There are two movies currently in theaters about American heroes. One of them is “American Sniper,” which centers on a white American hero. The other is “Selma,” which centers on a black American hero.
PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.
The chatter doesn’t matter. It’s essentially the approach the Desert Vista girls basketball team has taken when it comes to the lopsided scores that have become common place as the Thunder prepare for the postseason and defending their title.
I streamed the first State of the State address given by Gov. Doug Ducey. In general, it was a very vanilla kick off to the new session. Rhetoric on taxes, education and administrative agenda; all intended to guide the Legislature on where to focus their bill-making powers.
Almost 30 years ago, Adrian Lyne directed “Fatal Attraction.” His film took a fairly basic thriller premise and distinguished it with Oscar-caliber performances, a well-structured screenplay, and legitimate terror. Since then, we’ve gotten numerous retreads like “Swinfan,” “Obsessed” and now, quite possibly the dumbest of all, “The Boy Next Door.” Even if “Fatal Attraction” never existed, though, “The Boy Next Door” would still be a downright embarrassing standalone movie. How embarrassing is it? So embarrassing that the audiences for “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives” would boo it off-screen.
While 2014 brought us a ton of tremendous blockbusters about superheroes, LEGOS, and talking raccoons, it was also a banner year for smaller movies about life itself. No matter what the budget, this year had no shortage of great films. Today we’ll be taking a look at my 10 personal favorites.
J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” is a unique crime drama primarily due to its central character, Abel Morales. With a title like “A Most Violent Year,” you’d think Abel would be a hostile pig that’s constantly ordering hits and shouting obscenities. While he engages in unlawful activities, Abel is probably one of the most reputable and humble criminals cinema has ever seen. He doesn’t cheat on his wife, do drugs, or abuse the second amendment. Even when he has to put a dying animal out of its misery, he’s reluctant to do the deed.
We have a fantastic city, and it is the place my family calls home. As a city, we are facing big challenges in 2015. However, they are challenges we can easily handle if we complete the task of protecting the public first — you and your family. To be effective, I have always believed you should put your goals in writing. You were made many promises by the politicians and city leaders. This year we need to fulfill those promises to make 2015 the year of “Promises Made… Promises Kept.”
T.W. Lewis Foundation announced a partnership with Teach For America-Phoenix. The non-profit organization has been actively involved in education in the Valley for more than 20 years, working alongside veteran teachers, school and community leaders, and parents to help ensure an excellent education for all children across the metro area. In support of their mission, T.W. Lewis Foundation is sponsoring a challenge grant, which will gift $150,000 over a three-year period to Teach For America. When the challenge is met, the total amount garnered for Teach For America in 2016 will be $300,000.
Sometimes God comes right out and tells us what to do. Matthew 7.12 says, “Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.” Now it doesn’t get much more black and white than that. At other times, He can be more subtle. Jesus often spoke in parables and afterwards his disciples had to say, “What in the heck were you talking about back there.”
From “Boogie Nights” to “Magnolia” to “Punch-Drunk Love” to “There Will Be Blood” to “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson has distinguished himself as one of the greatest and strangest filmmakers of the past two decades. “Inherent Vice” is another mystifying tale from Anderson, although it’s not the plot or meaning of the film that’s mystifying this time around. It’s the film’s quality that’s mystifying. “Inherent Vice” has too many talented actors to count and a strong atmosphere to boot. While there’s much to admire, it feels surprisingly hollow and dull on the whole.
According to a 2013 article from ESPN The Magazine, approximately 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 will participate in a team sport each year. As a former youth football and baseball coach and current father of two girls between the ages of 2 and 7, this number couldn’t be high enough. The enormous benefits of competitive sports are too long to list, but suffice it to say that every child walks away from this experience armed with a set of skills that will serve them well, both in future sports and more importantly, in life.