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If you’re going through hell, keep going.
   —    Winston Churchill
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
    —    Winston Churchill
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On This Day In:
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2012 Smile
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I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.
  —  George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ….if there is one.
  —  Winston Churchill, in response.
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On This Day In:
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2015 More Prejudice
2014 Say What?
2013 Daring Errors
2012 Are You Comfortable?
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2011 True New
2010 A Job Well Started Is A Job Half Done
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) — movie review
Today’s movie review is for last year’s comedy / action / drama: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“.  The movie stars Samuel Jackson as the “hitman” (Darius Kincaid) and Ryan Reynolds as the down-on-his-luck “bodyguard” (Michael Bryce).  The corresponding love interests are Elodie Yung as Amelia Roussel (Bryce’s girlfriend / Interpol Agent ) and Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid (the hitman’s wife).  The “bad guy” is Vladislav Dukhovich (played by Winston Churchill – I mean Gary Oldman).
So, the story is Dukhovich is on trial for crimes against humanity and Jackson has to testify against him in twenty-four hours or the bad guy walks.  Action, action, action.  Amelia calls the “only” one she can trust (her ex-boyfriend: Reynolds) to get the hitman to the court where he is to testify.  Action, action. action.  Blah, blah, blah – how I met my wife.  Action, action, action.  Blah, blah, blah – how I met my girlfriend.  Action, action, action.  Two guys become friends.  Action, action, action.  Bodyguard saves hitman, hitman punishes bad guy, and, wait for it…  Happily ever after.
Okay.  Is this a great movie?  No.  Is it a great or entertaining action / drama / comedy movie?  Yes, yes and yes.  I have NEVER thought of Jackson as a comedic actor.  He and Reynolds nail the comedy.  And the action.  Okay, maybe not the drama, but gimme a break…  This is simple entertainment, not great cinema.  The sub-text of this comment: completely disregard physics, human endurance / survivability, and the ability of trained / experienced / professional mercenaries to shoot and hit the good-guys in any movie.
This is a VERY funny movie – but most of the humor is in the dialogue and dynamic between the two leads, so you have to watch AND listen to the movie. (WHAT?  I have to pay attention?  Yes.  Sorry.  You do.)  Caution: there is an excessive amount of foul language in this film.  It is not appropriate for anyone sensitive to obscene language (and therefore not appropriate for kids or young teens).  There is also a fair amount of graphic violence.  These both seem to be run of the mill in action movies these days, but both still deserve to be noted in cautions.
Final recommendation: within the cautions provided above, I give this a strong recommendation.  I outright laughed a half dozen times and chuckled a bunch more.
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All Greek To Me

It is not Greeks that fight like heroes, but heroes that fight like Greeks.
   —    Winston Churchill
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… I had dinner with another English friend, now a banker, who had been a student at Harrow when its most famous alumnus, Winston Churchill, came back to the school to speak to the boys.  He was a great man, and everyone knew why.  He had carried the Western world through its worst crisis.
Now he looked out over the fresh-faced audience and said, “Never give up.  Never give up.  Never, never, never give up.”  It brought the house to its feet.
What Churchill was saying was this: You can act cleverly, selfishly or prudently in any situation, but what finally matters is character, desire and faith.  Victory never comes easy.
    —    Barnaby Conrad III
From the article: “Have the Yanks Given Up?
Published in “This World“, 18 May 1986
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Russia has acquired territory but lost credibility.  Putin has bought himself a pile of problems at the cost of the international ties Russia needs to prosper.  He has betrayed Russia’s best resource —  its people — who will eventually realize his rhetoric is nothing more than a fantasy inside a delusion wrapped in a tissue of lies.
    —    Madeleine Albright (describing Vladimir Putin)
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Quoted in Time Magazine, 5 May 2014 issue, “The 100 Most Influential People
[Ms. Albright obviously playing off of Winston Churchill’s famous quote describing Russia:  “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”   —    KMAB]
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Never, never, never quit.
— Winston Churchill
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