March 25, 2017

Support Wounded Warriors With American Sniper

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper"

One of the most powerful movies I’ve seen in recent times that really tells a character story has been “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, America’s most deadly sniper in history. As Cooper will say about his effort in the film, his goal was to tell the story of American soldiers and their families. Yes, of course this movie is a military movie and therefore depicts lots of violence and language, but I don’t think any of it is gratuitous. That’s very important to me. I’m not squeamish around violence or language when it depicts the reality of the world we live in.

I watched “American Sniper” in the theater with a friend, but my family has not seen it. I’m looking forward to watching it this evening with my family and getting their feedback.

"American Sniper" on Blu-ray and DVDI think the movie sells itself if you’re at all interested in a military themed movie that develops the story and characters, and this movie only more so because it’s based on a real person and their experience in life. Warner Bros, who produced the film, doesn’t need my help selling it honestly. But what I’m wanting to get across with this post is the following:

American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about WWP’s life-saving programs and services, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.

Everything I know about the Wounded Warrior Project makes it something that I want to help promote and support. The fact that we have the opportunity to potentially raise ONE MILLION dollars for their effort by barely lifting a finger seems like a no-brainer. You’ve got the opportunity to have a copy of this powerful film in your collection and contribute to this organization. That’s some good news right? Take the time now to visit the Wounded Warrior Project website and connect with them on all their social media accounts (found in the footer on their site).

BUY American Sniper (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) NOW! on Amazon.com

Some more good news is that I’ve got two copies of the film to giveaway to some of my readers. I love the fact that I’ve been given an opportunity like this by participating with Grace Hill Media to promote this film and this opportunity. But, here’s what I’d like to have happen. If you end up winning one of the copies of this film from my website, I’d love to have you commit to taking at least a significant portion of the money you would have spent on this film and donate it to Wounded Warriors above and beyond this promotion.

All you need to do to enter this contest is one of the items below: (gain more options by doing all of them!)

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Watch this exclusive video below from Warner Bros. with the actors Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller talking about the film and their efforts to achieve authenticity of the story of soldiers and their families.

Various Photos from “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Bradley Cooper and Director, Clint Eastwood - American Sniper

Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper and His Daughter in American Sniper

Sienna Miller in American Sniper

Movie Review: The Good Lie

The Good LieIt’s late Christmas evening, there are only about 15 minutes left and this holiday will be over and it will be back to the generally normal grind of our every day lives. This holiday has been a good one, it’s our first Christmas in our new home in Tennessee and we hosted quite a number of people for a few days and it’s been a good time.

Regretfully, I was supposed to get this movie review posted earlier this week but with everything going on and the demands of the holidays, this evening was the first time we’ve really slowed down enough for us to pop in the disc and watch it with my daughter. My wife wanted to see it, but she was so exhausted, she has to take a raincheck, and I’ll be more than obliged to watch it again.

“The Good Lie”, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, is the story of “The Lost Boys“. No, not the vampire movie from the 80’s, this is the more horrific story of the 1000’s of refugee children that were driven away from their homeland in Sudan due to wars and fighting.

The story chronicles the experience of a small group of children who witness their village being raided, all the adults and parents are killed and their left to walk 1000’s of miles on foot across the African countryside into Ethiopa and finally Kenya for shelter and protection.

The Good Lie - Reese Witherspoon with Jeremiah

Continuing to experience loss and hardship on their journey, once they reach the refugee camp where they will live for years to come, they challenges don’t end. They eventually make it to America but continue to experience hardship.

Without giving too much of the powerful scenes of the movie away, what I will say is that this movie has stirred in me a deeper sense of compassion and hopefully a sliver of broader understanding of the challenges that people face in their lives that I may cross paths with during my normal day. I pray that after seeing this movie, I stop seeing people as just strangers that don’t look and act like me, and instead see them as people just like myself who have probably experience far more hardships and loss than I may ever comprehend seeing in my own life.

The Good Lie - Birthday Party on January 1st

Something I encourage you to remember about these children of Sudan is that when they were brought into the refugee camps, as portrayed in the movie they were given birth dates of January 1st because their actual birth dates weren’t known. When asked why January 1st, one of the characters in the film was told “because there would always be a party”. With January 1st only a few days away, please think again about this story and make a note of these children, some of which are now adults and living in America around us.

When you watch this film, I hope that your perspective gets broadened and expanded as well. What else can we do to assist those around us? Will we be willing to get involved as necessary and sometimes even challenge the standard and expected status quo of our own lives and society around us.

Prior to seeing “The Good Lie“, I had heard about the events impacting the children of Sudan, but I hadn’t seen much of it that I remember. I’ve also watched “Machine Gun Preacher”, which also chronicles the work Sam Childers did in this era of our history.

Unlike “Machine Gun Preacher”, “The Good Lie” is a film you can watch with your family. There is some language, scenes with alcohol and drug use and obviously some violence. The violence isn’t very visual or graphic other than the site of numerous dead bodies at various points in the story.

For homeschooling families like ourselves, I think this movie would be a great introduction to this period and event of history and provide various opportunities for learning and discussion with your kids about the facts of the events as they happened as well as the geography and cultural studies that could be done between the locations.

The film is now available for purchase at your favorite retailer or online. But I also have a copy to give away for a Homeschool Daddy reader as well. All you need to do is one of the following:

If you have any questions, just let us know.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this film to watch and another copy to give away to my readers for this review. Opinions and critique are my own and an honest review of the film.

“Noah” Movie Trailer Starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins

The announcement of this movie trailer caught me off guard. I didn’t even know they were making a movie of this Biblical story and I definitely didn’t know a major studio like Regency and Paramount would be behind it. On top of all that two of my favorite actors will also be taking up roles. The title character will be played by Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins in the role of Methuselah, he’s looking good still for being a few hundred years old! Also in supporting roles:

  • Jennifer Connelly – Naameh
  • Emma Watson – Ila
  • Logan Lerman – Ham
  • Douglas Booth – Shem

Watch the trailer below

As usual, some artistic license has been added to make it more blockbuster like, but I’m generally okay with that. I wasn’t there, so I’m not sure how it really went down. The movie is directed by Darren Aronofsky, most recently famous from “The Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” starring Mickey Rourke.

I will say, after listening to Ken Ham speak about Genesis and the Flood, thinking about Noah collecting two of every animal seems more of a misunderstanding now than what was really required. Understanding the DNA and genetics and branches of the different families and species of animals makes the task of collecting those that were needed much more manageable. Has anyone else heard Ken Ham speak about this? What did you think?