Claustrophobic Docudrama Revisits ’67 Riots through the Prism of Infamous Interrogation at Algiers Hotel

 

Detroit

Film Review by Kam Williams

Claustrophobic Docudrama Revisits ’67 Riots through the Prism of Infamous Interrogation at Algiers Hotel

Detroit’s ’67 riots broke out in the wee hours of July 23rd, in the wake of a police raid on an unlicensed bar where folks had been toasting a couple of vets who’d recently returned from Vietnam. Word spread like wildfire through the black community that the cops had arrested all 82 people they found inside, and it wasn’t long before mobs began looting and firebombing stores all around the ‘hood.

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The rebellion would last five days and result in over 1,000 injuries and 7,000 arrests, while also claiming 43 lives. In terms of property damage, about 2,500 businesses were destroyed and hundreds of families were left homeless.

The insurrection was quelled by the Motor City’s police force in conjunction with the state of Michigan’s National Guard as well as federal troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. While the arrests at the speakeasy ostensibly served as the flashpoint for the civil unrest, the revolt was really the result of long-simmering frustrations with the poor quality of housing, employment and education in the ghetto.

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Directed by two-time Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (for The Hurt Locker), Detroit revisits the ’67 riots by telescoping tightly on events which unfolded at the Algiers Motel on the third night of the rebellion. The picture features an A-list ensemble that includes John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore and John Krasinski.

The trouble started when a sniper seemed to be taking pot shots at the police stationed a block away from the Algiers. Truth be told, it was just 17 year-old Carl Cooper (Jason Cooper) firing a harmless starter pistol.

Nevertheless, reasonably assuming they were under attack, officers returned fire before storming the hotel’s three-story annex. Emptying the rooms, they found a dozen guests,  two 18 year-old white girls and 10 black males, including members of The Dramatics, The Motown group whose biggest hit was “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get.”

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The guests were herded into a first-floor hallway where, over the next several hours, they were threatened, humiilated and sadistically beaten during a prolonged interrogation being directed by Patrolman Krauss (Poulter). The white females were stripped naked, and called “whores” and “[N-word] lovers.”

No gun was ever found, but by the end of the torture three black teenagers lay dead: Cooper, Fred Temple (Latimore) and Aubrey Pollard (Nathan Davis, Jr.). Newspapers reported that they were snipers who died during an exchange of gunfire. But autopsies revealed each had been shot from behind at very close range.

Detroit is very difficult to watch, since it’s basically a searing snuff flick which forces the audience to witness the deliberate persecution of innocent civilians at the behest of a racist redneck with a badge. Riveting revisionist history setting the record straight in a way which will undoubtedly resonate with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity

Running time: 143 minutes

Production Company: Annapurna Pictures / First Light

Distributor: Annapurna Pictures

Source:  Baret News

 

Jack Frost Will Arrive…So Plan Your Fall Garden Now

 

Jack Frost Will Arrive…So Plan Your Fall Garden Now

by Amy Lignor

 

Time waits for no one…even a gardener. These supposedly “lazy” summer days are flying past at a rapid pace, so if you want to continue to harvest fresh vegetables and make those neighbors of yours envious because they missed the bus on this one, you need to plan and plant your fall garden as soon as you can.

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It is a fact of nature that cool-season veggies actually help to extend the gardening season, especially those that can be ready for harvest in two to three months. Now, although the easiest way to begin your fall garden is to purchase transplants of fall crops, seeds work just as well for a variety of veggies that you will love to add to the autumn dinner table.

 

The most important key to having a complete success when it comes to your fall garden is to select the vegetables that have the shortest maturity time. Then, time the planting of these vegetables so that your goal of being able to harvest these crops before Jack Frost arrives will be met. The easiest way to plan the exact time to begin planting, is to take your calendar and count back from the date of the “average” time period that the first frost rears its ugly head in your location. Then, simply match that to the number of maturity days your vegetables need to reach perfection before the cold weather comes knocking at your door.

 

When it comes to fast-growing fall garden picks, there are a number of vegetables to choose from. The list includes carrots, radishes, beets, peas, and so much more. Do your research and look for selections that are well-promoted and well-known as being tolerant to the cold. One of the most popular choices with gardeners for their fall garden is winter cabbage. The one thing you have to make sure of with this selection, however, (as it is with your broccoli and cauliflower), is to watch out for those cabbage worms. By putting a mesh laundry bag over them, the sun and water will stay in, but the bugs will have to take a hike.

 

When it comes to planting, the steps are quite easy. Simply remove weeds and summer vegetables that are definitely past their prime. Loosen the soil to about 6-8 inches deep and work in an inch of compost. You have to remember that seeds can be planted deeper for the fall garden than in the spring in order to help them stay cool and moist. Offering a “dash” of fertilizer will keep production high and offer those plants a great start. When it comes to watering, make sure to water the area to reduce that warm soil temperature that summer creates, just before planting. A fully watered garden that is maintained well, with a light layer of mulch, is the perfect combination as the days of summer grow shorter and nighttime temps begin to dip.

 

And when they start dipping a little too low, cover the garden with row cover cloth so they can reach that harvest point before that full-fledged winter comes a calling!

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Top Ten DVD List for August 1, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for August 1, 2017

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Going in Style [Broke Geezers Pull Bank Heist]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZN6N4Y/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Lovers [Can This Marriage Be Saved Saga]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071J6KQMV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sleight [Orphaned Street Magician Turns to Drug Dealing]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0722NNJ2K/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Colossal [Party Girl Miraculously Controls Monster Wrecking Korea]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071Y44R3C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Crashing [The Complete First Season]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XVZJRVC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Big Little Lies [An HBO Limited Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XTZ23Q9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A Quiet Passion [Emily Dickinson Biopic]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XWSDRD8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Opening Night [Stage Manager Struggles to Save Broadway Musical]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071SJ8NHQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Legend of Ben Hall [Western about Outlaws on the Run]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072C3B8JH/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Cop and a Half: New Recruit [Unlikely Police Partners Comedy]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0711Y86F5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Fortitude [Season 2]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VVNC7N4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Ottoman Lieutenant [World War I Love Story]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XPSMJ1C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Circle [Corporate Ethics Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072MPK8K6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

 

It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

 
It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

For over twenty years, wrapped in the beauty of the South Texas landscape, Brushy Hill Ranch has “bowed” to the bowhunter and no one else.

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Twenty-plus years is a huge milestone for any business, but the clients who return again and again will state that they do this for a purpose. With almost 13,000 acres, Brushy Hill Trophy Bowhunting Ranch, offers some of the best “fair chase” hunting for whitetail deer (not to mention turkey, as well as year-round wild boar/hog hunting) in South Texas, at some of the most affordable prices anywhere. Best of all, there are NO trophy fees for any hunting done at Brushy Hill. When you add the fact that all hunts include unlimited hog hunting and lodging in one of the Brushy Hill’s cabins at no additional cost to the hunter, and you see clearly why Brushy Hill is every bowhunter’s dream.

 

Pete Denney is the owner/operator of the ranch, and holds immense pride knowing that he is responsible for creating one of the Lone Star State’s largest bowhunting ONLY ranches; and he should be proud. Situated in the world-renowned “South Zone” of Uvalde County (a 3-buck county), the ranch features a wide variety of hunting terrain that includes heavily wooded areas (pecan, oak, etc.,), creek and river bottoms (two miles of the Sabinal River and Ranchero Creek, to be exact), mesquite and pear cactus flats, as well as the high Guajillo hills, and everything in between.

 

Brushy Hill is also a fully-functioning, working ranch. With this abundance of water sources, and being covered with typical South Texas high-protein shrubs and food sources that encourage horn-growth, trophy whitetail bucks are everywhere – which is what made this area famous. The year-round bowhunters have harvested numerous 150 and 160-class Pope and Young bucks, which are as numerous as the deer feeders found all over the property.

 

Hunters are free to set up almost anywhere, and in any manner they want – within ranch rules, of course. There are no pre-set stands on the ranch. In addition, “Spot & Stalk” hunting is permitted during off-season. Hunting on a large day lease like Brushy Hill can be very different than hunting other types of properties. Why is that? Because the game on a day lease ranch see hunters on a regular basis, year-round, so they can be highly intelligent. Which means hunters get a real challenge and a whole lot of fun.

 

Even though some hunters are self-guided, semi-guided and fully-guided hunts are options at Brushy Hill. Just head to the website and give a call at least two weeks in advance so the guides have the time to scout and prepare specifically for you and your family or friends.

 

The varied terrain provides bowhunters with a wide variety of opportunities. When it comes to the Whitetail Deer Hunts, the very large and healthy population includes bucks up into the 170+ inch “Pope and Young” range. Remember, though, these guys are smart – the current ranch record stands at 168 1/2, which means the old bucks have outsmarted hunters for a good, long time.

 

For Whitetail Deer Hunts, rates are $180 per day, per hunter, with a two-day minimum. The 2-4 day hunt price includes: lodging, 1 buck, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ & longer) spikes, 1 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, varmints and any exotics that may cross your path. Long horn spikes (over 7″ each side) may be taken all season and do not count as your buck. Hunters are encouraged to harvest these spikes as part of the ranch’s management program.

 

For hunts five days and over the price includes: lodging, 2 bucks, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ and longer) spikes, 2 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, and varmints. There are even bowhunting lessons available.

 

So if you’re new to bowhunting or just enjoy the experience of a fully-guided hunt, at Brushy Hill Ranch, you get it all. But remember…those big bucks are out there. Will you nab your trophy? Good luck!

 

For more information, head to www.brushyhill.com

 

Source:  SportsmansLifestyle.com

 

 

Food Vacations

 

Food Vacations

by Amy Lignor

 

It is a fact that many people out there in America base their vacation choices on nothing more than food. Oh, yes, it may be wonderful to have that perfect view or the buzzing nightlife of a certain locale, but being able to have those incredible aromas hovering all around, coming from literally the best meals in all of the United States, can top the list when planning that perfect vacation. So…how far would you travel for the perfect meal? Well…everyone knows about the elegant Parisian meals or the never-ending fare of Rome, but what if your bank account can only supply you with enough to stay in good, old America and visit the best cities here serving the most unforgettable cuisine? The U.S. most definitely has locations that can go head-to-head and even surpass anything France or Italy has to offer, and the first can be found in…Louisiana.

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“The Big Easy” is all about slowing down and taking a time out from the chaos to enjoy the good life. And the best part is that when it comes to New Orleans, finding awesome restaurants is truly easy. Ranging from casual delis and sandwich shops that provide the best po’boy sandwiches imaginable; to literal American institutions that have legendary menus that include items like, turtle soup, New Orleans has it all. And let’s be honest, if you haven’t dug into spicy gumbo or crawfish or any other acclaimed Creole dishes, than you simply haven’t lived.

 

Another high-ranking vacation spot for food can be found in Charleston. This is a city that plays host to James Beard Award nominee chefs and their restaurants lining the streets. Seafood, country kitchens, southern soul – Charleston has it all ready for you to sink your teeth into. There are even a list of markets that offer quick bites that end up being written about on Internet sites all across the web. A boutique local wine & cheese favorite is Goat.Sheep.Cow. And the boutique markets of Bull Street Gourmet and Queen Street Gourmet cannot be missed.

 

Where is a hot spot for eating as well as seeing the most sites? “The Big Apple,” of course. Food is an obsession in NYC, which is why some of the best restaurants can be found there. And whether you are into casual dining or A+ top-rated fine dining, you can find everything that meets your desires on the streets of NYC. The only problem you will have is trying to choose between the gazillions of restaurants that have received 5 star ratings and deserved every star. Sating your every craving, you can enjoy smoked meat, ramen, authentic Chinese, Canadian-inspired poutine, the freshest sushi, to the best pizzas ever made. (But don’t tell Italy that.) Not to mention, with food in NYC comes a myriad of wine, cocktails, craft beer joints, microbreweries and more; As you feed you can also water, so to speak, and revel in both while in “The Big Apple.”

 

On the other coast, San Francisco awaits with all their ocean fare that remains unmatched. But it’s not just those fresh-shucked oysters that’ll make it the vacation of a lifetime. You also are provided with short rib tacos, market salads, pork and charred peaches—this city is renowned for its fantastic food. Being that it has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in North America, that’s not really a surprise. From fine dining to local cuisine to the intense Asian culture that provides a visitor with fresh sushi and dim sum throughout the city’s bustling Chinatown, the checklist is long. There is even North Beach, San Francisco’s Italian district, where pasta lovers unite.

 

And if you’re wishing to experience the “melting pot” of the Midwest on your vacation, Chicago is all about down-home comfort food, mixed with authentic ethnic cuisine, and Michelin-starred fine dining. The best restaurants in Chicago can range from wine bars hidden to the naked eye, to bustling gastropubs, to formal locations that have to be booked months in advance. But…it is so worth it. Chicago’s citizens are all about diversity, and the restaurants mimic that as well. Casual cuisine from the best deep-dish pizza on the planet to a web of restaurants run by celebrity chefs are there for the taking.

 

So if planning your vacation based on filling your stomach with the best while having a blast, make sure these cities are at the top of your list.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Extraordinary Emily Dickinson Biopic Available on Home Video

 

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

Extraordinary Emily Dickinson Biopic Available on Home Video

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) had less than a dozen of her 1,800 poems published, while she was still alive. Since she was only appreciated posthumously, it makes sense that a movie about her life might revolve around something other than the literary prowess that went unrecognized by her contemporaries.

In bringing her story to the big screen, writer/director Terrence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) wisely resisted the temptation to pore over the prolific scribe’s evocative verses in favor of plumbing the depths of her terribly tortured soul. The upshot of that endeavor is A Quiet Passion, an exquisite costume drama  alternately presenting the protagonist as an iconoclastic visionary and as a retiring recluse.

On the macro level, the socially-conscious production subtly suggests that the agnostic, feminist abolitionist was ahead of her time and withdrew from the world in response to being raised in an era when evangelism, slavery and male chauvinism were the order of the day. Meanwhile, on the micro level, the character-driven drama telescopes intensely on a fragile psyche ostensibly further crippled by a cloistered existence. 

As the film unfolds, we find Emily (played in her teens by Emma Bell, later as an adult by Cynthia Nixon) just finishing a frustrating freshman year at Mount Holyoke. She soon decides to drop out due to the pressure being unfairly exerted by the school’s president, Mary Lyon (Sara Vertongen), to conform to the outwardly pious practices dictated by the Christian revival movement. Introspective Emily rebels because she sees her relationship with God as a direct and personal matter as opposed to one demanding public displays of devotion at church services.

So, she returns to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she again takes up residence on the grounds of the Dickinson family estate inhabited by her parents (Keith Carradine and Joanna Bacon), brother (Duncan Duff) and sister (Jennifer Ehle). Unfortunately, headstrong Emily proves unable to bite her tongue when visitors like the local pastor (Miles Richardson) or even a potential suitor (Stefan Menaul) come a callin’.

Although she does eventually make trusted confidantes of her sister-in-law Susan (Jodhi May) and the equally-irreverent Mabel Loomis Todd (Noemie Schellens), her preference remains the solitude of the remote, upstairs bedroom which affords her the opportunity to craft her immortal poems in secret. Cynthia Nixon has never been more convincing than conveying the emotional fires simmering just beneath the surface of such a stoic countenance.

A melancholy mood piece for the ages!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, disturbing images and suggestive material

Production Studio: Hurricane Films

Running time: 126 minutes

Distributor: Music Box Films

DVD Extras: Q&A with writer/director Terence Davies and Cynthia Nixon; and a behind-the-scenes featurette

To order a copy of A Quiet Passion on DVD, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XWSDRD8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

 

Tax Tips for Gifting in 2017

 

Tax Tips for Gifting in 2017

by Amy Lignor

 

It may seem silly to be speaking about contributions, donations to charity, and holiday gifting when the temperature gauges in some areas of the U.S. are still reading three digits. However, as anyone can see when they go to retrieve their mail, more and more envelopes, newsletters, magazines and promotional material is being sent out by organizations requesting donations. From the beautiful 2018 calendars being sent from places like the National Parks Conservation Association; to the lovely Christmas card samples being sent by the National Wildlife Federation, more and more mail is headed to your house from truly great organizations needing help to continue their work.

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Tax season may also seem a million years away. However, when it comes to these organizations asking you to contribute, tax season has to be taken into consideration. By giving money, not only will you be ‘saving’ something or someone, you will also (in most cases) be able to receive a tax benefit because of the charitable contribution you make.

 

But how do you know which donations qualify for a deduction? What are the pros and cons when it comes to distributing your money as contributions, and how do you know which are actually qualified organizations? This is information you need to know – even when the lazy days of summer have yet to fade away.

 

1) When wondering what defines a qualified organization, in general, all government, religious, and non-profit organizations qualify for charitable deduction purposes. Examples include: churches, money given to a federal, state or local government to be used for public purposes, a non-profit organization, a war veteran’s organization, a volunteer fire company, a civil defense organization and more. On the other hand, types of organizations that will never qualify for the charitable deduction include: sports clubs, labor unions, and donations to politicians, among others. (*see the IRS’s complete rules for the full details)

 

2) If you find that organization you truly wish to support, and make a donation, the rules when it comes to your tax deduction are straightforward. If you do not receive anything in return, you simply deduct the entire donation amount. If you do receive something in return for your donation, you can deduct the donation amount, minus the reasonable market value of whatever you received.

 

It’s important to note that there are a slew of major charities out there, big names that a great many millions of people donate to every year (i.e., The Salvation Army) that will provide you with a donation guide. It is also important to remember that there is an annual limit for charitable contributions which is no more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

 

3) Last, but not least, the biggest thing when it comes to contributing money to an organization is making sure that the organization is definitely exactly what it claims to be. Make sure to follow a checklist when it comes to this. If you’re not sure whether donations to a particular charity are tax-deductible, make sure to confirm an organization’s tax-exempt status by checking with the group or by going straight to the IRS website.

 

When this is done, make sure to give directly to the charity you want to support, and not to a professional fundraiser who may contact you on the phone. In addition, request privacy in regards to your donation. You can and should tell all groups you’re supporting that you do not want your name and contact information to be sold, exchanged, or rented to other groups or for-profit companies, which can be a common practice among some charities. Always check a charity’s privacy policy before giving.

 

And, always understand that there are “sound-alikes” out there. What this means is that some charities have pronounced themselves with names that are almost duplicates of high-rated charities out there in the U.S. Groups may be just fine and only have similar names because they are focusing on the same cause as another charity; however, there are others that simply adopted an almost duplicate name in order to deceive donors.

 

To narrow things down, some top organizations to donate to when it comes to the environment or conservation causes (which is one of the largest industries that request donations), are; The Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Sierra Club Foundation, as well as the Trust for Public Land. These are all great organizations with missions that focus on everything from protecting national parks to cleaning-up wildlife habitats, to bringing back to life the land and the oceans that are necessary for both human and animal survival. And if you’re looking to delve into other areas that you wish to support, check out CharityWatch (www.charitywatch.org) and you will find the ones that perfectly match your own mission in life.

 

Giving is a wonderful way to support the best of humanity, and receiving a tax deduction for your kindness is an added bonus.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!

 

The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!

 

Located in the very heart of North America, about a hundred miles northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, lies one of the most beautiful spots in all the world. Here, the avid hunter will find Nopiming Provincial Park along the Ontario border, and be introduced to the rugged, unforgettable, untouched beauty of this Canadian Shield landscape.

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Not only does this area offer incredible wildlife habitats but also countless opportunities for vivid photography as you create memories while seeking out the Canadian Black Bear this fall. And the name to call upon in order to have a most successful hunt, as well as make all these memories, is Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters.

 

With a territory spanning 2400 square miles of accessible wilderness, Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters provide you with a “bucket list” opportunity to view everything from black bear to whitetail deer to timber wolf, moose, fox, and many more. The area also gives those passionate for the rod-and-reel excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass.

 

One of the most amazing packages that Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters is thrilled to offer, however, comes in the form of their fall trophy black bear hunts set in the premier hunting spot for trophy black bear in all of North America: Manitoba, Canada. Owning exclusive black bear outfitter rights for the best section of Manitoba (*approximately 700 square miles of superb black bear habitat in the healthy mixed boreal forest along the Ontario border), all color phases of black bears will be found.

 

All fall hunts for the black bear are over active bait sites with tree stands set up for the appropriate firearm (bow, muzzleloader, or rifle). Accessed by ATV, 4×4 truck, or boat, the guides at Big Woods have thought of everything to make sure your trophy black bear hunt becomes a rip-roaring success. So successful, in fact, that you will head back each and every year to experience more.

 

During the fall season only, running five days (Monday to Friday), the trophy black bear hunts also include a free timber wolf hunt. There are also combo hunts to choose from that include whitetail deer, waterfowl and upland game birds. Not only is there a menu of hunts to choose from, but your accommodations are as comfortable as you can possibly imagine. A true “home away from home,” you are provided with a two-bedroom, heated cabin with screened-in deck, double beds, carpeting, gas barbeque, color TV, satellite feed, microwave, fridge, stove or hot plate, and are equipped with bedding, coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, plates, pots and pans.

 

With two hunters per cabin, you can also depend on hot and cold running water with indoor plumbing and showers. Not to mention, all meals are included with your hunting package, with homemade hot breakfast and supper served in either the lodge’s licensed restaurant or your very own cabin, plus a bagged lunch provided for your days out on the hunt.

 

When you’re not hunting, you will literally be stunned by the surroundings. Your cabin is situated about fifty yards from the water on a ridge overlooking beautiful Bird Lake, located just 15 miles – as the crow flies – from those amazing woodland caribou calving grounds. Accessible, beautiful, remote wilderness just waiting for you to come and enjoy it all.

 

Fall Black Bear Hunting dates range from August 28th to September 30th, 2017. Rates for the five-day hunt run $3500 U.S. per hunter, plus taxes and license/allocation fees. Big Woods will even pre-purchase your license prior to arrival if you would like, which entitles you to that free timber wolf hunt.

 

This package doesn’t stop with just the A+ cabin accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals, however. You also are provided with the best of the best when it comes to professional, licensed and insured guide services; pre- and post-hunt transportation between Winnipeg (hotel or airport) and the lodge flying; transportation from the lodge to and from the hunting area(s); use of safe, comfortable hunting stands in hunting sites that are baited before and during the hunt; use of a rifle and archery range; field dressing; and even taxidermy preparation.

 

So…what’s left to say? Nothing to do now but head to www.bigwoodshunting.com and check it all out for yourself. After seeing the pictures, alone, you will book your trip immediately. Then all you can do is sit back and watch the clock, counting away the minutes until the lazy days of summer end so you can head to Manitoba’s Big Woods and find that trophy black bear that awaits you!

 

Source:  SportsmansLifestyle.com

 

 

Antonio Banderas Serial Killer Whodunit Comes to Home Video

 

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Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Antonio Banderas Serial Killer Whodunit Comes to Home Video    

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 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 knows 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.”

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 Home Entertainment    

Blu-ray Extras: Black Butterfly backstage featurette; a trailer gallery; and a commentary with director Brian Goodman and co-writer Marc Frydman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To order a copy of Black Butterfly on Blu-ray, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071FR92N4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

 

 

 

 

Something for Everyone at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge

 

Something for Everyone at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge

By Craig Lamb

Hooking up to freight train runs with a bull-sized redfish. Airborne largemouth on topwaters. Getting sore-armed from catching fat speckled trout. And all of those species caught from the same spot.

Sounds impossible. In the inshore waters of Louisiana, and around the saltwater fishing capital of Venice, that is a reality.

 

The most fertile fishing grounds in the U.S. are located here. The magic happens in the marshes and inshore waters where the mighty Mississippi River infuses the saltwater environment with nutrients. The sum of the whole is some of the best fishing for inshore species, and even freshwater largemouth, in the world.

Travel to Venice, and you will find a town filled with fish camps. One of those doesn’t fit the bill and for a good reason. The place is Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge, where world-class fishing is served with world-class service, first class lodging, Cajun hospitality and gourmet dining.

If going offshore is thinking too far and wide for your fishing tastes, then taking an inshore adventure with the expert captains is the next best thing.

The fishing is laid back while exciting. The scenery is spectacular and like none other in the world. The Louisiana marshes are a haven for wildlife, from shore birds and avian species to reptiles and every kind of fish imaginable.

Speckled trout, or spotted seatrout, are plentiful here. From April through November the fishing is prime. Best of all, you can catch speckled trout using a variety of lures and tactics. Topwater lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastics, lead head jigs and popping cork rigs all produce strikes.

On a Home Run Charters speckled trout trip, you can expect to get lots of strikes, and even multiple hookups for all aboard.

Want to know more about Home Run Charters? Check out the website at homeruncharters.com. Find out more about the inshore fishing, including rates, by clicking here. To get updated fishing reports, conditions and just chat with someone at Home Run Charters, call (504) 982-8862.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com