‘Hostiles’ Is a Compelling Tale of Friendship and Forgiveness

(I’m reposting this, for this film is a great movie to watch this Thanksgiving…or period.)

I love a good Western. I always have. And after watching No Country for Old Men my intrigue in fantastic Western flicks has grown. So, yesterday, I watched a film that was said to be an enjoyable movie last year and that was Hostiles. This movie stars Christian Bale in a gripping story about a retiring soldier named Joe who is faced with the final task as a soldier to escort a group of Indians to their home. At first, the prospect of escorting the Indians to their reservation was repugnant to him, especially considering that the Indians’ leader, Chief Yellow Hawk, had brutally killed his friends in the past. But after he reluctantly took the job (he had a greater incentive when he was threatened to be court-martialed) the movie’s story began.

Hostiles is very much a film about companionship and the power of forgiveness. Each major character had faced some sort of tragedy and had perceived notions of those around them because of those tragedies.


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A Movie Ranking: Orlando Bloom

Another week has passed and that means it’s time for another A Movie Ranking. Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite actors as a teenager, Orlando Bloom. Enjoy!

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

I like the Pirates of the Caribbean films but this was one that just didn’t make me as happy as the other ones did. I wasn’t as invested in the characters and the storyline is too complex for its britches.

9. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a pretty dismal conclusion to what could’ve been a very epic trilogy. And while Orlando Bloom’s role as Legolas in the film isn’t exactly horrible he is bombarded nonetheless by the ridiculous script, turning him into more of a superhero than simply an Elven warrior. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Orlando Bloom

My Ten Favorite Disney Movies

My love for Disney didn’t start with the company aggrandizing two of my favorite franchises, Marvel and Star Wars. That only increased my love and respect for Disney. But far before Disney became synonymous with Marvel and Star Wars I loved this franchise for its wonderful children’s movies. As a child, I would listen to this Disney CD that we had that contained all of the greatest Disney songs and those gleeful/magical melodies would take me to a whole new world (pun totally intended.)

As a Disney fan, today I would like to share with you my ten favorite Disney movies. Enjoy!

10. Finding Nemo


As a child I couldn’t get enough of Finding Nemo. As an adult, while the magic has dwindled, it still manages to bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. A must-watch for children of all ages. 🙂 Continue reading My Ten Favorite Disney Movies

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Three


Ora had never been so humiliated in all of her life. Growing up, her mother raised her in a caring manner. She never chastised her or punished her and Ora often gave her reason to do so. Whether she was getting in trouble with friends in the village or using the Force to get her way, Rey only provided her lessons taught by the ways of the Force, showcasing how her actions could lead to bad things. And she always took her lessons to heart, determined to make her mother proud.

In her eagerness to go and fight The Whisper she hadn’t meant to offend or upset her mother. But upset her mother she did and Ora felt sick in the stomach. As she was forced to sit in her seat and listen as the adults formed what was seeming to be a very good plan she could sense her mother’s disappointment as well as the adults’ blatant dismissal of her.

She was just a child in their eyes, not the chosen one who was going to save the galaxy. The woman with the blond hair and leather gear seemed especially pleased about her chastisement. She could tell by the smirk on her face throughout the rest of the meeting.

The realization made her blood boil and her hands clenched into tight fists. Noticing the waves of anger rolling off of her in the Force her father, Ben Solo, turned to look at her. He gazed at her for a second, their eyes locking. His pleasant gaze calmed her and she managed to release a long breath, her fists unclenching. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Three