Brace For Impact – Sully – Movie Review

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I’m sure you remember the headline, possibly the day it happened. A plane that had just left the airport, did a forced water landing on the Hudson River on January 15th. The entire crew and passengers all survived, with only minor injuries to be reported. It was called “The Miracle on the Hudson” and the Captain of the plane was deemed a hero. Many people don’t know what happened or even what occurred after that landing.

The movie “Sully”, craftily named after the Captain of that plane, tells the story of the landing, what occurred during that time, the rescue and what occurred after to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullengberger (played by Tom Hanks, Castaway and The Terminal) and First Officers Jeffery Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart, Battle Los Angelos and The Dark Knight) (the co-pilot).  Sully is directed by Clint Eastwood and has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.

“This is the captain, brace for impact.” – Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

Sully takes you into the crash of that plane. It tells you why they crashed, how the crew and passengers worked together to get to safety and how the police, ferries and rescue workers came together to save everyone in just 24 minutes after the plane landed. You get to hear the co-pit conversation as they realize they wont be able to return to the airport in time. It’s a moving picture and one that people need to see. Yes, it happened just 8 years after 9/11 and the feelings of a plane crashing anywhere near New York would scare the hell out of people. You see these feeling comes forward when Sully and Skiles are questioned about their actions and why they did not return to the airport after making the distress call.

You see how Sully and Skiles deal with what happened, some PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is present and how they are able to stay calm even when they are being told they will basically be losing their jobs, even though they saved everyone on board that plane. It is difficult to watch these men get berated by the officials when they did what they had to do to save everyone and while, many did question their actions, in the end everyone survived and that’s a rare feet itself for a plane crash. There is some shocking information to take in when the case is reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board and some information that is easier to hear after you know the story.

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The movie jumps around to present and the past, with the crash and what the news and people are saying. It jumps to the review process that Sully and Skiles go through and to how the crash could’ve gone other ways with Sully’s dreams. Overall, the movie is in a great time set, it gets right to the heart and point of the story and doesn’t give you unnecessary information to tell the story. I give it 10 out of 10 stars.

“If you could do this differently, if you had another chance, what would you have done?” – Female Board Member

“I would do it in June.” – Jeffery Skiles

I want to stress the importance of this story. Sully did something many few other pilots would’ve been willing to do. Not only that, he put the lives of his passengers first before thinking of his safety. That is a true Captain. However, I also want to take a moment to remind you that the ferry workers, the police and all the rescue workers involved also saved those passengers too. They were able to get everyone to safety and warmth in just 24 minutes after landing. That’s impressive itself. You are all heroes!

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9/11 – 15 years later – Documentary – Movie Review

We all know what happened. We all know where we were when it happened. We all know we will never forget 9/11. The United States was forever changed that day. I was almost 11, home sick with the stomach flue when this happened. I was resting on the couch in the living room, watching TV (ER reruns) and suddenly the show went off and popped onto the TV was the picture of one of the two towers on fire. Unconfirmed reasoning and shock was already spreading and it had only happened moments before.

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I was in shock. I was scared and I didn’t understand. I called my Mom, she had just found out what happened. She told me to turn off the TV and she would call me back in five minutes. Phones were ringing off the hook at her work and my siblings and my Dad were also calling. She knew I was safe and need to check one everyone else. I didn’t turn off the TV. I kept watching. I kept seeing and I remember watching the second plane hit and screaming. At that moment I knew we were under attack. It struck me that this wasn’t an accident. At my young age, I knew what was happening. Here I am sick with something so small as the stomach flu and people are literally fighting for their lives in New York. It’s forever burned into my mind.

It’s scary to think about. It’s scary to remember. When I watch specials on what happened, with information on the people who did it, how the plan was started and executed and how we have changed in order to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again, it still makes me jump watching the planes hit, watching people scream. It’s not easy and I understand why people don’t want to watch it. My Mom refuses to watch the footage and my Dad can only take a little bit before he has seen enough. For me, I watch because I want to know. I want to see the evil that these people were, why they did it and to know that the lives lost that day weren’t and have not been forgotten.

When it came to the CNN special, one that gave you footage inside of Tower 1 lobby, it was a shocking different perspective. And it’s scary at the same time. I still watched and I know a lot of other people did. 9/11 – 15 Years Later on CNN takes you into the documentary of the day the attack occurred, by two not well know film makers and how they never expected that their film into the 9 month probation period of a new fireman would take them into a different direction.

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You see how they chose the guy, how their film started out basic and how a simple run in the morning on 9/11 turned so dramatically and how one of the directors did get the 1st plane hitting Tower 1 on film. You hear some dramatic and graphic things, the film itself warns you of these and examples a lot of the sounds and things occurring by the directors, the other firemen in the film and others involved in the rescue that day. It’s a film that again, isn’t easy to watch but needs to be. This documentary without a question, shows the bravery of the firemen, the police, the emergency workers and all those in the towers. It’s a moving film. It gets a perfect score, 10 out of 10.

I want to end this post with some maybe hard to take in facts for some people. But they need to be read and seen.

  1. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA.
  2. 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people.
  3. On any given workday, up to 50,000 employees worked in the WTC twin towers, and an additional 40,000 passed through the complex.
  4. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the WTC site took 9 months.
  5. Passengers aboard United Flight 93, heard about the previous airplane attacks and attempted to retake control of the plane from hijackers. As a result, the hijackers dilberately crashed the plane in a Pennsylvania field instead of at their unknown target.
  6. While video accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately, no video footage of the Pentagon attack was publicly released until 2006.
  7. Though both the police and fire departments of New York City had their own emergency response procedures, the two departments did not have a coordinated response plan to a major incident.
  8. In 2001, New York City fire evacuation procedures only required mandatory evacuations for floors immediately surrounding a fire. After a plane struck Building 1 of the WTC, Building 2 employees were initially told to stay in the building.
  9. The attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil.
  10. 18 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center site.
  11. Cases of post-traumatic stress are common among 9/11 survivors and rescue workers. Respiratory problems, like asthma and lung inflammation, also developed at abnormal rates for those in and around the World Trade Center during and after the attacks.

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What is happening to the world?

This is a serious question. This is a serious post. What is going on with the world? I sit here reading and watching all of these awful things continue to happen and can’t wrap my head around it.

People have turned their online “world” into this awful and horrible place to say and do what they want. They have think that because they sit behind a computer that they are not responsible for the things they do or say. No, that’s not true one bit. You are responsible. Every comment, every tweet, every post makes you responsible. You can delete it but is it really gone? It’s been seen. It’s been read. You can’t take it back.

I’m all for owning it. I wont tweet, post or comment something that I will regret later. I believe that’s what social media is truly about. You have to own what you say and post. This idea of saying what you want and being “oh well” isn’t how it should or supposed to work. You can’t hide it. You can’t pretend. This is how it is, there’s no turning back.

It really is quite sad to read some of the things I have. I don’t get why. And that’s something that will never be answered. We are so drawn into this online world that I think we’ve lost touch with reality a bit. I operate online, I have been using social media and websites and forums for years so I’ve seen the change progress. I love social media and I love the interaction I can have with people. I love that. But the other side, the dark side of it is starting to really become a problem.

I know I’m not the only one who thinks this. I know I’m not alone. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens right?

Let Me Finish That For You – Short Film Review

We all have those moments where we know what someone is going to say. Sometimes it’s because we’ve been friends for so long and you know a lot about that person, other times it’s random. However, some of us know a person who likes to always finish people sentences and it can get annoying.

Let Me Finish That For You is the true meaning of annoying. Amber is on a date and is repeatedly finishing her date’s (Josh) sentences even when she is completely wrong. She continues to do this throughout the rest of the short and escalates her behavior too. She also seems to be gaining bows throughout the entire short too. Makes you wonder where she got those from huh?

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Clearly the restaurant knows who she is and when she goes around the entire place finishing things like, engagements, birthday candles and someone meal it’s a “oh dear please someone stop her”. Finally Josh has had enough leaves.

This short film has a charming play on comedy and annoyance. Give it a shot and have a good laugh. And next time you’re around that person, maybe you wont think that they’re that bad after hearing Amber. I give it 10 out of 10.

Let Me Finish That For Your stars Katelyn Rydzewski (also directed and written by)  as Amber, Chris McNeany as Josh, and Khaliel Abeld-Rahim as the couples waiter.

Los Muertos – Fear the Walking Dead

The dead. The Walkers. The zombies. Pick your phrase it really doesn’t matter because at the end of the day, they’re all dead in the end. And that is the point of this episode, death. The different beliefs that the human race has when it comes to death. In true fashion to the walker world however, there is always some twist or unsettling factor to it.

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Nick is learning to be helpful around the Colonia or village he is in now. People are hurt from either finding supplies or been bitten by the walkers. The Pharmacist or Doctor as the people call him, has been handing out medicine but the supplies are starting to run low and things have to start being considered. Nick gets to see what happens to those who are bitten. Next to the Colonia is a bus that leads to the walkers. If you are bitten, the people believe you must sacrifice yourself in order to move into another stage of death. This is apart of the Mexican culture. There are 3 stages. The first is life, the second death and third is to not be forgotten, this is why they have the Day of the Dead and celebrate and remember those who have been lost. The Pharmacist believes that the walkers are going to lead those who survive into the next life and that they are just a reality form of the phases of death.

“From death we come…and to death we deliver ourselves.” – The Pharmacist aka Alejandro

This is unsettling to watch but the entire village believes and chants as someone gives their life to the walkers, which only keeps the walkers around by the way. Nick however learns what Lucina’s job is, she’s a scout for the Colonia. She also has learned to cover herself in the blood of a walker in order to travel with the dead unnoticed. They go to visit one of the gangs who control all the food and water in the area. With a trade being made and Nick under strict instructions to be quiet, they go “shopping”. Nick sees that the gangs group is also hurting, and they have junkies who are going through withdrawals. As they leave, Nick is busted stealing a cookie and with a silver tongue is able to keep his hand and get more water for the village, since he has knowledge into what is means to be an addict. Lucina doesn’t like it but they did get more supplies. She is very worried that the gang will follow them back and do damage.

The Pharmacist reveals he’s in charge of the village. He is the one who believes that the walkers are another stage of death and he is leading the faith of the rest of the Colonia. He also has been giving fake medicine to those who are bitten, because he doesn’t want to waste supplies and they will either survive the bite or they will be a sacrifice into the next life. The Pharmacist believes this because he has a bite scar on his shoulder, he survived a bite from a walker, which leads to more questions then answers.

Meanwhile, Madison, Strand, Ofelia and Alicia are still in the truck. They have been looking for Travis but can’t do it anymore because the truck is running out of fuel so they head back to Abigail. And of course the boat is gone so they have to seek shelter somewhere else. The head to a hotel on the beach and even though they worry it’s full of walkers and they don’t have an weapons, they head in.

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All seems clear and they start to search for supplies but the ground floor is empty except for the bar. Alicia and Ofelia start to search the rooms and notice that the rooms that have walkers inside are marked by a “do not disturb” sign on the door handle. They move from room to room, searching but only find a few things and someone who couldn’t make it through and hung themselves and turned. In that moment, Alicia is given a full reality check of what is going on. However, the water at the hotel is still on and Alicia and Ofelia take turns taking a shower.

Madison and Strand are drinking at the bar, getting a more personal feel for each other too. Madison reveals how Alicia and Nick’s Dad really died and it’s pretty clear this is the first time she’s said it out loud for the first time. Drinking in the middle of the day however, during the Apocalypse is not a good idea and banging on the piano in the bar doesn’t help. This gets the walkers moving, breaking windows and falling from the balconies towards the noise. And Alicia gets to see this all unfold, wondering where Ofelia took off too since she’s missing after Alicia got out of the shower. Alicia is trapped in her room because she was screaming and the walkers are loose in the hall. Madison and Strand are stuck in the bar surrounded by walkers, with guess what, no weapons.

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It’s a bit stupid to be traveling without some way of protecting yourself. At this point they should’ve realized that you have to be able to protect yourself and make the choices. Since that isn’t the case, I can’t really give this show credit because someone wouldn’t gotten bitten by now or dead. That’s not the case however, they are still very much alive.

Overall, the episode leaves much to be desired. Alicia seems to be the only one of the group who has realized that you have to protect yourself and make smart choices now. She also has to force her Mom that the others are lost until they are found and she doesn’t have a choice in the matter. Nick seems to be learning is worth while at the same time trying to accept this form of sacrifice in the Colonia. I give it 7 out of 10 stars. It was definitely better then last weeks but unless these people start to learn and accept somethings, them surviving is going to be a joke on this show.

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Yawn – Fear the Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere – TV Show Review

The second half of Fear the Walking Dead picks up almost right where it left it off. Unfortunately you only get to see one character the entire episode. “Grotesque” was an episode of slow moving story with moments of cringe worthy survival by Nick. That’s right, the entire episode focuses on Nick, giving you some back story before the world went to the dead and how he is traveling through Mexico on his own.

You learn that Nick lost his father before the dead rose up and that he did go to rehab but clearly didn’t learn a thing or care because his girlfriend in rehab is also the first walker we see killed on Fear the Walking Dead. She seemed to have her head on straight, despite being a drug addict like Nick. She seemed to want to do better but for whatever reason, these two brought out the worst in each other.

“I want to be somewhere where the dead aren’t monsters.” – Nick

You see Nick lose his supplies and even though he is able to cover himself in walker guts, he really just walks around with them most of the episode. We see hunters on the main highway who eventually, despite their military grade guns, get eaten by a herd of walkers Nick is traveling with. Nick gets attacked by two dogs after falling asleep in the middle of no where. He is of course badly hurt at this point.

He eventually makes it to Tijuana and when searching for food or something to help with his bite he meets our newest character Lucina, who brings him to their camp to get him patched up. All seems to be okay, they are up on a hill with some walls built up but how effective that is, you wont know until the next time they decide to show Nick in the next couple of episodes before the season ends.

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This episode was a disappointment really. The one character adventure and very little dialogue make it a very boring episode and lots of mistakes occur. The back story is nice but it does nothing to build Nick’s character except to make you realize he is a true drug addict and if it wasn’t for the end of the world, he would still be abusing drugs. Overall the episode is boring and even though it’s an hour, it seems like longer. I give it 4 out of 10 stars.

Here’s to hoping the next episode is better.

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