USA Network Mini-Series premiered in March 2015 consisting of ten (10) episodes
Watched via Netflix DVD in March/April 2016
3.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis: When Peter Connelly, an FBI agent recently stationed in Jerusalem, begins investigating the murder of a young American, he realizes that he has uncovered an ancient international conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history. Certain that the dangerous prophecy is nearing fruition, Peter must race against the clock to unravel its mystery. From a remote farm in Norway, to an enigmatic compound in New Mexico, to the serpentine tunnels of Jerusalem, this immersive, fast-paced adventure will take viewers on a quest for a truth that will shake the world’s beliefs to its very core.
I had these DVDs literally for months. I think they were first shipped to me back in late January or early February. I just never seemed to find the time to sit down to binge watch a ‘new’ television show. It must have been a rainy weekend in March when I decided to pop the DVD in and begin watching Dig. My initial viewing sessions got me through three or maybe it was four episodes. About that time, Terry said he’d like to watch to so I told him to watch the first four episodes late at night to catch-up. After a few more weeks or this (not catching up) I finally gave up and just watched the rest of the episodes over the course of a Saturday and Sunday. And I even remembered to watch the bonus materials before returning the DVDs (finally) to Netflix.
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Release Date: April 2015
Watched via Netflix DVD: May 2016
3.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis (from IMdb): The chief mercenary for the British East India Company, being double crossed by his former employer, has made his way to the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name, William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) now hides behind a different mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte, a woman he has been lying to, as well as a colonial intellectual by the name of Ben Franklin. All the while he races against time to defuse a plot that could have devastating effect on the birth of a new nation.
The story was intriguing and I’m always a sucker for a Revolutionary tale. The actors performed well (I laughed, I almost cried). Yet, I remained unconvinced in the sincerity of Will’s conversion, but his actions and convictions spoke louder than his words throughout. Charlotte’s constant protestations of confusion made me doubt her intelligence, but she redeemed herself admirably before the credits. I spotted the telegraphed clues to the mystery early on, so the plotting was almost as heavy-handed as the special effects, which I thought were a bit over-played.
I liked the score, except perhaps for the repeated use of Pachelbel’s Canon, which really wasn’t popular until the 1970s, not the 1776 (in fact it was pretty much lost to history until the early 20th century).
Christian film-making is improving. I continue to hold out hope and with each passing year my prayers are answered for an improved storytelling experience.
Give Beyond the Mask a try. You might find a spark of redemption waiting for you.
At the beginning of April, I embarked on two (2) virtual walks. The first is sponsored by my employer and is called “The Big 1” and described as “The Big 1 takes you on a coastal voyage from Laguna Beach in the south all the way up to San Francisco. It is going to be a beautiful trip and your goal is to complete the route along the Pacific Coast Highway in six weeks.” Continue reading “Double Timing It: Walk Across Kansas and Up the Coast of California Simultaneously”
I joined (or more accurately re-joined) a small group last night, one of the many associated with Westside Family Church (WFC) and connected with their recently opened Leavenworth campus. I promised the other members of the group that I would research (it’s one of my talents/gifts) one of the study questions from the guide (which can be found here) for this week’s installment of the Model Family sermon series.
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Before We Go
Release (U.S.) September 2015
Watched (via Netflix streaming) April 2016
Rating: 3.5-4 stars
After a sunset walk along Angel Falls Trail with Terry, Lexy and Porthos, we whipped up some baked hot wings and sat down to find a movie to watch. First stop Starz On Demand. We looked at every movie offered and discounting the ones we had already seen, found not a single movie worth watching. I asked Terry, “We’re paying how much per month for Starz?” Yeah, they got cancelled this morning, despite Dish trying to entice me with a $5/month for 6 months ‘deal.’ I switched to HBO for a special price this morning to see if we’ll get any better movies with the oldest and biggest premium channel in the business.
Next we both checked our Netflix streaming queues. I also checked movies I’d bought on sale at Google Play and suggested we re-watch the re-make of True Grit. We held that in reserve until we could find something we hadn’t seen. Terry found some strange high school comedy/drama from the mid-80s called Lucas that we attempted to watch for 15 minutes but gave up. I lived through the 80s once. Once was enough. I also checked Hoopla (streaming video from local libraries) and my PBS app but came up with nothing promising. I went back to Netflix and reviewed the drama recommendations. I don’t normally do dramas because they can be a downer and I really didn’t want to start my weekend off on a sad note. But the reviews on Netflix for Before We Go were higher than the normal so I decided to take a chance once we ditched Lucas.
I’m glad I did NOT read any of the ‘critics’ reviews of this film as I quite enjoyed it. Charming and sweet and not bad for the directorial debut of Chris Evans. A very different view of New York from the eyes of two strangers not on a train. I liked it because it was different and hopeful.
Some of my uncle’s recent watercolors for your enjoyment.
Home printing and printers are the bane of my existence. I’m very spoiled. My employer is a large law firm. Law firms excel at killing trees (i.e. printing reams and reams and reams of paper). I’ve had access to exceptional printers (actually the modern-day term is ‘multi-function device’ or MFD for short) for decades. Of course, the flip side to this is I hate printed materials. I don’t want to store them, file them, fold them, dust them, move them, etc. You can’t search for a printed item like you can an electronic copy. So a piece of paper is of no use to me whatsoever. My husband, however, is not so enlightened. Neither are most of my relatives, none of whom have followed me into the realm of paperless nirvana.
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Excellent book review posted on my uncle’s blog:
Book Review: American Tumbleweeds by Marta Elva Four Stars “Tragedy of condemning children to the consequences of their parents’ deeds.” Compelling and heart breaking. An already-fragile family rips apart in the border-straddling communities of El Paso and Cuidad Juarez, isolating its youngest member at a vulnerable time of her life. Inez’s sad tale of paradise […]
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