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A Real Hollywood Ending

There’s a new movie that takes the idea of practical effects and realism to another cinematic level.

Clint Eastwood is an acclaimed actor and is proving to be, with each new major motion picture under his belt, one of the best directors on the planet. And leave it to the 87-year-old all-American badass to innovate a “young man’s game” in Hollywood by not casting professional actors for events inspired by real-life heroes but by casting the real-life heroes who defined an inspiring event.

Ladies and gentlemen, the first trailer for The 15:17 to Paris (based on a book with the same name) directed by Clint Eastwood was released by Warner Bros. Pictures today.

If The 15:17 to Paris doesn’t qualify as a must-see movie, then I don’t know what does.

Mark down February 9, 2018, on your calendar as movie night. Real-life American heroes (Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos of the Oregon National Guard, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone) will be given a Hollywood treatment unlike any we’ve seen before in cinema.

Along with Christopher Nolan’s surreal, yet very realistic and necessarily gritty Dunkirk and Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour led by Gary Oldman’s sublime metamorphosis as Winston Churchill, there’s been no shortage of mainstream films spotlighting incredible people and their acts of courage and bravery.

That’s worth the price of admission and so much more.

Making the Right Count

Perhaps, it was just happenstance that I changed the channel to the cinematic masterpiece Titanic tonight literally five seconds before the beginning of the film?

Or maybe randomness isn’t as random (or decipherable) as we’d like to think it is.

With most movies made back in 1997 and earlier, it’s common to change channels and tune in somewhere in the middle. We’ve become so familiar with interrupting a movie in the middle and at the endings when the play on television that we can forget the opening acts that initially engaged us during our premiere experience.

The poker game with Jack Dawson and friend Fabrizio is a classic scene. It illustrates luck, savvy game play and the American way of betting it all on a dream.

And for a particular writer looking for some game-changing chance luck of his own, the aforementioned risk reveals an appealing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of titanic proportions.

The tricky part is identifying that paramount poker game when it’s not a poker game.

And for me personally, I pray my moment isn’t a literal card game.

Happy Memorial Day!

Like most holidays, we wish they were celebrated in some form everyday. And there is something to that. Today is one of those occasions: Memorial Day.

The reason we have no work or school on this Monday is to honor the brave men and women who fought and died for our country. It’s a reminder that freedom isn’t free.

Here is an image that moved me on this Memorial Day.

(Writing From My Heart Blog)

(Writing From My Heart Blog)

We Owe Countless Thanks to Those Who Served and Protected the United States of America.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

In honor and celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s always remember the powerful speech he gave in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. The, “I Have a Dream” speech was a profound moment in American history. But let’s also not forget the lesser known sayings of Dr. King, which are also deeply meaningful in each of our life’s endeavors. Here’s one of those inspirational phrases.

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(AE Mind)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A timeless legacy.