The Lego Movie (2014)

EMMET: You don’t have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you… still… can change everything.

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Three Types of People in the World According to American Sniper (2015)

There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.

And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression, and the overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.

We’re not raising any sheep in this family, and I will whoop your ass if you turn into a wolf.

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We protect our own. If someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.

You know who you are.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who don’t like this movie. They’ll tell you that it whitewashes the story of a killer, and that much is true. Chris Kyle was not honest about all of his experience, and I’d read criticisms about the film before watching it.

I started it with no expectations. There were some riveting scenes, scenes that make you question just how to tell a combatant from a civilian. The pace of the film was spot on. The subject matter interesting. You’ll walk away with a sense of just how hard a U.S. Navy SEAL is – these guys are an elite outfit, and I hope that they keep their standards high throughout time.

Michael and Eric Cummings wrote an interesting article on The Surprising History of American Sniper’s “Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs” Speech (Slate Browbeat Culture Blog). The article has some great discussion on some of the more critical issues from the film and the War on Terror.

Rush (2013)

A beautiful film, enthusiastically recommended.

I found the film on a list of the best movies of last year. I let it go unwatched for some time, not knowing just how good a movie about a Formula 1 rivalry could be…

I was riveted to my seat throughout. The pacing and plot of the story were fantastic.

Rush explores rivalry on and off the track, unlikely friendships, and passion.

James Hunt is portrayed as the extravagant playboy of Formula 1.

Niki Lauda comes across as intensely respectable and principled: he is disciplined and possesses superhuman grit, yet knows when to back off when the stakes are too high.

A strong story is helped along by beautiful cinematography.

I’m glad that I took the time to watch the film.

See if you can stream it online (Can I Stream It?) or go buy it on Blu-Ray.