The Lives of Others

I really enjoyed the movie The Lives of Others (2006). It is about a German Stasi agent before the Berlin Wall fell. He sets up a surveillance to get some dirt on a playwright and his girlfriend. It gives a glimpse of how bad thing can really be in a police state. The story has some interesting twists. I really enjoyed the story, but you have to read the 2h 15m movie because the dialog is in German with English subtitles.


My wife and I watched the HBO series Chernobyl. It was gripping portrayal of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union. It consist of 5 one hour episodes. We watched it over 3 consecutive nights. Really good story and acting. I highly recommend it.

Captain Marvel

I took Albert to see the new Captain Marvel movie today. I was pleasantly surprised. I have seen several reviews on the internet that prepared me for a Girl Power, anti-male, estrogen overdose, but the movie I saw did not leave that impression. I didn’t see any scenes or dialog that triggered a negative response. It was an action filled movie with a lot of special effects. I was pleasantly entertained by the story. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a solid 8.

Nota bene: I’m the youngest an only male child in my family. I have three older sisters. My mother and paternal Grandmother were both very headstrong women. I do not feel threatened by anyone, male or female, who makes the most of their God given gifts and talent’s. My world view does not see me competing with others, but only myself. I’m trying to become the best person I can be with my God given talent’s and resources.

Steel Magnolias

Last night my wife and I watched Steel Magnolias (1989). I became interested in the movie after listening to a Garden & Gun podcast that featured it. The movie was released in 1989, but I can’t remember watching it. I always considered it a chick-flick. It was a cute movie. As a parent I found it sad, because your worst nightmare is always having one of your children die.