Monday, March 12, 2007

Hic!, Lost, -and- Pets Gone Wild

Hic! - conservationist building house using wine bottles
Lost - Aspen Ski Patrol rescues 3 actors
Pets Gone Wild - berserk cat sends woman to hospital

On this day in history: March 12, 1980 - A Chicago jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, he is sentenced to death; after years on death row, Gacy is finally executed in May 10, 1994.

Born on this day in history: March 12, 1922 - Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969) novelist, poet. He gave the Beat Movement its name and celebrated its code of poverty and freedom in a series of novels, e.g., "On the Road."

Today's Video: Mother's Helper - I am repeating Friday's video since several visitors were unable to view it later in the day, due to a server error.
Mother's Helper

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On Saturday, we watched:

Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil: [Led by Lt. Robert James (Nicholas Gonzalez), a team of Navy SEALs is sent to North Korea on a secret mission to knock out a missile site in this high-octane sequel helmed by James Dodson. But when the operation goes awry, four soldiers end up stranded on enemy turf and must battle past rogue forces to carry out the prime objective and ensure the free world's survival. Keith David, Bruce McGill, Shane Edelman and Peter Coyote also star. R - 2006] This was a well-produced, well-acted, suspenseful, patriotic movie. Bruce McGill was particularly good as an over-eager general. We enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it.

Glory Road: [Glory Road tells the true story of Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), a high school basketball coach who, in 1962, took the reins of the Texas Western Miners, an underdog NCAA Division One team. Haskins's insistence on recruiting the best players available to him, regardless of the color of their skin, revolutionized the sport ... and changed the course of history. Director James Gartner's inspiring drama triumphs both on and off the court. PG - 2006] Although it was not planned, we watched this during March Madness. While predictable, the movie was well-acted and exciting. We enjoyed it and highly recommend it. It is excellent entertainment for viewers of all ages.

One Night with the King: [One Night with the King chronicles the brave and historic legend of Hadassah (Tiffany Dupont), a Jewish orphan with exceptional beauty who rises to become Queen Esther of Persia and saves Persian Jews from genocide. By revealing her heritage to the king, Esther thwarts the plan by evil Prime Minister Haman to annihilate all Jews in the Persian Empire. The annual festival of Purim is inspired by Queen Esther's heroism. PG - 2006] The movie is well-produced and well-acted, yet it suffers from a convoluted script which, ultimately, makes the story tedious and somewhat boring. We recommend this movie, although we do so without much enthusiasm.

My mother came to dinner on Sunday. We had grilled pork tenderloin, garlic mashed cauliflower, and steamed green beans. For dessert, we had light vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries. It was a delightful meal. I intend to make black bean chili with the leftover pork tenderloin.

Following dinner, we watched Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties: [With everything, there is a sequel -- and the silver-screen version of Jim Davis's long-running "Garfield" comic strip is no exception. While traveling in England, Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) and his girlfriend, Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt), must rescue Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray) from the clutches of covetous Lord Dargis (Billy Connelly), who mistakes the fat cat for a royal feline with valuable property. PG - 2006] Everyone enjoyed this movie. It is well-scripted, well-acted, and extremely humorous. We all found ourselves laughing loudly and often. We highly recommend this movie. It is wonderful entertainment for viewers of all ages.