Operation Finale, 2018 Films, Review, Sir Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac, Adolf Elchmann, World War II, Chris Weitz, Matthew Orton, Holocaust, Peter Malkin

My Review of the Film Operation Finale (2018)

Operation Finale opens August 29, 2018. The film stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac. It is directed by Chris Weitz and the screenplay was done by Matthew Orton. This movie, which is based on a true story, takes places fifteen years after World War II ended, and follows secret Israeli agents as they travel to Argentina in order to track down former Nazi Adolf Elchmann. This Nazi in particular figured out the logistics regarding the transportation that brought millions of Jews to death during the Holocaust. The movie focuses a great deal on the real-life Israeli agent Peter Malkin, in particular, because Peter has a lot of personal reasons why he wants Adolf Elchmann to be put on trial in Israel.

I felt like Ben Kingsley gave the performance of his career, and the man has given some outstanding performances! In fact, I almost burst into tears at the end of this movie. All of the actors made you feel like you could relate to them, even though none of us can truly understand the way they felt back then.

The movie doesn’t have a lot of action in it and is more on the intellectual side. So there’s a lot of dialogue. I liked it a lot and found the script to be riveting, but if action is more your thing, then you might feel a little underwhelmed.

There isn’t a lot of violence in the movie, except for one scene. Although the violence had already taken place, what you see on the screen is pretty graphic. I tend to get pretty sensitive when it comes to violence, but I was able to handle this scene towards the end of the film.

I am so thankful I got the opportunity to see this movie and highly recommend it. Be warned though, you might want to bring a tissue!

Operation Finale, Based on a True Story, Sir Ben Kingsley, Oscar Issac, Chris Weitz, Matthew Orton, Holocaust

Save the Date: Operation Finale Opens Wednesday, August 29th.

The historical drama, Operation Finale opens Wednesday, August 29th. The movie is directed by Chris Weitz and the screenplay is written by Matthew Orton.  The movie stars Academy Award Winner, Sir Ben Kinsley and Golden Globe Winner, Oscar Issac. The synopsis is as follows:

Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travels to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country’s right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.

Here is the link to the gripping trailer: https://tickets.operationfinalefilm.com/videos/

Once again, make sure to see it on August 29th! I know I will!

Dog Days, August 2018 Film Releases, Movies, Dachshund

Dog Days-Coming August 8th. First Look!

This is Baxter. Even though he is a Dachshund, my husband and I consider him to be our son. We adopted him in August of 2011 when he was just 2 months old from the Montgomery Humane Society. The moment I held him in my arms, my heart instantly burst with a kind of love that I can’t describe! I was and still am over the moon! My husband and I would do anything for Baxter, and you know what? He would do the same for us!

Baxter is also my protector. If Baxter believes that I’m in any kind of danger for a second, then he’ll risk everything to protect me.

There have also been times where I’ve been sad and started crying because of my anxiety disorder. Right away, Baxter will run over to me and lick me until my tears have stopped.

A couple of times, I have accidentally hurt myself, like a slight nick while shaving. Once Baxter sees the wound, he feels like he needs to take care of me by licking the area. My son has given me unconditional love and I give him the same in return.

Baxter is a permanent member of our family and I will always be his Mommy, no matter what. Don’t tell me he’s just a dog!

The most important lesson he has taught me are the two words I mentioned earlier, unconditional love. Sure, you can get annoyed with someone, even angry, but you never stop loving them and you don’t ever give up on them.

Baxter also taught me through unconditional love to not sweat the small stuff some people do that may get under my skin. Just like with a dog, they may not realize that they’ve upset you, so just let it go!

This leads me to the upcoming film, DOG DAYS, which is coming out on August 8th, 2018. The synopsis is as follows:

DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion.  DOG DAYS releases in theaters on August 8th.

Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAfqqHwgI1U

God Friended Me, Religion, CBS, Comedy, Fall TV, September 2018

God Friended Me-First Look!

Get ready for this fall on CBS, the heartwarming show GOD FRIENDED ME will be premiering on CBS. The synopsis is as follows:

GOD FRIENDED ME is a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken
atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social
media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies
of others around him. Miles Finer is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn’t
believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer, a beloved
preacher at Harlem’s Trinity Church for 25 years who is stung by his son’s strong
rejection of his faith. Miles feels he’s found his purpose in life hosting a podcast where
he’s free to speak his mind, but that changes when he receives the ultimate friend
request. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the
request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom, an online journalist suffering from writer’s
block. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating
God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Joining them on their
journey are Miles’s supportive sister, Ali, a doctoral psych student by day and bartender
by night, and his best friend, Rakesh, a sometime hacker who helps Miles and Cara
research the enigmatic account. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he
believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process,
change his life forever.
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 on the CBS Television Network
ON AIR: Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)
STARRING: Brandon Micheal Hall (Miles Finer)
Violett Beane (Cara Bloom)
Suraj Sharma (Rakesh)
Javicia Leslie (Ali Finer)
Joe Morton (Reverend Arthur Finer)
Here is the the Trailer: https://youtu.be/o6XfmicoyZw
Interview, Helaine Olen, Pound of Foolish, Interview

My Interview with Financial Writer Helaine Olen

I first heard of the financial writer, Helaine Olen, while watching an old(ish) interview promoting her book, Pound of Foolish. In the interview, Helaine said her purpose for writing the book was to challenge the financial “experts.” Why? Helaine explained that she didn’t like how all of their messages have always been centered around it’s the individual’s fault that they’re in debt. When she said that, something in my mind clicked. She’s right…..

I grew up financially abused by my father (we’re on better terms, now) and had some mooching boyfriends. I never truly learned how to save money or the value of a dollar. It wasn’t until my husband came along and taught me that I truly learned. So, hearing Helaine show compassion to people who have had money issues was a breath of fresh air. I knew right then that I knew I not only had to read her book, but I also had to interview her.

I knew that Helaine started out as a freelance writer. What I didn’t know was that the Los Angeles Times had contacted her about writing an article about finance for them as a one-time thing. On a whim, she accepted the one-time offer, the only thing was, she didn’t know anything about personal finance! So, she went to the nearest bookstore and wrote her first column based on what she had read at that bookstore. To her surprise, the Los Angeles Times really liked her piece! This led to them hiring her to start writing their new column titled “Money MakeOver.” A new Helaine was born.

I asked Helaine if all of the personal financial “experts” are a bunch of phony’s. She first said, “Personal finance rules are personal finance rules.” Then, she went on to tell me that they all make some sense when they say to not spend more than you make, and put money into savings and save for retirement. All sound advice, right? Well, it’s not that simple. She went on to tell me that not one of these very famous financial experts take into account the fact that we have a “constantly shifting landscape.” From there, Helaine went on to say that while mortgages have always existed, when she first started writing, it was completely different than it is now. The “rules” have changed. You now have to show proof of your income, sign so many documents and the most problematic of them all, you are able to borrow the entire value of the property and sometimes more! The interest rates on the mortgages vary, but they are out of this world! But. no one could have predicted the housing crisis or the economic crisis, yet all of the blame got shifted onto the individuals who need help. Then, just like the first time I heard her speak, she said something that struck a chord with me. The personal financial advice that’s given is “at best, deluded; at worst, a scam.”

Helaine did say that some of Dave Ramsey’s advice isn’t wrong. When he says to spend cash, not your credit card, that’s the right way of thinking. She went on to say that she agreed with me that it’s good to have at least one credit card because it’s bad to have no credit. Helaine said that if someone needs to build credit but has a problem with spending too much on their card, then they need to leave it at home when they go out. I agree completely!

She did go on to say that despite some of Dave’s good advice, she doesn’t like how he always shifts blame onto the individual. We talked about how sometimes people lose their jobs, get sick, get into accidents, etc. So, it’s not always the individual’s fault, yet Dave and the other experts in his same field don’t seem to see it that way.

Take Suze Orman as another example. Helanie told me that Suze became “queen of the crisis” and would scream at people on TV. Suze couldn’t believe that people were spending and borrowing so much! Sure, people shouldn’t be taking out six credit cards, but some people are taking out six credit cards for a very specific reason. Helaine showed compassion and said things like the cost of healthcare, education and childcare have gone up, among other necessities. So, of course, people are spending more!

Helaine also talked about how much luxury is marketed to us all the time. Status is very important in this country, so we’re constantly having nights dining out and clothes shoved in our faces in order to fit in. We’re also told (especially millennials like me) to spend money on those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

I asked how we should deal with temptation, such as luxury being marketed to us. Helaine said that we need to pay ourselves first. Pay our bills and then put some into savings and/or retirement. She has all of her paychecks deposit directly into savings and every few weeks will move some of it into checking.

I told her that sometimes before making a big online purchase, I’ll sleep on it. Then some mornings, I’ll wake up changing my mind. She told me that when she’s on Amazon, she always saves the items she likes and never immediately hits buy. Most of the time, Helaine never returns to buy the items. That’s a good tip I learned!

I then asked her how she wrote her second book. She told me that it all started when she was doing an interview with Harold Pollack. He said that everything you need to know about personal finance you can put on an index card. Well, the interview went viral! Everyone wanted to know where to get these cards. So, Harold started writing down what people needed to know on these cards, which lead to Harold and Helanie writing Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated.

Helaine is now an Opinion Blog Columnist for the Washington Post, is married to a fellow writer; the two of them have two boys and a fur baby who is also their daughter! (My fur baby is my son! So, I know what it’s like having a fur baby!) She has been featured in many publications, was named Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World” and “The 30 Most Influential People in Personal Finance and Wealth.” Way to go, Helaine! You deserve it!

I wanted to let everyone know what a blessing it was talking to Helaine. I grew up barely knowing anything about money and her agreeing to talk to me is a dream come true-no exaggeration! I find her to be such a positive role model and so easy to talk to. I’ll never forget this interview and will always be grateful to both God and Helaine for this opportunity.

You can find her on Twitter here!

Creed 2, Review, Movies

CREED II Teaser Trailer & Film Details!

I know we have a little while before November, but the Creed II trailer is out and is set for release on November 21st, 2018. It will star Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester StalloneTessa ThompsonWood HarrisRussell HornsbyFlorian “Big Nasty” MunteanuAndre WardPhylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script as well.

Official Synopsis:  Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Something I had to overcome in my life was getting my high school diploma. I have high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome and was always told by teachers and peers that I wasn’t good enough and more importantly, smart enough to succeed in life. I even had a teacher when I was in the 9th grade try to talk me out of getting my high school diploma and literally told me that I won’t graduate!

I went through all four years of high school having this same teach-along with others, in my ear, telling me that I wasn’t smart and that I wouldn’t go very far (as in life events such as school and beyond.) My Mom and God were both in my corner, and I knew if I gave up I’d let them win. I wouldn’t give them the satisfaction of proving themselves right. I wanted to prove to all those who had doubted me-and to myself, that I could graduate. I ended up being part of the graduating class of 2005 and am now a full blogger and volunteer.

The best of us experience self-doubt, which is why our movie heroes are vital to us. In taking us on their journey, they teach us what it feels like to go on the journey of our own. They represent us until we’re brave enough to become them. That’s the magic of the cinema.

Be sure to check out Creed II this November, 21st, 2018. Until then, here’s the official movie poster and the very first teaser trailer.

Pope, CNN, Catholic Church

POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History-03/11 on CNN!

03/03/2018.

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Set your DVR’s for March 11th, because at 10 PM ET/PT on CNN. There’s a must-see docu-series that will be premiering that night called POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History. It will be narrated by Liam Nesson.

 The Synopsis is as follows:

POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History explores the truth about the one world leader who is neither politician nor general – but commands the attention of both. For more than 2000 years, the head of the Roman Catholic Church has wielded unimaginable influence – shaping the world and our daily lives in surprising ways. Now, combining never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and dramatic recreations, this upcoming six-part television series focuses on the men who have held this unique and complicated position, and reveals the unexpected true stories from the Vatican’s past.  The series also delves into the important historical moments that forever changed the Catholic Church – from the foundations of the Reformation to the origins of a new religious order within Catholicism – the Jesuits.  The series premieres on Sunday, March 11 on CNN.

But wait, there’s more! In support of the docu-series, a once-in-a-lifetime contest is going on. Staring on March 8th, you can enter to win a trip to Rome for two (with airfare and hotel accommodations included), a rare and private tour of the Vatican, plus, a $500 gift card so you can load up on souvenirs!

The contest will run until April 15th. Here’s the website to enter: https://myvaticanvacation.com/

Before you run to your TV’s and set your DVR’s, make sure to check out the trailer below first: