The Rock Is Now the Reigning Champion of Mother’s Day

TIME

While most mothers would agree that it’s not a competition, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won Mother’s Day. The San Andreas actor, lip sync champion and diet guru posted a photo of his mother on Instagram with a caption that would warm the cockles of even the coldest heart.

In the picture, The Rock’s mother, Ata Johnson, is crying, but not because she is disappointed in her son. Johnson explains in the caption that when he was 14 years old, he and his mother were evicted from their apartment in Hawaii because they couldn’t afford the $180/week rent. Now his mother, who survived a head-on collision with a drunk driver last year, is being served breakfast on a plane, all paid for by her very successful son. Not that Johnson is gloating in the photo, rather he seems truly thrilled to be able to share his success with his mother—and…

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FURIOUS 7 (2015) movie review

Splatter: on FILM

fast-and-furious-furious-7-770x430I attended the most unconventional funeral this weekend…twice. The theater held showings every 1/2 hour, and still our theater was packed. People flocked to pay homage to the deceased actor Paul Walker after his tragic death this past year.paul-walker-furious-7Fueled by vengeance and loyalty, the gang reunites for one last ride. “You ride, I ride. You fight, I fight. You die, I die.” With a call out for no more funerals, they succeed with zero body count.

fast-and-furious-7The FF franchise is known for shocking car stunts, fast action, insane fight scenes, catchy one-liners, and throw downs starring The Rock, Jason Stathem, and Vin Diesel.

546b4ee64d5ff_-_ff7_trailer-lgSomehow these films define the all-American culture. I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing. Competing for bigger-and-better somehow allows the freedom to objectify women, to race for hierarchy, to do things “your own way and with your own crew.” America. Sinatra would be proud.  I…

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