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A 'Stellar' Return to Star Wars

Star Wars has always been a huge interest of mine, having seen all the movies countless times as well as the TV Series, and the books related to the franchise; obviously I was excited to hear the announcement of a new Star Wars movie. I bought opening night tickets, and it was a stellar experience.

An initial concern for me was Disney's acquisition of Star Wars, and fear that it would make the franchise childish. Though this impact is arguable with the anima... (read more)
Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

Publisher's note: Some of you might have noticed that Wyatt has been AWOL (absent without leave) of late, and, to remedy that reality, I have enticed him back into revealing the good and bad in: film, music the graphic arts by reminding him that he does not always need to write the massively ... (read more)
Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

I have always enjoyed film reviews ... well some of them. Obviously our readers do too.

Unlike all other local publications, we do film reviews, and we do them well. Part of our success is due to the quality of the reviews by our Standard Bearer, Wyatt Sanderman Day, and the other part is... (read more)
Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

Where Were you When Osama bin Laden Died?

I know where I was when Osama was killed by Seal Team 6. It was a Sunday night in North Carolina, and I was no closer to that cathartic event than was Barack Obama.

In short in total reality, we (Americans) are mostly all far removed from the ind... (read more)
Sic Semper Tyrannis: Mary Surratt Must Die

Mary Surratt may have been a loving mother, but it would eventually kill her. Regardless, President Lincoln was murdered and retribution must be exacted, irrespective of the accused's culpability. Mary Surratt's son, John, was culpable to conspiracy to kidnap President Lincoln, but he was far away, hidden by sympathetic priests, therefore someone had to die. Might as well be the mother.

John Wilkes Booth wanted to save the South, so he killed ... (read more)
Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

Where the Profound Beauty of Space Meets the Danger of an Uninhabitable Place

The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in the ongoing quest of sustaining one's life force. Staying alive here on ... (read more)
Once again, this April 23, 2015, "American Snipe" is back in the news, this time being repressed from University of Maryland students.

Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

Every Great War Film is a Great Anti War Film

When Chris Kyle was a young boy growing up in central Texas, he learned to hunt, to fight to win, he loved J... (read more)

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Music

The tease line about Marty calming down was just that. A tease. He was 57 years old when he died in 1982. Robbins was survived by his wife, Marizona; the pair had been married since 1948 and had two children together. I don't know if he actually lived his songs, but songs and truth don't always have to be lived to be relevant. He was born in Glendale, Arizona, in 1925, Marty Robbins was an iconic country and western singer. He taught himself how to play guitar while serving in the U.S. Navy du... (read more)
It ain't exactly all country but it's DARN good. The baby faced country star Vince Gill is a storyteller and gifted musician. If you do not follow Nashville music or the country Genre, you may not know who he is. If you got this far in this review, I assume you at least know him. But for the non-country fans you can find more about Vince Gill here or here.

His last album is a self-produced collaboration with some friends and recorded in his home studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Being a meg... (read more)
This is a work in progress, so please keep checking in on this post as I complete it and refine it. I may have much to say on this one.

Jewel Kilcher pronounces herself a feminist, infuses her estimable talent into the mix, then produces a message of wondrous hope and praise for the human condition.

Jewel from her "Picking Up the Pieces" CD Jewel's "Picking Up the Pieces" Tour, showcased March 19, 2016 at Durham's Carolina Theater, is ancillary to her recent autobiography, "Never Broken" (f... (read more)
Each year-end brings the usual look back on those that have passed during the year. Here is my incomplete list of Music Icons that have passed in last twelve months. The list was compiled extemporaneously during the year as the news was reported.

First, it was Joe Cocker in December and now Rod Mckuen in January. I used to give his books away to potential girlfriends thinking it would give me a hand up as a sensitive guy. Of course it did not work. Neither did Khalil Gibran books. All I need... (read more)

Upon the Stage

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Performances of At the Foot of the Cross will be held March 21 through April 18, 2015 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse now located at the Leon Nixon Cater... (read more)
For Immediate Release:

Performances of Simon Peter, Fisher of Men will be held July 15 through August 9, 2014 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse located at the Leon Nixon Catering & Banquet Facilities on Hwy. 32 in Edenton, NC. Ticket prices in Edenton include both the performance and an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more information contact the Rocky Hock Playhouse Box Office: (252) 482-4621.

Dinner theatre ticket prices are as follows:

The Rocky Hock Playhouse is a full time professional the... (read more)

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Somebody's Laughing

All aboard, the train is leaving the station bound for what Hillary has called the TRUMP PARTY. Within the next few days, the Republican nominee will be selected. Unless there is some significant maneuvering and chicanery, Donald Trump will be the nominee. I have decided to go 'ALL IN' and put my full support on the movement. Accordingly, I have started a Market Exchange Traded Fund, which will be designated by symbol THSX (Trump Hair Spray Exchange) and traded on the BTExchange. The fund will... (read more)
This is a tentative schedule pending resolution of current FBI investigations. Some items subject to change. Names and location to be determined shortly before the convention. Subject to review by Joe Biden Vice President of the United States and heir apparent to POTUS.

Democrat Convention ScheduleMonday, July 25, 201611:15 AMFree lunch, medical marijuana, and bus ride to the ConventionForms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.1:30 PMGroup Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.3:15 PMAddr... (read more)

Visiting Writers

Michelle Chamuel "Call Your Girlfriend":
After work we spent time in the berthing compartment (like a warehouse full of bunk beds). Near me was a small group of Cajuns (Louisiana French) who somehow knew each other from maybe a biker gang. They played tape recording of their HOG (motorcycle) noises and told funny stories. One day, the group was disturbed that their friend was extremely depressed almost catatonic.

He had written home that he met an exciting girl in port. Someone told his... (read more)
Training Video Link:

This skill is not part of the Memory Championship but 70 per cent of us suffer with No Sense of Direction. I found a video about the training of cab drives in London where you must pass a series of tests over a 2 year period called THE KNOWLEDGE.

To pass the test, some take private lessons. The system depends on map study and motor scooter rides. Basically, you must know the streets of London. Only 30% of the applicants will ever pass the test.

I have the route fr... (read more)

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