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11.26.21         tutorial & training videos  

Black Friday 2021


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11.06.21         movie reviews  

Eternals


Unwatchable. Granted, I fell asleep for most of it. Definitely do not see in theaters, if at all.

10.29.21         movie reviews  

Last Night in Soho


This movie is a few edits of removing about 10 minutes away from being the sleeper thriller of the year. Some parts of it were just so perfect and the end...lol wow...never saw it coming. If you are into Thrillers, albeit with many adult themes (just as a heads up for those of you who aren't into this), it nice that we are getting some good movies again. Highly recommended to Thriller lovers.

10.08.21         movie reviews  

No Time to Die


Saw the long awaited No Time To Die last night.

Lots of unexpected surprises, they were definitely taking chances on this one. I would put it right up there next to Casino Royale.

Highly recommended.

09.25.21         michael's insights  

The Last Mile Miracle - Bringing COVID 19 Vaccines to Extreme Locations




For those of you who are interested, this is an accountability documentary put together about the work we did in Indonesia using the Credo boxes. We are continuing to use these boxes in other parts of the world.

For those who are curious, yes I am vaccinated and believe every one in the world should have equal access and freedom to choose for themselves.
That said, I am also anti-mandate. I believe consulting with your doctor is the best way to start, but I do not believe in coercion to do so.

Most out side of first world countries do not have the opportunity or access to COVID vaccines and I feel strongly that we should do everything in our power to try give this fairness of choice to them.

09.21.21         movie reviews  

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings


Being that this was the first movie I was able to see in theaters in the last 6 weeks or so, I had high hopes for Shang Li and the Legend of the 10 Rings.

I was sorely disappoint and bored, so much so I fell asleep. Never a good sign. From what I saw however, this has to be the weakest of the marvel movies in my opinion.

Even as a rental, I would hesitate to recommend it, but I understand when you have the Disney + bundle and want to watch something new.

08.18.21         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Michael in Malawi, Africa | Maven Nation #75



07.31.21         movie reviews  

Stillwater



A lot of mixed thoughts about this one.

Suffice it to say its not about what it is advertised to be about a thriller (ie a man trying to solve a murder around his daughter's case).

This is a character film contrasting the beauty, flaws, strengths and weaknesses of the human condition. It explores cored values and when one will compromise their standards.

Really good acting.

But, again, NOT a murder mystery or crime thriller.

If you are into character films, you will love it. If you are not, skip it.

07.24.21         movie reviews  

Snake Eyes


As a die hard lover of GI Joe growing up (including collecting the comics), this is a modernization of Snake Eyes Origin Story (which by the way was a HUGE departure from the original comic book story). Decent, not great, but not too bad either. I would say its a definite rental, see it in theaters if you were a fan of it growing up like me.

07.23.21         movie reviews  

OLD


Its good to be back in the USA. Ive been decompressing and getting caught up on so many loose ends, but have had time for movies...

I have a love-hate relationship with M. Night Shyamalan. Dont get me wrong, he is one of the best, incredibly talented, and some of his films are among my favorites (Unbreakable, 6th Sense, Signs) and others, not so much (the Village- I thought he broke the audiences trust with that one) but suffice it to say, I will likely try just about anything he is involved in.

OLD is classic M Night, and while the premise is simple, its twist ending is just perfect. I know many are complaining about it, but I actually enjoyed it. Its a home-run rental, but if you are a fan of M Night, I dont think you will be disappointed.

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