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Running and Screaming (Movie Review: Jurassic World: Dominion)

There’s an old belief that all little boys go dino-mad for a minute. I have no idea if that’s accurate, but I do know I was no exception. Back then, I recall a zoo of molded plastic critters, everything from the T-rex to the Stegosaurus. I remember junior paleontology books and a bemused father*…There’s an old belief that all little boys go dino-mad for a minute. I have no idea if that’s accurate, but I do know I was no exception. Back then, I recall a zoo of molded plastic critters, ever…There’s an old belief that all little boys go dino-mad for a minute. I have no idea if that’s accurate, but I do know I was no exception. Back then, I recall a zoo of molded plastic critters, everything from the T-rex to the Stegosaurus. I remember junior paleontology books and a bemused father* taking me over and over and over to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science so that I could gawk at the fossils. I love dinosaurs. I always have. Even now. I recently finished the very good book The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black.** Odds are I’ll stop loving them right around the time I stop breathing. So when the Venn diagram of movies and dinos intersected in 1993 with the release of Jurassic Park, you would have expected that I would have lost my damn mind. Here’s the thing a…

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Flyboy (Movie Review: Top Gun: Maverick)

The first time I saw Top Gun, I hated it. As a wee lad, I remember seeing it in a packed theater in 1986. I remember the whooshing of the jets, the omnipresent soundtrack, and the unnerving intensity of Tom Cruise. I remember the buzz of the audience walking out. People adored it, and I remember loo…The first time I saw Top Gun, I hated it. As a wee lad, I remember seeing it in a packed theater in 1986. I remember the whooshing of the jets, the omnipresent soundtrack, and the unnerving intensity …The first time I saw Top Gun, I hated it. As a wee lad, I remember seeing it in a packed theater in 1986. I remember the whooshing of the jets, the omnipresent soundtrack, and the unnerving intensity of Tom Cruise. I remember the buzz of the audience walking out. People adored it, and I remember looking around and thinking, “What movie did you guys just see because that sucked.” Is it still that bad, though?* Of course not, and it’s yet another example where the movie isn’t the problem; I’m the problem. I should like it. Consider that, despite what you might think of his personal life, Tom Cruise is a genuinely skilled actor and I like his work far more often than not. The late Tony Scott made a number of excellent films. Crimson Tide might be his best work, and it’s a near-per…

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Weird Creature of the Night (Review: The Batman)

There aren’t many fictional characters that have as many character facets as Batman. You could go in a number of different directions beyond horror if your story involved Dracula — comedy, romance, action for starters. I think the same could be said for Sherlock Holmes. If you compare just Rober…There aren’t many fictional characters that have as many character facets as Batman. You could go in a number of different directions beyond horror if your story involved Dracula — comedy, romance…There aren’t many fictional characters that have as many character facets as Batman. You could go in a number of different directions beyond horror if your story involved Dracula — comedy, romance, action for starters. I think the same could be said for Sherlock Holmes. If you compare just Robert Downey Jr’s action-oriented take with the more cerebral approach of Benedict Cumberbatch you’ll see that the character of Holmes provides storytellers with a good amount of flexibility. The nature of superheroes, however, is to be iconic, and that iconography can be limiting. Superman is an icon of truth, justice, all that jazz. Moreso, the nature of his character is that he’s compelled to help. He feels a pull to do his part in making things better and, hypothetically, if someone were t…

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Golden Girls Living Show, Season 1, Episode 1

Golden Girls Living Show, Season 1, Episode 1 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:00 AM PST 9:00 AM MST 9:00 AM MDT 10:00 AM CST 11:00 AM EST Welcome to the Premiere of Golden Girls Living, a LIVE show designed to enlighten, inspire, motivate and re-engage women over 55. What does it mean to be…Golden Girls Living Show, Season 1, Episode 1 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:00 AM PST 9:00 AM MST 9:00 AM MDT 10:00 AM CST 11:00 AM EST Welcome to the Premiere of Golden Girls Living, a LIVE…Golden Girls Living Show, Season 1, Episode 1 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:00 AM PST 9:00 AM MST 9:00 AM MDT 10:00 AM CST 11:00 AM EST Welcome to the Premiere of Golden Girls Living, a LIVE show designed to enlighten, inspire, motivate and re-engage women over 55. What does it mean to be a “GOLDEN” Girl? It means a loving, spiritual, passionate, kind, grateful, animal loving woman who no longer wants to be forgotten. A woman who wants to give back. A woman who realizes she DOES MATTER and is willing to take steps to change her lifestyle experience to be Purposeful, Passionate and Stimulating in a community of like minded women. ***************************************************************** Our Show Sponsor is ION (Intelligence of Nature): Gut Health is the KEY to…

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Movie Review: “SOLD OUT” The Right Note

As you read this, somebody is working a soulless customer service job. They’re getting screamed at by a customer with an almost sociopathic lack of empathy. They’re trying their best to help while getting paid a shamefully low wage. They have a head full of chaos, but there’s a part of them th…As you read this, somebody is working a soulless customer service job. They’re getting screamed at by a customer with an almost sociopathic lack of empathy. They’re trying their best to help while…As you read this, somebody is working a soulless customer service job. They’re getting screamed at by a customer with an almost sociopathic lack of empathy. They’re trying their best to help while getting paid a shamefully low wage. They have a head full of chaos, but there’s a part of them that the disposable job can’t touch. That’s the part that dreams. That’s the part that creates art. There are untold numbers of people with frustrated dreams. A budding rapper who puts their beats aside for a stable job in city government. A wannabe singer who croons in the car between shifts as a claims adjuster. Sure, there are those that want a career in the arts, and the thing that’s holding them back is a lack of talent. But you know what’s worse than that? It’s when a legitimate…

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Gramps Jeffrey Ponders Our Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic and the Proliferation of Homeless Baby Boomers, Wonders Why We Can’t Do More

Guest post by Gramps Jeffrey, author of “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Gramps Jeffrey For years, we Baby Boomers have viewed ourselves as the best generation our great country has ever seen. Prior to President Biden, who is a member of the Silent Generation (born 1925 to 1945), we B…Guest post by Gramps Jeffrey, author of “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Gramps Jeffrey For years, we Baby Boomers have viewed ourselves as the best generation our great country has ever see…Guest post by Gramps Jeffrey, author of “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Gramps Jeffrey For years, we Baby Boomers have viewed ourselves as the best generation our great country has ever seen. Prior to President Biden, who is a member of the Silent Generation (born 1925 to 1945), we Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) have actually run the country since the early 1990s: Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, and Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021. But I’m asking you to look at the chaos we have created. Two issues stand out starkly for me: Our children are dying in record numbers from this opioid overdose epidemic and what have we done to fix this issue. And our fellow Baby Boomers are homeless in record numbers… Th…

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Book Review: “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Is A Fun Kid’s Picture Book – With a Subtle Lesson

I Don’t Want to Turn 3  By Gramps Jeffrey Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes This sweet picture book is author Gramps Jeffrey’s first. He wrote it after having the opportunity to spend more time with his grandkids during the past year’s pandemic. Gramps says, “I wro…I Don’t Want to Turn 3  By Gramps Jeffrey Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes This sweet picture book is author Gramps Jeffrey’s first. He wrote it after having the opportunity to…I Don’t Want to Turn 3  By Gramps Jeffrey Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes This sweet picture book is author Gramps Jeffrey’s first. He wrote it after having the opportunity to spend more time with his grandkids during the past year’s pandemic. Gramps says, “I wrote this book to read to (my) grandkids. Their reaction has been invaluable. As you read aloud and watch them begin to understand Jordan’s discovery of right versus wrong, you can see the older kids recognition that they have gone through the same dilemma. While the younger kids don’t quite yet understand the concept of sharing. This whole experience, for me, has been priceless.” The book’s layout, alternating a full-page graphic similar to the one pictured here with a pag…

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A Regular Dude (Review: Vengeance Is Mine)

There have been eleven movies made with the title Vengeance is Mine. The first of those films was made way back in 1912, proving that even in those sepia-hued days of the Titanic, massive dinner parties, and the birth of the Oreo, people also wanted to see movies where somebody who’s gotten screwe…There have been eleven movies made with the title Vengeance is Mine. The first of those films was made way back in 1912, proving that even in those sepia-hued days of the Titanic, massive dinner parti…There have been eleven movies made with the title Vengeance is Mine. The first of those films was made way back in 1912, proving that even in those sepia-hued days of the Titanic, massive dinner parties, and the birth of the Oreo, people also wanted to see movies where somebody who’s gotten screwed over achieves satisfaction. I’m perfectly fine with revenge movies. One of the greatest ever made is John Wick, where a thoughtless act of cruelty unleashes a storm of violence on a truly Biblical scale. For a revenge movie to work, three elements need to be firmly in place. They are: An interesting lead: This person doesn’t have to be an unkillable hitman or a wetworks specialist with a particular set of skills, we just need to feel for them. An interesting villain: At the end of the day…

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