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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.

06.14.21         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Michael Andrew in Indonesia Part 3 | Covid Vaccine Distribution


Thank you Thad Forester for the interest and interview about what I’m doing in Indonesia,
I would consider this part 3 for those who have been following and wanted an update, but it also includes a lot of background about how it all came together, including discussions on vaccines and why equitable distribution will be such a challenge moving forward.

Listen to the full interview on Thad's "Patriot to the Core" podcast HERE

05.22.21         personal  

Michael In Indonesia Part 2



05.08.21         movie reviews  

Wrath of Man


Solid bank heist revenge film. I enjoyed it and if like this genre you will enjoy it in theaters!

05.01.21         movie reviews  

Voyagers


Was able to catch a movie today here in Jakarta, and the only thing play that I hadn't seen was Voyagers. This is a remake of Lord of the Flies in Space, that said, it was FAR better than the previews and what I was expecting. Definite rental, see it in theaters if you have the itch to get out.

All is well here, Ill be updating with a podcast soon.

04.07.21         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Michael In Indonesia For 3 Months - Part 1


Michael will be going to Indonesia for the next 3 months with the UPS Foundation to help distribute 13.8 million vaccines.

In this podcast Michael gives an overview of what he will be doing there.

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