FEATURING: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Chuck Zito, Frank Grillo, Rachelle Lefevre, Clancy Brown, Christa Campbell, Stuart Greer, Izabela Vidovic & Omar Benson Miller
DIRECTING VISION: Gary Fleder SCREENWRITER: Sylvester Stallone
Hello, my name is Jason Statham, but you can just call me Superman. I kick as much ass as the A-Team, but I am only one person. I can take down an entire army, yet I am not green like the Incredible Hulk. I am unable to fly or run as fast as the Flash, so calling myself Superman may be inaccurate since I have no actual superpowers. Call me Batman instead! Except I do not need any expensive suit or silly gadgets to whoop butts! I rely on good old American muscle. Who are you calling a fool? I realize that I am not American, but I am starring in American action thrillers, so I might as well suit the one man army stereotype.
Sylvester Stallone knows a thing or two about the classic American hero image and that is showcased to the max with his latest script that pens Statham in the lead role. This is not a horrible thing, as fortunately, Jason Statham has the charisma to make it work. Stallone puts passion into this flick and it is obvious that his heart is in the right place. With Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth in the lead female roles and James Franco as the lead villain, Homefront had all the right tools to be a major success.
Phil Broker (Statham) is a former DEA agent and an ex-solider who dreams of a quiet life with his daughter Maddy (Vidovic). However, the past is a tough thing to leave behind and former enemies are eventually made aware of where he is living. This is sparked when a fight at school between Maddy and another child stirs up the attention of a meth kingpin by the name of Morgan”Gator” Bodine (Franco). Broker does what his real life counterpart does best and starts to stir up trouble by beating people up. In response, the bad guys who know that Statham is secretly Batman realize that trying to fight him in hand-to-hand combat will not work. Next best plan would obviously be to kidnap his daughter right?
Short and sweet summary, but I fear giving away the entire film. Actually, I fear that the trailer itself gave away the entire film. Better yet, Jason Statham being the lead character of an American made action thriller may have given away the entire film. I think Stallone may have forgotten that this was supposed to be a thriller while writing the script. Broker is a tough cookie who can fend off the hungriest cookie monster with relative ease, making it never feel like he or his family was ever in danger.
I did say Stallone put heart into the script and that is nothing short of the truth. The relationship between Broker and Maddy is written very well. Gator is a realistic villain who has morals and realizes when he is going overboard. When it comes to character development, the film cannot be faulted considering the genre and how it is paid special attention too. That is not to say that it is not ever dull, or that the dialogue is genius, or that I even cared all that much about any of the characters, but it serves as one of the higher qualities of Homefront.
I know what you want to hear about folks? This stars Jason Statham after all, so I am going to assume that it is essential to mention the action. It is not over the top bonkers like The Raid: Redemption, nor is it as fun as former Statham flicks like The Transporter. My memory has already practically washed them away, but I do recall it never being a challenge for our superhero. A few bumps and bruises perhaps, along with the worry of criminals chasing after his daughter was all they could do to hurt a one man army, without having tanks and rocket launchers at their disposal.
Homefront boasts great cinematography and exceptional performances. I do enjoy Statham and find him entertaining the majority of the time. He does not impress nor disappoint with a performance that meets the standard expectation. The standouts are the brother and sister combo of James Franco and Kate Bosworth, who both deal with a conflicting conscious throughout the film. Everyone else does a fine job, but do not stand out as particularly memorable.
Stallone had his mind in the right place by going for an action thriller that attempts to make you feel for the characters, while still providing action for those craving it. It even has a few messages to give away, such as the innocence of a child causing an adult to realize where they went wrong or that drugs are BAD. The problem simply lies in how tedious it is to sit through when the script offers no surprises. When a threat is uttered, we feel no suspense or tension because it is blatantly obvious that the chances of this dude crushing Statham is as non-existent as the chance of a couple engaging in hardcore sex surviving a Jason Vorhees encounter. Unfortunately, the plot is as by-the-numbers as any forgettable straight-to-DVD action flick, with the exception that it went to theaters instead.
Superpower Film Scale: 2/5
1: Villainous Waste
2: Careless Bystander
3: Hero unaware of powers 4: On the verge of greatness 5: Heroic film
Standout acting heroes: Kate Bosworth
Photo credit: Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes & IMDB
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WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for yesterday, today and tomorrow by Marty Martel
Prayers once again have been answered in the return to of Mickey Gilley to touring. As we all know, Mickey went through a difficult time after a fall that left him paralyzed. I have heard Mickey sing at a local establishment just a few weeks ago, and he is looking great, and as far as his vocals, he is in complete command of the same Mickey Gilley that we all know and love. Great news for Mickey, his family, fans, and the country music industry. Welcome back Mickey. You have been missed.
Continued prayers for Malaysia and the turmoil their country is going through. Also, that there will be news that they have found the airplane that has been missing, with all passengers alive and well, or the families of the those passengers on the plane will have closure at this time. I know the Lord will send his blessings on all of the families waiting to hear news about their loved ones who were on the plane.
Marty, Would to please keep my wife Jeani in your prays. She fell two weeks ago and broke off the tip of bone on her right elbow. She had surgery yesterday and is now in a lot of pain. Thanks and God Bless you for everything you do.- Beeman
GREAT NEWS FOR MICKEY GILLEY & COUNTRY MUSIC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2014) – The original Urban Cowboy, Mickey Gilley, is hitting the road and will return to touring after recovering from 2009 tragic accident that left him paralyzed.
“I have always loved performing and I know nothing else,” says Mickey Gilley. “Getting back on stage in all of these cities is something to look forward to each and every day. The outpour of love and concern from the fans, my fellow artist friends, and the music community has kept me fighting to walk back on that stage, so I am glad that time is finally here.”
Throughout Gilley’s career, he has released 39 Top-Ten country hits with 17 of them hitting No. 1 on country charts including, Stand By Me, True Love Ways, You Don’t Know Me and A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight). In 1976, he swept the ACM Awards, receiving Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. He has been ranked among the top-fifty country music hit makers in the 1989 book written by record research historian Joel Whitburn.
Aside from his many hits and being known as the cousin to Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, Gilley was instrumental in creating the “Urban Cowboy” era with the opening of Gilley’s in 1971 – known as the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk. The famed-club included mechanical bulls, pool tables, a rodeo area, punching bags, a shooting gallery and a dance floor that could hold thousands becoming the forerunner of Hard Rock Café and other theme restaurants. Esquire Magazine wrote an article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy” based on Gilley’s, which later became the movie, “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta.
In 2009, while helping his friend move, Gilley became paralyzed from the neck down after a sofa landed on top of him and crushed four vertebrae. After several years of intense physical therapy he has returned to the stage and is now walking, singing and performing.
Mickey Gilley Tour Dates:
March 21 Claremore, OK – Cherokee Casino – Will Rogers Downs
March 22 West Siloam Springs, OK – Cherokee Casino
April 12 Godrey, IL – Lewis & Clark College
April 19 Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
May 8-10 Jackpot, NV – Cactus Petes
May 16 Clinton, IA – Wild Rose Casino
May 17 Emmetsburg, IA – Wild Rose Casino
June 25 Pasadena, TX – Stafford Centre
June 26 Midland-Odessa, TX – Wagner Noel PAC
June 27 Greenville, TX – Greenville Municipal Auditorium
July 13 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater w/Gene Watson
July 19 Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
July 30 Shreveport, LA – Casino
Blessed are you, Lord God of my salvation, to you be praise and glory forever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt and led them to freedom in the promised land,
So now you have delivered me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May I, the fruit of your new creation, rejoice in this new day you have made,
And praise you for your mighty acts. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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Nashville is and has always been the Home of Country Music to Billions of Country Music fans around the world. Country Music brings millions of tourists to Nashville every year just to visit places like the Grand Ole Opry, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Palace, Opryland Hotel, Bluebird Cafe, Music Valley Drive, Wildhorse Saloon, Earnest Tubb Record Shop, Music Row (whats left of it), Texas Troubadour Theater, John A’s restaurant and not to mention all the fine Bars that belt out Country Music in the Nashville Downtown area each and every night of the week. Those are just a few places I can think of right now, but there are many, many more. These world-famous places I just mentioned is what gives Nashville its originality and what brings Country fans to Nashville.
What I find so sad and pitiful about all this is, to outsiders like me, it seems that the people who run Nashville and even a large part of the Nashville locals, want to change Nashville into something it is not, and will never be, a town without Country. Do they really want to close down the home of Country Music for the sake of a few extra pieces Silver and Gold. I suppose i know the answer, it is yes.
I have viewed many Nashville documentaries and what is most disturbing to me, is the way the documentaries try to tell the world that Nashville is not really a Country Music town, it is everything but that, they say. To me it’s almost as though Country is the good King and he must be destroyed at all costs, and destroy “Good King Country”, they will one way or another.
Well I can write another good couple of paragraphs about how Nashville is taking the Country Music Fans worldwide for granted but I wont, so I will make it short and sweet, and hope that the good people of Nashville will try to put a stop to the killing off, of the Nashville Country Spirit. Maybe someday soon if nothing is done about saving Nashville as the Country Music Capital of the world, Bill O’Reilly next book may even be called ,”Killing Country” at least I do believe with his track record we will all learn the truth behind the murder of Nashville as the Home of Country Music, as Bill O’Reilly always claims to only tell the truth and promises to back it up with real facts.
NASHVILLE if you carry on trying to invite the rest of the music genre’s to town, you will lose the one that made you famous, I can almost guarantee you that other music genre’s will not be as loyal to you as Country Music has always been. It will be a sad day for me to have to tell my Grandchildren the story of Nashville one day;
“Once Upon A Time, a Long, Long Time Ago. There used to be a Mighty and Powerful Kingdom where Country Music was King, and all the people in the Country Music Kings kingdom were happy, and they all lived in peace for a while”
I will close with this comment:
Frans Maritz A Concerned and loyal Country Music Fan – 2014
Wish you Were Here, well Y’all come over Quick before the “Country Music” disappears
JOHN QUIGLEY: Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, John Quigley dealt with conflicts between Ukraine and Russia arising from the breakup of the USSR on behalf of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He recently wrote the piece “Finding a Way Forward for Crimea,” for the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law. He said today: “The annexation is probably legitimate. There were issues with the referendum, but it’s a fair representation of the will of the people living in Crimea.”
FRANCIS BOYLE: (217) 3:Francis Boyle is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. His books include Foundations of World Order (Duke University Press: 1999). He said today: “U.S. officials are condemning Russia for annexing Crimea after a referendum. I personally thought Russia should not annex Crimea, but it’s ludicrous for U.S. officials to be attacking Russia’s actions. Consider their record in backing bombings in Libya, assassination by drones in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere and, perhaps most notably, aggressive war in Iraq — which began 11 years ago this week.”
JOHN McCAIN: Voted for the Iraq war. “I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time.” (Sept 29, 2002, CNN); “The American people … were led to believe that this would be some kind of a day at the beach which many of us, fully understood from the very beginning would be a very, very difficult undertaking.” (Aug. 22, 2006, CNN).
JOHN KERRY: Voted for the 2002 authorization for the Iraq war. Stated at the time: “Why is Saddam Hussein attempting to develop nuclear weapons when most nations don’t even try? … According to intelligence, Iraq has chemical and biological weapons … Iraq is developing unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering chemical and biological warfare agents…” (Oct. 9, 2002)
JOSEPH BIDEN: Voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq. In his floor speech at the time he claimed: “[Saddam Hussein] possesses chemical and biological weapons and is seeking nuclear weapons.” As then-chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he oversaw hearings which excluded former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter and other individuals who where highly critical of claims regarding Iraq’s alleged possessions of weapons of mass destruction.
HILLARY CLINTON: Voted for the 2002 authorization for the Iraq war. In her 2002 floor speech, she stated that “intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.” (Oct. 10, 2002)
SUSAN RICE: Before the invasion of Iraq, Rice claimed: “I think he [then Secretary of State Colin Powell] has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them, and I don’t think many informed people doubted that.” (Feb. 6, 2003, NPR)
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville Documentary – Episode 3 – WET TV
For over 130 years, Nashville has evolved into the world’s premiere Music City. From Hank Williams, to Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and so many others building the foundation of America’s most vibrant music scene. Today, the evolution continues as artists like The Black Keys, Eric Church and Kings of Leon break new ground in the city they all call home. We’ve created a one-hour documentary that tells this story in its entirety through the eyes of the musicians, songwriters, producers and artists who live and breathe the inspiration of this great city. In the end, this is a film rooted in authenticity. A story filled with passion and truth. A film made simply for the love of music.
WET TV Television for the Independent Superstars Worldwide
This is just too nostalgic not to pass along … I think you will remember most of the items from our past. The world has changed so fast over the last 20 years, there seems no stopping. Technology is getting so much more user friendly and advanced and people on the other hand are getting so evil and angry. If only we could find a way down the middle maybe the world would be a better place. A good start would be to get rid of the saying “Me Myself and I”
Rejoice in Me always. Let your gentleness be evident to all. I am near. Rejoicing in Me can protect you from the temptation to complain. When your circumstances are stressful, it is easy for you to become irritable. But I want you to demonstrate gentleness-not irritability. This is possible to the extent that you find Joy in Me. Since I am the same yesterday, today, and forever, there is always much for you to rejoice about.
You can be joyful in the knowledge that I am near. When a man and a woman are deeply in love, they often bring out the best in each other. Just being near the beloved can soothe irritations and increase happiness. I am the Lover who is always nearby-unseen yet tenderly present. I can soothe your frustrations and fill you with Joy as you tune in to My loving Presence. One way to do this is to thank Me for My continual Presence and My constant Love. When circumstances are getting you down, turn your attention to Me and consider the great Love I have for you. Rejoice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. -Philippians 4:4-5”
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23 esv
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 nkjv
Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord. -Psalm 107:43
After playing Need for Speed games and watching the trailer I’m still not convinced that this will be a good movie. Aaron Paul should do a proper job, but I fail to see the potential here. It feels like a The Fast and The Furious offspring, and it doesn’t seem to me to bring anything original, fresh or new to the entire car chasing movie franchise. As you can tell I am not a big fan of these kinds of films, yet I have watched every Furious movie out there, even the sixth installment, which was awful. People coming back to life, planes driving for 30 kilometers on a runway, people flying over bridges to land on tanks… Seriously, what was it with that movie? Need for Speed looks way to similar to all of this and I am not sure I will be even giving this a look. Perhaps if Vin Diesel was there. That dude’s awesome.
Popcorn Reporter says: Meh!