Don’t Blink Earns 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

 

Don’t Blink Earns 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Championship With a 553-Pound Blue Marlin

 

Miramar Beach, Florida — Cindy tried her best, yet even a tropical storm couldn’t deter the perseverance and skills of the committed fleet of 36 boats competing in the 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The final outcome was decided by only two pounds, with Don’t Blink named the 2017 tournament champion. Angler Mike Hickey, Capt. Skip McAllister, mates Sid Little, Wayne Riles and the crew of the 56 Viking boated a 553-pound blue marlin to claim first place. Bill Horn added the top wahoo weighing 67.5 pounds and those two fish, plus jackpots earned the boat a total payout of $90,600. Jason Benton of Tallassee, Alabama, is Don’t Blink’s owner.

 

“We’ve fished this event since 2003, but this is our first weighed marlin,” he said after Monday’s awards brunch. “The ECBC is my favorite tournament—I rate it a 10. None of this was by coincidence. It all worked out, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Sixteen-year-old Alex Krake and his veteran crew aboard Team Supreme, a 76 Viking based in Destin and run by Capt. Chase Lake (mates James Arnold and Rodney Johnson), made a late challenge only to come up 32 ounces short. Krake whipped a 551-pound blue to take second-place marlin honors, plus jackpot money for a consolation prize of $124,785. There were only two marlins weighed this year.

Geaux Deep (Capt. Joe “Fish” Hebert) won the top crew and top release team recognition with five fish scoring 1,600 points. JD Hebert was named the top release angler. The team’s efforts earned a check for $37,905. Traders Hill (Capt. Billy Blount) was second in the release division with 900 points, followed by Liquid Apple (Capt. Blake Applewhite) with 600 points. Liquid Apple won $22,965 for a weekend’s worth of fishing.

Angler Dana Foster, who owns Born2Run, a 72 Viking, scored the largest tuna of the week. His 169-pound yellowfin, plus second place crew honors and jackpot money totaled $47,850.

Chris Crosby, fishing on Black Tip, a 61 Buddy Davis skippered by Capt. Sparky McCann, boated the second-largest tuna, a bigeye at 142.90 pounds. Combined with a 34.70-pound wahoo jackpot, the crew is taking $39,735 back to Key West, Florida.

Chad Postle, aboard Breathe Easy, a 68 Viking run by Capt. Patrick Ivie, also scored a double-header with the third place tuna (142.3 pounds) and the top dolphin, a bull that tipped the scales at 27.9 pounds. Owner Matt McDonald and his seasoned team scored $47,850 for those catches.

The extended family team on Trader’s Hill, a 105 Broward guided by Capt. Billy Blount, is $35,876 richer. Drew Marshall won the top junior billfish angler title, and the team racked up three billfish releases overall and jackpot entries for its winnings.

Pullin’ Wire, another 61 Buddy Davis run by Capt. Steven Gay, caught the second-largest wahoo for the week at 48.5 pounds. That finish, along with jackpot money, earned $9,450 for the team. Angler Wesley Carpenter, on Get Reel, a 60 Hatteras (Capt. Cheeze Alawine), rounded out the wahoo division with a speedster scaling 44.2 pounds, good for $12,885 with optional entries.

 Only two dolphins met the 20-pound minimum weight and Justin Guidry on Emerald Grande, a 73 Donzi, wound in the second 26.7-pound qualifier. Counting jackpot money, that dolphin was worth $37,200 for the team.

In addition to Hickey and Marshall, other special awards went to Caroline Robinson for the top lady angler trophy (Sea Mixer/Capt. Devin Potts), Guidry earned top gamefish junior angler recognition and Don’t Blink will be representing the ECBC in the 2018 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica.

Out of the 36 boats competing, 22 earned payouts, mostly for optional jackpot entries. The 238 anglers were competing for $624,675 in overall prize money and boated 2,163.4 pounds of fish. All of the catch was cleaned by Harbor Docks and donated to the non-profit Harvest House to help feed the area’s less-fortunate families. Other charitable recipients of the ECBC include The Sandestin Foundation for Kids and The Billfish Foundation.

Tournament host, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and presenting sponsor Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore were joined again this year by tourism partner Visit South Walton, tournament partner Mojo Sportswear and emerald sponsors Coca-Cola, Galati Yacht Sales, Gulf Coast Yacht Group, Hatteras Yachts, Hook & Tackle, Monster Energy, Southern Line, The Grand Marlin and Viking Yachts. Larry Rackley was the 2017 tournament artist.

“Wow, what an intense week,” says Tournament Director Adam Alfonso. “We dealt with our share of adversity due to the storm, but I’d like to thank all these dedicated teams for sticking with us and bringing in some exceptional fish. Thanks also to our loyal sponsors for ensuring such a world-class event and my team for pulling it all off. We’ll be primed to break more ECBC records next year, and I’ve already ordered clear skies, calm seas, and a couple of grander marlin.”

The 16th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set for June 20-24, 2018, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at Miramar Beach.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort:
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages and was named the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

ACCESS TO YOUR OUTBOARD’S INFORMATION AND NEAREST YAMAHA DEALER LOCATION ARE JUST TWO OF THE FEATURES YOU’LL USE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

By Dean Rojas

Yamaha Pro Staff

On my way to the last Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend, I realized that I didn’t pack my back-up prop. I like to carry two props at all times, just in case I hit something and ding the prop on my boat, I can easily change it out right on the water. It can be the difference between just getting home or making the weigh-in in time, so it’s a standard practice for me.

When you’re on the road, you can’t just swing back by the house and get whatever you need, which is one of the reasons I have the free Yamaha Outboards Mobile App on my cell phone. One of the features of the App is that you can quickly access the location and hours of the nearest Yamaha dealer, which is what I did. I ran over to the dealer and picked up one of the props from their inventory and replaced it later. As a boat owner, the Dealer Locater feature is really nice, particularly when you’re on the road or travel to other towns to fish. It gives you a map from your location to the dealership, along with all their contact information and the products and services they provide. It can save you time and effort by keeping you from going somewhere that isn’t open or doesn’t handle your motor issue. 

The Dealer Locator is a really practical feature for all boat owners that are on the road, and if you drive to fish certain lakes on a regular basis, you can save the information, so you have quick access to the dealers if you need it. Before the season ever starts, I go through the Dealer Locater and save the contact information for all Yamaha Dealers in scheduled tournament areas. I’ll also use it to find a dealer anywhere else on the road.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is free and works on Apple® or Android devices. You can visit iTunes® or Google Play to download.

When you open the App, it takes you to four options: My YamahaDealers, Performance and Stays Hooked. Each of these buttons has a unique feature for Yamaha owners. You can go into the My Yamaha option and register your outboard motor using your PID Number. From there, it will access the information on the motor and give you the start and end dates of your current warranty along with a countdown clock on how much longer you have to get an extended warranty before that option runs out. If it’s a new motor, you can log and track the break-in period along with scheduled maintenance.

Because the App stores information such as the Hull ID# and Yamaha Outboard PID, I’ll use it when I’m filling out information for my boat insurance or registration. It’s just a quick access system to everything about your boat.

As I said before, the Dealers option will help you find the nearest dealer if you’re ever in a jam and need parts or service, or provide you with contact information if you’re just looking to call and order something.

The Performance option allows you to access all the Yamaha Performance Bulletins, which are records of boat and motor combinations that Yamaha Application Engineers test and evaluate, like speed and fuel burn at different RPMs, along with other pertinent data, such as the prop they were using. It’s great to be able to quickly access the criteria the Yamaha Technicians utilized to help get maximum performance from the boat and motor combination they tested.

I know a lot of guys who look at Performance Bulletins regularly just to know what prop they should buy. You can bookmark any of the Bulletins for future reference or share them with friends who may want to utilize that information as well.

The last button on the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is the Stay Hooked option, which basically provides quick access to all the Yamaha Social Media sites, which I check on a regular basis, because people are always sharing information about their boats and motors. I’ve gotten some really great tips from Yamaha Outboard owners on those sites.

There’s also a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers to those questions so that you can keep track of any news related to your Yamaha Outboard. This feature is really cool because if there’s an issue with an outboard model or new way to troubleshoot a problem, you’ll hear about it first in this section.

It’s kind of funny, but when I first downloaded the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App I figured I’d never use it, but it’s something I refer to on a regular basis and use to track my maintenance on my motor. When I sold my last boat and motor (I get a new one every year), I could show anyone who was interested all the information about the break-in and maintenance, so I had a great source of information about my personal outboard motor. When I’m at a tournament and filling out the paperwork, I’ll refer to the App for my boat and motor numbers.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is super simple and easy to use, and if you get in the habit of playing with it on a regular basis, you’ll find inputting the information really takes only a few minutes of your time. But when you need information, the answers are right there in your pocket. Check it out. It’s free and really does have some great features. 

Visit Yamaha Outboards and get your Mobile App Today!

 

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Original Source: Yamaha Outboards.com 

 

For movies opening June 30, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening June 30, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS, Independent & Foreign Films, Despicable Me 3, 13 minutes, Weekly Previews, This Week

BIG BUDGET FILMS

13 minutes (R for sexuality and disturbing violence) Fact-based drama, set in Munich in 1939, recounting German carpenter Georg Elser’s (Christian Friedel) attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Udo Schenk). Featuring Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klauszner and Johann von Bulow. (In German with subtitles)

Baby Driver (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Ansel Elgort plays the title character in this crime comedy about a music-loving getaway driver pressured by a powerful crime boss (Kevin Spacey) to participate in an ill-fated bank heist. With Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Big Boi and Flea.

Despicable Me 3 (PG for action and rude humor) Fourth installment in the animated franchise (if you include Minions) finds Gru (Steve Carell) facing his most formidable foe ever, an ex-child star (Trey Parker) still obsessed with the character he played back in the Eighties. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews and Russell Brand.

The House (R for sexual references, drug use, violence, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Dysfunctional family comedy revolving around a married couple (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) who open an illegal casino in their basement after bankrupting their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college fund. With Jeremy Renner, Nick Kroll and Allison Tolman.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (R for brief profanity and graphic nude images) Oscar-winner Errol Morris (for The Fog of War) directed this documentary chronicling the career of Elsa Dorfman, a proponent of the Polaroid Land camera from 1980 until the company went out of business in 2008.

Inconceivable (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and violence) Suspense thriller about a married couple (Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon) who come to regret hiring a mysterious nanny (Nicky Whelan), new to town. With Faye Dunaway, Natalie Eva Marie and Leah Huebner.    

The Little Hours (R for sexuality, profanity and graphic nudity) Romantic comedy, set during the Middle Ages, revolving around a runaway servant (Dave Franco) who takes refuge from his master (Nick Offerman) at a monastery filled with sexually-repressed nuns. Ensemble cast includes Molly Shannon, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Fred Armisen and Aubrey Plaza.

Mali Blues (Unrated) Concert documentary featuring performances by Malian musical icons Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté Master Soumy and Ahmed Ag Kaed in the face of death threats from radical Islamists. (In French with subtitles)

Okja (Unrated) Sci-fi adventure revolving around a young girl’s (Seo-Hyun Ahn) attempt to prevent a multi-national corporation from kidnapping her massive pet. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, Devon Bostick and Giancarlo Esposito. (In Korean and English with subtitles)

Pop Aye (Unrated) Unlikely buddies drama, set in Thailand, about a jaded, big city architect (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) who embarks on a cross-country trek with his long-lost pet elephant (Bong) back to the farm where they were raised. Cast includes Penpak Sirikul, Narong Pongpab and Chaiwat Khumdee. (In Thai with subtitles)

The Reagan Show (Unrated) Political expose’ revealing President Ronald Reagan as just a made-for-TV leader of the Free World.   

The Skyjacker’s Tale (Unrated) Justice delayed documentary about FBI Most Wanted List fugitive Ishmael Muslim Ali, who hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1984 after being convicted of masterminding a massacre of 8 at a Rockefeller country club in the Virgin Islands.

 

 Source:  Baret News

Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster

 

Baby Driver

Film Review by Kam Williams

Mob Wheelman Puts Pedal to the Metal in Adrenaline-Fueled Blockbuster

All you really need to know about Baby Driver is that it’s the best film of the year so far, hands down. The picture was written and directed by Edgar Wright, who is best known for a trio of British comedies starring Simon Pegg: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013).

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Wright ventured across the Atlantic to Atlanta to shoot his latest offering, a labor of love a couple of decades in the making. For, this genre-defying tour de force had its genesis in “Bellbottoms,” a discordant punk anthem he considered a song in search of a car chase from the moment he first heard it way back in 1995.

And that cult classic isn’t the only obscure tune on Baby Driver’s eclectic soundtrack  featuring rarities ranging from T. Rex’s “Debora,” to Blur’s “Intermission,” to The Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat.” But the adrenaline-fueled blockbuster has its share of readily-recognizable hits, too, like the Commodores’ “Easy,” Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run” and “Hocus Pocus” by Focus, famous for its yodeling.

The music-driven masterpiece has an A-list cast that includes Oscar-winners Jamie Foxx (for Ray) and Kevin Spacey (for American Beauty and The Usual Suspects), Emmy-winner Jon Hamm (for Mad Men) and two-time, SAG Award-winner Lily James (for Downton Abbey). However, the film is carried by an up-and-coming thespian, Ansel Elgort.

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He plays Baby, a deaf getaway driver extraordinarily adept at eluding the authorities. He is reluctantly married to the mob by virtue of a debt owed manipulative crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacey). Baby wants out of the business badly, so he can drive off into the sunset with Deborah (James), the waitress he falls in love with across an empty diner.

Unfortunately, Machiavellian Doc insists he first serve as wheelman for the proverbial “last big heist” being pulled by a trio of certifiable lunatics in Bats (Foxx), Buddy (Hamm) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez). When the robbery goes wrong, the ever-resourceful Baby’s survival instincts kick-in in a primal urge for self-preservation.

A mind-blowing, roller coaster ride you’ll never want to end!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for violence and pervasive profanity

Running time: 113 minutes

Production Studio: Working Title Films

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for June 27, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 27, 2017

DVD, New Releases, Top Ten, Alfred Hitchcock, Honorable Mention, Dirty Dancing, Power Rangers

             

The Lodger [Alfred Hitchcock Silent Film]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XP1WFQF/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Trespass [25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHR8T93//ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Money [Heist Gone Bad Crime Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0713WRZ1L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Striking Out: Series 1 [Irish Legal Drama]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD188TX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Power Rangers [Adaptation of High-Octane TV Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0727PMH49/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Midsomer Murders [Series 19, Part 1]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N7YIZ5X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dirty Dancing [TV Remake of 1987 Classic]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072DW1CS1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chips [Adaptation of Classic TV Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071DX64LP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Grey Lady [Nantucket Murder Mystery]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XYRHZ55/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bunnicula: Night of the Vegetable [20 Episodes from Season 1]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XJKWL7Q/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Story of China [with Michael Wood]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N37A8F3/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Last Days of Solitary [PBS Frontline]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N4X7SXS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Tomcat [Gay Relationship Shaken by Violence]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00U4DV1PG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

As Good as You [Grieving Lesbian Lands in Love Triangle]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XXPCFQV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Similars [Harrowing Mexican Horror Flick]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072149V4S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Admiral [17th C. Dutch Swashbuckler]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072K1X1XJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Paradox [Time-Travel Suspense Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072JY7X5N/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kill Ratio [Eastern European Revenge Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072JY7X5T/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sun Choke [Female Mental Health Drama]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072QLD5JJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Crossing Point [American Tourist Kidnapped in Baja]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071G57NKS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet

 

Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet

by Craig Lamb

The Mississippi River delta and surrounding offshore waters are without a doubt some of the richest fishing waters in the world.

Venice, Louisiana, is the hub for reaching the richest saltwater game fish waters in the U.S. Yellowfin tuna. Snapper. Grouper. Wahoo. Dolphin. Marlin. And lately, there are swordfish.

If you want to experience the latest hot trend in Louisiana saltwater fishing, then book a guide trip with Home Run Charters in Venice.

“Swordfish have gotten really popular, and recently we’ve hooked up with lots of big fish,” said Captain John Pisa, who heads up the Gulf’s most experienced and knowledgeable saltwater guides and captains.

Find out more about Capt. Pisa and the most experienced and knowledgeable guides here.

Swordfish is a migratory, pelagic species that most often are caught at night. Capt. Pisa has refined the tactics for catching them during the daytime, as well. Swordfish are predators and use their bill to swipe and disable prey before eating.

Hook up to one of these freight trains of the deep and hang on. The fight can go from a few minutes to hours. Top speeds for a swordfish is about 50-mph. Average weights are between 80 and 120 pounds. Some swordfish reach more than 500 pounds.

Home Run Charters clients are catching swordfish from 1,300 t0 1,700 feet deep. How they do that is rigging up a heavyweight bait rig and sending it to the bottom. That job is easier and more fun fighting big swordfish by using Hooker Electric reels.

You will ride and fish in luxury from 36’ Yellowfin 36 boats designed for smooth, dry rides in the blue water, and powered by a trio of fast, dependable 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. What that means for you is a boat that skims across the water at 50 mph or more. You will be first to the best fishing, while arriving safely. You will fish from Shearwater and Skeeter boats for inshore trips. 

Click here to view more about the offshore fleet of boats.

At typical day begins at 6 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. Offshore rates are $1,700 plus fuel costs for up to 6 anglers. Inshore rates are $800 for up to 3 people or another $50 for a fourth angler. Fuel, artificial and dead bait is included.

Ready to book a trip? Click here for more information on rates. Got questions? Click here for the FAQs. Need more information? Call (504) 909-TUNA.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Historical Drama Recreates 1939 Attempt to Assassinate Hitler

 

13 Minutes

Film Review by Kam Williams

Historical Drama Recreates 1939 Attempt to Assassinate Hitler

Believe it or not, over a dozen different attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Udo Schenk) were made before he took his own life in April of 1945. The year before, he only suffered minor injuries in the bombing that was the focus of Valkyrie (2008), a docudrama starring Tom Cruise.

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Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), 13 Minutes chronicles the first try after Hitler had taken control of Germany. The incident occurred in Munich on November 8, 1939 in a hall where the Fuhrer was scheduled to deliver an address.

Trouble is, Georg Elser’s (Christian Friedel) homemade time bomb went off too late, as Hitler had completed his remarks and exited the building 13 minutes earlier accompanied by several henchmen, including Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Matthes), Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess, and the architect of the Holocaust, Heinrich Himmler (Ulrich Noethen).

Later that same day, Georg was apprehended while trying to slip into Switzerland. Border guards took him into custody upon discovering incriminating evidence in his possession suggested a connection to the explosion.

He was soon delivered to Germany’s Chief of Police Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klauszner) and Gestapo Chief Heinrich Muller (Johann von Bulow) for interrogation, but refused to answer any questions until they threatened to arrest his girlfriend Elsa (Katharina Schuttler),  too. Georg confessed to protect her, but they still didn’t believe the simple carpenter could have possibly acted alone, given the powerful explosion that claimed 8 lives and wounded 62.

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So, they resorted to torture to extract the identities of his suspected accomplices that only existed in their imaginations. But Georg had nothing further to share, other than an explanation of exactly how he’d secretly amassed enough gunpowder to construct a weapon of mass destruction.

13 Minutes employs an unorthodox story structure, as it opens with the failed coup, and is followed by a series of Georg’s flashbacks. While behind bars, he reminisces.about everything from his disgust with Nazis to his ill-fated relationship with Elsa.

A long-overdue tribute to an unsung hero who came that close to changing the course of history.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for sexuality and disturbing violence

In German with subtitles

Running time: 114 minutes

Production Studio: Lucky Bird Pictures

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Source:  Baret News

2017 Skeeter Owners’ Tournament Draws Record Number of Attendee

2017 Skeeter Owners’ Tournament Draws Record Number of Attendee

 

The annual Skeeter Owner’s Bass Tournament held in Lake Fork Texas recently concluded with yet another record attendance of 2,350 anglers and 1,192 Skeeter boats in attendance!

This annual family event continues to grow in popularity and has truly become an iconic event for both the Yamaha and Skeeter brands.

 

The winner of this year’s event, Mr. David Laine from Horseshoe Bay, Texas took home the grand prize of a brand new Skeeter FX 20 equipped with a Yamaha 250 SHO® for his catch of 9.36lbs, with Marty Thomas from Milsap, Texas taking home the second big ticket prize of a brand new Viking® Side-by-Side!

“We couldn’t be happier with the response to our annual owners’ tournament,” said Jeff Stone, Sr. Vice President/General Manager of Skeeter Boats’ Kilgore, Texas factory and corporate headquarters.  “Our staff conducted over 340 demo rides and also managed to cook over 2,200lbs of brisket truly making this a Skeeter and Yamaha family event!”

“This is our 24th year in hosting the Skeeter Owners’ tournament and every year we’ve increased growth participation from vendors, boat owners and attendees,” said JoAnne O’Bryant, Sr. Marketing Projects Manager. “This event is our way of thanking all Skeeter boat owners, past, present and future, who helped get us to where we are today and we couldn’t be more excited for the 25th anniversary in 2018!”

 

For more information visit www.skeeterboats.com and follow Skeeter Boats on Facebook for current updates.

 

About Skeeter Boats

Skeeter Boats, a Yamaha Boat Company, has been a proud supporter of America’s fishing consumers for almost 70 years. Skeeter Boats is the recipient of 16 consecutive NMMA® C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index awards

 

Original Source:  Sportsman Lifestyle.com

Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video

 

Chips,  DVD Review, classic television, Ponch Poncherello, Jon Baker, California Highway Patrol OfficersChips

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video

Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman (1989), Charlie’s Angels (2000) and 21 Jump Street (2012) there are just as many bitter disappointments, al a  Dragnet (1987), I Spy (2002) and Get Smart (2008).

Fortunately, Chips is more in league with the worthwhile remakes rather than the ones leaving you wondering why they ever bothered. The picture was ostensibly a labor of Dax Shepard who wrote, directed, produced and also co-stars in it opposite Michael Pena. They  play California Highway Patrol Officers Ponch Poncherello and Jon Baker, the same characters popularized on TV by Erik Estrada and Larry Willcox.

The original, airing for a half dozen seasons starting in 1977, was a buddy action drama basically revolving around the heroic exploits of a couple of mismatched motorcycle cops, with Ponch often going rogue, much to the chagrin of his relatively-straitlaced partner.  This go-round, the script has been flipped, so that Jon is more of a misfit. At the point of departure, we find him getting a probationary badge and graduating from the police academy only because Sergeant Hernandez (Maya Rudolph) takes pity on him.

They’re both going through difficult divorces, although Jon is desperate to win back his wife (Kristen Bell). He hopes she’ll be impressed by his transition into a safer line of work after an accident-prone career as a professional motorcross bike racer.

He’s soon teamed with the veteran Ponch to solve a rash of armored car robberies suspected of being pulled off by a gang of crooked cops. They proceed to make a mess of the investigation at every turn, which only makes their terminally-exasperated boss (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) repeatedly blow his cork.

However, there’s little reason to pay attention to the intermittently-incoherent plot, for this kitchen sink comedy’s raison d’etre is to generate laughs by any means necessary. To that end, the politically-incorrect bottom feeder easily earns its R rating via an incessant indulgence in scatological, ethnic, sexist, slapstick, bodily function and gay panic fare.

A vulgar but funny enough departure from the classic TV series to warrant recommending. 

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated  R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity

Running time: 100 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: This Is Not Your Dad’s Chips; Practical Pursuit;   Ducati: The Perfect Bike; director’s commentary; and deleted scenes.

To order a copy of the Chips Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack , visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071DX64LP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

Southern Belles Vie for Union Soldier’s Affections in Sofia Coppola’s Sublime Tale of Seduction

 

The Beguiled is a Civil War saga based on the best seller of the same name by the late novelist/playwright Thomas Cullinan (1919-1995). The sublime tale of seduction was first adapted to the screen in 1971 as a melodramatic revenge flick starring Clint Eastwood. This relatively-refined remake was directed by Sofia Coppola whose effort was richly rewarded at Cannes where she became only the second woman to win Best Director in the history of the festival.The Beguiled

Film Review by Kam Williams

Southern Belles Vie for Union Soldier’s Affections in Sofia Coppola’s Sublime Tale of Seduction 

The Beguiled is a Civil War saga based on the best seller of the same name by the late novelist/playwright Thomas Cullinan (1919-1995). The sublime tale of seduction was first adapted to the screen in 1971 as a melodramatic revenge flick starring Clint Eastwood. This relatively-refined remake was directed by Sofia Coppola whose effort was richly rewarded at Cannes where she became only the second woman to win Best Director in the history of the festival.

The story is set in 1864 at a Virginia boarding school for girls run by prim Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) with the help of equally-proper Edwina Dabney (Kirsten Dunst). They have five students entrusted to their care, ranging in age from prepubescent to the late teens. 

At the point of departure, the sounds of battle are audible off in the distance. The raging conflict cuts a sharp contrast to the serenity of the idyllic campus where we find Amy (Oona Laurence) foraging in the forest for wild mushrooms. 

She stumbles upon a wounded Union soldier hiding in the woods. Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) had been felled by a bullet to the leg. The innocent adolescent instinctively brings him home, only to be criticized by an elder classmate (Angourie Rice) for rescuing a “dangerous enemy.”

The Beguiled,  Film Review, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Oona Laurence, Colin Farrell, Civil War, Thomas Cullinan

After initially issuing a stern warning that “You are a most unwelcome visitor,” their ordinarily icy headmistress inexplicably melts. She allows the ailing adversary to remain on the premises without even informing the Confederate army of his presence.

Personally assuming the responsibility of nursing their guest back to health, man-starved Martha soon finds herself swooning for the solicitous stranger. Trouble is, John proves to be quite the Casanova, knowing just the right words to surreptitiously charm the pants off each of the females, one-by-one.

The Beguiled,  Film Review, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Oona Laurence, Colin Farrell, Civil War, Thomas Cullinan

Of course, the cat’s eventually out of the bag, and his collective spell is broken. And after the heartbroken lasses put their heads together, he probably wishes he’d simply surrendered  to the Rebels rather than seek refuge.

Hell hath no fury like some Southern belles scorned!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for sexuality

Running time: 93 minutes

Production Studio: American Zoetrope

Distributor: Focus Features

Source:  Baret News