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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "PATRIOT'S DAY" – 9

Patriots Day” –  9
In a word: Gripping
     One of the best true-story epics I’ve seen in years. 
     This is all about the Boston Marathon bombing of April, 2013; the preludes, the murderous scenes, the panic, the suffering, the investigations, the apprehensions, the intimate stories of victims, cops and killers, and the aftermath, all woven together in a film people can digest and keep track of.
     Mark Wahlberg is the lead actor plying a Boston cop with personal problems of his own, always compelling, but the movie is not about the acting, it’s about the story. John Goodman, complete with 100 pound weight loss, plays the Boston Police Commissioner and Kevin Bacon plays the lead FBI agent in charge. They are all good. But so are the bit actors. Even better is the snippets about the sub-plots, the people who suffered, their families, their kids, the conflicts between law enforcement agencies, the perils of law enforcement when a simple cop is ambushed for no reason stripping his family of his love, the limbs lost by decent people and the stress imposed on cops in all agencies.
     Neither is the movie politically correct. The killers are portrayed as they were, Islamic extremists, dedicated to Jihad and denigrating anyone who was not a Muslim, including Dr. Martin Luther King. I had kept track of the original story three years ago, but did not know the extent to which the terrorists shot it out with the police.
     One criticism is some of the confusion about overlapping law enforcement jurisdictions, who was in charge when and where.  Not always clear.
     But it’s an edge-of-your-seat movie, that will make you cry at the end. What’s scary is that it can happen again – tomorrow, next week, next year.
     Click here: Patriots Day (2016) – IMDb
     This movie is worth a 9 out of 10.

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “PATRIOT’S DAY” – 9

Patriots Day” –  9

In a word: Gripping

     One of the best true-story epics I’ve seen in years. 

     This is all about the Boston Marathon bombing of April, 2013; the preludes, the murderous scenes, the panic, the suffering, the investigations, the apprehensions, the intimate stories of victims, cops and killers, and the aftermath, all woven together in a film people can digest and keep track of.

     Mark Wahlberg is the lead actor plying a Boston cop with personal problems of his own, always compelling, but the movie is not about the acting, it’s about the story. John Goodman, complete with 100 pound weight loss, plays the Boston Police Commissioner and Kevin Bacon plays the lead FBI agent in charge. They are all good. But so are the bit actors. Even better is the snippets about the sub-plots, the people who suffered, their families, their kids, the conflicts between law enforcement agencies, the perils of law enforcement when a simple cop is ambushed for no reason stripping his family of his love, the limbs lost by decent people and the stress imposed on cops in all agencies.

     Neither is the movie politically correct. The killers are portrayed as they were, Islamic extremists, dedicated to Jihad and denigrating anyone who was not a Muslim, including Dr. Martin Luther King. I had kept track of the original story three years ago, but did not know the extent to which the terrorists shot it out with the police.

     One criticism is some of the confusion about overlapping law enforcement jurisdictions, who was in charge when and where.  Not always clear.

     But it’s an edge-of-your-seat movie, that will make you cry at the end. What’s scary is that it can happen again – tomorrow, next week, next year.

     Click here: Patriots Day (2016) – IMDb

     This movie is worth a 9 out of 10.

WHY I LIKE DONALD TRUMP

What do I like about Donald Trump?

     He reminds me of another leader who I worked for in the Metro-Dade Police Department. His name was Charlie Black.

     Black could be crude sometimes. He was often politically incorrect. Whatever came out his mouth was pure Charlie, he didn’t mince words.  He was afraid of nobody. And, he was honest…to a fault.

     The most impressive aspect about Charlie Black was his ability to cut thought the bureaucratic morass and get a job done. Big or small, there was nothing that would stand in his way. He knew best how to get from A to Z without detours, without BS, without bowing to politics or giving a damn about media. He was not always pretty, but he was effective.

     As a robust Chief of Detectives, starting at age 32, he garnered enormous respect and admiration from the two hundred detectives that worked under him. Some feared him. He was tough to keep up with because his mind was always five steps ahead. The wheels forever turned. He knew how to assess talent, loyalty and intellect within his ranks, and get the best from them. And as a result, cases were solved, the county leaders were happy, cops felt emboldened and appreciated and bad guys went to prison.

     “Frank, I need this document signed by the Sheriff of Monroe County, as soon as possible,” he once barked.

     “Yes, Sir. It’s take me at least three hours to drive to Key West.”

     “Not good enough,” he countered. Black picked up the phone. From my chair I heard him bark, “Get the STOL aircraft gassed up now, Jim. Marshall Frank will be up there in 20 minutes. He’s going to Key West, asap.”

     Charlie looked at me with a sly grin. “Get going, Frank.”

     Not a big deal maybe. But the incident was typical of a natural leader who used his brains to circumvent a standard procedure and get it done better and faster. Me?  I enjoyed the ride over the Everglades where the pilot flew at 500 feet to circle a nudist colony. The Monroe County Sheriff?  I caught him at home, wearing shorts and a tee-shirt and his face lathered with shaving cream.

 That kind of thought process was applied to everything he did, whether planning for street riots, major events, criminal investigations or dealing with wayward police officers.  He wasn’t admired because of one issue or another, he was admired because the important jobs got done. 

     People can rip apart Donald Trump from here to eternity. The truth is, some are already predisposed to hate him and others are already predisposed to love him. People see what they want to see.  Some folks have their pet peeves and judge Trump by his stances on veteran support, the environment, or gays, women inequality, blacks, white, purples, guns-no guns, Muslims, Mexicans. Russia, China and hateful news reporters.  He’s not going to satisfy on all fronts, not even to his staunch supporters. But what he will do is be as Charlie Black would be: himself. Like him or not. He will set priorities, he will use the best of people, and he will accomplish missions…all in the best interest of the people.

     And, he cannot be bought.

     May I repeat:  He cannot be bought!

     Trump is unique because he refuses to conform to the political mold. He’ll anger Republicans as fast as he’ll anger Democrats.

     Politicians, both parties, don’t like the idea that he will push for term limits in order to rid Washington of career politicians.

     They don’t like that he will work toward enacting laws that prohibit senators and congressmen from being elected officials one day and becoming lobbyists the next day.

     Many politicians, particularly in the Democrat circles, are afraid that he will enforce laws and arrange systems that will give more jobs to Americans and less jobs, at lower pay, to illegal immigrants.

     Some political circles are worried that pay-offs under the radar from corporations will come to an end, thereby returning jobs and production to the United States.

     Some news circles are infuriated that Trump will not kiss butts just to gain favorable imagery.

     What they really don’t like is that he will say and do what is in his heart, and – as mentioned in his inaugural address – what is best for America, because in our government, America must come first.

     I didn’t like some things about Charlie Black. But I trusted him. I admired him. And I knew how really smart he was and that his primary mission was to get the job done, and to get it done right. That’s also true of Donald Trump.

     Charlie passed away in his sleep in the summer of 2015, at age 79.

     I wrote a tribute.  Here it is:       

     Click here: GOODBYE, CHARLIE

     Hello Donald. Good luck. I know you will do a great job for Americans.

PREDICTIONS 2017

   Here are my predictions for 2017

  1. An attempt will likely be made to assassinate President Donald J. Trump

            I say this with great angst and sadness, but considering the hostile climate that has been instilled into a huge portion of the population, it’s plausible that some nutball will come from nowhere to have that moment in the limelight.  The masses of congressional representatives and the open animosity emanating from famous celebrities will serve to stoke the fires of hatred.  It only takes one. It’s also plausible that the attempt would come from an international source, i.e. ISIS.

  1. Michelle Obama to run for the White House in 2020.

           The left wing political field will begin grooming Michelle Obama for a presidential run in 2020. This will be aided by all-powerful media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post, who will continually portray her in a glowing light while suppressing any and all negative connotations.  While they will brainwash us all that she is so well qualified to be a president, the true motive would be to re-install Barack Obama back into the seat of power.

  1. Domestic disturbances will abound in opposition to stricter immigration policies.

            As we have seen in the last several years, many of our street protesters are not really protesters at all, but hired operatives on a payroll to create anarchy in America. The clampdown of widespread illegal immigration, from overstayed visas and from border crossings, as well as going forward with building a barrier from Mexico, will serve as a motive for upheavals.

  1. The Hillary scandals stay alive.

             President Trump will appoint a special prosecutor to probe and complete the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s foundation, thereby removing it from the hands of the Justice Department and the president and into the purview of a Federal Grand Jury. The e-mail scandal will not be an issue.

  1. North Korea will flex its muscles

              Look for tests fired from North Korea to make a defiant statement to the new American president that they are not far from owning a nuclear capability.

  1. Iran will violate the terms of the nuclear deal.

           Inspectors will be held at bay or prevented from conducting reviews of nuclear storage facilities, which will present a challenge to the Trump administration who will feel it necessary to show determination and strength. The “Deal” will be in jeopardy.

  1. War with Israel

            Armed by Iran and other hostile bases of Middle-East power, Israel will come under warlike attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian sectors. Emboldened by the recent United Nations Security Council decision in which the U.S. sided with Palestinians by refusing to veto the sanctions, anti-Israel sentiment will peak in 2017. 

  1. Donald Trump’s approval rating will soar.

            Improvements in illegal immigration, economy and the jobs situation, plus a strong stance on international issues, will cause Trump’s approval rating to climb from 35% to 55%…or thereabouts

  1. Oscar winners: (Not necessarily my favorites, but likely winners)

            Best movie:    “Hidden Figures”

            Best Director:  Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

            Best Actor:      Denzel Washington (Fences)

            Best Supporting Actor:  (No prediction)

            Best Actress:    Amy Adams (Arrival)

            Best supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

  1. Nobel Peace Prize winner:

             Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany

(I would disagree with Merkel winning this award, but knowing the past history of Peace Prize winners, it would appear very probable.)

AMY ADAMS – CLASS ACT

Most movie stars are arrogant and self-absorbed. They live in a bubble rife with fantasy and make-believe, blind to the realities of daily life for average people. I admire actors like Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck and Scarlet Johansonn, because they are so very good at what they do. Unfortunately, too many live within that bubble, oblivious to the real world outside. 

     There are a few exceptions. One of them is a 42 year-old woman named Amy Adams. She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s very successful. She grew up in a military family and worked as a restaurant server as a young woman before chasing her dream to be an actress. She also learned to be humble.

     Such was the case in just three years ago when she spotted a U.S. Serviceman board an aircraft in Detroit. Amy Adams arranged with a Flight Attendant to give her first class seat to the soldier, while she took his seat in coach. She didn’t intend for the story to get out, but it did. 

    Recently, she was being honored in Hollywood by her name being etched into the Stars Walk of Fame. When asked to speak, she first thought of introducing her husband and 6 year-old daughter to the audience. She’s been with her man since 2001.  That must be a Hollywood record.

     Amy Adams was born on a military base in Italy and grew up on a base in Colorado. She has been nominated five times for an Oscar, and will undoubtedly be a winner one day.

     It’s a feel-good story. There’s not too many movie actors I would pay tribute to.Thought I’d pass it on.

 

Click here: Amy Adams Thanks All The Inspiring Women At The Golden Globes During Acceptance Speech | The Huffington Post

Click here: Amy Adams gives up first class seat for soldier on Detroit to LA flight | Daily Mail Online

Click here: Amy Adams brings along 6-year-old daughter Aviana as she received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame – AOL Entertainme

Click here: Amy Adams Thanks All The Inspiring Women At The Golden Globes During Acceptance Speech | The Huffington Post

Click here: Amy Adams Hooters Waitress: Actress Talks About ‘Great’ Job’, Gives Advice To Young Women