Monday, November 14, 2016

The Cliff and The Donald, Movie Reviews

There is so much to write about I don’t know where to start; however, since I have already started I think that is promising.  Since, I am in a funk mood I was afraid that too much negative vibes would result.  In that case I will get into  my first set of thoughts and they are really trivial, Texas Tech football or lack thereof!  Since I have been watching football at Tech for the past 67 years I consider myself some kind of authority and have a right to speak my mind.  Bottom line here is they have only won 4 games and lost 6.  The likely hood is they will lose the remaining two games, unless something drastic happens.  My assessment is a simple one, the overpaid($3.1 million)  head coach is way over paid and really is just a glorified quarterback coach.  He coaches like one and the results proves it.  He does not function as a head coach should(i.e. Lou Saban is a real head coach), and the losing results proves it.  He has some good players, they are just mis-managed.  Then there is the over paid defensive coordinator($1.1 million) who directs the worst defensive team in college football at a 127th rank for the nations college football programs.  The defense does not tackle well when they get the opportunity, and does not defend well against the pass and receives too many penalties.  While the passing offense is the top in the nation it just does not score when really needed and bone head mistakes always get in the way.  This past Saturday the game could have been won by making two points in the closing seconds, but instead they went for a kick extra point and it was mis-handled and missed.  With less seconds left Tech tried an on-side kick and flubbed it.  Woe is me, game lost at 45-44.  Then to add insult to injury the head coach of Oklahoma State had a post game discussion with the starting quarterback of Texas Tech, and encouraged him to go for the pro draft and if he needed an agent he knew plenty of them.  First time I ever heard of such a thing and had to be on the opposite side of ethical.  

Now that I have the Tech loss out of my system I will now move to more important items, like the national election that provided the USA with a new president elect from the private sector.  Yes folks we actually have the first ever, real private sector president.  All previous presidents were either career politicians or generals in the armed forces.  The closest thing to a non-politician was Ronald Reagan or maybe Jimmy Carter, but they were both governors.  The most experienced politician to ever be elected has always been rated the worst, that being James Buchanan with 37 years of political experience.  While I think it will be interesting to see how this all pans out for the future of the USA the election of the Donald is not without extreme controversy and remorse from the political scene.  While my vote did not go to the Donald or Hillary I would guess he is my second choice, and the threat that if you didn’t vote for Mr. Trump you voted for Ms. Hillary was not valid.  My feeling on voting is that it is a very personal matter and the folks who go with a party come hell or high water has always confused me.  I have never been a member of any party and never will be.  The two party system is way broke along with the very old electoral college.  But, it would appear that in my life time these items will always be status quo and I will stay frustrated over it.  

What I will say is that I am behind our new President Elect 100%,  and only hope that he can do at least half of what he has promised, “to make America great again!”

Movie Reviews:  

“Captain Fantastic”, *****,  This was a paid for on TV movie that really turned into a very good choice.  Filmed in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father and mother devoted to raising their six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave their paradise and enter the world, that challenges their ideas of what it means to be a parent.  Since the mother dies in the very beginning of the movie, that brings on many more challenges in the story line.  Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George Mackay, Samantha Isler,  Rated PG-13-some language and dangerous athlete challenges.

“The Accountant”, ****, Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people.  This is also magnified with the fact he is autistic, but able to live his own life.  He becomes a free lance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations.  The FBI decides to nail him and J.K. Simmons plays the head investigator and the action gathers more action and suspense.  Rated R:  Violence and language.  

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, ***, Tom Cruise comes back to play the roving ex-military police major.  He travels light and hitch hikes for his transportation.  Since he  decides where his services are needed he decides that a good looking Army major is being framed and he needs to save the day for her.  She has been charged with espionage and Reacher does not buy it.  So he comes to her rescue with great action and the ability to win the fight, no matter the opposition.  Rated PG-13:  Violence/action, bloody images, language and thematic elements. 

EA, SH.........:)!