mid-year one-line movie reviews

A few thoughts about some of the movies I have been watching this year ...

A Monster Calls | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   beautiful story of a boy coping with his mother's terminal illness

American Made | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   a very good story about a pilot caught up in the Iran Contra scandal

Amistad | ★★★★★★★★★★.
    •   an amazing movie that contrasts the cruelty and the compassion of human beings

Atomic Blonde | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   way overrated and pretty forgetable

Baby Driver | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   a surprisingly good action flick with a soul

Battle of the Sexes | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   more about Billie Jean's lesbian awakening than tennis

Band Aid | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   I liked the way that the characters found a way to heal their marriage

Dunkirk | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆.
    •   an interesting story that moved way to slow for me

Farenheit 451 | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   surprisingly good futuristic tale about public ignorance and government control

Ghost in the Shell | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆.
    •   okay sci-fi flick

The Girl on a Train | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆.
    •   I really expected more but liked it okay.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆.
    •   enjoyable super hero flick if you enjoy such things

Ibiza | ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   I am being generous in giving this Netflix movie one star

Justice League | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆.
    •   enjoyable super hero movie

Kingsman: The Golden Circle | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   bad sequel to the original which was pretty good

Logan | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   pitiful ending the the x-men series

Salt | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   great action flick with good twists and turns

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆.
    •   disappointing but not as bad as many reviewers thought it to be

Wanted | ★★★★★★★★☆☆.
    •   great action flick with good twists and turns

War for the Planet of the Apes | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆.
    •   disappointing third installment of the apes franchise

Feel free to weigh in on these reviews and let me know what you think..

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the t/log driverless logging truck

A Swedish startup has unveiled an all-electric, driverless logging truck.
The t-log has a range of about 120 miles on a charge
and can travel about 50 mph fully loaded.

nationalism vs patriotism

Sometimes people thank me for my military service. That last word. Service. Is what I think patriotism is all about.

There are many ways to serve our country. The military is one way. Voting is certainly another way. Helping a homeless shelter or a food pantry is another way to serve our community.

From the very beginning patriots have been serving our country by putting the welfare of others before their own. This past week we celebrated independence and honored the sacrifices of patriots who served in the fight for freedom.

So be a patriot today. Find a way to serve your community. In doing so you will serve your country and show your patriotism. And remember that there is a difference between nationalism and patriotism. One is about cheering and the waving of flags. The other is about serving and helping our neighbors.