Monday, February 27, 2017

"Split" Decision


116 Minutes, Drama, Horror

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Damn horror flicks in February! Two hours of intense, suspense, and cannibalism! Ok, it's not that bad and in fact "Split" fails to mustard the 75% of Rotten Maters reviewers. Were they watching the same flick as me? What better way to kidnap three cute girls in a car but to spray them with sleepy spray, woohoo! The fact is the audience already knows what happens before it happens. A crazy dude with multiple personalities, 23 to be exact, attempts to inflict pain and misery to the teenagers. Hell, anyone could escape from this bozo and at any time during this flick. Of course, Shyamalan can't allow this because the flick would be over in 10 minutes. Anyway you know the plot....The psycho, played by James McAvoy, kills two of the girls, his therapist (who he sees throughout the flick), and tries to kill Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. She pops him twice with a shotgun, she escapes, he survives and we must wait for "Split 2" in the very near future. Save us the trouble Shyamalan and don't bother!

Price Waterhouse Coopers Screw Up Oscar Ending or Did They....

In a major gaff, Price Waterhouse Coopers botched the last award given in thy goodnight...the Oscar for Best Picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were the presenters for the Oscar and for most, the golden statute was set for La La Land, the favorite. Beatty opened the envelope, look confused and disoriented and even showed the card to Dunaway. Dunaway wavered slightly, but announced La La Land had won the Oscar, like most predicted. Everyone associated with the film arrived on stage, snatched the Oscar, and began with acceptance speeches. A stage director with a headset on rushed over to Beatty and handed him a second, red envelope. In the card was the real winner, "Moonlight" with Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Producers boldly on the card! La La Land Producer Jordan Horowitz is informed of the major gaff and informs the stunned audience that Moonlight actually won the Oscar for Best Picture. An obviously pissed Horowitz snatches the card from Beatty fumbling hands and presents it to the crowd, corroborating the mistake. Kudos for Horowitz for taking charge and in a modest gesture handed the Oscar over to the Producers of Moonlight. 

Are Beatty and Dunaway cupable in this colossal mistake? Of course they are, just like PwC. Two veteran, albeit brain dead, actors can't adlib without direction or cue cards? Beatty opens the envelope, realizes the error, shows it to Dunaway, and says NOTHING! On top of that, after seeing Emma Stone's name for best actress, Dunaway JUST assumes La La Land is the winner. Most are backing Beatty and Dunaway, but folks these are actors, veterans of the screen. Stop the action, ask for help, or call Kimmel over and show him the card, he is the flippen host! I would have ripped the card from Beatty's cold, dead hands too!  

This will go down as the biggest goof in live television and for the Oscars. Long live Steve Harvey!

Mona Louise Hoover Stout Dies

Mona Louise Hoover Stout, age 77, of Asheboro passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Randolph Hospice House. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Back Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery, Back Creek Church Road, Asheboro with Pastor Michael Fulp, Jr. officiating. Born in Asheboro on June 24, 1939 to Lee and Dora Johnson Hoover. In addition to her parents, Mona was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Stout and brother, Dempsey Hoover. Survived by her niece, Joyce Steelman of Surfside Beach, SC; and sister-in-law, Josephine Hoover of Asheboro; and several other nieces and nephews.

4 Direct line to Rachel Briles Whisenhunt. 5 direct line to Rachel Briles Hoover

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Director: Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
Best Actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Dave Patel for Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Cinematographer: La La Land
Music Original Score: La La Land
Short Film: Piper
Animated Feature Film: Moana
Custom Design: La La Land

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Davis Knocks a Home Run!


Drama, 133 minutes

Director: Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovon Apepo, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson

Right off the bat, no pun intended, but the casting for Fences is outstanding! Give Washington credit for picking the best cast, which is why I listed everyone billed in the cast...well most of them. Give Washington credit for directing even though he missed out on the Oscar for his directing talent. Fences isn't about baseball, it's about keeping people inside, locked up, and domestic drama! Cory, played by Jovon Apepo, has a promising career in football and is recruited, however Pops won't let him go. Pops wasn't given a chance to play ball because of the color of his skin and he won't let his son go through the same pain. Cory later joins the Marines, foregoing his career in sports. Later Pops has an affair and fathers another child which brings me to the real star of this flick. Viola Davis who plays Rose is a proud, determined black woman who steals the cinema screen with her stellar performance. Hell, I wanted to reach into the TV and slap Pops myself! Rose is certainly the backbone of this family and dedicated to the core, no matter what Pops does. No doubt Davis should win the Oscar for Best Supporting Female. Great movie, highly recommend for a Saturday night popcorn feast!

Nice Kitty!

120 minutes

Director: Garth Davis

Dav Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

A sweet, heart warming flick about a orphan returning to his birth land to find his long, lost family. Yet another true story about determination,  restlessness, and emotional strife. "Saroo" played by Dav Patel is lost at a train station after he takes a nap. After Saroo wakes up he searches for his brother, which we learn later is killed by a train. Saroo is later adopted by "Sue" played by Nicole Kidman and her hubby "John" played by Dave Wenham. Of course Saroo grows up and decides to find his mother and brother back in India. A definite chick flick so be prepared for the tears. One note, Kidman doesn't deserve a nomination for Oscar. This flick has her gorgeous presence for only 30 minutes. The Oscar should go to Viola Davis for "Fences".

Clara Hepler Proctor Phillips

Clara Hepler Proctor Phillips, 84, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Thomasville Medical Center. A celebration of Clara's life will be held at 2 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the chapel of Thomasville Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. E. Keith Carroll and Rev. Wilson Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Born on September 26, 1932 in Davidson County to the late Thomas Reid and Claudie Scarlett Hepler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Robert Lee Proctor and James Ransler Phillips, two sisters and three brothers. Surviving are children, Tonya Owens and husband Tony and Chris Proctor and wife Beverly, both of Thomasville; step children, Bob Phillips and wife Becky of High Point, Patti Halsey and husband Mark of Thomasville, Terri Russo of Thomasville, and Sharon Craver of Greenville, SC; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; sister, Inez Swing of Lexington; and brother, Lloyd Helper and wife Norma of Thomasville. Great grandmother is Hannah Briles Hepler

Thursday, February 23, 2017

La La Meh...

2016, Comedy, Drama, Musical, A long 128 minutes

 Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

 Director: Damien Chazelle

Someone missed the boat on this flick, it may have been me to be quite honest. I accept my role as a total dumbass when it comes to comedy, drama, and musicals all in one flick. I loved Xanadu and Grease back in the day, which was rated awful by Rotten maters...and they loved La La Land! Emma Stone plays an inspiring actress and Gosling plays a washed up soul piano player. The two meet, dance, sing, and, and sing....and talk...for two hours. The theme is follow your dreams to the fullest, it just takes so long to get there. J.K. Simmons has a cameo appearance and John Legend is flat, unappealing, and of course plays a singer. This is a decent movie, don't get me wrong. The songs are good, the plot intriguing, it takes forever to get the main the end and the best part of this flick. Now, where is my VHS of Xanadu!

Visit Manchester!

2016, Drama, 135 Minutes

Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

By far, from beginning to end, the MOST depressing movie of all the Oscar nominated flicks. Casey Affleck taps his Oscar Winning performance (he should win) as Lee Chandler. Chandler, divorced, a drunk, and broke learns of his brother's death and receives guardianship of his nephew played by Lucas Hedges. Numerous flashbacks throughout help tell the story of Chandler's demise as a man and father. EVERYONE in this flick struggles to adjust to the passing that guilt and emotional overload most with some laughter and humor mixed in. Grief is felt through Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea...just like real life. Dynamite movie, a must see, take a friend, and hug them afterward!

Don't Hide from these Figures!

2017, Drama 127 minutes

Tarjai Henson, Octaiva Spencer, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner

Director: Ted Melfi

In an untold and true story of brilliant African American women working in an all white, mostly men, world of NASA. This movie had me at hello! This film has all the facts of the 60's. "Colored" toilets, "colored" fountains, and even "colored" coffee pots! You feel the pain of racism in this flick and equally get pissed that brilliant, black minds have to face this type of racism, especially at NASA.  Tarjai Henson plays Katherine G. Johnson, a genius in the field of mathematics saves the space agency and the launch of John Glenn into orbit. Henson is fabulous and deserves the Oscar hands down. No one even comes close. Octavia Spencer is very good in her role as a "computer " and later receives promotion when a IBM computer is brought in to test Johnson and the rest of the brilliant minds of NASA. Jim Parsons is mediocre in his performance as Paul Stafford, Johnson's boss. Costner is Al Harrison, NASA's boss man, and renews his role from JFK. Sounds and looks like Jim Garrison from said movie, in fact he bores me in this film. A keeper and a winner no doubt.!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge is Gripping

2016 Action, War, History, True Story, Oscar Nomination for Best Picture

Director: Mel Gibson

Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner III

Mel Gibson's love of war, family, faith, and death is highlighted in this terrific film about Desmond Doss who saved 75 men on the battlefield. A true story of Doss as a combat medic who refused to carry a gun or fire a shot. The battlefield scenes are horrific, painful and violent, but its needed to tell the heroic job Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, did during the war. I can't think of anyone else better than Garfield to play Doss. The blanket party he gets in basic training is classic! Doss is the first conscientious objector to be awarded the medal of honor!   If you don't understand war and the toll it takes, you have to watch this film. Gibson deserves the nomination for best director as well as Garfield for best actor.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lego Batman Flick is Exhausting...

2017, Animation, Adventure, Action , A long 1 hr 44 mins.

Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

Director: Chris McKay

I felt like I ran a marathon after this movie! And my fat ass doesn't run! This is a noisy movie so sit in the back of the theater. Not sure why "The Lego Batman" flick is getting the accolades, but I was ready for this one to be over. Obviously a predictable ending and of course Batman and friends are saving Gotham City from all of the villains, including the Joker, Riddler, and a cameo by Superman who shuns Batman by not inviting him to a super hero party. The start of the flick starts off promising with Batman, voiced over by Will Arnett, narrating the opening credits, which are slightly humorous.  Batman must deal with his inner feelings over the years being the solo crime fighter. New police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, daughter of Retired Commish James Gordon, voiced over by Rosario Dawson, carries this flick. I admit Chris McKay made Barbara Gordon into a hottie of a lego babe! That sounded so weird.... Anyway, this flick is way too hurried, is loud, and stuck in the proverbial black hole in the sky that ends this dull sequel. Ok for home use, but don't waste $10 bucks!

"Arrival" Is the Clear Oscar Winner!

2016; Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi   2hrs. 

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker

Not really into alien movies, in fact I can't stand them because most are cast as villains. Not so fast says Denis Villeneuve. A masterful piece of directing in a non-linear story line. DON'T go to the bathroom or get popcorn, in fact just buy or rent this thriller and watch it at home. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner turn in a brilliant performance with Forrest Whitaker a bore in the background. 

The synopsis is simple. Aliens arrive on earth and the world powers take them as a threat. Who wouldn't. I mean 12 giant cucumber like space ships just evaded earth. It takes Adams (a linguist) and Renner (a math wizard) to interact and find out why they are here. Not your normal looking aliens either. Can't say anymore without giving the middle and ending away. SEE this movie. A front runner for Best Picture at the Oscars! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lois June Spangler Briles

Lois June Briles, 79, of Belle went home to be with the Lord, January 25, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Marvin Horan officiating. Interment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Visitation will be two hours prior to service time at the funeral home on Monday. Preceding her in death were her parents, Herbert Omen and Lula Mae Meadows Spangler; and an infant daughter, Stephanie Fawn Briles.  Surviving are her loving husband, Dawnevyn Briles; son, Brian of Shrewsbury; daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Mark Shannon of Sissonville; and grandchildren, Matthew Sanchez and his wife, Jessica, of Oak Hill, Cory Sanchez of Morgantown, Courtney Shannon of Philadelphia, PA, and Cameron Bays of Shrewsbury.

Reverend Charles Branson Walker Dies

TRINITY-Reverend Charles Branson Walker, 97, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Hinkle Hospice Home, with his wife and family by his side. A celebration of Charles’ life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, 4736 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Sophia, NC. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 17, at the church.Born January 18, 1920, in Trinity, NC.  He was the fourth of twelve children of the late William Robert Walker and Eula Melita Rush Walker.  He is survived by his wife, Mozelle Smith Walker (they would have been married 75 years on February 23); his children, Ann Walker Allnutt of Archdale, Janice Walker Allred and husband Craig of Lexington, and Debra Walker Siler and husband Billy of High Point; grandchildren, Toni Snyder (Jay), Kimberly Bekat, Cynthia Phelps (Dean), Branson Allred, Kyle Siler (fiancĂ©e Trina Crawford), Kristen Lawlor (EJ), and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his only sister, Ruth Wall, and brothers, Odis Walker and Jackie Walker, as well as many close friends. He is predeceased by his parents; an infant daughter, Jeanette Kay Walker; and eight brothers.

Rev. Walker's grandmother is Sarah Briles Walker. His mom has six direct lines to Mary Briles Rush.

Viola Hizer Briles Keller Dies

Viola E. Briles Keller, 95, died Monday morning, February 13, 2017, in University Nursing Center, Upland. Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Jones-Smith Funeral Home,  in Upland, Indiana. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 16, 2017, Jones-Smith Funeral Home, Rev. Bill Kannan officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Cemetery in Upland, Indiana. Born in Hartford City, the daughter of the late Aaron and Sarah (James) Hizer. On November 7, 1936, she married George Briles who preceded her in death April 25, 1991. In 1998 she married Paul Keller who also preceded her in death December 22, 2008. Survivors include two sons, Larry (De) Briles, and Jerry (Wanda) Briles, both of Upland; six grandchildren; David (Ieva) Briles, Loveland, CO, Susan (Doug) Garrison, New Paris, Leigh Ann (Scott) Colburn, Jonesboro, Aaron (Meredith) Briles, Muncie, Dan (Amanda) Briles, Indianapolis, Jennifer (Nick) Kidwell, Hartford City, and twelve great grandchildren.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Who WIll Win the 2017 Oscars?

Who will win the 2017 Oscars?

Patrick Wayne Briles

Patrick Wayne Briles passed away on January 11, 2017 in Texas. Funeral services were held at the Rosewood Humble Chapel, 10:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2017. Burial followed in the Rosewood Memorial Park. Born May 2 1947, to the late Earnest Lester Briles and Millicent Seale Briles. Preceded in death by his wife Jerry Jones Briles and daughter, Vallie Briles.

Gertrude Snider Small Dies

Gertrude Snider Small, 90, passed Friday, February 10, 2017at home with family by her side. Family will receive friends Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM in the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jon Reece officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Born September 1, 1927 in Randolph County to the late Rosa and Brantley Snider. On December 22, 1945 she married the love of her life, Joe Lloyd Small. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Joe Lloyd Small, grandson, Kenneth Cecil "Ken" Small, Jr., son-in-law, Craig F. Branson, sisters, Edith Carmac, Lucille Davis, Frances Brown, brothers, Glen and Ed Snider. Survivors are son, Kenneth Cecil Small, daughter, Brenda S. Branson, grandson, Shane Spoon, sisters, Mary Greene all of Asheboro and Annie Mae Rush of Cary. Six direct lines to Mary Briles Pearce. Her husband has four direct lines to Catherine Briles Skeen.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Virginia Lee Briles Gardner Dies

Virginia Lee Briles Gardner, 87, Hartford, died on December 19, 2016, at the Life Care Center in Burlington. Memorial Services were held Monday, January 2, 2017, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed in the Lena Valley Cemetery. Born on January 13, 1929, at Richter, Kansas, to John Charles and Dessie Duvall Briles. On June 9, 1951, she married Daniel R. Gardner, who survives; preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Dorothy Apgar and Beth Gentry, and a grandson. Also survived by four sons, George (Sharon) Gardner, St. George, Fred (Jackie) Gardner, Garnett, David (Nancy) Gardner, Newton, Vernon Gardner, Luellen, NE, two daughters, Mary Hoover, Lyons, and Elizabeth (Kevin) Fox, Syracuse, a sister, Beverly Swenson, Broomfield, CO, 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.