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Spider-Man: Homecoming”  –  movie review
On last Wednesday, my son (James) and I went to see the recently released “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) staring Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as a surprisingly good villain: the “Vulture”.  Ok.  Let’s just say it…  This is THE BEST Spider-Man movie EVER!  No, it’s not particularly true to the comics from the 1960’s – they play fast and loose with some of the characters, but trust me…   This is a GREAT movie!  Of course I mean comic-book movie and not Oscar-worthy drama, but even then, it’s still pretty good.
Robert Downing Jr. has some significant cameo time as Tony Stark / Iron-Man.  Maybe a little too much…  But, I found it made up for leaving out the traditional “origin story” which should have happened in this – with it being a series re-boot and all.  Filling out the main roles: Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds (Peter’s best friend and fellow nerd), and Zendaya as Michelle (“M.J.” – Spider-Man’s future “luv” interest).  And, of course, Stan Lee has his token “minute-of-fame” / cameo.
Does the movie work?  Yes!  Holland is a better Parker than Toby Maguire and a better Spider-Man than Andrew Garfield.  For one thing, Holland actually looks like he could go to high school.  Prior versions of Parker did not.  (There, we can finally admit it.)  Junior College definitely, but not high-school.  Plus, Holland plays both Spider-Man and Peter as a kind-of goofy teenager.  So, the main actor was a good match to the role.
How about the special effects?  Okay, not so great.  The costume was blurry against the green-screen “most” of the time.  Did it hurt the movie?  No.  At least I didn’t mind it (too much).  Action?  Got it in spades!  History?  The building lift scene is almost exactly the way I remember it from the comic book 40+ years ago…  Awesome!
Final recommendation and what’s next?  This is a great summer action movie!  Highly recommended!  Bring on Civil War II, Thor, the Black Panther and the next Avengers movie…  I can hardly wait.
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The toughest job in America is to be poor and trying to raise a family.
   —  Michael (“Mike”) Barnicle
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Thirty-three years ago I met my future (and current) wife …
I love you Hil.  I cherish our every day together…  I’m glad God took the extra time. — KMAB
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On This Day In:
2016 Picture Perfect
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2014 And Then I Met Her
2013 Defining Maleness
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2012 All Set
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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
    —  Bertrand Russell
[Happy Birthday, James!  Remember it is the enjoyment of life, not its duration that makes living one’s life meaningful.   We love you!  —  Mum and Dad (KMAB)]
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The temptation comes to many, early or late, to sink into the attitude of regarding life as a little thing.  Some become cynics.  Some become wholly callous.  Some cease existing themselves.  Others lapse into habits they formerly would have condemned.  This temptation to degenerate into looking upon life as a matter of little moments must be fought and overcome.  Perhaps the most effective safeguard against drifting into this deadly mental state is to associate freely with children and other young people.  Our life can become big only when we look upon living as something affecting not only ourselves.
   —  B. C. Forbes
[Happy Birthday, Sis!  No wonder you’ve stayed so young!  Too bad, retirement is just around the corner…  Love, Kevin]
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2012 Understand A Great Truth
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Mom celebrating her 90th Birthday at Rock Wall Winery

Mom celebrating her 90th Birthday at Rock Wall Winery

Life’s a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
     —  Wilson Mizner
[Only ten more to go and then she can offer us her  opinion.   Happy Birthday to my mother.  Love Always, your son Kevin  —  KMAB]
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Sarah, Happy Birthday!!
Just remember, even when we don’t always have your hand, we’ve always got your back…
Love Always,
Mum & Dad
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