Archives November 2015

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "SPOTLIGHT" – 9

SPOTLIGHT”   –   9
This was like watching the unravelling of the Watergate scandal, only based in a church and not the White House. Same components; Newspaper reporters, government liars, high-level cover-ups and a story that exposes corruption and abuse of power.
     A riveting movie. Not because of action, sex or special effects. But, because of the powerful storyline brought to the viewer by great acting and directing, and daring revelations which we will not often see in the mainstream motion picture industry.
     The movie is based on a true story about decades-long rampant child abuse within the Catholic Church, which was ultimately exposed by the Boston Globe in 2002.  Editorial supervisor, Michael Keaton, heads the key reporters played by Mike Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. They are supported by a newly implanted chief editor (Liev Schreiber) who has no roots in Boston, ergo, no political or religious affiliation. The team is hell-bent on digging into the bowels of church history, focusing mainly on predatory sex abuse by priests.  Most importantly, the Globe’s objective was not to identify one or two priests, but several dozen over a period of 30 years which was known about and covered up by the church hierarchy. The goal was to expose the system, not only the abusers.
     Eventually, the scandal reached to the four corners of the planet, to and including many other jurisdictions in the United States.
     Folks should know that several interviews take place in which prior victims of sex abuse, now adults, are explicit with details of their encounters with priests.
     The movie brings to light some of the psychology behind the behavior of criminal priests, how and why they evolved into abusers and how easy it was to exploit kids while the top layer of church power turned a blind eye. I’m sure the Pope wasn’t pleased to learn of this release.
     Folks, especially Catholics, who are sensitive about their faith, might feel uncomfortable sitting through this movie, but it is important to understand how criminal conduct can be cloaked in smiles, lies and corruption…not much different than what can happen in government. 
     It’s an eye opener. Worth a 9 out of 10.
Click here: Spotlight (2015) – IMDb

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “SPOTLIGHT” – 9

SPOTLIGHT”   –   9

This was like watching the unravelling of the Watergate scandal, only based in a church and not the White House. Same components; Newspaper reporters, government liars, high-level cover-ups and a story that exposes corruption and abuse of power.

     A riveting movie. Not because of action, sex or special effects. But, because of the powerful storyline brought to the viewer by great acting and directing, and daring revelations which we will not often see in the mainstream motion picture industry.

     The movie is based on a true story about decades-long rampant child abuse within the Catholic Church, which was ultimately exposed by the Boston Globe in 2002.  Editorial supervisor, Michael Keaton, heads the key reporters played by Mike Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. They are supported by a newly implanted chief editor (Liev Schreiber) who has no roots in Boston, ergo, no political or religious affiliation. The team is hell-bent on digging into the bowels of church history, focusing mainly on predatory sex abuse by priests.  Most importantly, the Globe’s objective was not to identify one or two priests, but several dozen over a period of 30 years which was known about and covered up by the church hierarchy. The goal was to expose the system, not only the abusers.

     Eventually, the scandal reached to the four corners of the planet, to and including many other jurisdictions in the United States.

     Folks should know that several interviews take place in which prior victims of sex abuse, now adults, are explicit with details of their encounters with priests.

     The movie brings to light some of the psychology behind the behavior of criminal priests, how and why they evolved into abusers and how easy it was to exploit kids while the top layer of church power turned a blind eye. I’m sure the Pope wasn’t pleased to learn of this release.

     Folks, especially Catholics, who are sensitive about their faith, might feel uncomfortable sitting through this movie, but it is important to understand how criminal conduct can be cloaked in smiles, lies and corruption…not much different than what can happen in government. 

     It’s an eye opener. Worth a 9 out of 10.

Click here: Spotlight (2015) – IMDb

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "SECRET IN THEIR EYES" = 6

Secret In Their Eyes  =   6 
 
Mixed feelings about this movie.  Nicole Kidman is stunning as the stern D.A.  Julia Roberts is a remarkable actress playing the role of an investigator who loses her own teen daughter to a brutal, whodunit murder. Then, there is Chiwetel Ejiofor, a former prosecutorial investigator who is obsessed with solving the murder of Roberts’ daughter for 13 long years, when he comes out of nowhere to announce he had solved the murder because he found a picture of a guy who looked exactly like the suspect. 
I don’t remember ever arresting, chasing or getting into fights with possible suspects based on similar facial features…and no other hard evidence.
 Ejiofor is an outstanding actor, best known for his Oscar nominated role as the slave in “12 Years a Slave.”
 The movie often drifts in and out in scenes of present and past, a 13 year span, in which it’s sometimes difficult to understand when the scene is taking place. That could easily have been overcome had the director made the actors look younger and/or older, depending on the period the scene is in.
 The plot was excellently conceived, and the actors were good. But I thought the writing and the directing were amateurish.  What saves the picture is the ultimate solution to the mystery about who killed the girl.
But the rate of implausibles were out of sight, an overreach with stupid dialogue among lawyers and police, not to mention poor and haphazard crime investigation procedures, which amounted to overstepping jurisdictional boundaries that would border on obstruction.  I realize it’s all fiction which has its liberties, but I found myself saying “no way” too many times.
The story also brought a suggestive romance between the Ejiofor and Kidman, which they never carry out. The main problem was zero chemistry between the two actors. The relationship was seemingly contrived as an afterthought to inject a PC bi-racial element to the story line. The script nor the actors could save the day.  That doesn’t take away their proficiency as actors, but the roles, and the dialogue was too non-believable.
Nevertheless, I was glad we stayed to the end, which had its worthwhile moments. But don’t expect any Oscars from this movie.
I give it a 6 out of 10.
 
 
Click here: Secret in Their Eyes (2015) – IMDb

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “SECRET IN THEIR EYES” = 6

Secret In Their Eyes  =   6 

 

Mixed feelings about this movie.  Nicole Kidman is stunning as the stern D.A.  Julia Roberts is a remarkable actress playing the role of an investigator who loses her own teen daughter to a brutal, whodunit murder. Then, there is Chiwetel Ejiofor, a former prosecutorial investigator who is obsessed with solving the murder of Roberts’ daughter for 13 long years, when he comes out of nowhere to announce he had solved the murder because he found a picture of a guy who looked exactly like the suspect. 

I don’t remember ever arresting, chasing or getting into fights with possible suspects based on similar facial features…and no other hard evidence.

 Ejiofor is an outstanding actor, best known for his Oscar nominated role as the slave in “12 Years a Slave.”

 The movie often drifts in and out in scenes of present and past, a 13 year span, in which it’s sometimes difficult to understand when the scene is taking place. That could easily have been overcome had the director made the actors look younger and/or older, depending on the period the scene is in.

 The plot was excellently conceived, and the actors were good. But I thought the writing and the directing were amateurish.  What saves the picture is the ultimate solution to the mystery about who killed the girl.

But the rate of implausibles were out of sight, an overreach with stupid dialogue among lawyers and police, not to mention poor and haphazard crime investigation procedures, which amounted to overstepping jurisdictional boundaries that would border on obstruction.  I realize it’s all fiction which has its liberties, but I found myself saying “no way” too many times.

The story also brought a suggestive romance between the Ejiofor and Kidman, which they never carry out. The main problem was zero chemistry between the two actors. The relationship was seemingly contrived as an afterthought to inject a PC bi-racial element to the story line. The script nor the actors could save the day.  That doesn’t take away their proficiency as actors, but the roles, and the dialogue was too non-believable.

Nevertheless, I was glad we stayed to the end, which had its worthwhile moments. But don’t expect any Oscars from this movie.

I give it a 6 out of 10.

 

 

Click here: Secret in Their Eyes (2015) – IMDb

MILITANT ISLAM TO DESTROY FROM WITHIN

Posting my Op-Ed this date which appears in Florida Today.

 

Why is everyone so shocked?

The radical Islamists of the world have always kept their word, although we bury our heads in the sand to portray how tolerant and politically correct we all are. Meanwhile, we ignore the ongoing threats and Jihadi plans for conquest authored by radical Islamist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which has unambiguously promised to destroy the non-Muslim western world from within.

It’s not a secret. That fact was disclosed during the Holy Land Foundation trial of 2007, in which five prominent Islamists wearing suits and ties were sentenced to prison for funneling charity money into terror organizations. The feds presented a document into evidence that was found hidden in the Virginia home of a Muslim Brotherhood hierarchy, addressed to the Ikhwan (Brothers) throughout the world. It clearly spelled out the goals and responsibilities of radical Islam in the western hemisphere, to destroy from within and using deceit as a major tool for infiltration.

Notice the phrase: From within. As we are witnessing today, Europe and America is preparing for three million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa in the next three years, almost one million in Germany alone. Thousands are expected to be dispersed throughout all of Europe. Surely, that’s no accident.

Our own administration is preparing to host 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. this year, then 85,000 in 2016, and according to Bloomberg Politics, 100,000 or more in the following year, as per Secretary of State, John Kerry. We would be fools to believe that radical enemy operatives will not be among them. What happened in Paris is certain to happen in America, likely worse. And we are aiding in that process. It’s one thing to be humane. It’s another to be suicidal.

In the end, between the certain cultural shifts in Europe and the North American continent, our children and grandchildren will see the ultimate Islamization of the free world. With that, comes Sharia law.

The mess in Syria and Iraq that spawned ISIS would never have come about had it not been for a plethora of ignorant decisions made by the Obama administration, which fell right into the hands of those who are dedicated to our destruction. And to make matters worse, our government agreed to a deal releasing $150 billion to Iran, inarguably the most prolific base of state sponsored terrorism in the world.

I’m sure all our government leaders understand the meaning of Taqiyya, an Islamic term that permits and/or forgives lying and deceit in order to attain the greater goal of advancing or protecting Islam. Jihadists will say or do anything to deceive in order to accomplish their ultimate mission. To honestly believe that a terror-sponsoring state will abide by promises that conflict with their mission, personifies the definition of ignorance.

Of course there are good and decent Muslims in the world who only want to live in peace. Here and abroad, many of their leaders will – with prepared statements – denounce such terror attacks. It’s an old song. Talk means nothing unless it is backed up with action. The massive Muslim communities of America, Europe and even the Middle-East, must show their true independence of the Jihadists and start becoming openly outraged. If their religion has truly been hijacked by radicals, it’s time they hit the streets with demonstrations against murder, mayhem and conquest. Add to that, action that will help deplete funding sources for radicals.

Don’t hold your breath.

The day before the Paris attack killing 129 people, our president told George Stephanopoulos that ISIS has been contained. Really? That was just two weeks after ISIS bombed a Russian plane out of the sky, killing 224. If this is containment, we may as well surrender now.

It’s time to stop talking and start acting.

(Footnote:  According to thereligionofpeace.com, a tracking site, the world has been victim of more than 27,000 acts of deadly Islamic terror since 9/11/01… and it’s only growing)   http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/