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Ford Verses Ferrari

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So let’s start with what is bad in this movie, the title. This movie really isn’t about the epic struggle between the Ford Motor Company and Italy’s best car company, Ferrari. This movie really isn’t about Henry Ford, II and his desire to beat, Enzo Ferrari. Instead, this movie is about a friendship between Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. Unless you are a car enthusiast, most people haven’t heard of Carroll Shelby. You have to be an absolute racing nut, you would’ve never heard of Ken Miles. Now, you can sort of see why they named a movie Ford versus Ferrari.

The cast is absolutely fantastic. There are wonderful performances by Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Caltriona Balfe was also wonderful as the wife of Ken Miles.

Basically, this movie is about Carroll Shelby making a car that would beat the Ferrari at the LeMans. The person Carroll Shelby hires to help him build this “supercar” is Ken Miles. Ken Miles is not only an engineer but he’s also a driver. He is a great driver. He understands cars. He understands how cars feel and work when they are pushed to the limit.

This movie takes place in the late 50s and early 60s. The direction is fabulous. The racing scenes are absolutely tremendous.  I highly recommend this movie. Have fun.

By |2020-03-07T22:21:57-04:00March 7th, 2020|Movies|Comments Off on Ford Verses Ferrari

Dumbest Commercial Award – Volkswagen Tiguan

https://youtu.be/ZxSua7cV-tw

I’m sorry I can’t tell you how bad this commercial is. Now, what does a gorilla, a blow up balloon gorilla, have to do with a car? I have no idea. The tag line, “The new king of the concrete jungle” is just stupid.

So, if you study movies, this commercial is even dumber. The original King Kong had a ton of racial and sexual over tones. You don’t have to be genius to figure it out. King Kong represents the big, uneducated, sexually charged black male. The heroine is the virginal, beautiful and innocent.

Now whether you buy into this meme or not, it is hard to look at this commercial without seeing some of these same overtones.

Dear Volkswagen,  Kill this commercial. Thanks.

By |2017-08-29T00:42:12-04:00August 29th, 2017|Movies|Comments Off on Dumbest Commercial Award – Volkswagen Tiguan

Mary Tyler Moore

For those of you who didn’t grow up in the ’60s and ’70s, you will not understand. This was a time when everyone was home by or six or seven o’clock in the evening. Everyone was home, reading or watching television. One of the funniest sitcoms of all time was the Dick Van Dyke Show. Mary Tyler Moore played the namesake’s wife, Laura. Her character was shy, though funny in her shyness. She didn’t wear the dresses which were typical of the time. She wore pants. Although her character loved her husband, Rob (Dick Van Dyke), she didn’t take any garbage from him. This was very different for the time.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show broke new ground. (Remember that this show came to us at the same time as All In the Family and M*A*S*H. These shows were funny, but they were also about social and political commentary.) Mary played Mary Richards, a single woman who worked for a male chauvinist boss. The show was a huge hit. It was funny. It was heartwarming. Mary stood up for what was right; not because she was some sort of activist, but because she believed that it was right. Although she dated, she was comfortable being single. This was unheard of at the time when the series aired. What warm-blooded, American woman would be okay with being single? Hell, Mary made it okay.

She did win awards, but never got her props. She played women who were strong.

In her personal life, she started MTM productions, which produced the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda (a spin-off from the Mary Tyler Moore Show), The Bob Newhart Show and Hill Street Blues, which was the forerunner of the modern police show.

I loved her shows and admired the strength that injected into her characters. Mary Tyler Moore – RIP!

By |2017-01-27T00:34:48-04:00January 25th, 2017|Movies|Comments Off on Mary Tyler Moore