Author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak in Findlay for CommunityREAD

Every year in March for the last twelve years Community READ has been bringing amazing authors like Jamie Ford, author of Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, and Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help.

Community READ was originally started to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary and to bring to attention that illiteracy is a problem not only in Findlay, Ohio, but also in Hancock County.

This year, Community READ is bringing author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak. He is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. He has written six books, and three of them are New York Times best sellers. Zuckoff was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and also won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

This Friday March 27 at 9 a.m. Mitchell Zuckoff will be visiting R.L. Heminger Auditorium where he will speak about his book, Lost in Shangri-La. That night he will be also visiting the Winebrenner Theological Seminary at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Community READ are five dollars and sold at the Hancock County Public Library.

American Sniper is more than a war movie

Title: American Sniper

Starring:  Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle.

Plot: Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a Texan cowboy who finds his purpose when he joins the U.S. military after 9/11. He marries and fathers two children with his wife Taya (Sienna Miller), but is compelled to do four tours of duty—about 1000 days—in Iraq. Following the events of his life, Chris Kyle dies when he is murdered by another veteran whom he is trying to help.

Why see it: The film explores the issues of what constitutes justice in a fallen world, the nature of duty and heroism, and how much control we as individuals have over our lives. American Sniper has been called more of a western than a war film for its attempts to be apolitical and its focus on justice in an imperfect world. However, it is more of a drama than a western or a war film; it chronicles one man’s struggle with his sense of duty to his country after 9/11, the familial chaos engendered by his four tours in Iraq, and his own horror at the barbarism of radical Islam in Iraq. This film is an exercise in story-telling that is not to be missed.

Rating: ★★★

Patriots and Colts, Seahawks and Packers to face off in finals

The American Football Conference final should be an interesting game. The New England Patriots’ record this year is currently 12-4 whereas the Indianapolis Colts currently have a record of 11-5. Score wise, it looks like the Patriots may end up winning, but it could
beeither team’s game.

Tom Brady  is representing the Patriots this Sunday and Andrew Luck is representing the Colts. This will be Luck’s first appearance in the AFC championship, but Brady has played in the AFC before, so there may be somewhat of an advantage for Brady. There also might be a better chance for the Patriots record wise considering they have beat the Colts the last three times they’ve played them with an average score of 48-22.

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The National Football Conference final should also be an interesting game to watch. The Seattle Seahawks’ record is currently at 12-4, the same as the Patriots’ and, ironically, the Green Bay Packers’ (the Seahawk’s opponent). Marshawn Lynch, a Seahawks running back, has had a very strong season. If he finds his rhythm early, Green Bay will have a hard time stopping Lynch, a problem the Packers have struggled with before. Rodgers, representing the Packers, had a torn calf muscle and has been seen limping this season during some of his games. This may be an advantage for the Seahawks and could possibly win them the game.

Tune in this Sunday to watch the AFC and NFC championship finals.

Controversial film The Interview is a must-see

Title: The Interview

Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco and Randall Park

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Plot: The Interview is about Dave Skylark (James Franco) who hosts a popular tabloid-TV show called “Skylark Tonight”. After struggling with the idea of not being a professional producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) asks Dave to cover actual news. Skylark comes up with the idea of interviewing Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). Aaron then contacts North Korea’s embassy. A few nights later Aaron is contacted by Kim Jong Un’s right hand man, a meeting is set up between Rogen’s character and North Korean officials. As Dave and Aaron prepare to go to North Korea, the CIA steps in to get them to assassinate Kim Jong Un.

Why see it: The Interview is a must see. With the awkward to the ridiculous moments, Rogen and Franco will have you laughing, cringing and feeling uncomfortable, from the beginning to the end.


Rating: ★★★

Supernatural keeps true to fans over the years

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Title: Supernatural

Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard and Curtis Armstrong

Plot: The first episode starts with a demon being interrogated, it said ‘a Winchester is now one of us” to Sam (Jared Padalecki). With the 200th anniversary musical episode, the boys had to fight a goddess, and after that it was an hour-long love letter to the fans. But  there’s a psycho military guy named Cole. He claims to be a Hunter and also that he knew Dean (Jensen Ackles) a long time ago and they didn’t get along.

Why watch it: The show has been awesome for years, and it’s getting even better than before. I’m going to hold off further judgment until more information shows up.


Classics puts new spin on classic songs

she and him classicsAlbum: Classics

Artist: She & Him

Sound: Indie rock/ folk

Why buy it: She & Him’s Classics is an arrangement of classic songs covered by artists Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Although none of the material is original, the duo puts their own original spin on every song, making it something unique and different from the original. The songs’ original artists span from Frank Sinatra (Time After Time), to Carole King (Oh No, Not My Baby). Deschanel’s voice is a perfect match for the retro-themed album. The electric guitar added by M. Ward in songs like Stay Awhile adds an unusual element to the otherwise simple songs, giving them a fuller, distinctive sound. A few of the songs, however, seem to get lost in the middle—in areas where the duo has tried to alter the song to fit their individual style. But, overall, the album is a bright new take on songs by our favorite artists from yesteryear.

Download this: Time After Time

Rating: ★★★