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Former Christian missionary turned myth busting, miracle debunking collegiate professor of science, Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry), is well known for her record: 48 miraculous occurrences with 48 scientific explanations. A small town called Haven in Louisiana might put an end to that record however, with the local river inexplicably turning blood red. When Katherine and her partner set upon the small secluded town to investigate, they face the challenge of rationalizing a sequence of events that mirror the Ten Biblical Plagues. “Signs” meets the “The Omen” in this fast paced horror thriller, but bloody water and rotting frogs aren’t the only plagues here. Predictable plot revelations by effect reveal an undeveloped story. Screenwriters may be running out of surprise endings, but easy compensation could lie in the intricacies of the story. Shock moments are overused, amplified by raising the volume inside the theatre, and prolonged with obnoxious chaotic camera movement. They’re redundant devices for a movie with special effects well developed enough to produce a “God is watching” terror that paralyzes. Clearly there is the smell of propaganda in the air with the heroin possibly converted from intellectual atheist to scared Christian by the film’s end. Even with the promise of causing outrage in the religious community for a myriad of reasons, the film still feels mediocre and has nothing to do with harvesting or crops.
MY RATING: C
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Politics/Religion
MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality
Runtime: 1hr 38min
Warner Bros. Pictures
From the winter of 1971 to January 7, 1972, American authors Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) and Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina) had major publishing company McGraw-Hill, Time (magazine), and the rest of the media world convinced that the aging and eccentric billionaire “demigod” Howard Hughes had authorized the two to write his autobiography. The ruse was hard to refute given the letters forged by Irving which Hughes was widely known to communicate through, and that Hughes had become a fascinatingly peculiar recluse living in hotels to avoid paying income taxes and avoiding media attention pending litigation relative to his ownership of Trans World Airlines. After requisitioning one million dollars, according to the film (the bulk of which was ostensibly for Hughes), the jig was up in early January 1972 for Irving and Suskind when Hughes allowed a televised phone interview with multiple journalists denouncing the book as a hoax. Irving got a two year sentence for money laundering among other charges, serving only 17 months, while Suskind served six months. Initially, the subject matter of this film seems so niche that it would appeal only to an older generation with nostalgia for the days of literary scandals, black lists, and rumination on what was then unimaginable wealth. Instead, the story is scripted as a buddy comedy with a dynamic performance from Alfred Molina as a comic sidekick whose humor attempts to mask obvious frailties. Richard Gere is highly relatable as a schemer trying to stay financially afloat, but his greed and lust for fame drive him to scandal. The film easily shifts gears from comedy to suspenseful drama, with those who already know the outcome pining to see how it will play out on screen. Actress Hope Davis rounds out the impressive performances as McGraw-Hill associate and Irving’s personal friend ‘Andrea Tate’. Her spunk and anticipation for the success which would have come with the book being published alone could carry a film.
MY RATING: A
Genre: Drama, Adaptation and Biopic
MPAA Rating: R for language
Runtime: 1hr 55min
New on DVD: The Italian
The attractive melancholy tone of “The Italian” likens it to the best of indie avant-garde, but almost as odd as the genre itself, the script doesn’t match the tone. Set in a Russian orphanage which appears more like an elementary dorm school, ‘The Italian’ is young Vanya Solntsev whose curiosity about his own mother is peaked when another orphan’s mother is angrily turned away by the headmaster when she returns to the orphanage in search of the son she abandoned after he has already been adopted. Surrounded by peers with identical circumstances, Vanya is not isolated from the others for any reason, except that he is soon to be adopted by an affluent Italian couple, which is apparently enough to earn him the nickname. The orphanage is run by a worry-browed headmaster who clearly cares for the young scraps beneath his ever-annoyed façade. Vanya pressures an older orphan to teach him to read by meeting her at the spot daily where truckers, to whom she sells her body (not depicted), drop her off. Newly literate, and aided by the teenaged cabal who micromanages the orphanage, he discovers his mother’s address and sets off to meet her only to be hunted down by the good natured but money driven adoption broker. While the film maintains a calm somber tone without high drama, none of the characters seem to have cause for depression despite their being abandoned by their parents. It is Vanya’s inquiring mind that moves him to slip away in search of his mother; seemingly for closure before he is adopted, just in case she too wanted to meet him. Played by the adorable Kolya Spiridonov, the charm of the character obviously depended on the cute-factor of the actor in the role. While flaws are present in visually establishing the setting and character development (other than Vanya), the picture does establish itself as a cute story for a sleepy Sunday afternoon.
MY RATING: B
Genre: Drama, Adaptation and Biopic
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues
Runtime: 1hr 39min
Sony Pictures Classics
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.