Quiet weekend at the movies as far as new releases are concerned. Next week, Avengers Endgame comes out, plus it's Easter weekend. But there are a couple, and both directed right at the family.
This is based on a true story of a young boy and his falling through a frozen lake, and the miracle needed for him to survive. This concentrates on his mother and the absolute agony she goes through during his fight for life. This stars Chrissy Metz, and a nice supporting cast that tells a very emotional story. This gets off to a rather awkward start, with some flat out bad writing, but as this goes on it gets better as our story takes shape.
This is going to be too much for some to see, as it may hit a bit too close to the bone. There are some gut-wrenching moments in this movie that will really tug on any mothers heart strings. But this is this years spiritutal, miracle movie, and these generally do quite well and find a loyal audiance. The timing is right, and those who see this, will love it. Slow start, nice finish.
What can I say? An hour and sixteen minutes of Penguins on film. Family time!
Hey, I'm Browns fan like you. And it seems this Fall, we will have to adjust our Browns viewing as we have gone "Prime Time!!" The Schedule is out!
Seems the Browns have four night games, which I think the league limit is five. Plus, looks like we will play week 2 on Monday Night Football with the Jets. BTW - first EVER Monday Night game was at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland 1970 - against the Jets, with the Legend of Homer Jones (Google it)
The Browns have figured out at long last that the NFL isn't really sports anymore. It's entertainment. And drafting high profile characters who can play like Baker Mayfield, and trading for lightning rods like OBJ, and others get you noticed. Sure we all want to win, but the Browns also want to be noticed, relevant, popular, cool, and on national TV.
You have to get the fans excited in anticipation of winning, and then you have to actually win. Thus far, the Browns have everyone excited and ready to go, including the NFL itself.
Then you have to win! GO BROWNS!~
Got my Browns Party Jacket ready to go!!
Well, after a day or two of severe weather, and the snow - that at least didn't stick, it seems the nicer weather for the most part may finally be here. And for me, and for you, that means the annual firing up of the equipment, and seasons first mow. I did it today. I was not letting someone else in my hood set the pace. I did not want to have mow envy, I wanted to be envied because of my pace setting mow. (Should be noted, the tractor pictured as the cover for this post is NOT my mower, but has been used for dramatic effect. And I wish it was)
My house after the years first mow!
It's such a guy thing, you see your neighbor mowing, and you clear your schedule and get to it. Graduations, showers, weddings, and other major activities have been missed because of the urge to mow. Plus, the "afterparty" that ensues, as you sit and look at what you've done in concert with the magic of the mower.
All this Spring Work wears Juneau out!
The first mow of the year is always a good time. Yard is green, yard looks good and it's an easy chore. That gives way to flashing forward 100 days, when the grass giddiness goes away, and then it's just another chore. But as far as this week is concerned? Enjoy the mow.
“The Road Ahead, Leaves Other Roads Behind”
I recently took a seven hour road trip, which is something I hadn’t done in a long time. For me, flying has become the preferred way to go. But as we embarked on our journey where airplanes were not an option, it became clear, that a day on the road was in order. And I am thankful for it.
I, like you, drive a lot in my everyday life and most of it not fun. To and from work, station appearances, errands and the like, many times at strange times of the day – or night – or sort of both. But I was reminded there is something different about a road trip. Leaving on an adventure that has no time restraint, its own schedule, and is strictly for pleasure. It’s very different to want to venture out, than have to.
Plus we were on our way to a place never ventured. As I settled in behind the wheel, it hit me that this was not a challenge at all. This was to be embraced, as there was something alluring about setting out freely on the open road. And even though it may have appeared at first to be a long jaunt, I found it may not have been long enough.
Sometimes it’s good to see a different area code in a way only a long drive can. Hours to clear our minds, trying to find various radio stations to listen to, and seeing things new to us. You see, a clear road ahead sometimes is the best way to leave a routine road behind. In the world today it is rare for any of us to venture out on our own time. It was a nice feeling to know that our journey, was exactly that. OUR journey, on our time, our way.
Driving Songs? Why not?
And some are just silly, but fun!
Just a quick note today. I've been known to enjoy a Jack Daniels or two and I'm guessing you have a had a few yourself over time. I admit, it is my drink of choice when I am in that kind of mood. And after recently visiting their one and only distillery on earth in Lynchburg, Tennessee, I learned so much. It's worth a drive there if you are in the area this summer on your vacation.
This is the spring where all the water comes from they make every bottle of Jack in the world. Who knew?
Here are the new movies this week that will join Dumbo, Us, Shazam, and Pet Sematary as your biggest choices at the movies!
The Missing Link
It may be interesting to see how this does at the box office this week. I have seen a ton ot TV ads for this. That many times is not a good sign. Much of the hype surrounding this, is the great voice work which includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zac Galifianakis, Emma Thompson and others. But the early reviews on this are good, and it does look for a fun family night at the movies.
Here we go again. More Hellboy. Been there, done that.
Could be a fun spring break comedy. Boom! You were a grown, highly successful business woman and now you are 12 on outside, but still a grown woman inside. This stars Regina Hall, and looks like this could be be fun if it stays on message.
I was lucky enough over the weekend to go see a sight that I am glad I did. Your kids may be taking a trip this month for school, or already did, to Washington DC, and I hope they saw the Cherry Blossoms. Windy and I took a road trip there, and I am glad we did.
It really was an incredible sight that everyone at some point should see. Huge crowds as you might expect, and with that said I'm not sure I need to go during peak season and see them again, but this was a feast for the eyes.
Quicken Loans Arena is getting a new name this week. It will how be known as Rocket Mortgage Field House. Remember when our local sports venues had simple names? Names like Municipal Stadium and The Coliseum? And remember, the Richfield Coliseum was right here in Summit County.
Recently I have driven past this intersection a few times, and every time I do, I think the exact same thing. The junction of I-271 and State Route 303 was the home of the Coliseum. And even though the massive structure that was the Miracle In Richfield has been long gone for about 25 years, the gigantic piece of land is still empty. That alone, is a miracle.
When the Coliseum opened in the mid 1970's it was a marvel. It replaced the dark, dank Cleveland Arena that was the Cavaliers, Barons, and Crusaders home for years. The Coliseum was a showplace and was the envy of most other cities at the time. So many great times happened there, and then one day it was just - over. As the movement to build arenas and stadiums downtown reemerged. Just was the Coliseum led the charge to build them out from the city 20 years earlier. A trend that many cities followed.
I always think it's a shame there is not something there, that says it was there. There should be a marker that states this place was so great for so long, and gave so many such joy. With sports, events, and music. It was the first beacon of a new hope for an area that needed some good news at that time, and it delivered. From the moment Frank Sinatra (1974) opened the building with a concert, to the Cavs last game.
Long remember the Coliseum....
Pet Sematary is out, and is the most recent rendition of the Stephen King classic book, and this is quite good.
PS, is not ridiculously compelling, and this is not going to change cinematic history, but it is fun to see new life put back into great King classics. This stars Jasen Clark, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz. This is what you would think, scary at times, with a hint of cheese and camp tossed in. Visually this is quite good, and there is nice use of classic scare tactics, that are predictable, but work all at the same time. This also has a nice thread that runs through it, that makes you examine your own thoughts on death, and what comes next. King is great at that!
Seimetz is really great as the terrified mother of two, who is trying to make sense of the supernatural death setting she finds her and her family in. She is the star of this movie.
If you have never seen this in any form before, this is going to be very intense at times. If you're a veteran of the book and/or various versions that came before, I feel you may agree, this is the best rendition yet, and by far.
The ACM Awards were last night, and of course the show was incredible TV, as usual. The CMA's and the ACM's both over the past number of years revolutionized awards shows in general, by making them practically concerts over just award shows.
Both shows leaning heavily on showcasing its stars and music, as opposed to lots of other elements that have taken over other award shows. This years ACM's were no exception. But there was something even more unique from this years awards in general.
Lots of raised eyebrows over some of the award winners, and that is fine, as it spurs a healthy debate. As where there is absolutely no question artist like Luke Combs, Jason Aldean and others are dominating airplay, sales, both music and concerts, and score exceedingly high in the court of fans opinions, the night belonged to Keith Urban, Dan And Shay, and Kacey Musgraves,
You can't say anymore that these award shows are predictable, this one is one of the most wide ranging ever, and will keep the conversation going on where we are going in the long run.
Talk is always good.