil Ben-Shiron. The picture was already a hit over in Israel where it landed five of that country’s Academy Award nominations. Kudos, too, to Menemsha Films’ Neil Friedman who has an uncanny knack of acquiring charming sleepers certain to resonate with art house aficionados, a la Dough, The Rape of Europa, Beauty in Trouble and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, to name a few.

Don’t miss Menemsha’s latest jewel, a comical clash of outlooks, pitting a self-assured sisterhood against a bewildered, backwards brotherhood. 

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

In Hebrew with subtitles

Running time: 96 minutes

Production Studio: Pie Films

Distributor: Menemsha Films

 

Source:  Baret News