Glow

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Glow is a new Netflix Series about Female Wrestling. It’s hard for me to put my finger on why I enjoy this series. Maybe it’s the 80’s throwback costumes, music, and culture. Maybe it’s the ragtag group of actresses who come together in the story to create this new world of women’s wrestling. Surely, it is the underdog story, the misfits finding their place, with tongues in cheeks.

I find it entertaining and pretty fully realized. I’m surprised at my own reactions, similar to the character’s reactions to the concept of females staging fighting with each other. Check it out. Form your own opinion.

I’ll see you in the ring.

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Stronger

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We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.

What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.

It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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Nathan Chen

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Nathan Chen won the US Figure Skating Championship this week and landed 5 Quad jumps in one routine. He is only 17.

What’s amazing about this story is he kind of came out of nowhere and jumps into the national scene. All this with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang just over a year away.

It’s so exciting and inspiring to see someone rise up to their talents.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 20: Nathan Chen acknowledges the crowd after his routine that would earn him first place in the short routine championship on Day 2 at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships on January 20, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

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ST PAUL, MN – JANUARY 24: Nathan Chen competes in the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on January 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Nathan Chen lands record 5 quads for U.S. title, believes Olympic gold is possible

The Shallows

 

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The Shallows is a new film starring Blake Lively about a surfer who encounters a shark in a secret beach in Mexico. Beautifully shot, it clearly gives homage to the classic film Jaws, but with some modern elements.

The plot is not deep, but touches lightly on the character’s recent loss and her quest for connection in the vast world. In the middle of this quest she unexpectedly comes face to face with a shark.

Thrilling, intense, and a bit of how would I survive this, this summer popcorn flick is a true diversion. Found myself invested the whole time and impressed at the accomplishment. I’m hard-pressed to find a better shark related film since Jaws. While not perfect, it hits the right notes, and made me jump at least 4 times.

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Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show – Bruno Mars & Beyonce

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30FB8CC400000578-3436610-The_superstar_had_been_expected_to_deliver_a_political_statement-a-87_1454901654195 Technically, it was Coldplay’s Halftime Show for Super Bowl 50. But unofficially, Bruno Mars and Beyonce stole the show. Enough so that there is a youtube clip of just their portion of the performance.

It’s nothing against Coldplay. They have some great music. But when it came to deliver a performance that felt fresh, clever, playful, and alive, Bruno Mars and Beyonce succeeded.

The guys vs. girls, black/gold costumes to black/gold costumes, mash up to mash up was something to remember.

 

Buck

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Buck is a documentary that came out in 2011. It’s a portrait of Buck Brannaman, the real life horse whisperer. His story is unique and inspiring. Raised by an abusive father who taught his 2 boys rodeo tricks for small town performances. Buck transforms his troubled upbringing into compassion for horses, as well as a way of living towards one another. He was the consultant for the film The Horse Whisperer as well as inspiring the character in the film. Moving, thought provoking, heartfelt, and memorable.

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http://buckthefilm.com/