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Posted by on Dec 18, 2008 in Misc | 0 comments

The 12 Movies of Christmas: #11 "Jack Frost"

3.5 Lions out of 5I recommend this film for ages 8 and up (4 and up if watching with a parent)I believe both genders will enjoy this film Michael Keaton plays a blues bandleader who loses his life on an icy road on his way home after a gig at Christmas. The following year, magic brings him back for a second chance as a husband and father. He transforms into a snowman in this modern and hip version of the “Frosty the Snowman” mini-legend. I first saw pieces of “Jack Frost” on TBS and wrote the movie off as silly and insignificant. Call me a sucker for a father/son story. I finally watched the entire thing one Christmas Eve as I helped St. Nicholas prepare our home for the joys of Christmas morning. I suppose my lingering grief over the loss of my dad made me wish—like Charlie—for a few more days with my dad. Jack’s widow, Gabby, and Charlie become a little hardened and distant after their tragedy....

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2008 in Misc | 0 comments

The 12 Movies of Christmas: #12 "The Holiday"

3.5 Lions out of 5 I recommend this film for ages 18 and up (16 and up if watching with a parent) I believe men and women will equally like this film Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star as two workaholic women who’ve won in their professions but lost at love. They trade houses—and continents—during the Christmas holidays to examine their lives and hope for healing. When my wife and I cued up the DVD of “The Holiday,” I was about as excited as someone being patted down at airport security. However, Nancy Meyers (“Father of the Bride”, “What Women Want”) wove a story that moved me by the depth of love portrayed on the screen. Iris (Winslet) learns to say “no” to a man that has used her like a car polish cloth. Her strengths, twisted for Jasper, are released to be an encouraging force in the lives of two very different Hollywood men. Through her belief in them, both find steel in their veins.Amanda (Diaz) learns to...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2008 in Misc | 2 comments

Perhaps I’ve seen too many movies.

My favorite movies are “hero stories.” Most of the movies presented in this montage make my heart beat faster and my tear ducts swell. He could have finished the piece with the speeches, but the closing seconds make this montage more than a smile...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2008 in Misc | 0 comments

T.L. Hines: The Unseen. You’ll Never Look at Acoustic Ceiling Tiles the Same Way Again

Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2008 3 of 5 Lions I recommend it for ages 14 and up I believe men will enjoy the book more than women 4:1 T. L. Hines writes the most creative tweets on Twitter. (http://www.twitter.com/tlhines) My favorites include: Holding out for a Red Ryder BB gun. Have an extra eye to spare. Wishing Halle Berry would reconcile with her estranged sisters Huckel and Razz. Joe the Plumber has inspired a lot of cracks these last several days. Which is kind of fitting, when you think about it. Is age 72, in Chinese Gymnast Years. Dinner tonight: liver, fava beans, and a nice Chianti. After more than four-dozen chuckles and groans reading his tweets, I took a chance reading his latest novel, The Unseen from Thomas Nelson Publishers. A potential tag line could be: Little Brother is Watching You … and Taking Notes. Hines creates a fascinating hidden universe. He tells the story of Lucas, a young man with a remarkable talent: being able to get into...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2008 in Misc | 0 comments

Ding! Dong! The Munchkins Sang!

Franklin-based Dance Studio will join National Traveling Company for “The Wizard of Oz” Broadway visited Franklin, Tennessee Saturday when the traveling production of “The Wizard of Oz” conducted auditions. NETworks, a Theatrical Production Company, will bring “Oz” to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) January 13–18, 2009. In each city, producers search for local talent to fill the roles of The Munchkins, the beloved citizens of Munchkin Country who help Dorothy find The Yellow Brick Road. Five Middle Tennessee groups sang and danced “Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is Dead!” on a performance stage at Cool Springs Galleria Mall. Hermitage was represented by Artistry in Motion’s N2Motion Dance Team. Smart Steps traveled from Hendersonville for the audition. Three groups are based in Franklin: Circle Kids, DC Dance Factory, and Ann Carroll School of Dance. Each group had to meet several requirements in order to audition. The group chosen in each city must be able to fit into the costumes that travel with the troupe. The boys and girls each...

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