Monthly Archives: January 2014

True Detective Eps. 3-4: What Makes You Authentic? (TV Review)

Scooping up HBO’s True Detective (episodes 3 and 4), I’m struck by the discrepancies between Matthew McConaughey’s Rusty Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Martin Hart, both detectives in the dirty Louisiana bayou but every different. Sure, they’re linked by the two-part display … Continue reading

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Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit: For Love & Country (Movie Review)

Finally, some non-Middle Eastern bad guys. That was my first thought when Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit introduces us to Kenneth Branaugh’s Russian financial power broker, Viktor Cherevin. While the new-and-improved (okay, significantly younger than Harrison Ford) Jack Ryan (Chris Pine, Star Trek Into … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter: Stop Dancing With Your Demons (Movie Review)

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter shines a light on a grim world where the foster care system, homelessness, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy collide. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Apple, who finally flees her drug addict mother (Rosario Dawson) to reconnect … Continue reading

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Fault In Our Stars: We’re More Than Side Effects (Book Review)

The Fault in Our Stars finds its inspiration in a young adult blend of Shakespeare and cancer survival, mixed up in a relationship between Hazel and Augustus. Told from Hazel’s perspective, the book tracks their romance, their banter, and their struggle … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Buried Treasure (Matthew 13:44-46)

Have you ever seen something that you just had to have? Maybe it was a purchase, like that piece of art or that shiny new car. How do you go about acquiring it? Will you beg, borrow, or steal? Will … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: What Kind Of Dirt Are You? (Matthew 13:1-9)

The instructions make it look so easy: you get the seeds, you get the dirt, you take it home, add water, and, bam! A month to six months later, you are the proud owner of [fill in the blank plant]. … Continue reading

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Lone Survivor: Real Hospitality (Movie Review)

Operation Red Wings was an unmitigated disaster, if Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s (Mark Wahlberg) book, Lone Survivor, is to be believed. Sent in with three of his fellow Seals (Taylor Hitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster) to scout out a Taliban leader, … Continue reading

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