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This Is the Beginning for Director Jonah Hill

Gritty. Real. And ironically timeless.

The film ‘Mid90s’–written and directed by actor Jonah Hill–looks like a raw wound has been opened up through the lens of Mr. Hill that eventually heals into something that will make us all stronger. Clearly, the skating scene back in the–you guessed it–mid-90s had a powerful impact on the new director’s life; evident by powerful footage that seamlessly translates scripted movie scenes into reality with little to no disruption to the viewer.

The film’s latest trailer showcases just that.

Exhibit ‘Mid90s’ in late 2018:

(FYI – There are a few choice words in the trailer below)

‘Mid90s’ seems different yet familiar.

Much like the actual mid-90s.

Yes.

It seems like the days are gone when we would excitedly await new neighbors. That feeling that something profound is about to happen by mysterious chance. How will the neighborhood change? Will he, she or they become my new best friend(s)?

There are so many questions concerning new neighbors and the subsequent impact on our lives. Arguably no neighbor will have an influence equal regarding sincerity, warmth and overall goodness as Mr. Rogers. Thankfully, some moviemakers felt the same way…

My answer–along with everybody else–is yes (Hint: This, along with this blog post’s title, answers the film’s endearing question).

I was very happy that Mr. Rogers was my TV neighbor. He embodied the highest-definition of friendship.

Happy 4th of July

The United States of America is looking good at 241 years of age.

Still youthful and vibrant, yet equally wise and challenged, the American experiment continues to work and thrive in a world of great uncertainty and overwhelming odds against it. There are moments of tremendous divisions that give the impression of weakness and disorder. Although, those that proclaim this notion are ignoring history and basic reality.

As the past 241 years have demonstrated, its the similarities and differences (small and large) between Americans have actually contributed to the strength and durability of the United States of America as the greatest country in the history of the world. We are free to debate, free to express our speech and free to change the course of an issue or, yes, even a nation or the world, through individual expression. Whether in the form of dissent or a rallying call, the opportunity for a better tomorrow is always present for the taking, if we so choose. Fierce debate and strong willed disagreements at the individual, local, state and national level don’t broadcast weakness or reason to sulk and panic, but instead presents the chance for someone (or a group) to see something differently and take action to bridge the seemingly unbridgable gap for a positive vision of unity.

The harder the task, the more impactful the reward.

On the 4th of July, we celebrate all the amazing characteristics that define the United States of America. These celebrations, universal and deeply personal, are special and warrant grand spectacles in the form of spectacular fireworks, wonderful parades, delicious bbq’s and entertaining movies with friends and family.

Above all, we remember that some of this nation’s most critically important historical moments have occurred in the face of intense adversity and daunting uncertainty that, once the smoke clears, continues to reveal a country that will sustain and thrive in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined.

This was one of those moments.

“…and the home of the brave?”

The concluding charge in “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key (there’s a family connection to Mr. Key) that, when answered, refreshes the promise of the American experiment for generations to come. And today is a perfect occasion for us to answer that call, in our own unique fashion, for the country we love.

Happy Independence Day. 

Happy Monday!

That Awkward Engagement: Round 2.

Donna Laura Prepon and Kelso Ashton Kutcher were not only fictional best friends in that famously non-famous Wisconsin suburb of Point Place, but they are best friends in the non-fictional world.

Or so they thought…

Humorously, Laura and Ashton are strikingly similar when it comes to dealing with their real world engagement announcements. As a fan of the late ’90s-early ’00s sitcom about the ’70s, it’s great to see the cast members are still friends after all these years. One can tell if the chemistry on screen is genuine and the friendly back-and-forth between the two was reminiscent of their magic from That ’70s Show.

They’re still hanging out, down the street, just not doing the same old thing that they did last week.

Have an Awesome Week!