Monday, September 28, 2015

Dome Pondering Movie Review: While We're Young (2014)

What is it about? 

A middle-aged couple life's and perspective is changed when a younger couple enters their lives. 

Who is in it? 

Ben Stiller - Josh

Naomi Watts - Cornelia

Adam Driver - Jamie

Amanda Seyfried - Darby

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/28/15

3 Up

1. Lara Logan - After her near death experience while reporting in Egypt in 2011, where she was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob, Lara Logan is rumored to be ready to head back to her post as a reporter for CBS News. Kudos to Logan on the road to recovery. And for returning to her career. 

2. Jake Arrieta - Another near perfect game on Sunday Night Baseball, but Arrieta will settle for the consolation of another win towards his 21-7 record. Oh yeah, he also hit a home run. Is he not the NL Cy Young Award winner? 

3. Lunar Eclipse - How cool was the moon tonight? I won't even begin to describe what type of eclipse it was. All I know is that it was really cool to see. 

3 Down

1. Yogi Berra - It was sad to hear of the death of Yogi Berra this week. To hear of his accomplishments within baseball and what he meant to the game was a nice reminder, especially for a thirty year old like myself who may sometimes think of some of these guys as just old lore. He lived a quality enough life where many are discussing him as a person rather than his accomplishments. Thanks for all of it, Yogi! (Remembering Yogi Berra)

2. Freddie Gray Story - Just when things have died down in this realm of social issues, we are now getting details regarding what was told by some Police Officers, and what Freddie Gray may have said to police officers. Such a mess. 

3. Jonathan Papelbon - He's a good pitcher. But man, this guy is such a clown. Choking your team's best player, the potential NL MVP? Not a good idea. Doing so after coming to the team mid-season? Not a good idea? Engaging this fight after the Nationals were eliminated from the playoffs? Not a good idea. Need I say more? 

1 What Are You Doing? 

1. Brandon Marshall Lateral - Making a catch and then throwing the football back for a lateral? C'mon man? Seriously, c'mon, bruh. After a 2-0 start, my Jets were pretty much very Jet-like today. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

One Third of My Life

It never ceases to amaze me where the good Lord has taken me in my life. Never in a million years, in so many attempts if given, would I ever imagine my life being where it is at thirty when I was a child, or in High School, or even when I was in college. Heck, even in graduate school. Never, never, never. 

On this very September 24th, you know, 9/24 for those longtime DP devotees and readers of the Unity Road Writings, I celebrate four years of marriage with my wife. While that is very much a feat and time for celebration - those who are married know what I mean - it's the underlying statistic that stands out to me this year. What is that you might say? 

I've been with my wife for ten years. Ten years! That is exactly one third of my entire life. 

I'm not exactly sure what to make of it. It's a really long time. It means I am quite old in some aspects, and that I've known this woman for soooooooo long. Really, we've both seen each other change in various ways during an important maturation period for any individual.

Remembering Yogi Berra


Unfortunately, I learned of Yogi Berra's death via Twitter at 3:30am. While up going through schedules, paperwork, and e-mails for work, I decided to take a ten minute break and saw an image of Yogi Berra on the social media platform with the heart dropping text "1925-2015". 

For me, a thirty-year old Yankees fan, I'll be a fool to say I understand Yogi Berra's impact on baseball and pop culture. Quite frankly, I don't and never will. Berra transcended the game of baseball with his personality and his intelligent quotes, now known as "Yogiisms". I am a product of his influence, and never truly was able to capture the ball player, as well as Berra during his peak years. 

Regardless, Berra is easily one of the best baseball players ever. Seriously, ever. I am a firm believer that the position of catcher is more important and tougher than quarterback. Just me. Just bloggin'. And I am well aware that statement may just be sacrilegious to many.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/20/15

3 Up

1. Viola Davis - Not only did Davis become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama, but Davis delivered a very classy and poignant speech when it comes to Hollywood and the "opportunities" given. Again, well earned, Ms. Davis. 

2. Carly Fiorina - Women are running the "Ups" this week as Fiorina clearly was the biggest winner from the 2nd National Debate. Her responses have been quick, short, un-politician-like, and most of all, intelligent. Fiorina's performances in both debates now have her number two in the polls behind of course, Donald Trump. 

3. Tracy Morgan Return - It was the moment on a big shows that are special. After a near fatal bus accident, Morgan's surprise return at the Emmys was a big moment for him, fans, and the industry. 

3 Down

1. Baby Doe Murder - It is so unfortunate the way this poor child's life was snuffed out. Punched to death? Wrapped in a bag? Thrown in the Boston Harbor? Seriously! What is wrong with people? I still really believe, in a perfect world run by me, people would need to be evaluated and approved before being allowed to reproduce. So sad, this story, so sad. 

2. Tony Romo - I'm not Cowboys fan, but you just have to feel for Tony Romo. The guy is super talented, but continues to have bad break (no pun intended) after bad break. This recent set back is just another blow. 

3. Trump Debate Questions - CNN's debate questions geared towards Donald Trump in attempt to drum up controversy was just embarrassing this past week. Presidential debates shouldn't be about fruitless pitter-patter, but quality content. CNN knew better, and should've taken the high road in that aspect. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thoughts and Takeaways From Second Republican Presidential Debate


Over four hours - yes, four hours! - of debate occurred this past week and you knew yours truly was utterly excited. Yayyyy rhetoric! Nonetheless, after a few stops along the campaign trail for most of these candidates, a big shake up in the polls following the first national debate, and Rick Perry folding his hand at the table, CNN get's the nod in delivering the second national debate for the GOP.

After logging massive hours of taking notes, and yes, geeking out on this very debate season, here are some of my takeaways from the second Republican National Debate.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/13/15

3 Up

1. Djokovic and Pannetta - After what has been an outstanding U.S. Open, both Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pannetta walked away with the mens and womens crowns. The tournament had many storylines among the great play that supported it, and these two are well deserving after it all. 

2. Toronto Blue Jays - Earning an "up" again are the Blue Jays who came into New York with a big series against my Yankees and pretty much dropped the hammer on them. The wins pretty much give the Blue Jays a commanding lead in the AL East.

3. Pluto Picture - The newest pictures of Pluto show mountains and dunes and so much more regarding the far away planet (is it still considered a planet? I don't know anymore). The new pictures are really interesting, as is all new exploration in space. 

3 Down

1. James Blake Arrest  - This story is great evidence of the aggressive nature cops take when it comes to men of color. Even former pro tennis player, James Blake, was the victim of aggressive police action when he was slammed to the ground and cuffed out of no where here in NYC. Making matters worse is the fact that it was by a cop who has been tabbed for aggressive actions already. Not a good look for the police, who can't afford more of these negative stories. 

2. Kim Davis - I wrote about Davis earlier this week (Believers Are Out of Line When it Comes to Kim Davis), so I'll leave my opinions there for you to read. Kim Davis should not be praised for her actions. Not then. Not now. Not ever. We need to stop being sensitive and making everything a political agenda. 

3. Miss America - Beauty pageants need to end. Seriously, are we as a culture still doing this whole evening gown, talent, answer question non-sense? I believe more women can gain more from Ronda Rousey than these fake and rehearsed "contestants" who do nothing more than further stereotypes. Just my opinion. 

1 Confused

1. Right to Die - I touched base on this in the 2014 Year in Review when Brittany Maynard won the DP Person of the Year award. I'm not completely sure where I stand on this position as it really is a huge gray area in so many ways. But it is interesting to see California pass this law. Should be interesting moving forward. 

1 Who Cares? 

1. Floyd Mayweather - Who dared order this fight? Mayweather is an extremely gifted boxer, but you just have to be disappointed in the way he chose to end his career. I don't think anyone cared about his 49th win which should have been a big deal in tying Rocky Marciano's record. Instead, it's "who cares?". Typical Mayweather.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Believers Are Out of Line When it Comes to Kim Davis


As a believer, as a man who holds faith in the context of the Bible, and as one that associates himself with the description, "Christian" (albeit the beating and distortion the term has become today), I am overly appalled at not just the actions by Kim Davis, but by many who are in of her support. 

The entire #StandwithKim and #PrayforKim movements (then again, are trending hashtags really "movements"?) are rather ridiculous. The idea that Davis, a government official, who serves the public, works for the public, and is paid by the public - you know like public, meaning EVERYONE, not just believers - would take it upon herself to refuse gay couples a marriage license is ridiculous.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Obvious Child (2014)

What is it about? 

A stand-up comedienne deals with life after losing her boyfriend, her job, and then becoming pregnant during a period where she feels alone and afraid. 

Who is in it? 

Jenny Slate - Donna Stern

Jake Lacy - Max Brown

Gaby Hoffman - Nellie

Monday, September 07, 2015

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Short Term 12 (2013)

What is it about? 

A young member of a residential treatment facility juggles the issues and concerns of that world alongside the personal occurrences and struggles of her own.

Who is in it? 

Brie Larson - Grace

John Gallagher Jr. - Mason

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/715

3 Up

1. Germany and Sweden - The European migration issue is not one that is easy to wrap your mind around. It's a rather deep situation with a lot of gray area morally and ethically. Despite the choices, kudos to Germany and Sweden who have kept their doors open to those refugees fleeing Syria's current war. Again, it's not an easy call, but they've made the decision to help others. 

2. Pink - Major props this week goes to the recording artist, Pink, who called out the MTV VMA's for what it is - garbage. Okay, fine, that was my word, however, Pink was brave enough to say what really is true, "this trash won't save any kids life." She went on further honestly describe the VMAs, "...Let down by my industry and peers". Amen, Pink. So glad someone in the music industry called the VMAs for what it is.

3. Starstruck Boy - This kid who was set to walk out with Swansea City and Manchester City  and had the best reaction once he realized that he was standing next to Wayne Rooney. Just a great facial reaction. 

3 Down

1. NFL - Sooooooooooooooooooo, Tom Brady walks. And once again the NFL has egg on it's face in how it handled another disciplinary situation. What a disaster. 

2. Sean Ludwick - This guy is a real piece of you-know-what. Not only does he drive home drunk and kill his friend, but he drove away on two rims and left his friend at the scene of the crash to die. Can it get worse? Yup. Ludwick decided to count a wad of money while in court as if the trial wasn't all that important to him. What an ass. 

3. ESPN - If you think the NFL is the only one that is all over the map when it comes to being fair, how about ESPN? The company came down harshly on Curt Schilling for some personal tweets by removing him from all broadcasts for the rest of the year, but has done nothing to Cris Carter for his "advice" to NFL rookies, or did nothing in the past when Stephen A. Smith claimed some women instigated domestic abuse, and justified the action because of it. No wonder the ESPN empire is rapidly crumbling. 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

#DeflateGate: What an absolute Mess!


So here we go again with the National Football League and it's careless antics. Another disciplinary problem for a league that continues to hold it's popularity and product in the highest form of arrogance possible. After all, let's get this straight - someone on the team that just won your league championship cheated, you penalized them, the U.S. District court reversed it due to "legal deficiencies" in your actions in doing so, the NFL already penalized the Patriots and head coach, Bill Belichik, who were found innocent in the original investigation, and now Brady is free. Justice won't occur for someone breaking the rules, and #DeflateGate was a HUGE waste of our time. 

Got it?

Okay, so most of us knew the last part was true, especially the way ESPN wanted us to believe the matter was as big as the Iran Deal. However, I'm of the belief, someone did break the rules, game equipment was altered, and the NFL needed to handle it correctly, even if their investigation couldn't prove it. 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

What's it about?

The story of Alan Turing, and his quest during WWII to crack the enigma code along with help from fellow mathematicians in order to end the war.

Who is in it?

Benedict Cumberpatch - Alan Turing

Keira Knightley - Joan Clarke

Matthew Goode - Hugh Alexander