Virtual reality about to become realistic for gamers

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by A.C. Hall

Virtual reality is a concept that has been around for a long time now.  Like many technological advancements, the concept long predated mankind’s ability to make it a reality.  Much like moon colonies, interplanetary travel, and fully cooked microwavable bacon, virtual reality is a long talked about advancement that has always seemed just on the edge of what technology can create.  However, the long awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now available for pre-order.  With the first units set to start shipping to customers in March, the virtual reality company that was bought by Facebook for $2 billion is ready to make virtual reality available to the masses. Continue reading “Virtual reality about to become realistic for gamers”

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Best and worst movies 2015

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by A.C. Hall

Another year has passed, and it’s time once again for the most enjoyable best and worst list in Tarrant County.  Yes, I’m that popular of a movie critic.  In fact, I’m so popular that in 2009 someone sent me an email to tell me that I’d misidentified the type of rodents that starred in the terrible family film G-Force.  I’d called them Gerbils in my review, and this keen eyed fan pointed out that they were actually guinea pigs.  Any reviewer who can inspire such email from readers must be doing something right.  So yes, you are in for a holiday treat, and it’s just about time for us to embark on this magical journey that I like to call the Best and Worst movies.   Continue reading “Best and worst movies 2015”

Happy Thanksgiving

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Taking time to think about our blessings in 2015

It’s time to count our blessings. Although Thanksgiving is but once a year, being thankful should be something we recognize much more often.
At the Posey house we are thankful for moments in a rushed week when we can all sit down together for a meal, even if we didn’t cook it ourselves or even if we have to meet out at a restaurant to find time to make it happen. We are thankful for warm fires when the weather turns cool enough and for fajitas, chips and hot sauce all year round. We are thankful for the companionship of two sweet dogs and two sweet cats, who make us so happy and keep us from being alone in the house when family members haven’t yet made it home from busy days.
We are grateful for our jobs and that we are healthy enough to work and support ourselves. There are so many more things that we are thankful for, and we want to close by saying thank you to readers for your faithfulness, and thank you to God, from whom all blessing come.

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Dawn Wells Explains Marooned Mary Ann’s Fate

Terry Ray and Dawn Wells. Still from film. Photo credit Leonard Carter
Terry Ray and Dawn Wells. Still from film. Photo credit Leonard Carter

Tinseltown Talks

Commentary by Nick Thomas

Fans of the often zany 60’s television sitcoms will instantly recognize “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann Summers, the perky Kansas farm girl shipwrecked on an uncharted Pacific island with six other castaways, including a professor, a movie star and a millionaire. Continue reading “Dawn Wells Explains Marooned Mary Ann’s Fate”

Stars Shoot Both Ways

Commentary  by Dr. Don Newbury
Commentary
by Dr. Don Newbury

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

Most folks whose age is within a quarter-century of my Uncle Mort’s 103-plus years are happy to be moving at all. A few are willing to catch falling stars, tickled at the prospect of experiencing one final “whoosh,” even if pointed downward.
Mort, though, places limits on his “wagon-hitching.” He’s determined to seek trajectories aimed upward toward new heights. He continues to be an enigma, bearing head-on the challenge of “gearing up” to the year’s hardest work during the holiday season while many other seniors relax. Continue reading “Stars Shoot Both Ways”

A.C. at Home…

Commentary by A.C. Hall
Commentary by A.C. Hall

Movie Commentary by A.C. Hall

I love Jake Gyllenhaal.  In recent years he’s become one of the finest actors in the game.  One thing that’s defined this phase of his career is his willingness not only to play interesting characters, but to become them.  Gyllenhaal gives himself fully to these roles, delivering some of the finest performances in modern cinema.  Southpaw is no exception to this, as Gyllenhaal is completely transformed as the film’s main character.  The problem is, this isn’t a particularly pleasant character and the movie does far too good of a job showing us his failings.  The end result is a good movie that’s not very pleasant to watch. Continue reading “A.C. at Home…”

A.C. at the Movies

Commentary by A.C. Hall
Commentary by A.C. Hall

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

It’s pretty easy to see that we’ve reached a bit of a critical mass when it comes to young adult post apocalyptic entertainment.  The endless stream of new franchises in this genre has died off, and all that currently remains are the already in progress series like Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner. Continue reading “A.C. at the Movies”

2015 Fall Television Preview

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by A.C. Hall

It’s no longer 100 degrees outside, so that must mean that it’s almost fall in Texas.  Along with the (slightly) cooler weather, fall brings with it a fresh season of television.  As always, an avalanche of new shows are debuting across all networks, but which of those shows are actually worth checking out?  Below are the ones that seem to be getting the most buzz.   Continue reading “2015 Fall Television Preview”

Majestic Moments of Silence

Commentary  by Dr. Don Newbury
Commentary
by Dr. Don Newbury

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

The years are many since we’ve been able to count the number of wars worldwide on the fingers of one hand. In the 1950s, a keen observer questioned whether we’d know what to do with ourselves “if peace ever breaks out.”
Today, we are flummoxed by this query, since meaningful peace seems unlikely, far over the rainbow. We are a restless, short-fused culture, warring at all levels. Continue reading “Majestic Moments of Silence”

A.C. at the Movies…

Commentary by A.C. Hall
Commentary by A.C. Hall

War Room

Being a Christian and a movie critic can be an interesting challenge sometimes.  Historically, when reviewing faith based films, I review them simply as if they’re any other movie.  I’m not certain I can do that with War Room.  I found this to be such an uplifting and powerful spiritual experience that I’m not certain how to differentiate between the quality of the film and the quality of the film’s message.  What I will say is that I found this to be a high quality film, and its message had a major impact on me as a follower of Jesus Christ.  My approach to movie reviews has always been to just give my honest opinion, and from that standpoint War Room is easily among the best films I’ve seen so far in 2015. Continue reading “A.C. at the Movies…”

A.C. at the Movies…

Commentary by A.C. Hall
Commentary by A.C. Hall

 No Escape

Is it one of your deepest fears to get caught in the midst of a riot or violent coup while visiting a third world country?  Well, if not, it will be after you watch No Escape.  This movie does an excellent job of bringing the chaos and horror of an out of control violent situation to the screen.  Is it a good movie?  Yes, it is.  Is it enjoyable to watch?  Not exactly.
Movies can be strange sometimes, and No Escape does something that I rarely see.  This movie does such a good job of creating the hopeless, desperate feeling of being trapped in a city while a violent revolution is happening that it becomes uncomfortable to watch.  The movie isn’t about an action hero fighting bad guys; it’s about a regular married couple and their two kids almost getting murdered.  For an hour and a half straight.   Continue reading “A.C. at the Movies…”

Tinseltown Talks

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Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Borgart in Casablanca – Warner Bros
Commentary by Nick Thomas

Remembering Ingrid Bergman at 100

The term ‘classic Hollywood beauty’ could have been created to describe Ingrid Bergman, born 100 years ago this month. Bergman, whose birth and death (1982) fell on the same day (August 29), collected numerous awards throughout her career including four Golden Globes, three Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony.
Several events are planned to celebrate Bergman’s life.    Continue reading “Tinseltown Talks”

A.C. at the Movies…

Commentary by A.C. Hall
Commentary by A.C. Hall

American Ultra

I tagged this stylish over the top action movie as a potential sleeper hit a few months ago.  Now that I’ve seen it, I’m pleased to say that this is a very entertaining movie that surprised me in a lot of ways.  Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my lofty expectations of being one of the year’s best films.  That doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, however, as American Ultra is very entertaining in it’s own dark, quirky way.   Continue reading “A.C. at the Movies…”

Home Video Spotlight

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Lost River

Commentary by A.C. Hall

I’m a Ryan Gosling fan.  I think the guy is a great actor and a unique talent.  So when I heard he’d written and directed his first movie, I was excited to check it out.  What I saw was a wildly imaginative, unique movie that strives for brilliance and very nearly achieves it.  Unfortunately, the movie’s oddness and artsy elements get pushed too far, making it something of a mess.  It’s a beautiful, interesting mess, but a mess nonetheless.   Continue reading “Home Video Spotlight”

Reflections: GRADUATION

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Commentary by Dr. Bill Tensley

Young men and women will line up this month robed in caps and gowns grinning at their friends. Their eyes will scan the audience, peering past dangling tassels in search of family members who search for them.   Cameras and cell phones will light up stadiums and auditoriums with bursts of light as proud parents try to capture the magic of the moment.   Continue reading “Reflections: GRADUATION”

THE IDLE AMERICAN

Commentary  by Dr. Don Newbury
Commentary
by Dr. Don Newbury

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

If it were voted on, there’d be no “National Siblings Day.” Period, end of discussion.
The unofficial “date” is sneaking onto calendars, however, perhaps with a gentle push by brain trusts at Hallmark Cards.
Best I can tell, one woman decided her fellow Americans need to “make nice” to their brothers and sisters, with sentiments exchanged April 10 each year—in close proximity with April Fool’s Day…. Continue reading “THE IDLE AMERICAN”

Golf King Feeds the Hungry?…

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Jordan Spieth–Masters champion and darling of the golf world–was a 2014 participant. Maybe it brought him good luck—and who is to say it didn’t. If there’s any superstition, Jordan may be a “lock” for future “Norm-A-Thons.”
Norm made an on-the-air mention that since the 2014 “Norm-A-Thon,” Jordan has played in four PGA events, finishing under par for all 16 rounds.
When other pro golfers hear this, they may well flock to Dallas to see if such good fortune “rubs off” with association to programs that help the poor and hungry…. Continue reading “Golf King Feeds the Hungry?…”