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  • We never expected to see him again.  Like the cowboys in the old movies, Jack Bauer was supposed to just ride away before anyone had a chance to say, “Thanks for saving the world – again.”  Because, of course, he doesn’t expect any thanks.  He’s just doing his job.

    But now he’s back.

    24 has returned with another day for Jack to save the world.  And for all his flaws, I still like having him around to fight the bad guys.

  • film reelSchool may be in session for another month, but summer is already here at the box office! With all the big budget movies hitting theaters earlier and earlier each year, the summer movie season now runs from May to August. In fact, the first of the summer blockbusters, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opens in theaters tomorrow! This summer, the movies with the biggest buzz range from superheroes, animated heroes, a range of comedies, and a few based on best-selling books. Which movies are you most looking forward to seeing in theaters this summer? Vote in the poll or let us know in the comments!

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  • It’s Spring!  The air is warmer.  The sun is a bit brighter.  And we seems to notice the birds a lot more.  Well, maybe I should say that I notice birds more.

    Now I don’t know much about birds and there are few species I can recognize without referring to a guidebook.  But birding is a growing activity in the United States.  Maybe because it doesn’t take special equipment -- just binoculars, maybe a camera, a notebook to write down the species seen, maybe a guidebook.  Or maybe birding is growing because baby boomers like myself are retiring and have more time to go for walks in parks and woods.  Or maybe because birds are just beautiful and are lovely to hear.
     

  • inspire othersIn 2006, the American Film Institute released a list of the 100 most inspiring American movies: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers. It’s an interesting list that definitively answers the question, does a movie need to be sentimental to be inspiring? Looking over the broad range of genres present in this list, the answer is a definite no. Moviegoers can find inspiration in films that invite them to open themselves to love, stand up for what they believe is right, fight the good fight, and rediscover the innocence of childhood. Even superhero movies, like the recently released Captain America: The Winter Soldier, encourage audiences to aspire to be greater.

  • He was born Joe Yule, Jr.  His parents were vaudeville performers who brought their toddler on stage when he was only 15 months old.  He made his screen debut during the silent era in 1926.  The following year he began a series of films playing a boy named Mickey McGuire.  By 1932 he changed his name permanently.  He kept “Mickey” and made his last name “Rooney.”  He could act, sing, dance, and play several musical instruments. He was at home in comedies, dramas, and musicals.  By 1939 Mickey Rooney was the number one box office star in America.

  • captain americaEvery movie fan has that person. That one friend whose movie tastes align almost perfectly with their own, who is willing to re-watch old favorites, make fun of bad movies, and discuss each minute detail of a new movie. I am lucky enough to have two such people, one of whom is my younger brother.