American Sniper: A movie You Won’t “Enjoy”.

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American Sniper, the true story of the “deadliest sniper in U.S. military history,” starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, is setting box office records, and at the same time, causing controversy in Hollywood. People seem to be having a hard time distinguishing whether or not the man Cooper portrays in the film, Chris Kyle, is an American hero or not. Let me lay my feelings on the table for you straight away; he is.

I saw American Sniper, and it didn’t hit me the way I thought it would. I didn’t “enjoy” it, and you probably won’t either. Continue reading

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Calling All Parents: The M&M Challenge

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Contrary to popular belief, being a parent is not hard. You can wake up in the morning, and as long as you spend the rest of the day keeping yourself and your offspring alive, you can consider it a success. In fact, it’s so easy, thanks to playstation, xbox and netflix, you can often parent in cruise control, from the other side of the house, especially in the summer. If you time it right, you can get in a couple of naps, a trip to the store, or maybe the movies, and they’ll be none the wiser. The summer can go by so fast if you play it right. Let them sleep till noon, throw them in their room at 9pm, BAM! The day’s over.

Well, that’s one way to do it I guess. Continue reading

7 Relationship Lessons I Learned From Chick Flicks

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As guys, we are programmed genetically to despise most of the movies that women love, and vice versa. I get that. My buddies and I are not going to hop in a car on a Friday, and go see if Hugh Grant or Patrick Dempsey or Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling can get the girl.

But you know what? You know who women go to the movies to see? Hugh Grant or Patrick Dempsey or Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling, that’s who.

So I started asking myself, why am I trying so hard to avoid learning from the men that women so desperately want?

Women aren’t programmed like men. They aren’t wanting these guys because they are sweaty, shirtless towers of man meat with dreamy eyes. Oh, they may think they do, but they don’t. Often times, there are other men in the movie who pass the eye test too, but the women don’t line up to see them.

The real reasons they fall for these mythical movie mountains of masculinity, are the 7 lessons chick flicks taught me about relationships. (SPOILER ALERT: I refer to the endings of some movies in this blog. If you see “Spoiler Alert,” you may want to skip that part. Most movies are older, and you should have seen them by now anyway!!) Continue reading