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Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 23, 2019

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Blog, Movie Mondays, Movie Views, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 23, 2019

What can I say? When I had an opportunity to watch a movie for fun the other day as I was wrapping up my Christmas card prep, I knew I wanted something uplifting, hopeful, and entertaining. I went right to an old DVD in the collection that I had not seen in a while, and that is this week’s lone movie viewing that I will be reviewing today for my #MovieMondays blog, and yes, you are right – the calendar does say Tuesday but it’s the holidays. Humor me, won’t ya? If you haven’t seen this week’s reviewed film, then I am going to encourage you to check it out. But I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Please check out this late but earnestly presented blog. And as always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.   FILMS VIEWED WEEK OF 12/16/2019 – 12/22/2019  *click on photo to enlarge     110. The American President Comedy, Drama, Romance (1995) Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss   The news from Washington DC hasn’t been the most uplifting these days. It is easy to become jaded and pessimistic about leadership and politics. So while I was finishing up my Christmas cards, I decided more than watching LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) for the 13th or 14th time (probably), I would opt for something to make me feel more hopeful and still give me that romantic comedy feeling that makes my heart tingle.   Michael Douglas plays a widowed president who crosses paths with enthusiastic lobbyist Annette Bening and finds her intriguing beyond the words and ideas she conveys. (Of course, who wouldn’t?) Bening is at her most radiant, so who wouldn’t fall for this smart, gorgeous lady in a New York minute? Mr. Douglas is not too shabby either, capturing an almost Cary Grant-like charm I haven’t felt from him in other roles, even if I have always adored him since his days on “The Streets of San Francisco.” The cast is up to the usual standards of a Rob Reiner-directed film and Aaron Sorkin-penned movie or TV show. Everyone is perfectly placed in this story about the complications of trying to explore a new relationship under the spotlight and scrutiny of your always present staff — oh, and the American public, too. (One of my personal favorite scenes is watching the frustration build as the Prez finds ordering flowers for your gal isn’t quite so easy as you might expect.)   Reiner has become one of my all-time favorite directors, and I absolutely adore the pairing of Douglas-Bening who have a wonderful chemistry onscreen. It’s not a flawless script (there may be a few twists and turns that seem a bit ‘aww, come on’ but with Sorkin, that’s a given we just forgive for every other delight he bestows upon us). If you are in need of a sweet, simple President-meets-Lobbyist-and-falls-in-love tale, this is a gem. I can’t understand for the life of me how it rated less than a 7 on IMDB.com. I know that it can be tough to score super high on that site but that did surprise me. Look for the various future “West Wing” alumni to grace the screen in major and minor roles, clearly in preparation for the Jed Bartlet administration....

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 22, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.       We get something meaningful from everyone we choose to keep close to us in our life. If you are there beside me, know this. Nestle close and know you are loved… for who you are, for what you bring and for allowing me to be there with you. Happy holidays, friends. #twitterverse   (art source, unknown)    ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 21, 2019 in Blog, Wise Words | 0 comments

Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”   — French fashion designer and business woman Coco Chanel   #wisewords       (art source, unknown)              ...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.       Never apologize for who you aren’t or can never be. It took me 49 years to figure out that one. I still forget from time to time.     Own who you are and the decisions you made that brought you to now. That is all that matters.     #twitterverse   (ART:  “The Evening Ahead” by Steve Henderson) stevehendersonfineart.com    ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Drop. That. Mask.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Blog, Thursday Thoughts | 0 comments

Thursday Thoughts: Drop. That. Mask.

This blog is all about being truthful so I will admit that when I started thinking about my topic for this week’s #ThursdayThoughts, I realized I didn’t have one. There’s so much I could talk about, yes, the impeachment yesterday, the holidays, all of those emotions that hit at this time of year as you get ready to wrap up one year and start another. Those are all completely valid and deserving topics worthy of discussion, but ultimately it was watching a TV show finale while finishing up my Christmas cards in the wee hours of the morning that gave me my idea for this week’s blog. Thank you to “The Masked Singer” and no, I won’t be including any spoilers in here. I don’t play that way, you know that.   I started thinking about all of the things that the celebrities on the show who are eventually unmasked have said about their experience and why they loved doing the the show so much. In fact, there was a very memorable confession from the winner (again, don’t worry, I won’t reveal which character or who they really were). The winner got emotional as he/she expressed how much they appreciated being able to hide behind the mask and be judged solely by their talent and not by their appearance or other things people perceive about them, true or not, or their previous work. And I thought about all of us and the masks that we wear every day. There’s a lot of people out here who profess to be authentic but none of us are truly ourselves, not really. The only place that we are unabashedly real in the privacy of our own home. Only the person or people behind that closed door knows the real story, and the only thing the rest of us can do is speculate.   So as we walk through life going to our jobs, taking part in hobbies networking and catching up with friends and family who we might normally confide in, we don’t usually take off our masks off completely because we may be afraid of what the people on the other side of it may think of that person — Will it be impress? Will it live up to expectations? Will it be enough to keep them in our life? There are few people for whom we will shed our mask completely and it really is a shame that we cannot be more comfortable and secure in ourselves to be exactly who we are all the time in whatever company we keep. Life is short. Some of us have learned that a lot this year, losing people important to us and we may find ourselves wishing we had done more, said more to that person while they were on this Earth. Just think if we used that time being more of who we really are, imagine how much more meaningful our relationships could be, what chickenshit fears and worries we would let roll of our backs and how much more focused we could be on what was most important of all, our work at hand, whatever it is. All if we were willing to exist without our masks in place.   I have a job for you today. Okay it’s like...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.       The most beautiful part about dreaming of any kind? We get to have ANYTHING we want.     Anything.       Hmm…     #twitterverse         (Art Source, unknown)      ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Blog, Wise Words | 0 comments

Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “Listen to the wind — it talks. Listen to the silence — it speaks. Listen to your heart — it knows.”   Native American proverb   #wisewords       (“Woman Walking in the Woods” by Odon Czintos)      ...

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Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 16, 2019

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Blog, Movie Mondays, Movie Views, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 16, 2019

Every week,  I show up here anticipating that this will be the week I will surprise anyone reading my movie blogs on Monday and I will bring multiple flicks to blog about in reviews once more. Sigh. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a week like that, one with that kind of downtime available. So did I have a week like that this past week? Hell, no! Once again, a single movie will have to do, but at least this time I got myself out of the house and into the movie theaters like a good consumer. Read on to find out what recently released film that has some Oscar buzz around one of its performers I went to see in person. And as always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.   FILMS VIEWED WEEK OF 12/09/2019 – 12/15/2019  *click on photos to enlarge     109. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Biography, Drama (2019) Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Maryann Plunkett   If you read me regularly, you know that I attribute whatever you like or dislike about me to to the long-lasting impact while growing up (some would say affliction) from three major television entities in my life: Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. So when I heard that Tom Hanks was playing THE Fred Rogers, I had already heard about this great new documentary that surely would be up for Best Documentary Feature in 2018 (and then shockingly wasn’t). I also thought it was curious that once again Tom Hanks was playing a real life person. That seems like it would be an awful lot of pressure.   If you’ve been watching the pre-release promotion of this film, like me, you’ve probably seen many talk shows that have featured some of the actors in the movie and other segments that would spotlight regular people like you and me who along the way had interacted with Fred Rogers or Fred Rogers and his wife Joanne and found out what remarkable and caring people they were. So some of these stories of his kindness, generosity and empathy have been shared across various talk shows lately. I didn’t know when I went to see this film that I was going to be watching one of those stories on a much more detailed level and not a story about Mister Rogers. I guess I needed to do my homework more, and that’s my own fault, but after seeing the wonderful documentary WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (2018), I was only more excited about seeing a fictional depiction of a man who I already knew a little bit about and could identify with the kind of impact he had on children personally, as one of those kids growing up in the early to mid 70s. While the story of journalist Lloyd Vogel (serving as real-life journalist Tom Junod)  is a compelling one and the actors who portray him and his wife (Rhys and Kelechi Watson) as well as Hanks in the pivotal role, I still didn’t love the film. In fact, I was actually disappointed by the film.   Now here is where I will let the filmmakers off the hook a little because my disappointment often results from me setting expectations...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.       Wherever you look outside, let yourself see magic in even the most minute of details.   #twitterverse #simplepleasures         (art by Marcia Baldwin)          ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 14, 2019 in Blog, Wise Words | 0 comments

Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.    “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”   —–  writer Jonathan Lockwood Huie   #wisewords (Art: “Brave” by Jiyoung Kim)    ...

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