DON’T BREATHE

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Two time box office champDon’t Breatheis a huis-closhorror flick. The scenario finds three Detroit young adults robbing houses. There’s Money (Daniel Zovatto), thealpha male; his girlfriend Rocky (Jane Levy); and Alex (Dylan Minnette), the vaguely dweeby third wheel who is actually key to the operation, since his father runs the security company monitoring the houses of the people the trio robs. Rockyhas a particularly trying home life—her mom is a deadbeat, her mom’s boyfriend is a neo-Nazi—and she wants to make off with a big enough score so that she cantake her younger sister and put Detroit in the rearview mirror. Enter a blind Iraq War vet (Stephen Lang) whose daughter’s death by a drunk driver netteda six-figure windfall which he keeps in his house. The rest is robbery. As a mainstream horror movieDon’t Breathedoes and does not pull punches. Compared to the tameLights

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Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. – Chief Arvol Looking Horse

“The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more indigenous teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit that will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us.”

Make No Bones About It

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I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf…

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EQUITY

Can’t wait to see this…

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In Meera Menon’s Equity an investment banker, a broker, a hedge fund manager, and a government lawyer make a daisy chain. Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad) is the center of the movie. She plays an investment banker on the high-heels of a professional setback hoping to make a comeback and win a big promotion by taking a tech company public. Her broker beau (James Purefoy) is no help; he’s trying to scale their Chinese wall to steal tips for his hedge fund buddy (Craig Bierko from UnReal). Naomi’s married assistant (Sarah Megan Thomas) tries to juggle an undisclosed pregnancy, the sexual advances of a big fish client, and a career. Meanwhile an old friend (Alysia Reiner from Orange is the New Black), now a prosecutor, investigates insider trading at Naomi’s firm. Set in a sexist environment Equity is a movie about women, written by women, and directed by a woman…

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Resignation letter

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Yesterday I resigned my position in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization. Below is the letter I sent to the chairman explaining my decision.

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Chairman Cuzzone:

We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to our will in ways we could not accomplish on our own. Working with others gives us power, but at the cost of constant, calculated compromise. No two people will agree on everything. There is no moral purity in politics.

If compromise is the key to healthy politics, how does one respond when compromise descends into complicity? To preserve a sense of our personal moral accountability we must each define boundaries. For those boundaries to have meaning we must have the courage to protect them, even when the cost is high.

Almost thirty years ago as a teenager in Texas, I attended my first county Republican…

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Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

How much lawn is too much? 41 million acres. That figure makes lawn the most widespread plant under irrigation in the contiguous US. Three times more acreage is covered in irrigated lawn than in irrigated corn, and that’s a conservative estimate. All of that once precious water used on those 41 million acres of ridiculous, non-native turfgrass to keep it unnaturally green – how can people be so blind?

The Roaming Ecologist

Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.

Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.  And there’s the unbearable ubiquitousness of mowing associated with such a useless cultural practice, which creates a ridiculous amount of noise pollution, air and water pollution, and a bustling busyness that destroys many peaceful Saturday mornings.  The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability.

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Forbidden Love

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Taboos are shattered inValérie Donzelli’s Marguerite &Julien, a brother-sister romance set in seventeenth century France, despite some intentional anachronisms. As children, Marguerite and Julien have a close relationship and a priest suggests separating them. When Julien (Jérémie Elkaïm) returns from business school, he finds Marguerite (Anaïs Demoustier) unhappily engaged; they surreptitiously rekindle their romance, setting off intrigue. Despite the occasional tableau vivant, Donzelli keeps the pace brisk. DP Céline Bozon creates a beautiful look for the film. The score is rich, moving, and, at times, sublime.Marguerite &Julienfinds characters in a familiar narrative, but with an incesticious twist that makes trite situations fresh and stirring.As it ought to, the soapy, melodramatic elements and sheer outlandishnessof the premisesometimes prompt laughs. But that does not diminish the movie; rather, it shows an aversion for solemnity and self-importance that too many films are guilty of. Donzelli directs her actors…

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How Ghostbusters’ Paul Feig failed Patty Tolan

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By this time now, most moviegoers have seen the new trailer for the reboot, remake, re imaging or whatever this is slated to be.   Before we dive further, let’s remember what a movie trailer is supposed to do.   A movie trailer is supposed to build buzz about an upcoming movie which will entice a consumer to make an informed decision to go, spend money and time to watch said movie. A movie trailer is also supposed to give us a glimpse at what the story is about and what characters will be in it as well as the roles they will play.

The Ghostbusters trailer did all of that and it was the cause for much conversation on the internet and every last fan picked it apart for many reasons. My colleague Ben gave it a good assessment which some I agreed with. I was mostly on the fence about…

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