Campaign 2016

After this last debate, I am sure there are still Trump supporters convinced their guy will win. People who believe despite the atrocities this man spews, he is a better choice than Clinton. Have you googled her accomplishments? Have you done the real research on her or are you basing this opinion on all the rumors and unsubstantiated rumors that have dogged them for decades? When you go to the trouble of learning about her, you will discover she is a capable, intelligent and hard working person who has done amazing things and have helped countless people all over the world and still inspires. Perfect? No, but no candidate is perfect, but she will do something Trump will NOT do and that is fight for this country. Hundreds of papers are endorsing her. Papers that haven’t endorsed a Democratic candidate in literally hundreds of years. I think that in itself says a lot. I know, you say it’s all liberal media bias. Whenever things conflict with what you believe, it’s a lie. Sure she has a few black mars on her record, but there is nothing she could have done that would make Trump a better choice. She’s a liar, they say. She does lie. About 28% of the time, which is average for a politician. Trump, your boy, lies 80% of the time. He lied after the first debate about something he said during the debate. He lied about something millions of people heard him say barely an hour after saying it on camera and into his mic. You trust that? You honestly trust that!? All the failed business ventures, the late night Twitter rants. This man is a child and I honestly believe if he is elected, he will probably resign before his first year is up because he won’t be able to handle it. This isn’t hosting a reality show or being a suit. This is a 24/7, super important job that never ends and he just doesn’t have the fortitude. Although, to his credit, I agree with term limits in congress and the senate, but we don’t need him to get that done.

You say anything is better than Clinton, and I say, NO!!! We’re going to be fortunate to have her as our president. So much progress has been made in these past 8 years. We can’t slip back. I admit, I’m less concerned with foreign policy than I am with the war at home, but even still, if your complaint about her is still Benghazi, remember that the Republicans cut security funding for that embassy shortly before the attack, so there is plenty of blame to go around there.

The point is, she is uniquely qualified for this job and he is the exact opposite. It’s not even a subtle shade of quality. If you fall in the camp of being against marriage equality, conservation of our environment and all that, well, all I can say is the world is changing and you can only fight it for so long. If the problem runs that deep in you, maybe you should look into moving to a remote island where you can found your own civilization and you can create that narrow minded world you dream of. Until then, we’re all going to have to find a way to get along until that big asteroid comes and sets all accounts right.

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The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train is a subtle, well paced mystery thriller about a woman, Rachel, as she struggles with alcoholism after her divorce from her husband Tom. She is forced out of the home they put together in favor of Tom’s new wife, Anna and their new child. Rachel drifts in and out of sobriety as she clings to the life she once had and longs for something better. The focus of her longing is a young couple in a house a few doors down from her old one which she can see from her seat on the train which she rides each day. She watches them make love and cuddle and she feels that missing part of herself.

One day, Rachel witnesses the young woman with another man. Having been cheated on herself, the pain is deep and maddening and mixed in with alcohol, dangerous. Rachel gets off the train to confront the woman. In that brief space of time, something happens which Rachel can’t seem to remember and the next day the woman she was about to confront is found to be missing. Things go from bad to worse when Rachel reaches out to the woman’s husband and informs him about his wife’s infidelity. This sets forth a chain of events that ensnares everyone’s lives and Rachel’s sanity is on the brink as the police close in on her as a prime suspect. With no memory of what happened and all evidence pointing to the unthinkable, Rachel must fight to recover her mind and discover the truth, not only to what happened that night, but the truth to her own life.

This is a deeply psychological thriller that attacks from all sides. With the shifting perspective you never know quite what’s going on and whose side you should be on, but you also can’t wait to find out. Emily Blunt turns in a strong performance as a broken woman clinging to the last of her sanity as she tries to see the truth. There are times her drunk performances can seem a little forced or pushed, but it’s easily forgiven when you can feel her power coming through the screen.

Audience:  A very well behaved audience. It looks like we’re on quite a roll.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Tim Burton returns to the big screen in his director’s pants with this adaptation of the bestselling YA novel of the same name. The theme of isolated youth is a popular one in the YA fiction world and this one serves the cause as well as Harry Potter.

Jake is a young man living in Florida and one night he is set to visit his eccentric grandfather but when he arrives he discovers his grandfather is dead with his eyes missing and after witnessing that horror, he sees a lanky, stalking creature with a long tongue. Jake’s grandfather always told him wild tales of his days during the war and after his passing, Jake is convinced there is more to what’s going on and the secret lies in a children’s home in Wales. Jake and his father journey to this lonely island and there Jake discovers that the children that his grandfather told him about when he was a child himself, are still there. They are hidden in what is called a Loop, which is a piece of time that repeats over and over keeping all within held in that one point of time. The children are under the care of Miss Peregrin who understands how special they are and protects them from forces that would destroy them. Jake meets Emma who can fly and use air to accomplish a variety of tasks. There is also an invisible child, a pair of twins in burlap masks and a young girl with a mean set of jaws in the back of her head.

The children’s abilities are used well in the story and show that they are strong and know how to defend themselves against the formidable forces that seek them out, but they are only at their most effective when Jake leads them. His ability is special and crucial to the survival of the peculiar children.

With many differences from the book, the movie still entertains and creates a wonderfully weird world that seems right at home in the Burton universe. There are no punches pulled and children are given credit for having brains and the ability to understand right from wrong. There are some moments early on that give the film a rough start but once it finds it’s rhythm, everything starts to click. It may play out as an X-Men in England, but it isn’t quite that cut and dry. With plenty of twists and eye candy to be had, it’s a welcome addition to the Burton stable. There’s even a brief sequence featuring some classic stop motion animation. Real film craftsmanship is so hard to find these days.

Audience: The people in this theater were fairly quiet and well focused on the film. Thank God for that.