It was a hot Friday night in the summer of 1994. My parents and I had just walked into our house from a lengthy little league game of mine. Despite hours in the heat, I was wound up from the excitement of a win and eager to dive into the sack of treats from a newly opened McDonald’s we stopped by on the way home. Before I bit into my first salty, golden fry, I heard my mother yell from the living room. “Come in here now!” she said, as my father and I darted out of the kitchen. “They’re pursuing O.J. in California!” Read more
Every now and then the media chooses to spend a little time on positive stories to share with the general public. I think it’s important that we, as consumers, show up with website hits and/or media views to reinforce this positive publicity in a society dominated by negative news and misleading clickbait headlines. We can’t really complain about only getting negative news if that’s all we’re willing to click on. So below is the story of a young man who spent years selling newspapers on the corner and saved his money so that he could not only go to college, but could pay for it himself. What a boss. You can read the story here or view the video below, but either way I hope you’ll be inspired by his hard work and support the spreading of positive news stories.
Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while spending a lot of time on epic clashes and action sequences, it also deals with questions of how father figures impact who we are and how we view God; the nature of God’s relationship with man; the nature of good versus evil within the world and within ourselves; and whether change is possible and the extent to which we can control that change.
You might expect this film to be met with critical acclaim, or at least be recognized for taking risks. Instead, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered several weeks ago, it was critically panned and mocked.
So when I saw it this past week, I was shocked that I loved it. I don’t think it’s the greatest superhero movie ever made (that distinction goes to Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight), but I liked it more than most of the current crop of Marvel films, most of which I enjoy immensely may I add.
So why did the film attract so much hatred? Friends whose opinions I respect range on this topic, from criticizing the fact that it wasn’t “fun enough”, didn’t have “enough plot”, or differed greatly from the characters we know and love. I can tackle each of these criticisms in turn, but I think that would be a waste to fill a blogpost with thousands of words dissecting each aspect of the film. In fact, I think doing so completely misses the point of the film, which in my mind was to force the viewer to grapple with deeper, more personal questions while also setting in motion the cinematic DC Extended Universe.
(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season’s The Bachelor, go here)
Another season has come and gone, and one thing was clear from start to finish: America loves Ben. Admit it, you love Ben. It doesn’t matter if you are a single girl, a married woman, or a guy who says he just watches because his wife/girlfriend makes him and blah blah blah… You love Ben. Also, guy, you are about to watch a month’s worth of college basketball games not even involving your team, so the least you could do is watch America’s greatest reality show for 2 hours – sometimes 3 – every Monday – and sometimes on Sunday – from the first week in January until the middle of March. Well, some things sound worse when you put them on paper. Anyway…
America loves Ben
America loves Ben so much that he’s already polling higher than Kasich and Rubio.
We’re three weeks from the latest cinematic incarnation of Batman, brought to us this time by action film director Zack Snyder. I would be lying if I didn’t express a certain amount of apprehension for “Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice.” Snyder is known for his bombastic sense of adventure in action sequences, but not so much in storytelling. Read more
(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more on this season’s The Bachelor, go here… and by here, I mean the link that is embedded in the word “here” used prior to that use of here. If you click on any of the here’s that aren’t in a different color, then you’ll be disappointed. If you click on the here that IS in a different color, then you’ll see more posts about The Bachelor, but you also might be disappointed. Who’s to say?)
This week’s recap of The Bachelor is the “I’m bored on a plane” edition. I’m writing this on a flight from Nashville to San Francisco, so if you are reading this and thinking that I have really drifted off a few times, you’d be correct! This week’s post is (unofficially) sponsored by almonds from the airport Starbucks, half of a can of Diet Coke courtesy of Southwest, and also brought to you by the reclined seat in front of me. How is this still a thing? “Ahh, I’m way more comfortable with my seat reclined an extra 4 degrees. Now this is luxury!” said the guy sitting in front of me, probably.