WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
WCBM represented at the 2015 Towson Spring Festival
Eddie and Sean with Courtney at the MDA Muscle Walk! (4/11/15)
Been to the movies lately? Certainly true not all movies are worth your time, effort or money. But I don't think you can go wrong by going to any of the nine
films nominated for Best Picture. Here are a few of them, beginning with Whiplash. This film was nominated for five Oscars, winning three. The big one went
to J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor. He was superb, though at times difficult to watch because of the brutality of his character.
He plays a sadistic music teacher at a prestigious music school. His insistence on perfection could very well be a cover up for his behavior. Most of which
is directed toward a drum student. He bares the brunt of it throughout the film. The student, played by Miles Teller, is brought to tears and eventually attacks
the teacher. Rated R.
Julianne Moore won for Best Actress in Still Alice. She plays a renowned linguistics professor who slowly loses her memory and then other bodily functions.
The sad part is she is only 50 and is very aware of what's happening to her. The film shows how all members of her family, husband and three kids, are affected.
The actual diagnosis is early on set of the disease. Miss Moore is definitely deserving of the award. Also in the cast are Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
Then there's 50 Shades of Grey, based on the very popular book. In its first weekend it had the highest grossing international opening for a R rated film.
And yes it does deserve the R. It stars Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, as the naïve college girl who gets caught in the web
of Mr. Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. He is your basic billionaire who becomes obsessed with Anastasia.
No doubt this film is not for everyone. If you prefer to see your movies free of bondage, handcuffs and sex stay away, though in actuality there is only
about 12 minutes of that. It is a big moneymaker which means the next two books based on this character are sure to be out as movies.
Based on a true story, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, is the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. Set during World War 2 it's the story of his
early troubled years to his appearance at the Olympics, his 50 days adrift in the Pacific on a life raft to his time as a POW in a Japanese camp. Bottom line,
it's really the story of faith, resilience and determination. At the end of the film he returns to Japan to forgive his captors.
Finally, there's The Drop, a mediocre movie at best, but it's significance is it was James Gandolfini's last movie. He plays a bar owner in the underworld
of Brooklyn, and not a very nice one. He goes so far as to stage a holdup in his own bar. He does this to steal the money left there during the day and night
from gambling receipts, in other words, the drops. His nephew in the focal point of the film.
I think it's best we remember Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Rated R.
Films I strongly recommend include - The Theory of Everything, The Imagination Game, Birdman, The Judge and American Sniper.
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A Tribute To Our MilitarySep 11, 2011 -- 8:46am
A Military Tribute
Now that I lay me down for some sleep
My family’s secure as I take a quick peek.
With all of my heart I must give my thanks
to all those in uniform - regardless of rank.
Each time that they’re seen my heart sure does swell,
They serve our great country and serve it so well!
Freedom’s not cheap, it sure isn’t free...
If it wasn't for them, then where would we be?
They give us their all, and do what they must,
with God they do live, and in God they do trust.
So as I lay down and rest my tired eyes
our freedom still rings, and our flag - it still flies!
Safe is my family, my country, my home,
Because of our Military it must surely be known!
My very last prayer in the deep of the night:
"God bless them & keep them strong for their fight."
- Steve Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You United States MilitaryMay 02, 2011 -- 3:16pm
Only a minute number are born to take on such a mission! Imagine leaving the luxuries of American life. The likes of leaving behind your favorite sporting events and your favorite TV shows, the fast food restaurants, the nights out on the town, the cookouts. Leaving behind perhaps your girlfriend or wife, your mother and or father, your brothers or sister, your best friend, maybe even your own son or daughter, basically everything you grew up ever or just began loving! Imagine your former lifestyle is now just a faraway fantasy. Every day you spend your free time hoping to one day return to that former utopia. As if this scenario was not unbearably thought-provoking, just try and fathom the idea of waking up each day with the sword of jihad pinned up against your throat! For those days where you are fortunate enough to avoid the jihadist dagger you wonder will tomorrow ever come? Or will today be your last? Every day you wake up in fear as you dwell in the most dangerous location his holiness above has allowed to ever exist! You routinely gaze upon ruin and carnage both from a physical and mental point of view. You see the blood and destruction first hand of both your enemies and allies. You just hope and pray it would come to an end. Who would trade your everyday American existence of freedom and liberty for such a hellish way of life? Only those who understand that freedom is not an eternal virtue, rather it is a occasional lifestyle that must be defended with the blood of heroes! As Ronald Reagan once said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Thank you United States Military for making sure freedom does not become an extinction in America! Thank you for taking on all the above to save us the burden of having to do the same!
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