Top 10 Comic Book Based Movies of All Time

I’m not your typical movie watcher. I pride myself on the ability to look at the commercials and previews of movies and judge whether or not they will be worth watching. Most of the time my answer is the same – “that’s going to be terrible”. Admittedly my picks are perfect, but the odds are with me considering the plethora of terrible movies being released on a regular basis.

I had the misfortune to watch one of those terrible movies on Saturday. It was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie was sitting on our DVR for the past year or so and I finally worked up the motivation to give it a shot. It was one of those movies that I knew would be bad, but I like comics and it’s free so I figured I would give it a shot. I wish I hadn’t. What a frustrating movie. The thing that frustrated me most of all was the gratuitous use of other Marvel Universe characters who had no need to be in the movie. Gambit, Cyclops, Professor X, Emma Frost all made cameos for no good reason. Worse than that, they completely bastardized Deadpool, one of the more interesting characters in the setting, destroying much of his future big screen credibility with movie executives.

After getting stuck watching this steaming pile of film droppings I started thinking about films that did it right. Over the last few years we’re had more movies than ever based on comic books that exceeded our wildest expectations. I decided to put together my completely non-comprehensive list of the best 10 movies based on a comic book. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

This Is What I Know: All I Know Is What I Know

The article below is written by my friend Claresa. The article touched my heart the first time I read it and I asked for permission to share it with you. Enjoy.

My name is Claresa Baggs. I do not possess a title of Pastor, Minister, Reverend, or
Prophetess. I don’t sit on any boards. I do not have a big certificate of degree hanging
on my office wall. I never expected to stand before you in this format, on this day. Quite
frankly, I learned that I can only run for so long, before God catches up to me.

Who am I, to stand before you and allow teachings to flow from my mouth that I would
otherwise keep to myself? I am but a wretched soul, desperately in need of prayer, on a
twisted and potholed path trying to find my way back to God. I have nothing to offer you
but my own truths.

I do not speak of things I have not experienced. I have been on a sad, angry, lonely
journey. How could God; therefore, require this of me? How could He ask me, out of all
who have suffered to stand before you and provide guidance? I cannot quote a bunch of
biblical passages to support this presentation. I cannot list authors of self-help manuals
used as reference materials.

I stand before you in humility and obedience.
All I know is what I know.

I can tell you of a child who at the age of 8 believed it better to die than to live one more
day in pain and sorrow. Read the rest of this entry

Elementary School Shooting


It is another horrible day driven mercilessly into our collective memory. Today Adam Lanza, a 20-year old sociopath, killed his mother and then went to the school where she was a kindergarten teacher and opened fire on teachers and students, killing 27.

It’s hard to process a tragedy of this magnitude. The first emotion I feel is anger. I have to admit, I hold onto that anger. It’s a much easier emotion to deal with that the pure sadness that will follow. I put myself in the shoes of the parents who dropped their children off at school today who will never see them alive again. Such anger, I wish the shooter was still alive so the parents could take their pound of flesh directly from his hide.

I can’t help but try figure out why a person would do something like this. It’s just the way that my mind works. Earlier today I heard an incorrect report that the shooter was a father on a student. I immediately wondered if this was some sort of vengeance for extreme bullying. But that’s not the case. This wasn’t logical. This wasn’t something that makes sense. This person shot his mother and killed her. But this wasn’t enough for him. He followed this up by going to her workplace to kill her students.

I know what I think it was. The fact of the matter is that angels and demons both exist. They aren’t fictional representations of good and evil. They are beings of spirit that drive us and influence us to the extent that we allow it. Was Adam Lanza crazy? Of course he was crazy. What we don’t know is why he was crazy. I suppose that’s a different question for a different day.

For now we have a couple of options. Some of us will cry and mourn and others of us will rage. As for me, I will rage.

36 Things That I Learned in 36 Years

  1. Honesty is the best policy but it is also the road less traveled
  2. Most things worth doing are not easy, which is why there are many people who never do anything worth doing.
  3. You can be happy regardless of whether you are fat or thin, but life is easier and more enjoyable when you’re in shape.
  4. To make a friend you must be a friend
  5. A friendly person is happier than an unfriendly person
  6. The satisfaction of doing a good job is worth the effort of doing a good job.
  7. The Bible makes an excellent instruction manual for life, regardless of your religious beliefs.
  8. That being said, God the Father is real and Jesus is Alive!
  9. The RedZone channel on a Sunday afternoon during football season is the greatest television channel known to man.
  10. We aren’t always good at what we love and we don’t always love what we’re good at. That being said, do what you love, you’ll be happier.
  11. All bathrooms should come equipped with waterproof speakers so that we can maximize the enjoyment of singing in the shower.
  12. No one will take you seriously if you don’t act like you take yourself seriously
  13. Hurt people hurt people
  14. Americans will never again be happy with a president elected by our current process. We must change things if we ever want a chance to elect a person with honor and wisdom
  15. Information < Knowledge < Wisdom
  16. No one is as ugly or as good looking as they think they are.
  17. Most philosophers are ridiculous and shouldn’t be taken seriously
  18. Cubism is not art, it’s rebellion
  19. It is better to give than receive…unless you’re the one in need.
  20. Treat your family well; no one will stick with you longer than they will.
  21. Choose your spouse wisely; there is no future in a relationship with a person who will not grow with you.
  22. I chose correctly J
  23. Love is the most beautiful emotion we have, lust is a pale imitation.
  24. Well-fitting clothes are extremely underrated
  25. Raising a child is hard work, even before they are born.
  26. Money magnifies a person’s character. It doesn’t change them, it just reveals who they are without restraints.
  27. If there is a way to lose a fantasy football game then I will find it.
  28. Leadership is learned and practiced. It is not something that you are born with.
  29. Consistency is the key to the success of every long term endeavor
  30. The smellier the fart, the greater the humor.
  31. Computer generated movie settings will never look as good as real or manufactured settings.
  32. Our experience as children influences the person that we become in life
  33. You have the option to choose who you wish to be and make it a reality. Choose wisely.
  34. There is no such thing as multi-tasking. Switching tasks quickly does not mean you are doing them at the same time, but it almost certainly means that you are doing each of them ineffectively.
  35. People who text and drive are showing a reckless disregard for the lives of the people around them.
  36. I have a lot to offer and it’s up to me to create the opportunities that allow me to be a difference maker.

The Chik-Fil-A Controversy – Reframed


I started writing this article a week or so ago. Today the news broke that a 28-year-old man shot a guard who stopped him from breaking into the Washington D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council. The FRC figured prominently in the recent Chick-Fil-A controversy and the gunman was reported to be carrying a sack of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.  I bring this up because it is important to take this opportunity to remind people that violence is not the answer. Violence is not the way to share your voice. No matter what cause you support, violence only serves to stiffen the backs of your opponent and further entrench them in their existing positions.

Please understand that this article was not written to convince you to support one position or the other. My goal for this article is to reframe the question, to provide some additional information and context that I believe make a difference in the way that we view this situation.

A clear sign that there is actually something to see here.

It isn’t difficult to have an opinion on the recent Chick-Fil-A brouhaha, but it does appear to be difficult to have a well-researched one. I’ve always prided myself on thinking for myself and not just believing what other people say to me. This was a big pain for my teachers growing up but it has served me well as an adult. Because I’m willing to keep an open mind I find myself thinking deeply about things that others tell me there’s nothing to think about. That’s why I’m trying to think about the Chick-Fil-A controversy for myself instead of listening to the rhetoric of either of the two sides. According to many conservatives and Christians there is nothing to think about here, Chick-Fil-A is a Christian organization standing up for Christian beliefs. According to many liberals and LGBT people there is nothing to think about here Chick-Fil-A is a hate group donating money to hate groups. What’s right and what’s wrong? Truthfully it’s hard to tell. I’m a born again Christian, some would call me a radical Christian, but that doesn’t mean that I check my brain at the door. It is my duty to listen to both sides of an argument, to dig deeper and to try and find the truth Read the rest of this entry


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