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The ‘Power Rangers’ movie was a beautiful story of empowering America’s youth

I just watched the Power Rangers movie and I have things to share. The second half of the post has spoilers so be careful when you get there. But first, some general thoughts.

It was nostalgic. Oh they had Bryan Cranston back which was nice! The names were the same and the whole premise was great. If you grew up watching the show as a kid, I think you would like this.

However, I do have to say that it was hard for me to get into this movie first because I held on to the past. I wanted to compare so much and find things I didn’t like. It was only until a little ways into the movie that I realized I had to let go. There were some great parts that took me back but it was a new chapter in the storytelling of Power Rangers. It was for the nostalgic kid in me and for the new generation to have their new heroes. Overall, I felt that they captured everything I needed to see in the movie. There was enough comedy, a little cheesy but a whole lot of fighting that gave me all the feels.

It was targeted to a PG-13 type audience and that was fine for me. I felt that anything less wouldn’t work for a movie coming out in 2017. It seemed like it was going in the direction of a movie like Spy Kids, but this was Spy Kids on steroids. It was action-packed and it was a simply fun movie. Letting go of the past allowed me to embrace this future.

NOW HERE COME THE SPOILERS!!!!

THESE SPOILERS DISCUSS EACH RANGER’S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. 

STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW. 

ARE YOU READY?

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‘The Shack’ gives us God as a black woman and a diverse Trinity — I like it!

On Tuesday night, I finally got around to seeing “The Shack.” Check out the trailer above.

I read the book, which the movie is based on, when I was in college and I am a huge advocate for the book. I really love allegories on Christianity. So when I went to see the movie, I was hoping that it would tell the story I knew and love. It did. The movie matched the book.

For those of you who don’t know the story and want to avoid some kind of spoilers (well not really) then I suggest you stop reading now.

Go now.

Are you ready?

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Spoilers: I want to talk about the ending to ‘Get Out’

You read that headline. Spoilers ahead.

Prepare yourselves.

If you’re not ready, GET OUT!

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I can’t get this movie out of my head. It was done so well that I keep thinking of all the nuggets, hidden messages, symbolism to the entire movie. We can all talk about those things at another time. Or read someone else’s observations. My post is about the final scene of the movie.

The scene I am talking about is the one at the very end when Chris crashes his car. Georgina is dead. Walter is about to kill him before the camera flash stuns him back to a momentary state of normality. Walter shoots Rose and them himself.

Then we enter the scene.

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Being an extra once again!

I was sworn to secrecy and not allowed to share on social media about this, but I’ll do it anyway.

A couple days ago I was back with the crew I do filming with to be an extra. (My first since Moneyball). This one for the Amazon show I won’t name but I will link photos to here.

It was awesome. We were there from 7:30am to almost 6:30pm filming. The entire thing was set at a high school and I sat all over the place and was filmed for several scenes, even making a friend named Carlos along the way.

We would shoot, retake, shoot again. Then we would wait a little outside. Then we would come back in, go to new places in the theater and shoot some more scenes. It was real cool to watch the actors do their lines, meet Dee, and even just kind of chill.

They fed us sandwiches and snacks and so forth. I didn’t win any raffle prizes. But still, overall, it was so cool to act and just be in a show. Catch me when it airs!

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Last night I saw ‘Back to the Future’ in concert and it was heavy and amazing!

When I found out about a movie concert for Back to the Future, I was all in. I had been to a movie concert before and that was for E.T.

But this was different. This was in an intimate setting at Royce Hall at UCLA. I had never been to UCLA before. Anyway, this was by the American Youth Symphony. They would have a Q&A with Alan Silvestri, the man who composed the score for the movie and who would have to remix the score for this showing.

I got to UCLA and having never been there before, was fortunate to that they had signs to tell me where to go. After the show, I walked around for about 15 minutes lost because I could not remember where I parked. Royce Hall was gorgeous and they even had someone’s custom DeLorean out on display outside the building. This was designed to match the DeLorean right when Marty went back to 1985. After all, this was the 61st anniversary of that day.

It had the conductor hook. It had Marty’s skateboard. The flux capacitor. Everything!

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS I TOOK OF THE EVENT

Inside the hall there was a buzz. I didn’t realize that the crowd would be that fun. But I would learn that during the show.

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‘Oasis: Supersonic’ was absolutely amazing

Last night I finally saw this documentary. I was so glad that LA was hosting it for a few more night so I can see it in theaters. I know they now have it available for streaming and all but seeing it in theaters was special.

I knew about the discord between Noel and Liam but this movie gave me the whole story about the early three years of the band. I love this band but I didn’t know much about their formation, their drive and all the drama that came in between their first two albums.

This documentary taught me a lot and it was great to have the two tell their story. Honestly, I appreciate the band more and what they accomplished in those three years. Absolutely amazing!

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My Halloween costume from ‘The Warriors’

What are you gonna be for Halloween, Sam?

I will be Thurman.

From the Baseball Furies.

From The Warriors.

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