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Top 10 YouTubes of 2016

It’s time for my annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year (see last year’s list here). This ranking is totally unscientific. Only one person was polled to compile this list—yours truly. This year’s slate of videos is mainly humorous, with some other odds and ends thrown in. If you think I’ve left something out, let me know. I’ll think about adding it to the “Honorable Mention” category at the bottom.

1. Brothers convince sister of zombie apocalypse

It’s another one of those coming-out-of-anesthesia videos. And I think it’s my favorite of all time.

2. Millennial International

Millennial International is a sponsor-based program designed to help Millennials live the lives they portray on Instagram. I hope you’ll consider sponsoring one of them.

3. Bad Lip-Reading: The Empire Strikes Back

4. How To Spot Suspicious Halloween Candy

5. Milk Commercial Tribute to “Sixteen Candles”

Okay, GenX’ers. Don’t miss the couple playing the parents at the end.

6. Man punches kangaroo in race to rescue dog

7. Trump and Clinton Perform “Time of My Life” Duet

8. Best Political Ad of the Year

9. On Identity and Bathroom Laws

10. Free Speech Zone

This one hurts too much to laugh.


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

“Dancing in the Street” Silent Music Video

Friends Awakens

Sad Affleck

P. S. I liked Batman v. Superman, and I liked Affleck. The criticism seemed a little bandwagony to me.

Eugene Peterson and Bono talk about the Psalms

A Showstopper at the Lincoln Memorial

Backflip over speeding Formula E car

“The Shot” in Slow Motion

The 2016 NCAA men’s basketball championship was a game for the ages.

A Two-Party System

This video hails from a 1996 episode of “The Simpsons.” Nevertheless, it was very 2016, so I included it here.

Why all the excitement about the movie “Dunkirk”?

Today, Warner Brothers released the first full-length trailer for the forthcoming movie Dunkirk (see above). I assume that most of you reading this know why this film is so highly anticipated. But I am writing for those of you who may not. The story of the evacuation from Dunkirk during World War 2 is one of the most riveting true stories that you will ever hear. It is a story of heroes, common and uncommon. It is a story of national valor and courage, and for that reason the story is beloved and cherished. What happened at this little fishing village in the north of France in 1940? Continue Reading →

“Riva” (a short film)

Riva is a beautifully executed short film from Chris Wiegand about a homeless woman on a journey to find healing for her broken, bleeding hands. It’s loosely based on Mark 5:34, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” The film has won seven awards, including “Best Film” at the 2015 Annual 168 Film Festival. You can watch it above. Well done, Chris!

Four reflections on the film “13 Hours”

Last night, I saw the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” And let me just say, it was very well done. Viewers should be advised that this is not a movie for children as it contains all the grit and profanity of soldier life. It also depicts some pretty gruesome wartime violence. Nevertheless, it does tell the story of what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 when a terrorist assault killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. It is compelling material to say the very least. I am not going to render a full review of the movie in this space but would offer four brief reflections: Continue Reading →

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Top 10 YouTubes of 2015

It’s time for my annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year (see last year’s list here). This ranking is totally unscientific. Only one person was polled to compile this list—yours truly. This year’s slate of videos is mainly humorous, with a dash of overrepresentation from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you think I’ve left something out, let me know. I’ll think about adding it to the “Honorable Mention” category at the bottom. Continue Reading →

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Seven reflections on “The Force Awakens”

I think just about all the angles on The Force Awakens have been covered. From penetrating think-pieces explaining our obsession to frowny-face predictions to satisfied first-viewings. So I’m going to leave the proper movie-reviewing to others. There really isn’t much else to say.

Rather than analyze the aesthetic qualities of the The Force Awakens, let me simply say that I loved it. Yes, it was an homage to the earlier movies, but that’s okay with me. As a life-long fan, that was the itch that needed scratching, and this movie delivered. So that’s the long and short of my review.

With that out of the way, please allow me to go full-nerd here with seven random reflections on The Force Awakens. This will have spoilers, so do not read-on until after you have seen the movie. Continue Reading →

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All the Star Wars Trailers and Clips in One Video

This is the week. “The Force Awakens” is only days away. I’ve already got my ticket for the 8:10pm sneak preview on Thursday night, and I can’t wait to don my Greedo costume for the occasion (I hope Han doesn’t shoot me first, but I digress).

Seriously though, if you’re like me and you’re about to come out of your skin waiting for the release, here’s a mashup of all the trailers and clips that have been released for “The Force Awakens.” It’s a thirteen minute fix, and it’s just what the doctor ordered for the home stretch.

Nerd-out concluded.

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Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown travel from 1985 to visit Jimmy Kimmel

October 21, 2015 was unofficially declared “Back to the Future Day” across America this week as movie fans marked the day that Marty McFly landed his fictional time machine in the future. The hashtags #BackToFutureDay and #BackToTheFuture were trending on Twitter as viewers riffed on themes and catchphrases from the iconic movie.

My favorite contribution to the meme, however, was Jimmy Kimmel’s interview with Marty McFly and Doctor Emmet Brown. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reprised their roles for the appearance, and it was really well done. It also included a cameo from Huey Lewis. Watch it above.

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