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Movies: "Jumping the Broom"

Movies: "Jumping the Broom"

Hollywood just loves wedding movies -- it makes so many of them.  And why not?  A wedding is a self-contained story arc with multiple characters.  There's romance, family intrigue, hot bridesmaids, hunky best men, lots of drinking and emotions running high.  

Did I mention hot bridesmaids?

"Jumping the Broom" is a small wedding movie set in the prestigious African-American enclave of Martha's Vineyard (but mostly shot in tax-sheltered Nova Scotia), featuring a talented black cast, most of whom come from various TV series.  

At center stage are Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton, Ms. Rain in "Precious") and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, known to some as Det. Gil Puente from the TV series "Southland").  They meet cute in New York, just after Sabrina has promised God she will not give away her "cookie" to anyone other than her future husband.

Fast forward six months, to the wedding weekend, cookie still undelivered.  

Where's Wendy?

Where's Wendy?

Movies: "Thor"

Movies: "Thor"

So you want to make a summer blockbuster?  Here’s all you have to do.  

 

First, option a Marvel Comics hero -- any one of them should do the trick.  Next, scrape together a jillion dollars for special effects and hire a small army of (mostly French) CG professionals.  Then find yourself an appealing leading man -- say, blond Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth (Thor).  Toss in a few big name supporting actors like Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Rene Russo (Frigga, and please don’t snicker).

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BAD MANNERS, BAD HABITS, ANNOYING DRIVERS

BAD MANNERS, BAD HABITS, ANNOYING DRIVERS

Have you noticed how good manners are hard to find these days?  With the kinetic pace of this electronic age, there seems to be little time, patience or interest in basic niceties.  The “Please” and “Thank You” that were so ingrained growing up just aren’t there anymore.  Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but this callous disregard for common courtesies annoys me, especially when it comes to drivers’ habits.

Rarely does a day go by that I don’t witness a rude move by another driver.   A little thing like a car cutting in front of me without using a turn signal is annoying to me.  It’s a seemingly minor thing, but it’s discourteous and potentially dangerous.  What’s so hard about placing a finger on the stalk and engaging a turn signal for a few quick flashes?  Is the other driver too busy talking on his cell phone or texting to drive properly?

It doesn’t take long to make a list.  Here’s what I’ve seen just recently:

Movies: "Fast Five"

Movies:  "Fast Five"

With the arrival of “Fast Five” in movie theaters, I declare the summer movie season officially open.  

 

This continuation of the “Fast and Furious” franchise delivers all the rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem summer audiences are presumably looking for, while borrowing plot points from the far more sophisticated “Oceans Eleven” series.  Still, it’s a rousing action pic set in exotic Rio de Janeiro, which makes for a different point of view, I guess.

 

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

I’m a car guy! I enjoy the drive, the mechanics and everything to do with cars. But like most other owners and drivers, I sometimes fall short when it comes to the more tedious aspects of cars, namely maintenance. I am diligent when it comes to the important things like oil changes, tire rotations and the latest recalls. On the other hand, when it comes to checking tire pressure, I tend to drop the ball.

I have no excuse for this failure. It’s not that it’s a hard thing to do; just take the cap off of the stem, apply the gauge and read the pressure. You don’t even have to dig out the owner’s manual. Manufacturers make it easy and convenient to get the pressure right by posting the figures on the door saddle. The driver just needs to take the time and do it.

The experts say to check your tire pressure monthly. I imagine few people are that conscientious. Quarterly seems much more realistic, but I have been guilty of only checking mine with the change of the seasons.