Let’s recap the 2014 State of the Union address

In the spirit of Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina.

But seriously, repeating the same goals with no plan for execution is incredibly disappointing… Read More…

The Year in Film – 2013

Time for the annual trip down memory lane where I recap my favorite films of the year. The only requirements for ending up on this list are that it has to have been released in 2013, and I have to have actually seen it.

One of my favorite end-of-the-year activities is reading through screenplays made available online by studios, agencies, writers, and other folks. Here is a great list from the team behind The Black List. You should read about what they’re doing for writers, and check out their 2013 Blacklist. This is the best place to find the stories that will likely be heading to a theatre near you over the next couple if years, the ones that often come from out of nowhere to win Oscar’s.

Before I get into the films I loved this year, here’s a short list of films I haven’t been able to see just yet that I really want to see [UPDATED 1/3/2014], [UPDATED 1/19/2014]. Read More…

Be the NashvilleNext Mayor!

The NashvilleNext movement is moving forward, and there is a new way to get involved. And it’s happening right now.

Here’s a note from the folks running the show about the events happening this week through the end of the month.

Community input at public meetings around the city this month will help decide what our city should focus on as we create a plan for Metro Nashville’s future. Conversations in South Nashville and Madison this week have gotten the process started – join us at one or more of the events listed below and share what you would do if you were the “NashvilleNext Mayor.”

Childcare and snacks are provided!

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Please consider attending one of these events if you can. It’s a great opportunity for Nashvillians to get involved, assuming you want to or care about  the future of our fair city.

Seriously though, give it a thought! I’m planning to try and hit the Thursday event this week.

American Ignorance, or why civil liberties matter

America celebrated July 4th this past Thursday.

Let freedom ring, right? The above video was taken July 4th in Murfreesboro, TN at a DUI Checkpoint.

People may argue for hours about whether or not refusing to roll down a window any further was justification for the actions by law enforcement in the video. That’s not the point of this conversation.

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Stand for something

I wish my generation would #StandForSomething that didn’t involve the systematic elimination of babies that are the result of poor planning, bad timing, any crime, incest, or simply an inconvenience to be dealt with.

We ought to be better as a society regardless of what is currently the standard of expectation for what life is. Just because something is law doesn’t make it a right thing. As a nation, we have come to this realization before. I continue to hope that we will move in the correct direction on the life of unborn babies in this country. Not because it’s easier than abortion. Precisely because it says more about us to eliminate abortion than it does to accept it.

We should endeavor to protect life, not destroy it. This should be our task.

We Steal Secrets and Dirty Wars

The Belcourt is the best place to see a documentary film in Nashville. It’s not because it’s the flashiest movie complex, or because they have the best popcorn. Its the only theatre that consistently brings documentaries worth seeing to the Middle Tennessee area.

This past week, the Belcourt showed a documentary titled We Steal Secrets: the story of WikiLeaks. The documentary film walks viewers through the organization of WikiLeaks and how Julian Assange started the world’s largest secret-spilling operation. That weekend I was able to see Dirty Wars, another documentary film about covert operations around the world conducted by a clandestine group known as JSOC as covered by journalist Jeremy Scahill.

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Ramblings on “World War Z”

Since my buddy Crockett showed me the preview for World War Z I had been anxiously awaiting the film. For once, a “zombie” film where it didn’t appear the zombies walked slowly. A real leveling of the playing field. As I often do, I did a little research on the film and learned that the production had some serious issues with delays, re-writes, budget concerns, etc.

By the time the film actually hit the theaters last week, it felt like Hollywood was waiting for the project to crash and burn. It looks like the opposite occurred with the film grossing $111M in its opening weekend globally, $66M of which was earned in the USA. Crisis averted, for now.  Read More…

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